Category: Leadership

Why It Is Important To Invest In Yourself And Your Business

As a start-up, creative business owner on a budget investing in myself and my business was something that seemed out of reach. I just didn’t have the money to do it. Or rather that is what I told myself, as I wasted my precious pounds on things that were never going to bring me a return. What changed for me was a shift in mindset. I always saw investing as meaning working with a coach or taking some fancy course, forgetting that by reading a business book or attending an event I was in fact investing myself and my business. And the big shift for me came when I realised that I could spend the next seven years doing the same things that I had been doing in the past seven years, or take control and invest in myself to move forward.

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Listening To That Little Voice And Following Your Dream

Here’s the thing about dreams and following your passion, ignore them and they generate this voice that keeps whispering in your ear, and the more you keep trying to block it out, batting it away, the louder it gets until all you can hear is an irritating, roaring noise. That irritation is telling you, you need to take action.

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Entrepreneurs You Cannot Afford To Be Complacent

In business big companies fail, industry leaders toppled because they have failed to keep themselves relevant by believing that because they have reached No. 1 people will still keep coming to them no matter what. This is certainly not the case because once you reach the top the hard work of remaining there begins. Meaning that as an entrepreneur you cannot afford to be complacent once you become successful, there is always someone coming up behind, and now more than ever at a quicker pace, and sadly others wanting to see you fail.

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The Power Of Self-Belief

One of the hardest things about starting a business and putting your product or service out into the world is having the self-belief that you can do this. And self-belief much like the fear of failure can hold us back from fully realising our visions. Our self-belief is attacked by self-depreciating words and statements such as ‘I can’t do that’, ‘I am not good enough’, ‘What if I fail’, ‘They are more successful than me’, ‘What if no-one likes it’, ‘Who am I to be doing this’ and so on.

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Are You Standing In The Path Of Opportunities?

For opportunities to find you, you need to be standing in their way. There is a myth that opportunities happen to lucky people, but the truth is that opportunities come to us every day, ready to be found if only we take the time to look in the right places. Looking in the right places refers to the actions we take to put ourselves in the path for opportunities to find us. Putting yourself in the path of opportunity requires groundwork, laying the necessary foundations.

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Challenging The Fear Of Stepping Into The Unknown

The weather has gotten colder and windier as autumn gives way to winter. As the seasons change, I have found myself increasingly reluctant to leave the house for my afternoon walk. Looking through the window the world outside seems dreary and not a place I want to give up the cosy warmth of the indoors for right now. But I need to go out and here’s the thing, having finally convinced myself to do so once I was outdoors I found it to be not as cold as I had thought it would be when I looked through the window.

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Creative Entrepreneurs, Are You Taking Responsibility for Your Finances?

I am hopeless when it comes to finances, maths was never my strongest suit and figures make my head hurt, however becoming your own boss requires an understanding of and taking responsibility for your finances even if you contract the services of a professional. How else will you know -how successful your business is, exactly how much money is flowing and out, or if your required taxes are actually being paid- if not doing it, or at the very least understanding it yourself.

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Everyone’s Entrepreneurial Journey Is Different So Follow Your Own Path

Most of us aspire to make our lives, both personal and professional, better, by working hard to achieve our version of success. When starting or running a business we have that vision in our heads, but sometimes we can detour especially when challenges come and things don’t seem to be happening as fast as we would like. And, that’s when the success stories, the ‘picture perfect’ lives and seemingly rapid progression of others can further distract us from our purpose.

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8 Practical Tips to Overcome Your Fears of Becoming a Creative Entrepreneur

Having written about Why it is Important to Face Your Fears of Becoming an Entrepreneur, here are some practical actionable tips that have helped me to overcome my fears about starting a business and becoming a creative business owner:  

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