Creating a sustainable business, how?

“I want to leave my boring job, I want to earn six figures, I want to have enough clients to pay the bills, I want to have a successful business.” Clients come to me all the time with these wishes, like I’m Aladin.
But I love their passion, and their grit. They feel such fire in their belly, they yearn for financial and creative freedom, and they think they know what they need: a business coach who will get them to their clear end goals. Just, how clear is this goal? And whose goal is it, really? Have you asked your heart, what it wants deep down? Or is your rational mind doing all the talking? I want to discuss the importance of creating a sustainable business with you today.

The importance of small business contracts

Tonight I had an angry friend on the phone. “I had screwed her over” by canceling the spaces for my two children at the next block of her forest school, very last minute. The truth was, I had completely missed the deadline for signup (my fault), and then when the reminder came, my kids both said they didn’t want to continue. Of course, my friend was annoyed, as she had lost income she assumed she had. She now didn’t have time left to fill two empty spots. This post is about why small business contracts and written agreements are vital, also for friends.

“I can only do this because my partner pays the bills”

I chose a creative career. My husband worked in a corporate job, and had always the bigger income. Well, hasn’t that worked out rather convenient. But I was brought up to be financially independent. “Make sure you can pay for your own bills”, was the message that was drilled into me as a young girl by my father. How do you navigate through funding your startup phase without feeling guilty about who is is paying the rest of the bills in the meantime?

Who do you think you are? Dealing with friends and family on social media

You started your own business. You have earned some money with it. You want to get more clients. You know you have to put yourself ‘out there’. But that means being seen. By everyone. Family, friends, ex-colleagues…people on LinkedIn. “You are on social media a lot. You post too much”, they say. How do you handle this in the best possible way?

How to coach yourself back into the game

Today was a wonderful day. In fact, this week was a great week. However, in all honesty, I didn’t start out like that at all on Monday, as it was the first week of the children going back to school, and I felt I had to somehow jump straight back into my normal working routine. It was much harder than I thought. I had a head full of thoughts, ideas, reminders, and – also – a nasty little voice inside my head telling me that I was failing, not organised, and that I should maybe just pack it all in. I felt chaotic and stressed, and I put a lot of pressure on myself! Then on top of that, I was at the end of my cycle, and rather low on energy. Time for some self coaching.

5 tips to get through a slow month in business

Each July I get this feeling: why is it so quiet? Normally I get at least two strategy calls booked in each week from potential new clients, and a number of sign-ups each month for my 1-to-1 programmes, or Power sessions. I know from my clients that these lulls can cause a lot of stress and self-doubt. How can you coach yourself through this?

How I had to fall apart before understanding my life’s purpose

Look back on your life right now; how many things now make total sense, but were pretty unpleasant or worse when you found yourself in the middle of it? Do you now see they really had to happen in order for you to become who you are? At the time you probably thought the world was falling apart, and you were terribly unhappy. And then everything changed again. It’s called life, it is normal, and most of us feel this way once or multiple times in our lives. This is my story.

How to feel confident in front of an audience

My journey as a singer (and songwriter) has a lot in common with my journey as an entrepreneur. I have always been confident on the surface, but inside I can be a bag of nerves. Still, over the years I have grown, learnt, developed, and have become a lot less worried about what other people think of me. After so many years, I know what my abilities are, and I know I can deliver. In this post I share some tips to perform like a boss.

Beach trips and blue-sky thinking: 3 ways to optimise your down-time this Summer

As self-employed business owners, we often don’t take a full break over Summer, but those warmer, slightly more lazy months can be an ideal time for you to take stock and review your goals, improve your marketing, rewrite your copy, or do some blue-sky thinking. What else?

Increasing productivity as a creative business owner

This week I had a number of new clients calling me for help, and all of them – without exception – struggle with this problem: they have too many ideas, and they don’t know where to start. They suffer from a ‘junk yard full of ideas in their head’, as I call it, and they have no idea which ones are the most valuable to focus on. Sounds familiar? You are not alone. This is what you can do about it.