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Priorities and Procrastination

Getting things done often involves a lot of waiting. You send an email and wait for a reply. You request documentation and wait for delivery. Then there is the worst, most time-consuming kind – waiting for yourself to get up do those things.   We often tell ourselves we can’t act right now because we need more information, or we need to think about it more clearly, or we need to wait for the right moment to arrive. This postponing is a slippery slope towards never getting started.   A good way to fight procrastination is to have daily routines and priorities that eventually become habit. Here are a few of my tried and tested daily routines that, if transformed into habit, could free up...

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Top 16 social media mistakes made by small businesses

Social media is easy right? I'm betting you're shaking your head like "O hecks no". There are countless mistakes we all make in social media every day, no one is perfect, but if we do not try to do things correctly, we cannot expect the results. So, to help you on the road, here is a list of the Top 15 mistakes that are most often made by small businesses and entrepreneurs in social media. Posting in Facebook groups and expecting sales This is a BIG no-no. Why? Because everyone in your community and Advertising groups are there for exactly the same reason as you - to punt their products. Think about it, out of the 22 000 members in that special advertising group you...

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Self care date night – where last have you had one?

So many times weeks, months or even years go by where we give all we can to the ones we love to a point of where we don’t have anything left to ourselves. Sure we treat ourselves to a chocolate now and then or convince ourselves that this new dress for a client presentation is “a well-earned gift”. But how much and how often do we really take the time to take care of ourselves? Taking care of you is not just taking care physically, but also mentally and emotionally. It is vital for our bodies and our minds to have that break from the glaring screens and constant bickering – take yourself out, girl, you deserve this. It’s not breaking news that people are...

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Calculating your worth

As an entrepreneur, before you send out that first quotation, you need to decide what you are going charge your clients. How do you find the right balance between too high and too low? Should you charge hourly or per project? The answer isn’t straightforward and if you find yourself struggling with this problem, you are not alone. Once you leave the safety of a structured company to start your own business, all the various financial responsibilities now fall on your shoulders.  Ensuring your expenses are covered, never mind making a profit, depends on whether you charge enough.  To help you decide on exactly how much is enough, consider these four tips: Calculate a good average rate A good place to start is to question...

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How to delegate jobs without losing it

At some point, the job you created for yourself in starting a business becomes overwhelming. It’s a good problem to have – it means there is an increasing demand for your services. It also means you’re tired of losing money from dropping the ball or you’re tired or being tired. Most business owners want to play a role in reducing unemployment. Yet research shows, small businesses are not creating as many jobs as we’d hoped for. People are reluctant to employ because they are not sure how to go about it and the labour laws are not encouraging. There is an art to delegating jobs without adding on to the anxieties of running a business. It’s a process, so don’t expect things to change overnight...

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Incremental Changes for Monumental Gains

Despite the recent load shedding that has left many of us frustrated and battling in our businesses, for the most part we live in a world that is “always on”. We carry our emails, bank accounts and social media marketing campaigns in the palm of our hand, they’re in the car when we travel and next to our beds when we sleep. As entrepreneurs we feel the need to be available at all times - to answer questions, respond to leads and secure the next sale. It can be exhausting and the risk is that as we become so entrenched in the business of routine-responding the we fail to give ourselves the space to reflect on business-as-usual and refine our processes for incrementally greater results....

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Playing the lead in your own story

Why should you even set goals for 2019? Bill Copeland says it well -“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score”. We have already reflected on 2018, now its time to put pen to paper, your vision and your goals for 2019.  In the words of Marc Victor Hansen “set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.” I truly want you to “Put your future in good hands-your own”. This December I was touched by Michelle Obama’s journey in her book: Becoming.  A journey that started at a place, not in support of her husband’s ideals and desires. Moving to a place of campaigning...

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APPreciation

This year, let’s make a pact not to get overwhelmed. Maybe this year we should let technology help us out a little and free us up to make those new connections and keep our ideas and creativity flowing. All we need is a little more time, right? So let’s look at some apps that could ease some of the burden so we now have the time concentrate on the things that really matter where our businesses and homes are concerned. MindMeister lets you create, edit and share your mind maps on your phone or tablet. If you’re the person that gets and idea on the go, this app might just be for you. It helps you gather your thoughts into a mind map. The ability...

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