All the latest posts are here on my blog page.
You will find my newest web pages, plus I read a lot of stuff so when I find an article about a case study/tool or resource I feel could be really useful in your journey to finding your business idea and beginning your project I will post it up here so do come back regularly for a read.
The world has changed for course as we all know and remote working is becoming very much a way of life now.
But if you have no ties and are up for some adventure then you have more opportunities than you may think.
You can actually venture to other parts of the world and have a view that is more interesting than your back bedroom.
Check out these interesting places where you will be welcomed...
One of the topics in the 7 Step Business Idea Formula talks about finding a niche/group of people to serve to help you come up with your own unique business.
I thought this was a genius idea.
How could you look at a group of people differently and come up with something unique and interesting?
I heard this quote today and had to share it with you
"Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity" - Will Smith
Being realistic is a killer of dreams and a murderer of ideas.
The moment you think it, is the moment your mind shuts down to possibility.
Please try to have a realistic free weekend!
If you are full of good intentions to work for that hour a day before your day job and failing miserably then perhaps Alexandra Franzen can help.
Change the way you think about it and make it fun and you might find it a whole lot easier to commit to...
Find a way to suit your personality and you will be leaping out of bed first thing...right! :)
Have you got gaming mad kids or a family member who is?
Did you know you could make a career out of it.
Next week, someone I know I holding an online virtual summit about this topic and is bringing a ton of experts to talk about altogether.
So why not let your gaming mad teen or partner know about it, because it just might be worth their while.
Side Quest Profits begins next week...
I have been contacted today by the owner and CEO of Feedspot.com
They kindly added my website and podcast to their top 15 business websites/podcasts, along with the likes of superstar podcaster John Lee Dumas and Entrepreneur on Fire.
I am not telling you to brag rather I am sharing the other 14 websites because I thought they might be useful to you on your own business journey.
You can never learn too much, just don't try to take it all in at once...:)
I hope you find something useful within their pages and podcasts...
On this podcast episode from Stylist Magazine, Billy Bhatia is not your average fashion journalist.
Brought up in the UK in an Indian family, definitely not size zero or your average looking fashion industry journalist.
Yet she has risen to become a leading light in the world of international fashion and her views are widely sought.
She is an inspiration to anyone who wants to do or be something and your external circle of influence is saying "no, you can't be this or that for whatever reason"
You can and you will if you are determined enough!
I thought she was a great inspiration to you if you are feeling a bit that way.....she has lots of insights that might help... I love her!You don't have to want to go into fashion to takeaway the lessons....embrace your differences..
Part of the 7 step formula I teach is to look at what assets you hold already to propel your business journey a bit faster.
This couple owned a piece of ground which they purchased instead of a "guaranteed to depreciate in value fancy car."
They decided to turn their bit of land into something people would love as a nature area and dog walk and to keep up the standards of health, safety and beauty charged a £50.00 fee to users.
Genius little idea.
So what have you got you could use, property, land, car parking spot on your drive, etc that you could use?
And it is not necessarily tangible things, do you have any intellectual property or access to groups or a book sitting on your computer you turn into online learning for example?
Think who, what or where could help you move forward?
We all stress about what should be hobby, job, career or vocation.
Elizabeth Gilbert offers some great insight into the differences:
This is not a joke.The government of Barbados want to welcome people to their country and kick start their economy due to falling tourism.
What a genius idea, invite remote workers who will spend time and money on the island... a much more stable way to boost income...
Perhaps part of your dream business is to work remotely, what a golden opportunity...
I saw this video recently and thought it perfect illustrates peoples lives:
Is this you and is it time for a change?
If you are stuck for a business idea, there are 10 areas that could kickstart your thinking.
Evergreen ideas never go out of fashion and there is always a market for it.
You just have to put your own spin on it.
Are you stuck with coming up with a business idea or have you got a reasonable idea but would like to check out if you have really got the right one to fit in with our personality and lifestyle?
Important if you want to be successful and save bags of time not making the wrong decision.
Just because you like to make cakes, doesn't mean you should open a bakery...
There are other ways to skin the business cat around your area of interest.
You have got access to the basic 7 Step Unique Business Idea Formula and I am really confident it will help you really think about your choices.
Have a good week...
Welcome to this episode and today I am talking about 11 things I think you might want to consider before you go headlong into the first business idea you fall in love with
*Why do you want to start a business anyway?
*Do you want to give up your day job?
*What kind of business do you want to start anyway?
*What can you do?
*Do you want to use what you do?
*What assets have you got to use?
*What would you like to do?
*What values do you hold?
*Are you prepared for the grind?
*How much can you live on?
*How will you feel if you don't start your business?
Have you got a burning question around starting with your business idea?
*Are you lost for an answer about being a business beginner?
*Would you like some advice but feel silly asking the question? Please don't! You can remain anonymous
*Are there just one or two things you need to know before you settle on your perfect idea?
*Are you wondering which business idea to choose?
*Are you wondering who might want what you have to sell?
*Are you hesitant about entering a "saturated market?"
I can answer these or any other questions you might have so please use my Visitors Question & Answer resource to ask me anything about the early stages of your business.
I can help you untangle that mass of business idea spaghetti in your head... :)
Your lack of knowledge can help someone else by you asking the question so pay it forward and ask me a question today...
I read this article today and it made me think of you, with your business idea in your head, desperate to share it with your friends.
I know, you are soooo excited about it and you want to shout it from the rooftops, but might I suggest you exercise some caution before you get to the rooftop?
Might I suggest you apply these 4 questions Elizabeth Gilbert suggests you do to your sharing circle...
Sometimes you are better to keep some things close to your chest...
I really don't like social media... I don't understand all of the platforms and I can't face all the time they take to keep up with. Everyone, I know
Rapid Transformation Therapy
Welcome to this podcast episode, and this one is all about a topic I have recently been introduced to called Rapid Transformation Therapy.
And it is a medium that offers tools and techniques to help people lead their life with less stress and anxiety.
My guest today is Helen Hardware, a UK based rapid transformation coach and she helps people overcome struggles with issues related to stress & anxiety, weight problems, lack of confidence, insomnia, fears & phobias, the improvement of sports performance, performance anxiety or even exam nerves.
I thought her explanation about the tools and techniques involved, could be really useful for any of you, would be or newly started entrepreneurs listening, who are either stuck and can’t seem to move forward in your business OR who want to get going with a business idea but you find yourself with one foot stuck in treacle and you just can’t seem to take the first step and not sure why?
Helen can share some light on some possible answers to these problems.
We touch on the topic of why confidence is important for entrepreneurs and Helen goes on to thoroughly explain the 4 universally held fears that hold many people back from success, and they are probably familiar friends to you. They are…
We also touch on the topic of Imposter Syndrome.
A problem that can manifest itself right at moments when you should be celebrating your wins, but happens when people cannot internalise and own their success.
And as a final note, Helen very kindly shares a couple of books that have helped her both personally and professionally as she moves along her own journey of entrepreneurship and self-development.
Helens Website: empoweringtransformation.co.uk
Brene Brown – The Gift Of Imperfection
Quote from her book: "comparison is the thief of joy"
Marisa Peer – Ultimate Confidence
If you are considering using WordPress for your eCommerce business, it would be great to know what are the best plug-ins to use right?
Here is a super-detailed list of the ones that probably are among the best in class...
If you find yourself doing really well with your business idea one day and then the next you just spend your time watching the TV aimlessly or doing anything else but what you should b, then you probably need a bit of motivating?
This is a very short episode.
If you feel overwhelmed today and decide you are going to postpone starting your business idea prep until things get better, easier, you have more money, you are less busy, the kids go back to school or there are 8 days in the week.
I would like to share a really apt paragraph from author Tim Ferris, who, in case you have no idea how famous he is, wrote the 4-hour workweek several years ago and it is still one of the world’s top 10 business books to this day
He really has a handle on how most of us think when we promise ourselves we are going to start that business on Monday or the weekend or when we get home from work.
And I recommend you copy these words down somewhere so you can see them every day at home and keep a copy on you somewhere for when you have weak moments and need a reminder of where you want to be.
These few words really rang true with me, so I wanted to share them with you
Are you struggling to think about what kind of business to come up with?
Here are 10 home business ideas but they are more about areas to look rather than a prescriptive title.
I never quite fathom how anyone is supposed to pick an idea off a page and then start a business according to some of the guff I read online.
The process of coming up with something to suit someone is somewhat more complex than that!
But you can hone in on an area which might appeal and these ones are incredibly common.
Or evergreen to coin a marketing phrase.
For example; people will always need personal care service or food to eat or administration
Hello dear friends
Just to let you know I have made my Create Your Perfect Business Idea, the downloadable course, free until further notice.
I appreciate either you or people you know may have lost their job, got sick, have to look after others or just generally need a helping hand.
So if you know anyone who may have a need for some free business idea advice, please point them in the direction of this page.
I sincerely hope it helps someone to generate some ideas and help get them or you back on your feet in the future.
My best wishes
German Sozzi was having a great life living in London, working in some really amazing places creating top-class food.
He went back home for a visit to Argentina, with the full intention of coming back and resuming his cooking career in the capital.
But as we all know, things changed very drastically for everyone in March 2020.
So after sitting and lamenting the loss of his career for a couple of weeks, he and his English partner Holly decided to use the skills they had between them and start a YouTube channel and in the first week garnered over 500 subscribers.
The moral of the tale is, to think laterally and to coin a current phrase, pivot your ideas.
If you can't go one way, then don't give up...try another...
Welcome to episode 9 and this is more of a practical session around a book recommendation for you today about Obstacle Analysis.
A simple way to understand what is blocking your move forward with your business idea and I am going to jump right into it with an exerciseI suggest you buy yourself a copy of this book because I think it will change your life regarding problem-solving for everything, forever.
But for now, you can take a piece of paper and a pen or however you would take notes and document things and create a grid with 9 boxes, 3 across the top, 3 in the middle and 3 below.
Label the boxes in whatever order you want to start with
This is your obstacle analysis grid.
I am going to take you through a very short 2 step exercise to determine what your problem might be and which box it fits in on the grid.And don’t be surprised if you tick more than one or 2.Tick as many as you need.
Now the reason I suggest you buy the book is that there is a third step which involves you read in detail about the problem or problems you ticked in your boxes.
It is the second half of the book, that is dedicated to The Obstacle Analysis GridTM and I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling and suffering a bit with analysis paralysis, procrastination or you are just plain stuck and unable to move forward with your business idea? And perhaps you have no idea why?
Alternatively, though, it could be
You are finding your will is there but you just can’t seem to take things forward and feel blocked and frustrated? OrYou suspect you know what the problem is but can't articulate it?
I thought this tool was so useful I wanted to share the concept of the obstacle analysis grid so you could put a handle on your problem quickly and stop yourself going round in circles and getting really frustrated with yourself.
*NEW deep price reduction until further notice during COVID19 crisis*
90 days to try it or your money back with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose
During quarantines, lockdowns and social distancing, here’s what having an online business can mean for you…
Now that we’ve talked about why starting an online business today is the smartest thing to do, let’s look at how Solo Build It! can help you do it.
Well, first of all, you’ll get everything you need to go from idea to income-generating online business. You won’t have to look for any outside tools, plugins or learning resources. It’s all included, in one neat package. It is a complete system.
And that’s not all.
Perhaps the most important benefit of starting with Solo Build It! is this…
Far From Just Being a “Platform,” Solo Build It! Offers a Real Help and Be-Helped Community
Super Support - If you’ve never worked from home before, or if you’ve never built a website or blog, you’ll probably have lots of questions.
Questions - about the how-to, the process, the technical details.
But also, and perhaps even more importantly, you’ll have questions and concerns about…
For fun and challenging moments alike, you’ll become part of an amazing community that gather to share everything about their online business journeys.
Sean and Clare didn't have a Eureka moment in their bathtub when it came to choosing their business idea.
But they did fall back on extensive knowledge of working for 2 stellar companies in the industry, Andrew Collinge and Nicky Clarke.
And on a 12-hour flight back from the Far East, their award-winning company Untamed and their amazing hairdryer with a special diffuser was born...
Emilie Wapnick is a beacon of light in a world which constantly shouts out choose your passion, follow your bliss, or do what you love
She wisely follows her own path, using her strengths as what she terms a Multi-potentialities.
She is the go-to career counsellor for people who can't decide what they want to do because they cannot choose just one option.
People who have multiple interests and passions and procrastinate forever about starting a business because they can't just pick the one idea.
And they call her Resistance.
And she is stopping you from getting going and moving forward with your business idea.
I think Freud expressed it perfectly when he talked about the big elephant in the room to what is stopping you.
He called it a death wish and if you sit back and think about it, he was right
“That destructive force inside human nature that rises whenever we consider a tough long term course of action that might do for us or others something that is actually good”
And I completely agree, it is a very destructive force and one that needs to be overcome.
I come across people on a regular basis, who, with great conviction, say how much they want to write a book, start a business or pursue a passion.
This is then closely followed by a laundry list of reasons why whatever they say they want to do hasn’t happened yet.
I find it very, very sad; so many people are trapped in this world of resistance.
They are trapped right in that space between the full-on and real desire to do something and then moving themselves to actually doing it.
Many people live here, on Resistance Street, sad and frustrated and like that other very famous quote dismally says “living lives of quiet desperation with their song still inside of them”
So, would I be talking about you when I ask?
If so you then you might be facing your own spell of resistance.
And you can do something about it...
If you are thinking of writing a book for your business then you might be interested in this article about how Artificial Intelligence will disrupt publishing over the next 10 years.
It is always good to be ahead of the curve and there are some top observations by Joanna, who knows a thing or two about being successful with writing...
Have you been successful in starting your own business?
No matter how new it is, the main thing is you have started and that kind of success really resonates with people.
The whole "I left a 6 figure salary to follow my dream" nonsense is starting to wear a bit thin now I think for many people who want to come up with their own successful business.
I believe most of us would love to see and hear some reality for a change and learn from ordinary individuals just like us who have gone boldly into the unknown from their back bedroom in Birmingham.
It is not that I don't think it is true, I believe it is for some people but for the majority of work from home entrepreneurs, the adventure often begins on evenings and weekends around a regular job and family and a whole host of other "life things" going on around them and they just keep going because it is something they believe in.
And often on a shoestring of either time and/or money.
so, dear friend, I am looking for you to share your genuine reality story either for on the website or the podcast or both if you would like to.
You can have your own page right now on the site and you can write as much as you like and post up to 4 photographs and let me have all of your social media handles and a link to your website, so people can find you and support you.
Happy to read your story as a podcast episode or make arrangments with you for a proper podcast interview.
Let me know if you are up for it because I would really love to hear from you and share everything about your wins in business, no matter how small you think they are...
With everything going on around us, are you stuck at home and pondering whether it is finally time to start working for you?
Wondering if you could start on evenings and weekends and build that business idea that has been rolling around the back of your mind for ages?
If so I want to share this results page from my online business builder I am using.
And I want to share the fact that you can choose any number of topics to start your business about as this page illustrates.
You can choose
The point being, whatever your topic is, there is a high probability you can build a business around it.
If you have more time on your hands, perhaps now is the right time to explore it a bit further.
And bear in mind you can get a widget for Wordpress if you want to use it as your platform.
So all bases covered there.
And you know the only difference between the people shown here and you are what they did next.
They started one day and then kept going, nothing more complicated than that.
So make the most of your time off and give yourself the gift of a bit of time to think about yourself and your future...today could be your turning point...
It sounds like a bit of a trendy marketing term doesn't it but actually the theory is sound.
And I really want to emphasise how useful this little bit of knowledge could be to you, right at the beginning of your business idea journey because it will pay out enormous dividends in the long run.
You might want a bit of paper and pen for this one, to write down the 4 steps.
Niching your business is a whole lot more than just saying you work with only male or female, or mums or seniors or people who just eat fish.
It is more about the problem you solve and the end result achieved from what you do to solve it.
Isn't it time you made the decision to take control of your own future
This quote of mine seems to resonate with a lot of people
"The perfect career will never exist in a building where you have to start and finish at a time appointed by others, are allowed the privilege of 48 hours of not working each week, affectionately called the weekend and you accept the other luxury of 30 days in the year where you can be absent with the manager's permission, romantically named your holidays.
All for the bargain price of a set salary each month!
If you want freedom in life and work you have to create it yourself"
Business idea validation is a useful method to help you answer the question
Does this business idea have any hope of taking off?
A very sensible question to ask at the beginning of your business planning and it will probably save you a lot of time and money and frustration in the long run.
So here is a really simple formula d to use and you can apply it to any industry.
Take a piece of paper or however, you want to document your answers and divide it into 4 sections
You take your idea and apply the business idea validation formula to it.
So let me explain what I mean.
Say your idea is to start a baby clothes business?
Before you even have registered a domain name, or bought business cards and absolutely before you purchase any stock you go through the validation formula very quickly.
I would use them in the following order but, you could evaluate in any order you choose as long as you cover all 4 sections.
You are checking to see if your idea has a place in the world, with your stamp on it...
You need to find your strengths if you want to successfully design a business around who you are.
If you want the perfect fit that is?
If you don’t find those strengths and work with them instead of fighting against them, your work life will be a big struggle.
And who the heck wants that? Life is hard enough, right?
In modern life, positive psychology is all the rage and I don’t mind it at all in the right circumstances however, the quote that reads along the lines of...
"You can be anything you want to be if you just try hard enough" really isn’t helping people at all because it makes people think hard work is all they need.
Unfortunately, no amount of effort makes you better at something you are not born to do or be despite any amount of passion for it.
Well, I learned something interesting from something on my bookshelf recently, and I found it a complete revelation.
What do you think about this as an alternative instead?
"Weaknesses are strengths in the wrong environment"
I thought it was genius!... so listen in to learn more...
I had a chat with Heidi Burton who is an ex WRAF Photographer, and when she left the services, she began a photography business but she also ended up started a great craft business from a hobby of making evening bags.
Her bags are unique as they are made from old military uniforms.
The uniforms often are from people leaving or have left the service.
And to show she can do something for the men as well, she came up with beautiful cushions, fit to grace any gentleman's home office.
If you are a crafter I hope you enjoy listening to her story.
You will find her about halfway down the page...
Finding life purpose is actually easier than you think.
Clues are everywhere in your life and the reality is you do already know the answers, you are just not hearing or seeing them.
So in order to access the answers, you need to listen more, observe more and pay much more attention to your world around you.
Your perfect business idea can link seamlessly into your purpose in life but you need to give yourself the time and mental space to hear it and feel it.
Once you get “what you should be doing with your life” you can build your business around your world and not your world around your business.
If you feel overwhelmed today and decide you are going to postpone what you want until things get better, easier, you have more money, you are less busy, or there are 8 days in the week, I would like to share a really apt quote from Tim Ferris (who wrote The 4-hour workweek) who really has a handle on most of us.
And I recommend you copy it down somewhere you can see every day at home and keep a copy on you somewhere for when you have weak moments and need a reminder
“The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time.
The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either.
Conditions are never perfect
'Someday' is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
Pro and con lists are just as bad.
If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct course along the way.”
Now stop for a minute and organise your thoughts then press the start button in your mind, even if only for 5 or 10 minutes or half an hour today.
Ridiculous as it sounds those minutes really add up.
If you do 10 minutes every day, that is over 1 hour you have found in a week where you have said, I just don't have any time spare, which can become half a day a month.
Otherwise, you will regret you never started towards your dream...
If you are really stuck perhaps this page about obstacles might help about you can fix all of them.
You just have to want to!
An amusing look at how men sell and how women sell.
The point is we keep ourselves small.
Don't do that, you are brilliant and capable and unique and have something to say.
Share your talent because someone somewhere in life is waiting for you to do that.
Gary Vaynerchuk is like marmite and people either love him or not.
I think he talks a lot of sense as a rule.
If you can get past his cursing he always drops pearls of wisdom and this is particularly for the over 50's and beyond.
Don't think you are a has-been, you are just getting started!
I saw this article recently, and it occurred to me there is a synergy between the trend of older people downsizing their property & getting rid of their furniture their children don't want to be burdened with.
It seems no one wants their parents cast-offs any more so why not be creative and re-purpose the items if you are the creative type.
Your stock could come from people who are wanting to clear out.
If you become well known in your area as the first person to call during clear out time, you will never have to go sourcing materials ever again.
You could even become a wholesaler to other furniture renovators, space permitting...
Just a random thought as I am looking out of the window!
What an inspiration this person is.
Nothing or no one has held her back, so she can teach us all a thing or two.
I love her!
Published intro episode today, having a dabble, to see how it goes but I think I am going to like doing them.
Quite a technical curve, despite all these bloggers telling you it is the simplest thing ever...!
But new skills for 2020 were a new year resolution so I haven't given up yet.
You are welcome to ask me any questions about the process if you are thinking of doing it yourself, very happy to share what I have learned so far...
Remember, I am new to this....be gentle.... lololo :)
I am not sure how to deal with this one and I am definitely staying anonymous about it. My best friend wants to start a business with me and I don't really
So you are looking to make a business out of your craft, but you know, not everyone wants to go from hobby to business.
The stress of increasing production takes out the joy of it all, so there are other ways to work with craft business ideas besides selling your product...