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Do You Find Yourself Not Being Able To Move Forward With Your Business Idea?

Do you feel blocked about moving forward with your business idea?

Do you keep trying to start your business but always seem to come up against a problem?

Well you are not alone.

I recently read a great book and found a technique I believe can help you move forward.

I found it so helpful, I wanted to share it with you in case you find it useful for your situation.

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Bring Your Inner Nordic To A Creative Business

One of my ways I help people to find a business that fits in with who they are and what lifestyle they want to live is to look for a trend. With a trend it is on an upward swing and there can be lots of opportunities within it for everyone.

The "Swedish" trend has been with us in UK for quite some time, I mean how long has IKEA been in our lives, right?

Then last year we had "Hygge" or the art of cosiness & conviviality in Danish terms.

Now we have another Swedish trend looming, perfect for creative business ideas and I don't just mean food or flatpack...

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12 Unique Business Ideas

Just for fun today, I thought you might like to see 12 unique business ideas you don't come across every day of the week.

I particularly like number 5 myself, why didn't I think of that myself?

Probably because I am not yet a fully committed vegetarian!

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Mums Enterprise Road Show

This is a free event, no charge for tickets so tell your friends about this event.

It is a business created for mums, by mums.

I am showcasing a previous event here but I want to share why I love this enterprise for 2 reasons.

Firstly it is a great gathering of modern business minds to help mums go forward with enterprise and life in the workplace.

This can be whilst on maternity leave, when you have some time (in theory right) :) to think about others ways you can live your working life and start a business or work differently.

Lots of experts to help you.

Or after you return to work, but are thinking of perhaps doing something on the side or working towards leaving your job.

Either way you cannot failed to be inspired.

The event offers:

  • Confidence Boosting Sessions
  • Flexible Work Ideas and Help
  • Franchise/Work From Home/Start A Business
  • A whole lot more

I am pleased to say, it will also be a Multi Level Marketing Free Zone

If you want to attend this year, put these dates in your diary:

  • Manchester on 20th June Event City - Trafford City Venue
  • London on 28 - 29th September - London Olympia Venue

The second reason I like this business is because I think it is a great business model to follow.

You may not be in UK so you can attend or you may not want to target new mums but you can use the idea to bring other groups of experts together for the benefit of others, several times a year.

It is called the host model, one I like to follow on this website.

I like to "host" other peoples ideas and expertise as well as my own.

You provide a platform for others to join you and work with you in a spirit of co-operation not competition.

Its great, if you are like me and have the skills of researching, curating and signposting information for others to take advantage of.

#shootforthemoon

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From Corporate PA To Juice Company Owner

If you are sitting in an office, gazing out of the window waiting for the sun to shine and dreaming of how you are going to get out of there, I hope Rosina and her story is inspiring to you.

She moved back from London to her home country of Ghana and realised the healthy lifestyle she lived there couldn't be replicated due to lack of products.

So, she created her own business to provide what she needed not just for her self but for the betterment of her own community.

She has gone from strength to strength and is a perfect example of what you can do when you spot a gap in the market and there is a market in the gap.

She is a perfect example of what I share in a personal coaching session about where to look for your business idea.

Quite often is is right in front of you, starting back at you and waiting patiently for you to spot it.

So go forth, you are ready...!

source: talentedladiesclub.com #talentedladiesclub

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16 Success Stories From Dragons Den

Dragons Den (think Shark Tank USA) has been around since, can you believe 2005.

Here are 16 success stories from people who were brave enough to face the dragons.

Not all of them walked away with cash, and some even got offers but never actually took them up after the show was over.

All of them had success with or without help.

I thought you might like to read about them in case they inspire you in some way to go forward with your brilliant business idea.

Happy reading!

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Trend: House Declutter For Ageing Population

One of the areas I help people look for a business idea with, is to look for a trend.

There is a definite trend for downsizing to live in a smaller home, now the world population is ageing rapidly.

So, for any would be house declutterers, there is a business staring you in the face right there.

Not everyone in the world has family or a partner who can help them during this difficult, emotional and stressful time of their life.

I would welcome help from someone if I was faced with a quart sized home that needed to fit into a pint sized one, if I was alone or just plain not interested in asking anyone else to help.

The whole process might be less emotional if family were not necessarily involved when parents are choosing to leave a family home after a number of years.

Sometimes a friendly, definitely empathetic but impartial service might be just what is needed.

If you are a person who loves to organise others, and were thinking of starting a decluttering business then this trend could be just for you.

It is not only the emotional upheaval you can help with, if you are "vintage" minded you might also like to help in another way.

It seems children don't always want to inherit "heirlooms" any more for all sorts of reasons.

Selling items for clients might become a further income stream for you via Ebay or to others who would just love what your client has got.

People such as interior designers, film companies for props, vintage wedding planners who love china or mid century furniture lovers.

You never know what you might find and if you could combine downsizing, re-organising and selling items for some cash you could be onto a winner.

You know what they say, "one mans treasure is another mans trash"

What do you think?

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I Like Too Many Things & I Don't Know What To Pick First!

I know you are supposed to follow your passion, but to be honest I have so many I can't decide what to pick as the main thing. I feel it is bit like trying

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Are You A Professional Who Wants To Stop Just Billing Hours?

Richard is a Dentist from UK.

He clearly is a man who has itchy feet but he made use of his professional skills buy building a website to offer advice to people for free about dental care.

He has a couple of inexpensive information & advice products for sale, and he hosts some advertising.

This business now allows him to travel whenever he wants.

Are you a professional who is fed up of clocking in each day and billing for your time and if you aren't behind your desk, you don't get paid.

Then this case study is for you...

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Genius Business Idea For Empty Restaurant Tables

I love a simple idea, one you think, "why didn't I think of that?"

A couple of guys in Manchester had the bright idea of going to restaurants, who have empty tables during the day and offering them as out as workspace.

It becomes a win/win for all parties.

Restaurants get used, business owners get reasonably priced office space.

Great for networking without really trying.

I can see how they could extend this idea all over the UK for themselves or sell as a franchise idea.

Something you could do in your area?

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A Tale Of 2 Bakers

I wanted to share this story because it expresses the difference between 2 people with similar aspirations.

Both wanted to make food part of their life but each had a different motivation.

The first person was motivated by fear.

The second person was motivated by action, adventure and a why not attitude.

I think you could apply it to anything in life you want to achieve.

Which side of the motivational fence are you on?

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Encourage Children To Be Entrepreneurs

Such a great TED talk.

Encourage children to be entrepreneurs not give them extra tutoring on subjects they hate or are rubbish at.

It's controversial I know but I would be the woman in the room encouraging home schooling too.

I loved the point he brought up about bipolar being the CEO's disease and a lot of great creators have it.

It is probably time now to stop boxing people in, although, to be fair think this is becoming more widely recognised.

Sadly, the school systems don't allow for it fully yet but I can see changes.

In the UK we have a move back to the Technical Colleges of years ago for children who are not especially academic, perhaps one day we will have teenage business school as an option?

That said, if you are reading this, you already know all of this, don't you because you have had enough of the system yourself?

No doubt, you are already encouraging your child's ambitions to be a teenage entrepreneur.

In that case...I salute you...!

Business Audio Books

I love to read books, a lot but sometimes I prefer my business books as an audio version.

Ideal when travelling or when I just can't be bothered to open the pages of the actual book.

I can't listen at night though, in bed as they send me to sleep like a lullaby.

Not ideal when you want to learn something.

I have a list of my top 20 ones on Amazon but I have picked out my top 3 and explained why I think they may be valuable to you.

I am sure you have your own choices, but I like to share what I learn with others so I hope you find the list useful.

I know I have a good book for me, when I purchase it as a real book, a Kindle version and an audio version, just so I know I can read/listen at any time in any circumstance.

Is that something you would do?

Here is to all good books, where would we be without you?

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More Advice About Starting A Business With No Money!

I love Carrie Green from the Female Entrepreneur Association.

She has some great advice about starting a business with no money too...

How Do I Start A Business Without Any Money?

I want to start my business but I don't have any money. What should I do to get started?

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Home Business Is On The Rise

I love the fact, so many more people are working from home.

Here is a brilliant article from the UK official government business website.

Choc full of other people's experiences across a really wide spectrum.

Each business idea, a triumph for the owner after of course, the usual problems of fear of failing, lack of money, lack of time, lack of sleep.

All things experienced by all business owners but who, at the end of the day will tell you, they wouldn't have it any other way.

Why would they want to carry on sitting in traffic each and every day when they can have the highs and lows and absolute pride in doing their own thing.

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Mums Are Taking The Business World By Storm

I love how more and more women are in the news now about starting their own business.

Women, and parents in particular have great skills to bring to the world of business.

I admire anyone who can bring up a family and run a business at the same time.

I admire them even more if they can run a family, a job and have a business on the side too.

I mean, how much energy must they have?

Here is an article of just a few people who have embraced their inner small business queen and got going.

I hope they inspire you...even if you don't have children...

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Eco Friendly Nappies From Mexico

This is a simple tale of:

  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Action

A mum, in Mexico, had a problem with regular nappies, her child was allergic to them.

So, using her artistic background, she came up with a range of designs, eventually got them made (manufacturing is not the easiest business to start) and they are now being exported all over the world to the tune of over a million dollars.

She has some useful tips about starting and explains her initial difficulty exporting to Europe.

She is a big fan of social media and she explains how it works for her.

Genius..I love her story..and her video presentation from her Ecopipo factory really brings it to life.

What a great success.

All because her child was allergic to mainstream brands of nappies and she couldn't find the sort of Eco-friendly and re-usable ones in her own country.

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How Not To Start A T Shirt Business

I am particularly interested in people who start a clothing boutique or want to create their own clothing line.

Mostly, because I have a person close to me who is heading in that direction and I am always on the look out for useful information for them. I heard the fashion industry is one of the most difficult, bitchy, nasty, horrible places to work and people are treated like slaves and frankly it seems nothing short of abuse.

So, I can see why people might want to just go their own way and it seems a t-shirt business is the way to go, an easy sort of startup, in relative terms and I can see endless possibilities for this garment.

You pick a niche and someone will want to buy a t-shirt for it.

Sports, associations, groups, clubs, companies, education.. you name it.

It doesn't always have to be high fashion.

So this article jumped out at me because it is about how not to start a t shirt business. Always good to know, right?

They also offer a very useful How To Start A Clothing Line e-book for any aspiring Yves St Laurent...

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In Honour Of International Women's Day

My belated contribution to International Womens Day.

You know I am not a big fan of "lists" but I thought this one from Cosmopolitan had some merit with their case studies of women who have started successful businesses and how they did it.

Not always with a lot of time or money but the main thing was they started.

I don't necessarily agree with number 4.

Unless you are building a business that needs serious funding and you need to convince a bank or investors to give you some, I think you can write yourself out a "this is what I am going to do, who I am going to do it for, and how I am going to do it list" rather than stop dead in your tracks and palpitate at the thought of numbers and words and what order they go in.

I don't mean you will never have to do it, but I think on day one of your business you just need to press the go button!

Same with number 4, same advice for a much larger business but just start small, sell that one product or service to one person and build.

Raising a glassto all the ladies, you are fabulous!!

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Are These The Wisest Words Of All Time?

This video has been viewed over 70 million times so there must be something in it of value?

What do you think?

I would say they speak to most souls in the world especially people like you who are going to make a big change in their life.

But you have seen the light, so you already know!

So pass it on and help someone else...

Student Business Ideas?

I thought I would share this article, because someone only the other day mentioned in passing their child had to come up with a business idea for a project they were working on at school.

It struck me, this must be a common theme for business studies students and because I don't have children this entire group of people have passed me by.

So I thought, if the lady I was speaking too had a child looking for student business ideas, others reading my site may have the same story going on in their household.

I searched around a bit and found this article and I liked what they were sharing.

I think some of the ideas are interchangeable for students at university who are looking to build their side thing whilst studying too.

I particularly like idea number 22!.

And some are clearly not suitable for school age children but I think there some good ones that you could adapt.

Hope you find it useful enough to get your brain juices flowing.

Looks like an interesting website too.

Best of luck with the project...:)

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Could Your Dog Be A $50M Brand

I know a lot of people in the world want to come up with a pet business idea.

I have one for you here.

Here is a great story of someone over 50, in debt to the tune of an eye watering $1 million dollars, problems galore, subsequent light bulb moments then eventually profound success and an appearance on Oprah.

What more could you ask for in this real life drama.

I hope it inspires you to think anything is possible, if only you change your mindset and do something positive towards your small business dream.

Despite your perceived station in life, setbacks you have encountered or you lack of money in the bank.

It doesn't matter if you were born a woman or a man or you are divorced, single or married.

What matters is that you do something.

I hope Carol Gardner's story inspires you today.

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Profound Thought For The Weekend?

7 tips from some smart women entrepreneurs.

Now people who know me well, know I am am not a big fan of random tip lists or the word passion. My personal point of view is, I think & feel there is way too much pressure on finding it when the reality is where you should be headed is already found you just need to get to it and you do that by feeling it not trying to logic it out.

However, with this article number 4 is the profound question to ask yourself this weekend if you are struggling on the road to understanding yourself.

A clear question that demands a clear answer and i believe it will help you with another piece of your jigsaw...

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Fish Finger Fred

Sometimes I just have random conversations with people about their business ideas.In car parks, at the supermarket, eating an ice cream at the seaside!

So, I thought I might write this one up in case it might be of some use to someone who wants to start a Food Truck Business.

A really popular choice of business these days.

One of the things I teach is about tapping into a trend and this is certainly one of those trends.

I hope you find it useful or pass it on to someone else who might...

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Writing A Business Plan

I have an idea and I want to go forward but I am stuck because I am panicking about writing a business plan. I have no idea what to do, it all seems very

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Online Business Books

Can you recommend some really good online business books. I want to start a business but I am overwhelmed by the choice and don't know where to start?

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When A Single Passion Is Not Enough

For some people one thing in life is not enough.

So for when you have days when you feel you have an either/or choice, think about Micayla Gatto.

She combines her love of mountain biking with painting, bringing the two passions together.

You just have to think laterally instead of in a linear fashion.

How To Start A T-Shirt Brand in 24 Hours

This is a great case study of how to set up a t-shirt shop in 24 hours. T shirts just NEVER go out of style and you can be hugely creative without needing much money to begin a fashion brand online.

From concept to sale, you could start a business really, really quickly.

Choose your theme for your t shirts and away you go.

Using Shopify as the selling platform and a tshirt dropshipping company who printed up and mailed out the tshirts a new brand was born based upon the area where the author lived.

Simple and ingenious I thought.

What a great way to begin a fashion brand.

You could develop this out into other items over time like baseball hats, or iPhone and iPad covers as an example.

Is it something you could do?

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But I Don't Have The Time!

I have learned over the years, the phrase "I don't have time" is really us just kidding ourselves in order to procrastinate over whatever it is, we should or want to be doing in life. Would you agree?

I know because I am the worlds worst procrastinator.

If I can avoid it I will, or at least that is how I used to be.

I am much more focused these days now I have a vision I want to work towards.

But, if you are struggling, particularly if you have a book you want to write, have a look at this story.

I came across a really interesting one about a man called Gabriel Gambetta from Switzerland.

He wrote a novel on his 40 minute commute into work each day.

He goes into all the detail which you may find helpful.

So if you are struggling to find 5 minutes, perhaps he will inspire you to find the time...because you do have it!

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Business Idea Tips?

When I go online all I get are ready made business ideas that don't suit me. How do you suggest I go about doing things differently. I am searching small

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Where Do I Find My Passion?

The question of passion: I don't have any? Where is it, where do I find it?

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How I Feel About Multi-Level Marketing

I watched a documentary last night on Netflix, about a wellness company called Herbalife.

Partly because I remember the name from years ago, someone I knew was always trying to get me to join her in her business.

For whatever reason, and I don't remember exactly why, I said no.

After watching the documentary I am so pleased I said no, because I must have had some kind of nagging feeling it wasn't what I thought it was or something didn't sit right.

And sure enough, it is allegedly one of the biggest scams in history and a judge in the american judicial system deemed it so.

The business model had to be amended in part to reflect the findings.

The documentary was about a high flying wall street finance whizz who spotted the flaws in the company business model and he bet against the company failing eventually.

(It is called shorting the market I think).

He nearly lost his shirt over it more than once but his journey against this huge company is worth watching.

What was interesting about the whole thing is how clever multi level marketing is, uber slick with presentations, you could get sucked into a vortex and never get out.

Lots of rallies, and high fives and people "sharing" how great their journey has been to riches.

The bottom line is, you make money when you recruit people, not sell product, and further up the line people are making millions of the back of people in the downline who spent a fortune buying up products that no one wants just get a further rung up the ladder.

Quite a scandalous concept if you think about it, and the documentary is heartbreaking at times.

I am not suggesting all MLM is like this but I wouldn't take part in it myself.

I think people can get easily get bamboozled into something they think is all about high quality health care products or some other product they could get passionate about.

When in fact it is probably not.

The point of the article I am sharing here is, the Talented Ladies Club were thinking the same thing at the same time as me and published an article, and they have named some companies I had no idea used the Multi Level Marketing model.

I thought I would share it with you in case you thinking of getting involved with any MLM.

Forewarned is forearmed as they sayand the website with the article has lots more articles you will find interesting about MLM...

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Handmade Business Resources

Are you one of those people who loves to craft and create and make beautiful handmade pieces for sale?

If so, you may find my resources page helpful.

I found a couple of REALLY great people who can offer advice, they have built their own successful handmade business and want to show you how to do it too.

I particularly love the australian lady who podcasts about this subject, I think she is just brilliant.

I hope they can help you become super successful on your handmade business journey.

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The Problem With Building A Website

The problem with building a website for your business is that just about every company that says you can do it, is offering.... just a website.

And what is wrong with that you might ask?

Well, imagine your business is a house.

You can get someone to build the frame with doors and windows so, on the outside it looks like a house but on the inside there aren't any walls, doors or fixtures and fittings that allow your building to function fully as a home.

Plus, you don't have any information from anyone how to finish off what you have started...and if you do get any you have to pay through the nose with no guarantee the information is any good or actually up to date with current legislation.

This is how I think of sites that offer to show you or build you a website.

They are building you a shell.

This article points out beautifully the differences.

Yes, this is around the business builder I use, but I wanted you to see how in depth and how seriously they take what they do which is show you how to build a business and not just a website.

If you view the video and decide to purchase I will get a commission but it doesn't cost you anything extra at all.

Personally I think it is the best thing on the market and costs about £25.00 a month for an all in business building package.

However, my main intention is for you to read the article (click the continue to read bit below the video) and make up your own mind...I am really ticked off with the rubbish that is out there, all in the name of "helping you start a business".

My 10 pence worth...

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Tired Of The Six Figure Income Claims?

Well you are not alone there.

I have just been on a webinar with Hannah Martin and she brought up this point and shared with her audience an article she had written on her website last year.

She said she was nervous writing it, and she some people did not receive it well after publication.

However, now having spent just an hour with Hannah, she was a guest on someone's show, I think she is one of the most ethical people I have ever encountered.

She is the owner of

talentedladiesclub.com

I am a big fan and I hope to get to interview her in the future.

I posted this article because I think we can sometimes think of ourselves as no good at busines because we perceive ourselves as failures if we aren't like everyone else.

It seems to be the norm now that everyone and her dog has a six figure business.

Well it is good to know it isn't necessarily true, so we can all relax a bit now and stop beating ourselves up..

On that note, have a read, then go be yourself would be my advice.

Have a great Monday...

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Mumpreneur Summit End of January 2018

If you are a potential mumpreneur, Sophie Segal from Mindset Shift Summit is holding an event at the end of January with 25 special guests who have started their own business or created a career with flexibility.

Aimed squarely at parents and in particular mothers who want to work and be proactive in their careers, change jobs, start a business or just have more control over their working life.

The event runs from 30 January to 2nd February.

You can access for free all the events as they happen and for a couple of days afterwards.

For £79.00 if you purchase a pass at the beginning you have access for ever to all of the materials from the speakers.

You do get a lot for your money so may consider it a good investment in YOU!

Especially as you don't have to leave the house.

I recommend though you purchase the pass before the event as the price for permanent access to the summit content will go up during and after the event by a considerable amount.

Enjoy...she has a lovely warm introduction video to explain everything...

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Small Business Idea Generator eCourse

Welcome to my Small Business Idea Generator eCourse, or in other words, 3 Steps to Turn What You Know Into Income.

Isn't it time you kicked your commute into touch?

You will receive...

5 emails over the course of a couple of weeks,

Designed to help you as an intelligent, articulate and talented soul start thinking outside of the standard job box and come up with a business that frankly, lights you up and makes you want to actually get up in the morning.

By the end of the steps you will be able to come up with your own small business idea either full time or part time using our gifts and talents and more in tune with who you are.

You know, it's really all about the questions you ask yourself, and the honest answers you give back...

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Work From Home Summit End Of January 2018

If you have always dreamed of working from home in your pajamas, you might be interested in the Work From Home Summit from the workathomeschool.com

From January 29th to February 3rd, there are online lectures all during the working day from experts in their field who all work from home.

Topics about mindset, overcoming money blocks, and goal-setting.

You also get to hear from experts in several different industries.

There are talks about health and nutrition, business planning, marketing plus to be honest too many to mention topics here.

The classes are all set out in detail on the website.

Have a look for yourself, book yourself a ticket and some time to actually sit down and listen (the classes are all recorded but only available for a very short time),

Buy yourself a new notebook and pen and bring a great attitude and you will be set....

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Jewellry Business Podcast Episode

A great interview from the Natwest Bank series "women in business.

A great interview with very practical advice for creative business ideas.

In this business, hear how a mumpreneur started a menswear jewellery business whilst pregnant, and how it has grown and developed over the last 5 years called Alice Made This.

Alice Made This by Alice Walsh has become a leading brand and she exports to several countries.

She manufactures her product here in Britain, in a Hatton Garden factory in London.

A world renowned location in the city for Jewellery creation.

She has already done very well, and is thinking of expanding into women's wear as well.

In this interview she talks of the highs and lows of a business that came about because her husband couldn't find decent cuff links.

She goes on to talk about running a business with a family, being a creative and struggling with the "business side" of things and her plans for the future.

She is in attendance with her bank manager from Nat West Bank who are a leading light for funding women in business in the UK.

There are lots of elements I think anyone who wants to start a creative business and export goods/start in retail/have a family/build their own business/borrow money would find really interesting.

Chock full of useful advice...

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Think You Are Too Old To Create A Business? You Haven't Seen Grandma Potty Mouth!

Caution advised if you don't like swearing.

Seriously, I nearly spat my coffee out this morning watching this lady.

Grandma Pottymouth has morphed into a brand all of it's own...

She has nearly a quarter of a million followers on YouTube and nearly half a million followers on Facebook.

She does a bit of baking here and there nothing too difficult, and passes comment on life in general.

Usually with a sack load of expletives, which is quite unexpected from this angelic looking lady.

So if you think you have no skills or talent, or are too old, believe me none of that is true.

You can make a business out of anything and make money.

You just have to believe you can...

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope you make 2018 your year of action to go forward with your dreams of designing your own job and creating life on your own terms.

If you build your dream with your life in mind first and your work supports it you cannot go wrong.

I have just been thinking, are you going to make new year resolutions this year?

I want you to actually consider not making any at all for a change this New Years Eve...

I think we give ourselves a mountain to climb around the whole resolution thing, then we get upset when we have failed by the end of next week and then we easily give up on the other 51 weeks of the year, get annoyed and feel we have to wait until next December to get back on the horse.

General resolutions allow us to be far too easily sabotaged.

I like to use a different approach.

I prefer the idea of giving a year a theme instead.

Pick a word to describe what goals you want to achieve, both personally and professionally.

Put a big note everywhere of the word, have it pop up on your phone, paste it on your monitor at work, stick it to the fridge door, put it in your car.

It will remind you what you decided you wanted your year to be about.

If you find yourself off course, it will mentally bring you back to your theme in an instant and you can adjust yourself back towards your destination.

Taking my own medicine, my theme for the year is communication.

I intend to communicate more, with the people that matter and to reach the people who have yet to find me.

I am learning more and more people want to be in charge of their lives and I believe I can shine a light on the path towards it so I have to communicate it further and faster than before.

Having a word helps you crystallise your thinking and narrows your options a bit more.

It becomes so much easier to decide what step to take next.

Isn't that a better option than kicking yourself for falling at the first fence?

Try it, and if you really struggle, you can have more than one word.

I will leave you with a quote from Ellen Goodman

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential." - Ellen Goodman

The very best to you and yours for 2018 and to looking for your potential, not your flaws.

Jackie xx

Writing A Business Plan

Ok, be honest, you are putting off writing that business plan aren't you?

It seems daunting, to difficult and you are not ready yet. Well, the truth is you never will be you know.

In fact you might be thinking why do you need a plan at all?

Well,I get that and I am an advocate of the back of a cigarette packet model of writing a business plan.

So, are you aware of the modern business plan tool called the Business Model Canvas.

I outlined it and you can go to the website of the person who came up with the idea.

His passion is to make life a simple as possible for entrepreneurs.

I hope you think it makes sense!

Most of all though, I hope you use the idea and get on with your business plan for the new year.

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Random Gifts Store Makes $3.1 million dollars

I am fascinated by other peoples business ideas and this one really caught my eye because of the simple nature of it and how much money they seemed to have made from the idea.

The shop is called the Something Store and the premise is you send in $10.00 and a gift will be sent but you have no idea what it is going to be.

To date they have shipped over 300,000 gifts across the United States (free shipping included) and world wide.

So if you do the maths you can see the financial potential.

What I take from this example is, there appears to be a market for almost anything.

The gifts market is huge so there is scope for the unusual and I would suggest the more unusual the better.

If you are one of those people that would love a gift store, and don't want to be tied to anything in particular but be just a bit unusual, perhaps this random gifts store might offer you inspiration because they are clearly successful.

They offer intrique and their magic is in their mystery.

You don't know if you or the recipient are going to get a box of chocolates or a clock that goes backwards.

A unique business idea and I love it.

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Do You Want To Work In Dog Training?

People who are looking for pet business ideas may be interested in this one.

Sharon Bolt from the UK has been at the forefront of professional dog training.

She is a regular go to expert on the BBC and other networks for her topic.

She has kindly provided a guidebook for people who dream of becoming a professional dog trainer and would like to work with dogs for a living.

Most people have times in their lives when they think ‘There must be more to life than this.’

It’s certainly been Sharon’s experience in the past when she used to commute daily in hot, stuffy and packed out trains.

Then it all changed.

During the book Sharon explains:

What she did and what actually happened – it’s definitely not the way people ‘normally’ do things.The 3 areas that she has discovered to be essential elements to running a successful dog training business.

She offers something extra in her book that others writing about the subject don't

We haven’t heard any other dog trainers talk about these 3 vital areas before which is a shame because missing any one of these parts often ends in failure.

I hope you find Sharon's book helpful if you are searching for your pet business idea...let me know what you think

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Connect The Dots

My work is about helping people connect their dots.

Helping them tease out the true essence of who they are and how they want to live their life and help either to come up with a business idea or flesh out one they have been kicking around in their head for ever.

Steve Jobs offers some great advice about connecting the dots, you can't see them looking forward but you can if you turn and look back...in other words, "it was there all the time"

Powerful stuff

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Service Business Ideas

Service business ideas are the quickest sort of business to get started with.

Now, if you search for this term on the internet you are faced with a wave of them.

I thought I would provide a little formula for you to use so you can decide more quickly if an idea would work or not.

One you have worked out how you want your life to be you can then look at what resources you have available and see what you can offer others in exchange for money.

The point being, just because you can type doesn't mean you have automatically offer that skill as a service, you decide to go a different route.

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Business From Beer Bottle Caps

Talking of beer, how clever is this idea?

Beer Cap Maps!

Jasper son of Co-founder Jessie like to collect bottle tops from beer.

An innocent hobby and something young boys do, and his parents didn't discourage him, so over time he built up quite a collection.

One day he asked his dad what he should do with the beer bottle tops, his mom had kept them in a Ziploc bag.

Dad with his engineer brain and laser cutter at work designed a map of the state with holes just the size of the bottle tops so he could put them in and display on the bedroom wall.

Along came Jessie's work mate who saw the creation and his brain went ping and a unique business idea was born.He could see people buying the maps.

With international maps and other products available Beer Cap Maps is literally on the map for success now.

Simple and genius, sometimes a business idea is often right under your nose.

Their local TV station made a documentary about them and the idea from Jasper and success followed.

It is a great example of how to create a business out of nothing except a bit of creative thinking to solve a small problem.

In this case, "Mom, what can I do with these bottle tops?"

This answers one of the immutable laws of having a successful business, "What problem can I solve"

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Beer For Dogs

I know I have mentioned it before and will do so again, the pet market as a trend and a growth industry just keeps on suprising me.

Just when I thought I had seen it all, I see something new.

Beer for Dogs. Whatever next?

Home to herbal teas, tonics and treats, what a fun business.

I love this British company Woof & Brew who have come up with some excellent and unique business ideas for dogs, but not only that, you can buy wine and Prosseco for your pets to serve over their dinner. You can also buy a product to help their digestion so you don't get that nasty doggy bottom whiff right after dinner just as you are settling down for the evening.

I hope they inspire you? I don't even have a dog and I want to buy something...

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