Sanity Check – Do you Actually Want To Run A Business

It’s not that I want to put you off running a business.

But I do want to save the people not really up for it a world of pain.

Plus, if you are running your own business, then I want you to look at these questions and make a clear decision in your head that you are willing to do what it takes – you will then be so much more successful.

 

Here’s a quick summary of what I mention in the video, so that you can refer back to it and jog your memory:

  1. Does your whole strategy match?
  2. Does your SWOT suggest anything unviable?
  3. Will it earn what you need?
  4. Are you willing to develop as a person?
  5. Do you have the commitment level?
  6. Are you willing to challenge your limiting beliefs?
  7. Will it fit into your life?
  8. If you won £1million tomorrow, would you still do it?

 

If you would like more help with tackling these different areas of business, then that is one of the things that my ‘Lets Get Started’ program will do for you.

Check out more information here:

https://mummywhisperer.com/get-started/

Beware Desperation and Busyness!

Desperation and Busyness lead to Ridiculousness and Lack Of Discernment!

You see small business owners all the time falling prey to being too busy to be sensible or so desperate to get new clients that they make bad decisions:

– Promoting their business in inappropriate places
– Stalking their competitors
– Following strategies that expensive ‘Gurus’ tell them
– Spending thousands they don’t have on programs
– Running round like headless chickens, but not getting the basics right
– Copying other companies products or services
– Following strategies their network marketing team leader taught them that are manipulative and give it a bad reputation

Frankly about 90% of small business owners have fallen prey to one or other of these at some point (I’ve seen all 6 over the last few weeks) – so show them compassion and try not to take it personally. ?

You might have to have clear boundaries if they have misbehaved in your area, but honestly, don’t take it too personally or judge them too harshly.?

And beware it – we’ve all been there!

So when considering an action, consider ….

  • Am I sharing from the heart?
  • Can I afford this?
  • Do I only want to buy this for fear of missing out?
  • Am I falling prey to ‘shiny’ new system/strategy/course syndrome?
  • Am I undervaluing what I can do already?
  • Would I behave like this in real life (vs online)?
  • Is this wise?

If you are considering some extra support, get in touch or check out my online membership programs – they are specifically aimed at giving you all that you need, whilst not adding extra financial pressure.

Plus I’ve made all the mistakes, and fallen for all the FOMO offers and bought all the shiny new courses/strategies or deep spiritual journey’s – so I can tell you exactly what does and doesn’t work, save you a tonne of money and get you there easily and quickly.

There is more information about my ‘Let’s Get Started’ program here check it out if your business needs to earn more or you are about to get it going.

Sharing From The Heart With No Strings

Wether it’s with the kids, friends or EVEN YOUR BUSINESS – there is a degree of sharing that is so important to do, from the heart, with no strings attached.?

We invest in our kids – after school clubs, clothes, food, time etc. And whilst we might teach them to be grateful for what they have and to take care of their belongings. We also need to step back and let them make of it what they will – maybe the money you spent on Karate will become something they then continue for life, maybe it won’t, but that’s not our job to say.

In business I’m strong on sharing tips, my free group, free courses, free healing completely with no strings attached. I’ll mention other options to work deeper with me, but I would be happy for someone to accept free healing from me EVERY week (please do – mondays!) without ever buying a single thing from me.

Don’t make it a burden – that’s the key!

Don’t spend so much on your kids education that it means you will have an expectation on what they do with it afterwards.

Don’t give to your online community so much, that you are expecting them to engage, or buy something from you.

Don’t make your free gift so big that it is detrimental to you to give it freely.

Because I promise you they can feel it – and it feels yucky ?

I’ve been there – wondering why people in my groups didn’t engage – expectation & strings! ?

Wondering why people I did things for, didn’t seem to appreciate it or reciprocate – expectation & strings! ?

Wondering why people didn’t want my free gifts on my site – expectation and strings ?

I hear coaches all the time, upset that people didn’t pick up their free offer – but WHY SHOULD THEY? They are busy and it just didn’t float their boats. It doesn’t mean you should beat yourself up for it – it means you need to look at it and adjust. But they are NOT beholden to take it. EVEN IF YOU KNOW THEY NEED IT ?

It’s tough I know – but the more you become aware of the strings, the more you will be able to cut them.

And then ironically, the more people will take you up on your offers and things will work out – maybe not ‘to plan’ – but they will work out! ?

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This is a tip I shared more in-depth, in my Business Booster course today in the Business Clinic.

I so understand the frustration of creating great free gifts or having free groups but seeming to get no engagement or interest.

The key was to learn to share with no expectation of results.
I’ve also found that setting goals, but then taking intuitive actions instead of actions linked to those goals is massively helpful.

I’ve had loads of people ask to join my Business Booster program today (it’s the last free run). Originally I was just going to leave the material in there for free next week for people to catch up. But that means the new people will only get a practical boost and no energetic boost. So I’m going to extend the energetic part of the program into next week.

So if you would love a business health check, lots of practical and technical tips on bringing in new clients or managing to do’s, or considering creating online programs. Then feel free to pop in – you are all welcome – no strings attached ??

Business Booster with Mummy Whisperer

If you are reading this after December 1st 2019, never fear!  I will be running the Business Booster every 4-6 times a year, and although it’s not free, it is only £29 for lifetime access, which is a steal (and it is meant to be, as if you feel the need for a boost, you probably can’t invest and shouldn’t invest a lot, until you’ve got some results).

You can message me on facebook to find out when I’m running it next and there is more information here:
https://mummywhisperer.com/business-booster/

 

 

How much should you spend on training or personal development?

I have so many small businesses approach me who are not managing to make enough profit from their business, or even any kind of profit at all, that one of the first tips I have for them is cost management.

It’s harsh, but fair to say that if you haven’t earned it yet, then you shouldn’t spend it – not if you would love a successful business in future.  It doesn’t just affect the bottom line, it also affects the energetics of the business.

Then it’s important to analyse your spending habits in the business and make sure that the percentage spent on each area is reasonable – plus that where possible it actually helps to move the business forwards, so there is some form of saving or earning from it.

This can be really tough when you are surrounded by adverts on social media all day long telling you that you NEED this new shiny course – they have the strategy that will sort everything for you and you won’t be able to succeed without it!  Especially if you are a lover of learning new stuff!!

So here are my tips for how much to control your training or personal development costs (from a recovering addict for personal development courses and books!).


This is a slightly ironic tip for 2 reasons … My biggest vice is spending stuff on learning things – I’ve literally had to hand cuff myself to stop this addiction to new sparkly things to learn.

Plus one of my services is courses for small businesses and I’m also back doing consulting in the corporate market!

But even so, I firmly believe that us small business owners need to keep a strict tab on how much we spend – my new goal is to not spend more than 10% on training or personal development.  If I want to do an expensive course/program, then I will need to earn more in order to do it.  Plus I now keep tabs on those no-brainer priced memberships programs, as I had built up a large number of them and it all adds up.

When I do invest in anything now, I do expect a palpable return or saving.  Whilst spiritual development is important, It’s not ok for a course/program for businesses to not be built around either saving you money or making you money.

Otherwise what it does is add to the pressure of making more money – and most small businesses already have enough of that!  I think it’s reasonable to expect 5-10x your investment – that’s certainly what I aim to deliver or more!

Plus to help with new shiny object syndrome, I sit for a moment and think ‘Is this course a 100% Yes course?’ or am I interested because I’m worried about missing out or have fear about something?  For me to spend my time on it, even if it is FREE, it needs to be 100% something I want to do.

Hope that tip helps, let me know what you think?

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If your business needs a boost, I’ve got just the thing for you (yes, ironically I am now mentioning purchasing a course LOL!) – My Business Booster program!

Plus if you are watching this before the end of Nov 2019, it’s FREE for one more time starting on Fri 15th!  But even after that, it’s really affordable, as it’s aimed at businesses that need a boost or are just starting out.  Plus once you are in, you can re-attend any time (it will run 4-6 times a year).

You’ll get both a practical and energetic boost for your business and a health check to make sure there are no gaps that will cause you trouble.

The last group loved it so much, they are all attending again – check out their testimonials and more information here:

Business Booster

I really love this course, so I hope that it feels like a ‘100% Yes’ for you and I see you in there!

Time For Change

 

So how are you feeling – is life going well, or are you looking for some changes this year?  If so, great – this year is going to be a good year for successful changes, I can feel it in my bones!

But there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you set the best goals and keep focussed on them during the year.  So I’ve created a free 8 day course for you to download to get you started with a bang!

It daily tips covering 3 areas:

Decluttering – because we need to get rid of the old to bring in the new
Coaching – to help you set great goals that means something to you
Health – because our body is the engine that helps us achieve those goals!

There are also 2 meditations – one to help you let go and one to help boost your new intention.

And a bonus masterclass on why goals & resolutions often fail and how to use the Law of Attraction to increase your success.

To download the course, just pop to this page on my main site and subscribe and it will be sent to you by email automatically.

I recommend that you also join my free facebook group and keep in touch with how you are doing!

My dream this year is to consistently touch the lives of 20,000 mums and help lift them up, so that they feel better.

I’ll be focussing on improving my health (I am SO much better), my kids and the Mummy Whisperer – I’ve got tonnes of news to tell you!

Good luck and may all your dreams come true this year – because we all deserve for our dreams to come true!

 

 

Introduction to the Law of Attraction and how it works for Mums

As you know I’m passionate about the Law of Attraction.  I feel it is empowering for us Mums.

We can so often feel as though our lives are restricted.  Our timetable is set by the kids, there are a lot of financial needs, and relationships can become trickier.

Since going more deeply into this simple Law, I have been able to use it to lift myself out of a downward stress spiral, tackle challenges with the kids, and apply it to my health and business.

Here is a quick video introduction where I explain more deeply what it is and why it has helped me.

Put simply the Law is that:

Thought + Emotion + Action => Our Reality

Psychologically you can see how despite their best intentions, the way that a person thinks and behaves affects their whole life.

But the LOA is more than that.  It is saying that our vibration is also key to the people and circumstances that we attract.  This is the key to more dramatic changes in our lives and creating long lasting dream lives.

To Learn More

To learn more about the LOA I recommend liking my facebook page (set notifications to first, so that you don’t miss posts) and join my free facebook group ‘Create your dream life with the Mummywhisperer’.  Also watch ‘The Secret’ – which is often free on youtube – but remember that just focusing on a Ferrari is not getting you a Ferrari, there is more to it.

Remember, one of the keys to improving the quality of our lives is to love ourselves more.  My FREE 6 day email course is still available to subscribe to, until Friday 20th April.  Click here to receive it into your inbox and be added on my newsletter email list.

If you have already heard of the LOA, and want to apply it to a difficult challenge you are facing or a goal that you have struggled to achieve.  Then strongly consider my ‘Happier Mums Use The Law Of Attraction‘ 6 week online course.  It is ‘evergreen’, so once in, you get constant access to the material and get to reattend whenever I rerun it.  There are 3 FREE Goal clarity sessions on offer to the first people who sign up (worth £60) and doors close on Saturday 21st April.

I’m running a FREE masterclass on the LOA on Thursday 19th April at 8pm.  (I am not running it as a facebook live, you need to register).  If you have struggled with the LOA, this is for you.  You may also then be interested in getting my 6 week ‘Happier mums’ course for free, plus a free clarity call and signing up for my 6 month mastermind group ‘Manifesting Mums‘, where I can support you more in achieving your goals (if you are interested in this, we have a free exploration call to check that it is right for you).

To Register for my free masterclass and be added to my newsletter, subscribe here

 

 

Any questions, just ask!

** Remember: You Deserve Your Dream Life **

Why Business is Spiritual and 10 Tips to finding clients on facebook!

So I know some wonderful women running their own businesses, but for some reason they are deeply intimidated by the words: Business.  Marketing.  Sales.  Finance.  Money.

I’m in here to tell you that business is a deeply spiritual business!

Money isn’t bad, it’s just a way of performing a transaction.  It magnifies who you are, yes.  But it’s not bad.  If you are worried about money, it’s unlikely to turn you into a monster!

Business isn’t bad either.  Please don’t judge those people who have become cynical, money grabbing and cut throat – until you are there, it’s difficult to understand how difficult it can be out there.  My last 5 years has been deeply shocking, and it’s taken a lot to keep my heart clear and not just give in to their kind of behaviour.

Marketing is just letting people know you are available.

Sales is just getting to know people and helping them to make the right choice.

Customer service is about you learning to manage your boundaries.

It’s all about personal development!

Have a look at my video below where I talk about my experiences and why business is really spiritual:

 

One of the things I’ve noticed is that many small businesses or self-employed people don’t make sure that their clients can find them.  So here are a list of things you can do, which are really simple:

  1. If you know nothing about facebook, please read this post
  2. Make sure you link your website and facebook page to your about page of your PERSONAL profile
  3. Make sure that the website and facebook page on your personal profile are set to be seen by everyone/public in your privacy settings
  4. Share your business page sporadically (not irritatingly) on your personal profile, so that your friends see what you are doing and can support you.
  5. Make sure your business page has all the most relevant information set up:
    1. About information and story (more than 1 line!)
    2. Include your website if you have one
    3. Services
    4. Shop (if you have products to sell)
    5. Go into your page settings and turn off anything you don’t need e.g. for me community and shop
  6. Link your groups to your facebook page so people can find them easily
  7. Use your name/business name in your facebook groups and name them so it’s obvious what is going on in them
  8. Use offers – they show up in a special place people scroll through
  9. Use events – they also show up in notifications
  10. Add a newsletter subscription if you have one

Once you’ve got the basics set up and you have started to be comfortable, then I recommend finding someone to help.  When I wasn’t at the stage where I wanted to pay someone to do my social media/marketing for me,I would join a membership group, which is a great way of getting really affordable support.

 

Facebook – beginners information for your business

I’m still seeing it constantly – small business owners, struggling to know the basics of Facebook.  So here are the things that you MUST know to get started.  From here, just take it steady and slow – you can’t learn it all in 5 minutes, just do it bit by bit.

Profile

Your profile is your PERSONAL page.

Facebook doesn’t like you having a fake one for your business, as that is a way around it’s rules.  You can create a new profile that is more business orientated, but why bother honestly?  If you’ve been ‘misbehaving’ on Facebook, stop, because it will affect your business.  Nothing on social media is secret!  You can change the privacy of each post, but I don’t have time for that.

Some people don’t like to show anything about their business to their friends.  Why?  Friends aren’t as supportive sometimes as you might like them to be.  But if they have a choice of using another company or you, wouldn’t it be better if they use you?

I’m shocked how many business owners haven’t posted anything on their timeline about their business.

But, be discerning – don’t over do it either, otherwise people will get bored and tune out or unfollow you.

Be careful to set your privacy settings.  I only share my information with friends, but my profile is public.  See the picture below for the location of the privacy settings.

Page

This is your business page.  It is where you post stuff about your business and go live.  Then you share it to your profile or group if relevant.

You can invite friends to like your page – I do this about once every 6 months.

You can create events on your page – this is helpful if you run courses or do workshops.

Create a pinned post at the top of your page, with your key piece of information or event.  For example when I’m running a free course, the information will be pinned there, so that people don’t get confused when seeing lots of other posts about it without the join up info.

Fill in the about information – check contact details, location and description.  Include everything you do – otherwise they may never find out.

 

Group

A group is a community, where you can interact with your clients more.  This may or may not be relevant to your business to create.  For instance, it might not be useful for a clothes shop, but would be for a coach.

Create a post with the ‘rules’ for how your group will run and pin it, so that it is always displayed at the top of the group.  E.g. can other people post about their business?

Add a description about yourself and the group, so that people who join know what it is about – so many people don’t do this and lose community members because of it.

Set the privacy settings – normally to ‘closed’ – so that no one outside can see what is written in there.

Link it to your page.

Do NOT add people into your group without asking them – this really upsets them.

Do NOT tag everyone in the group overtime you post – this really upsets them!

Some people choose particular days or times of the day to interact in their groups and reply to comments, as otherwise it can be overwhelming to reply straight away to loads of comments through out the day.

Other Groups

Read the description.  Read the pinned post.  Follow the rules.

Interact with others and be helpful before you post your stuff.

Don’t put an ‘F’ or ‘.’ as a comment, so that you can see other peoples comments.  Instead click on the 3 dots in the top right hand corner and ‘Turn on notifications for the post’ (see photo above).

Please check the files for information that has been created especially for you – if you are in a group for information, the most likely thing is that FAQ’s have been written up.

When asking a question go to the [search] function first and see if it has already been asked.  How much effort do you think someone will put into asking your about the latest lash product for instance, if someone else asked the same 3hrs earlier?

Be polite – say please and thank you.

Don’t read it if you don’t want to.

STEP AWAY – you are being judged on your behaviour in a group, there is no need to argue or convince other people that you are right.

Nothing is ever completely private or safe – don’t post if there would be a problem if someone copied your post and shared it elsewhere.  There are nasty people on Facebook who will do that.  Don’t be one of those people!

Personal Friends

As I’m running a business I’m careful on Facebook.  If someone is annoying I ‘unfollow’ them.  I hardly ever unfriend or block.  I only unfriend when I find people have been basically watching me for a year, but never interacted.

Time Line

Your timeline is your personal updates on what is going on in facebook land.  First come your memories from before, then the page updates from any pages that you set notifications to ‘first’.  Then there will be updates from friends.  NOT all friends – just the ones you’ve been interacting with recently.

Stories

Stories are relatively new, and Facebook really wants them to grow, so if you use stories, you will get more traffic.  You can have stories on your personal profile or your business page – I just stick to using them on my page.

Stories only stay for 24hrs.  So what’s the point you might say?  Stories are in my opinion a useful way to share stuff personally about you, so that potential clients can get a feel for you, without cluttering up your page.

So I might share something silly that happened, a picture of a dog, a piece of music that cheered me up.  I actually do it on Instagram and then share to my facebook page – so it’s fine to have repeats.

Facebook Lives

Facebook loves video.  If you do a facebook live, it will be seen more than a post – it’s just in the facebook ‘algorithm’ as they call it.

I know it’s a bit scary, but once you’ve done a few, you will get more comfortable.  You can do them on your stories for a while if you like, so that they don’t last.  Or find a supportive group and practice in there first, before going live on your post.

They don’t have to be perfect.  You can have notes.  Plus you can practice them beforehand if you want to.  But please smile and breathe!

It’s just about giving your clients or potential clients a chance to get a feel for you.

Facebook Adverts

It is possible to get people to like your page and set notifications to first so they always see your posts.  But generally other wise you will only reach a certain number of people with your page.

Inevitably you will need to do an advert.  The recommended thing is NOT to ‘Boost’ your post, but use the ‘Ads Manager’ instead – I find the phone app easier to use for some reason.

Do NOT do an advert for likes – generally people end up with useless people in countries that are not useful for them, it seems a little dodgy.  Instead, do an advert on a facebook live that you have already had good interaction with, so you know it’s popular.

Hacks & Viruses

It’s unwise to get involved in chain messages or chain Facebook posts – they just fill up timelines with repetition and are like a virus because they take up space.

It’s unlikely the message saying ‘THIS IS TRUE’, or asking you to share and copy to your timeline to warn everyone about something catastrophic is real.  Check Snopes.com for updates on hoaxes.

Don’t click on links from people you don’t know.

Don’t add a Facebook friend again when you are already friends with them – it’s likely not them.

The cute girl/soldier who just added you, who has no mutual friends to you, is likely not a real person.

Generally

The most important thing is to remember, that just because it’s online doesn’t mean you don’t have to work at creating relationships.  Think of your posts on social media as a conversation – are you being boring?  Are you only posting about what you want (more clients), or are you also sharing information, being interesting and being helpful with no agenda?

If you are selling a network marketing product, please don’t use the technique of being vague about what you do and not mentioning the company.  It is unwise, only attracts people who don’t know about network marketing (so are a bit daft), and makes you look bad.  The rest of us do know what you are trying to do!

Time Management

The biggest complaints about facebook are how it eats into our time, other people’s poor behaviour and the struggle to consistently show up.

I recommend that every now and again you look at the groups that you get notifications for and if they are not of value any more, either leave or switch notifications off, so that you don’t keep clogging up your notifications list (they will still show on your timeline if you stay in).

Do NOT waste your time disagreeing with people or arguing on there – if you have enough time to do that, honestly, I recommend you find something more important or interesting to do with your life.

Consistency has been my key issue as well, due to handling my fibromyalgia and Lyme disease.  What I tend to do is tune in to my week ahead and think about what posts I would most like to make, with some gaps for spontaneous stuff and lives.  Then I will create the posts, and schedule them onto my page or in my group.

 

To Learn More

Things change constantly in Facebook land and always will.  We never like their updates, and it can be a pain to keep up, but they like to keep improving.  They are a business, it is not bad that they need to make money.

I follow ‘Mari Smith’ on facebook – she updates us about all the important changes.  But you’ll also find that there are people running social media groups, where for a small fee, they update you and do small trainings.  Ask on your social media feed for recommendations, and I’m sure you will find someone amazing.  It might be useful if you are running a business on facebook.

In Conclusion

Take it step by step.
Don’t do anything you don’t want to & be wise, but don’t be put off by fear either, and just have a go.
Try to manage your facebook time, so that it doesn’t take over your life.
Remember it is for creating relationships – treat it just like you would walking down the street and meeting strangers/friends.

Reciprocity

I can’t pronounce the word, but I’m passionate about creating reciprocal relationships.  Together we are so much stronger.

Watch my video below and let me know what you think – do you have businesses who support yours, or do you find that many will take the help that you give and then give nothing back in return?

 

 

There are some easy tips as well:

  • Like their page.
  • Set notifications to first so that you don’t miss anything.
  • When they do a Facebook live, click the button to be notified when they go live, so you don’t miss anything.
  • When relevant share to your clients or friends – it can be really helpful for their stats and for your clients, and is more interesting than constant promotional posts.
  • Don’t discount, add value and combine services with another business

For any small business looking for social media support and advice, with an intuitive edge, then check out Inga Deksne on Facebook.  I’m part of one of her subscription groups, and it’s really helpful to keep me up to date and kick me into action!

Oh and remember to come and join my Facebook group ‘Business with a heart’!

Mid-Year Review And Plans for rest of 2017

A confess – I’ve been beating myself up loads for not quite achieving what I had wanted to achieve by now.  Are you in the same place?

Then please watch my video and do the exercise I mention below ….

 

 

  1. Sit down for 20-30mins and think about this year.
  2. Look through your diaries/schedules to remind yourself what happened
  3. What have you achieved in work, health and life?
  4. Make a good long list.  Don’t focus on what you didn’t achieve, focus on what you did manage.
  5. The more you write, the more it will flow
  6. Then take a couple of deep breaths, now that you are feeling more grateful to yourself and ask yourself….
  7. If there was only 1 more thing that you could achieve by the end of the year, what would your heart love you to do?
  8. If you could manage 2 more things what would they be?

 

Let me know below what you discover – it could be really surprising!