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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.
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Are you thinking of using Square Space to launch your business.
Well before you do, here is a well thought out review with some pro's and cons, some of which you many never have thought of.
This is the problem when "you don't know what you don't know"
So I hope you find this useful to your thought process...
Many people now want to get into business, they don't have the qualifications on paper so it stops them in their tracks.
Which is a shame because having a degree or any kind of official qualification is not a pre-requisite for starting a business.
Richard Branson doesn't have the qualification so you don't necessarily need to either.
Unless you are starting a vocational business such as a law form or in a medical field perhaps...
The greatest thing today is there rise of online learning and the creation of the Business Course Online.
You can earn and learn as you go building up your knowledge during your regular life.
Here are a selection you can take, nothing to do with traditional business school, you can pick and choose to learn what you need as you go along.
I have just recently been introduced to Creative Live, a learning platform created by Chase Jarvis, an international photographer and now education host with this website.
I thought the site offered only a lot of arts/crafts/photography courses but they also offer business courses too.
If you are not familiar with Creative Live you might be interested in checking them out.
This *link takes you to their free business classes online, some might say they are master classes from some of the best in the business world.
I hope you find them helpful...
It is said, if you can't find what you are looking for then you need to create it yourself.
This mum from West Yorkshire in the UK decided she wanted a more green approach to her ice cream, and decided it was best to make her own.
It has gone down a storm...
Are you looking for travel business ideas, well perhaps you could take the advice of Ian Darkin who runs his own tour operator service for over 50's.
This article was posted in the Guardian in 2015 but the principles are still very relevant today...
I believe people learn best from others who have gone before them.
I know people just love interviews with others who are doing the same thing they want to aspire to.
This is your opportunity to share your journey and to pay if forward and help others who are just where you were.
Sitting on the sofa dreaming of getting out of your job and creating your own business.
It doesn't matter if you have only just started, because to be honest that is where the reality of it all sits, your story is very important to SOMEONE!
Drop me a line, I would love to hear from you and share your first few steps
Sometimes life deals you a blow and you have to make changes whether you want to or not.
Catherine from Swindon, Wiltshire was diagnosed with a life threatening illness so she couldn't carry on with a regular 9 to 5.
So she created her own business using the skills she already had, with great success and she has written a book so you can learn to do the same...
If you think the cake making business market is saturated, then you might be right.
So a good way to get into the business and be successful is to do something different.
Put a twist on the obvious!
This franchise business idea has latched on to the health market in effect and is providing healthy cakes.
Or more to the point Egg Free cakes because the owners follow a strict lacto-vegetarian diet.
Could this be the way forward for you, either a franchise business or going egg free?
It is a great example of tapping into a trend.
You can find out about that and other ideas in Chapter 3 of the create your perfect business course and how to use the Unique Business Ideas Formula
I really resonate with this article. I just am unable to be in the company of complainers for very long at all.
They genuinely have a very detrimental effect on my mental health, and that is not an exaggeration.
Over the years some environments have made me ill.
So I am sure it may be the same for many of you.
I can imagine many a business idea has been dreamed up in coporate rest rooms across the world because of this.
I think this is a really important topic...
This lovely lady decided she wanted to add a twist to her creative business idea.
She is in the fashion business, and has won a national award for her social enterprise part of the business creating items for sick children in hospital.
A lovely twist to add to business where you create something tangible and useful and it helps.
So much more satisfaction than just sending a cheque don't you think?
If you are short on ideas but want to be creative, here are 42 people who have started their own home based business ideas from scratch.
I hope they inspire you to start...
Business Idea Generation: I can help you generate a small business idea around who you are and how you want to live your life
I love a good business idea story that is born from a bit of adversity.
This lady already had her hands full with illness and bereavement and friends advised her not to open her salon.
However, she took no notice, has become a great success and won a prestigious national award for best new business in her part of the country.
That is inspiring...
Interesting little TEDX talk in Nottingham UK. Click the link below to go to the video.
Have you ever shared an idea and received a negative response? Only to feel frustrated when later someone presents the same idea and people love it? My research into how creative ideas are evaluated and gain acceptance explores why some ideas are destined for recognition – and others are not.
Sharing stories from my recent fieldwork and research, I’ll share how the recognition of creativity is literally a ‘re-cognition’; as we ‘recall to mind’ whether an idea fits with our existing social norms. I’ll share simple strategies you can use to gain acceptance and overcome resistance for your own ideas.
Rachael is Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Haydn Green Institute at the University of Nottingham. Her expertise lies at the intersection of innovation, change management and communication and her research centres on addressing how organisations can create and maintain an entrepreneurial and innovative culture.
Rachael also teaches Entrepreneurial Creativity and Innovation Management on the Nottingham University Business School’s MBA and MSc programmes. Prior to working in Higher Education, Rachael worked in industry for 20 years, supporting executive leaders in managing change and innovation.
She has worked with many high profile organisations including the National Health Service, Rolls-Royce, Waitrose, National Grid and the Royal Bank of Scotland and has consulted with SMEs on utilising creativity for business growth funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
This video is a few years old now but the message remains evergreen.
We often get our talents squashed at school, and they are the very talents often we should be nuturing.
So if you are struggling with searching deep inside yourself then look back to what you loved as a child.
There could be nuggets of genius you have overlooked in there.
I hope this child followed his dream...
If you want to start a world class online business then you need to use world class tools.
I have updated my affiliate page for the business builder I use for this website.
I can't think of a finer product to help you reach your business idea dreams.
Instead of wandering around the internet like a headless chicken, without really a clue to what you know or don't know, you could find life easier if you pick a really good suite of tools.
I think you will be blown away by what you find in there.
I don't think you will ever be able to look at "how to create a website in 20 minutes" again and think you could make it work for you...
Well, after a lot of time and effort my first full digital download course:
How to create your perfect business idea
Is ready.... time for a bit of a rest.
Such a lot of effort but I loved the process, and really enjoyed doing it.
Here's to your success...
Just a quick update:
I have changed my website name to better express what this business is about.
The creation of a business to suit, the early stages, the beginning stuff...
I have a course coming soon and a podcast, so watch this space...
Both taking 4 times as long as I expected :)
My twitter, if you are following has changed also: now @yourperfectbiz...
My best wishes
I love a good quote, don't you?
A few words can succinctly say just what you are thinking or want to express.
Here are a few related specifically to the ideas of business.
I have one favourite, because it is specifically about asking the right questions.
Something I share a lot with people, it's the only way to arrive at the right answers...
Excellent BBC podcast about mumpreneurs, some great real life interviews and some very useful resources available regarding information and funding you many not have heard about or thought about.
Although UK centric, there maybe similar resources in your home country...
I have been away for the last week so completely missed this offer from my favourite business builder, the one you are reading on...
There is a sale which was due to end yesterday the 3rd of September but it is held over today only... in other words... gone tomorrow....
So if you would like to try out this Solopreneur Business Builder for a discount.. get to it right away..
I would have posted up sooner but I have only just seen it this morning....it is a genuine last minute thing for me... not a crafty sales pitch!!
Now the summer is over, time to get back to your perfect business idea planning...
Nursing in the UK is quite a challenge these days, budget cuts, more work, less staff and so on have caused a number of nurses to rethink their vocation.
I had a chance encounter recently at a hospital appointment with a nurse who was beginning to think she perhaps needed to to look at alternative ways of making a living.
The trouble was she didn't know which way to turn...
I know I want to start a business and I have lots of ideas I think about but I don't know how to put a frame around them to make them into a cohesive thing
Thought for today, if you are struggling with coming up with a business idea.
If you can put the word it at the end of the following verbs you can make a business out of it.
• Teach • Make • Design • Distribute• Write • Franchise• Export • Consult About • Paint • Grow• Brew • Raise• Cook • Care for• Record • Craft• Organize • Build• Decorate• Coach• Sew• Bake • Upcycle• Rent • Photograph• Fix• Create• Smell• Invent• Brand
I just want to highlight I have a new newsletter sign up page on the site.
And as a thank you I am offering a download of my Self Coaching Questions Ebook.
Part of a larger course to come a bit later.
If you are on that journey to finding a perfect business idea to suit you and your lifestyle these questions will really help you think about what is and is not important to you.
They will tease out what really interests you, what you like and don't like and prompt you to go back over your life for clues about deep seated gifts, interests and talents.
Head over to the sign up page and the book will be with you to download from your confirmation email.
I hope you find it useful and feedback is most welcome...
I have noticed a lot of people get stuck in an idea phase because they feel overwhelmed.
Too many things going on, too much stuff cluttering their mind and they cannot see the wood for the trees
To counteract overwhelm it's often a good idea to declutter your brain and get your thoughts in order and streamline your thinking.
A bit like clearing out your closet, emptying the attic or getting the garage in order.
Here, Elizabeth Gilbert is interviewed by Marie Kondo, of the now legendary Konmari Method about this very thing.
I thought her statement:
“If you’re too afraid to look into the scary attic in your mind, look into the scary attic in your home.”
was quite profound.
Sometimes you might have to clean out and clean up before you can work on anything else...
This applies equally if you are going to have, had a baby or you are a grandparent, who thought their time was going to be their own to build a business but now they have parenting duties.
Not the easiest time of your life but you shouldn't let it get in the way of your business building dream.
As always, lots of common sense from Carrie...
It is important to be clear about what you love. Some things should remain a hobby and you don't have to love your job whilst you build a business...
A useful talk to clarify the differences......#elizabethgilbert
Are you looking for a unique business idea, just for you.
It's easy, pick an area you would love to work in and offer one thing to one group of people that will solve a problem for them...
Are you considering a pet business idea.
Do you want to turn your love of pets into your lifes work for profit.
If so you might be interested in the interview series summit coming in July from the Empowered Petpreneur.
A series full to the brim with ideas and help from experts in the pet business world.
Begins 15 July with Mikaela and it's a freebie. You have to pay a small fee if you want to keep your access but it is really not much, compared to some I have seen...
I don't have any affiliation with this event, I just wanted to share it with you. I hope you find it useful
Words of gratitude. Something you hear people say is important.
Well, in the words of Oprah Winfrey...
...Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough
I have added a search box to the site.
So if you are looking for something particular, just put in a word or phrase and as if by magic you will have a list of pages to investigate.
I hope it makes the navigation around my site just a bit easier for you.
It is on the top right of every page if you are using a desk top but actually somewhere near the bottom on a mobile device...
If you are using or going to use
Here is a business building platform comparison article.
Essentially built around traffic of course, there are some eye opening facts.
You know, building a successful web-based business takes much more than “an hour” and a “stunning” design. It takes much more than a website – period!
It requires an entire step-by-step process, of which site building is merely one of ten important steps.
I have just taken this test recently, How To Fascinate and I wanted to share it with you because I feel it has value.
Sounds a bit corny but it's quite different from ones you may have taken before.
I thoroughly recommend it if you are going to pursue a business idea.
You will learn how others perceive your communication so you can focus on all of your strong advantages.
I am very pleased to say I came out as a Wise Owl.
Very comforting to hear as an advice giver!
What is great about it and it's big difference from other career tests is, it's designed to show how the world sees you rather than how you see the world.
When you communicate your primary advantage will show how your can be at your most influential.
Your secondary advantage will show where you add value.
If you are familiar with prominent career tests such as DISC or Strengths Finder or Myers-Briggs you will know what I mean.
Some useful questions from the website:
How can a self-test show you how the world sees you?
This assessment is based on branding, not psychology.
It interprets your actions and preferences through the eyes of others.
Over 10 years of research, spanning fields of study from neurology to biological anthropology, went into the making of this 28-question assessment.
It identifies your personality's most fascinating communication Advantages.
What are Fascination Advantages?
Your Fascination Advantages are what make you different and most valuable.
Think of them like your natural superpowers.
When you communicate using these Advantages, you become more influential, more persuasive, and more successful.
Who created the Fascination Advantage Assessment?
The Fascination Advantage assessment was created by New York Times best-selling author and world-class branding expert, Sally Hogshead.
Sally created the Fascination Advantage system after working as a copywriter and creative director for the world's most loved brands--including Nike, Coca Cola, Mini Cooper, and Godiva.
"Your personality is your greatest differentiator."- Sally Hogshead
I hope you find some value in this recommendation.
(full disclosure it's an affiliate link but as you know I only recommend stuff I have used myself)
So you have got the Wordpress platform, everyone says how great it is, how intuitive it is, how EASY it is to use.
You have gone round the steep learning curve and...... you are suitably underwhelmed.
Your website is not performing quite how you were led to believe by the experts?
You want to build a web business don't you and not just a website!
Help is at hand......and it is built just for Wordpress!
Struggling with finding an answer to a burning questions you might have?
Ask me here, you will be helping others who also need to know but may be frightened to ask.
No question about finding a business idea or improving the one you have is too small.
We have all been there and sometimes you just want someone elses opinion on things who is not a family member, a friend or worst of all a critic!
You are a brilliant creative person who needs to fly, don't let a small thing hold you back.
If you are working hard to come up with the right business idea, you might have got to the page on my site about Finding Your Strengths.
Here is an additional page about the areas to look for your strengths.
There are 9 areas we all can be brilliant in but we all, mostly manage just a few of them.
Nothing wrong with that at all, no-one can be good at everything.
The key thing is to know where you shine and work with it rather than highlighting the less than stellar bits.
Trying to improve a weakness is like trying to push water uphill.... frankly, why would you?
But that said, no one has any weaknesses really, they are just strengths in the wrong environment.
Marianne Cantwell said that...link to her book on the page if you want to read more about that.
I have just listened to this brilliant podcast, its only about 45 minutes long and packed full of little diamonds of information.
Brian Clark, the podcast host always has a lot of useful stuff to share.
Joanna Penn, his interviewee is a fantastic British author of fiction and also non fiction.
She is a super successful writing coach and teaches marketing and publishing to aspiring authors under her brand The Creative Penn.
She also teaches author mindset and the essentials of how to make a living with your writing.
She is talking with him about being an introvert, how she does her business and why she is happy with what she has and doesn't aspire to be a millionaire.Something a lot of people, I feel would like to hear about.
There seems to be a lot of pressure to only be considered successful if you make a million.This is so not the case with Joanna.
If you are introverted, or a writer, or want to have a writing business and not necessarily write books, this is golden information.
Here is a synopsis of the podcast from the website:
The rise of audio — both audio books and podcasts — and how it is changing the future of both consumption and publishing. (They return to this at the end too.)
• How Joanna stays “sanely ambitious” with a successful 6-figure business that remains completely on her terms … and why she is not striving to hit seven figures.
• Why it’s important to regularly review your business and double down on what you love.
• Why Joanna and Brian struggle with Seth Godin’s definitions of freelancer and entrepreneur.
• Joanna goes into detail about her business model and the many ways she makes money.
• The specific strategies Joanna has used to leverage affiliate sales into half of her total revenue.
• The many different tools and services Joanna uses to manage her independent publishing empire.
• Joanna explains a few remarkable examples of what’s next in audio and voice — including A.I. voice synth and licensing a voice brand.
• Why even a writer like Joanna is thinking and planning for #voicefirst moving forward.
I hope you find it useful.
A great listen for this Sunday morning
#writingbusiness #businessidea #businessideas #creativebusinessideas #thecreativepenn #joannapenn
I have said this a few times now.
It hems people in and they feel failure if things don't go well.
Sometimes your passion should remain, just that, a passion...
My friends think I should be putting my feet up now I am looking towards retirement and my family think I should stay home and look after their children
Many people want to organise their small business idea around their life purpose but they are not sure if they know what it is or how to go about finding it.
Ask yourself these 11 questions to help you move closer to the answers you are looking for.
Have you picked the right business idea?
Just because you are passionate about something doesn't mean it is the right choice.
Sometimes passion should stay just that, a passion.. or else you kill the joy of it...
If you don't treasure your mindset like a child and nurture it, it could be game over before you even begin with your business idea.
If you are stuck in a fixed mindset and cannot change to a business one combined with a growth one you are doomed to failure.
Mindset is everything, in life and in business.
Is yours holding you back?
Can you recognise it in yourself and you want to do something about it?
I am not a lover of blah, mundane and irritating listicles, you know the ones, 10 things to X Y or Z in your life but I think this one really has some merit.
I wouldn't post it otherwise...
We are all holding ourselves back and we need to realise what the problem is, address it and move forward.
And then your world will be a better place when you do your thing, instead of being scared by it.
Which is it that is really holding you back?
Are you thinking of using WIX for your website?
You might be interested to read a bit more about why it might not be the best platform for you...
It might just save you hours of work!
Have you tried the Wealth Dynamics Test yet?
An incredibly useful tool in determining how best you do business. For example should you be the star of the show or are you best behind the scenes.
Do you like to create products and services or should you stick to the organisation of the business and strategise and get someone else to do the heavy lifting for you instead?
Business is hard enough as it is without you playing to your weaknesses.
Why not play to your strengths?
It is not cheap, but I found it to be well worth it.
I came out a Trader, but I will let you read more to find out what that means.
Its a lot of fun finding out about your talents.
As Marcus Buckingham, an world expert in working to your strengths says in his book Find Your Strongest Life
"Though your strengths may limit your choices, they will little by little expand your world".
In other words if you concentrate on the thing you love doing, you will meet others who love doing the same and opportunities will appear that you had never considered before.
If you carry on watching TV, nothing will transpire.
I urge you to find your strengths and build your business world around them.
Life will become sweet when you do...
Are you struggling to write your about me page on your website?
Do you find it hard to write about yourself because you are naturally reticent and don't like to draw attention to yourself.
Well, if you are going to start your own little business you are going to have get used to telling people about who you are and what you stand for, so here is a great article about how to write a compelling about me page.
Use it like a kind of a template and you can't go far wrong.
Be proud of who you are and what can do, people are waiting for you in the world.
#business idea #aboutmepagetips #workforyourself #sbi #startyourimpossible
As you get stuck into all the shopping and buying and wrapping... give yourself 5 minutes to think about your dreams for next year.
Are you finally going to get that business off the ground?Great, well you can help things along with your website building presence or is that presents?
SBI are offering 2 for one until 28 December, so you and a friend/partner/loved one can get that business going for half price...so you can share the fun of building it all together.
Do you belong to a group who want to start a business, well you can pass the savings along to each and everyone of you too.
One of the things that often halts people getting going is money, so if that is you, take advantage....of a low cost business startup
Read all about it here, and WordPress is covered too....