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Why Planners Don’t Work!

Every year millions of us buy beautiful new planners. It’s a big decision – there are so many to choose from and we love the thrill of choosing the perfect one for us. We buy new pens, new planner accessories, new planner covers, new planner tags, the lot. We lovingly...

How To Deal With Copycats

I had a question this week from a lady saying someone had copied her entire business, from her website to her social media posts - there were just enough differences for it not to be a direct duplication (she had used slightly different images) but to the casual...

17 Small Business Saturday Marketing Tips

Small Business Saturday is the one time each year when the world's eyes are on small businesses - certainly in the UK (December 3rd 2016) and the US (November 26th 2016) there are major initiatives backed by Government to encourage people to shop small and/or local....

How To Squish A Mind Monkey

Have you ever had a little voice in your head tell you 'you're not good enough', 'you're not clever enough', 'you're RUBBISH at business' or (in my case) 'you're a BAD mother'...? If so, brace yourself – you’ve just been attacked by a mind monkey. Mind monkeys are...

3 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Stuck

Why does that happen? One day we're full of enthusiasm, bursting with energy and raring to go. We feel like we can take on the world! The next day we wake up and feel, well, STUCK! Like we've lost the plot. We feel blank, panicky and scared. We feel overwhelmed and...

She’s Better Than Me

OK admit it - how many times lately have you looked at someone else’s website, or products, or business card or shopfront and thought to yourself, with a heavy heart ‘she’s better than me’? And how often have you thought about doing something new or different and then...

Time To Fix Your Broken Business?

Do you feel like you have a broken business?As if part of it just aren't working? If so, you're definitely not alone. Building a business is tricky. Not only do you have to actually DO or MAKE the thing you get paid for, there's a whole bunch of other stuff you need...

A Toy Pug Business Lesson

I wrote this while on holiday in beautiful Devon with my 8 year old daughter, Chloe. Something happened while we were away that made me think of you. It involves a toy pug dog. Bear with me on this one! One evening Chloe wanted to go to Paignton Pier to play on the...

7 Ways To Make Your “ABOUT” Page AWESOME

How's the 'About' page looking on your website? If it's anything like most people's it will be pretty standard - a bit of blurb about you, maybe mentioning an award you've won and definitely talking about the professional qualification you've got. Right? Uh-oh! I...

How To Keep The Money Flowing Into Your Business

I was chatting to a lady the other day and she said 'Claire, this business is bad for my nerves and my blood pressure. One day it's fine, I have money in the bank and then within days it's all gone on staff costs, supplies and other bills. Then there are days when...

Don’t Miss The Sales Train!

I remember when I first started out in business - I wasted so much time. Sales were pretty thin on the ground. I did things the hard way and I couldn't see it because I didn't know any better. Take new clients, for example. I was a marketing consultant. I needed small...

How To Magic Up Sales From Nowhere

Sales is one of those things that makes us feel really wobbly. I mean, who wants to be described as ‘salesy’? *Shudder* And heaven forbid, someone thought we were ‘pushy’ or a pest - talk about pushing our buttons. Eeek! The thing is, though, sales are necessary. You...