How to celebrate Christmas when you work as a solo practitioner

It’s easy to feel left out of the Christmas cheer when you work by yourself. It seems like everyone else is going to work Christmas parties, going to client drinks and wandering around the shops on their lunch break while your working harder than usual getting everything completed prior to the end of the year.

Of course, that’s not quite how it is for those working in large offices and they are probably equally jealous of how easy it was for you to pop to your kid’s school to watch their Christmas concert… the grass is always greener on the other side!

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Why investing in your business is worth the money

One of the hardest things to get your head around when you start a new business, or want to expand your existing one, is spending money to make money.

I don’t mean spending money on things like a printer or a mobile phone. I mean investing in less tangible things, things like mentoring, networking , business development or perhaps even administration staff so you can have more time to build your core business.

Often expensive, this kind of investment can feel very hard to justify because you are spending the money BEFORE you see the return.

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Why your business needs a Big Hairy Audacious Goal

I love the term Big Hairy Audacious Goal! It has been around since the early 1990s and I think it is a fantastic technique to help keep your business moving forward and pushing boundaries.

If you haven’t heard of it before, a BHAG is a goal for your business that is medium to long term but not impossible. It also needs to be something that can be clearly defined so you know when you have reached it.

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Wondering how much to charge? Ask what you are worth

How much should you charge your clients?

Most wellness practitioners don’t know how much they are worth, not just in financial terms but in what they deliver to their clients and so they have no idea how much they should be charging.

Value = self esteem.

Think about that equation for a second.

Are you proud of the amount you charge or do you resent your clients because you don’t feel you are being paid what you are worth?

Does the amount you charge for your service match your self esteem?

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What do you do when you just don’t feel like working?

Everyone has days when they don’t feel like working – perhaps something has gone wrong or got you down? Perhaps you’ve just finished a big project and are having trouble getting started on the next one or maybe it is a beautiful day and you would just rather be outside?

Whatever the reason, it can be really challenging to motivate yourself to work on the days when it all feels too hard.

So what can you do to get your mojo back?

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Work and kids: How to find the balance between family and business

I’ve run my own businesses for 11 years and I am the mother of two beautiful sons. My boys were 5 and 3 when I started out on my own, so I know how challenging it can be to manage the needs of a business and motherhood at the same time.

During my business journey I’ve learnt some tricks that can help you find the balance between family and work while staying on top of both and without any need to feel guilty about either!

It is still hard to find time for everything, but with a few changes life can be much, much easier than you think.

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New online tool helping to make your practitioner life easier

Natural Business Tools

I’m really excited to be supporting Natural Business Tools as I really believe what they have to offer can be of benefit to so many wellness practitioners.

Here’s a snapshot of what they do: Provide health practitioners with customised and personalised patient educational material and business system templates to support you in the everyday running of your clinic.

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How to handle a “no thanks” from a potential client

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I was excited about the coming week. I had two new mentoring clients booked in and I couldn’t wait to get started with them. I knew both of them had such an opportunity to build their business and I was ‘champing at the ‘bit’ to get stuck into their businesses and advise them on how they could start earning more money.

On Saturday afternoon I received an email from one with a vague “I’d like to cancel our session and I will contact you when I’m ready” and on Sunday morning I received an email from the second one saying “I’ve decided I don’t have enough money to proceed”.

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How your personal life can effect your business

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Did you know that having discipline and focus in all aspects of your life is vital to building your business?

That seems like an obvious statement, doesn’t it? But believe it or not I had no idea that my lack of willpower in my personal life would be hindering my professional life.

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