Focus: How to Keep Yourself from Spinning Out in The Early Days of Business

Focus: How to Keep Yourself from Spinning Out in The Early Days of Business

Despite the promises of so many DIY tools, tips, and programs for everything from cloud accounting systems to sales funnels, setting up your business systems so that they work for you and actually make your life easier, is not an easy task. With so much to do and so many choices, it’s easy to fall into overwhelm and inaction. Focus, my friends, is the name of the game here ...

The Power of Micro-Commitments in a Flaky World

The Power of Micro-Commitments in a Flaky World

There’s nothing that irritates me more than flakiness and yet it’s pervasive in our society. Sure, "Talk is cheap." But what happened to "Do what you say you will do?" I've learned recently the power of micro-commitments in making progress toward some macro goals. Just sharing that advice here as I'm hoping it might rub off and help people keep not only their commitments to themselves, but also to others.

Failure Is Not an Option ... It's Inevitable

Failure Is Not an Option ... It's Inevitable

Our culture has this incredible aversion to failure. When someone says they “feel like a failure” it brings up some of the worst emotions: self-doubt, pity, shame. This is changing in some circles, but #fearoffailure still holds so many of us back from doing things that would help us grow. But, failure is inevitable. If you’re not willing to fail at all. It’s means you never tried.

In Search of Purpose – Setting A Solid Foundation for Your Business

In Search of Purpose – Setting A Solid Foundation for Your Business

Purpose is the foundation for the conscious creation of the culture you want to build in your organization. So, how can you articulate your unique purpose in a way that inspires others, to join your team, to support your movement, to buy your product? And how do you keep that in line of sight when the busy-ness starts to cloud your thinking?

Out With The Old, In With The New

Out With The Old, In With The New

While the eclipse was a tremendous reminder of the power of nature, and that there are forces at work all around us that are completely out of our control, it was also, for me, a reminder about the things that are happening in my life and business that are completely within my control – that while I can’t control what is happening around me, I do have the ability to change my own trajectory with subtle shifts in my thinking and actions.

Vacation is Great for Business, Even an Early-Stage Business

Vacation is Great for Business, Even an Early-Stage Business

There’s no sense denying it … everyone needs some R&R once in awhile to boost their productivity (there are loads of studies and articles out there that simply cannot be argued with), but for an early-stage entrepreneur like me, can it still be justified? That was the critical question looming in my head.

Fighting Your Way Out of Overwhelm

Fighting Your Way Out of Overwhelm

Overwhelm is a state that every entrepreneur has struggled with at one time or another, and while it feels like it owns you when you’re in it, it's really an emotion in the context in which we most often use it, and that means that you own it. It doesn't happen TO us, and it’s time to take back our responsibility in creating overwhelm for ourselves.

How To Uncover What You Really Want

How To Uncover What You Really Want

Do you know what you really want? Why you do what you do in your business? One of the first steps toward creating a purpose-driven business is uncovering your why. It'll help you draw more customers and take more meaningful action every day. Here's a simple process to help you start:

Authenticity in Business - Easier Said Than Done

Authenticity in Business - Easier Said Than Done

Authenticity in business is a complex and nuanced issue. When you are new – when you have no track record – either because you are in a new position or because you are starting a new business, it’s really important to show up with confidence, but where do we draw the line between confidence and showmanship?

Why I Don't Give Discounts for Service

Why I Don't Give Discounts for Service

When I hear my colleagues in consulting, advising, or coaching talk about lowering their prices for first-time clients, I get so frustrated! Giving discounts in your service-based business only forces you to work harder and serve more clients to reach your goals. Meanwhile, clients learn to expect more for less on an ongoing basis ...

Why I Don't Do Work for Free

Why I Don't Do Work for Free

When I first started investigating what it would take to really launch a coaching business, a lot of people told me I should start out and build my experience by doing the work for free. While that may work for specific activities, like testing a worksheet, gauging someone’s reaction to the curriculum of a program, or practicing a particular tool, general ongoing coaching for free, I discovered, is a massive failure.

The Importance of Telling Your Story Live

The Importance of Telling Your Story Live

One of the biggest challenges I see especially early-stage entrepreneurs faced with every day is how to effectively communicate about their business in a way that makes people want toinvest in them, want to partner with them, or want to buy from them. Even when it’s a subject (their own business offering) that they know inside and out and that is perhaps the thing they are most passionate about in the whole world! As soon as you start talking about terms like “pitching,” “presenting,” or “public speaking,” it becomes fraught.

Consulting vs. Coaching vs. Therapy … which one is best for YOU?

Consulting vs. Coaching vs. Therapy … which one is best for YOU?

I’ve often heard people describe coaching as a sort of mash-up of consulting and therapy. But if you’ve never seen a therapist before or if you’ve never worked with a consultant, that definition will do nothing for you.  So, I thought I’d take it upon myself to attempt describe all three as simply as possible but in “real people” speak, so that anyone who’s not sure can make an easy decision about which is the best fit as they look for someone to help them accomplish their goals. 

TOP TEN: Why Every Solopreneur Should Be Coworking

TOP TEN: Why Every Solopreneur Should Be Coworking

Ok, so I’m biased. And of course, there are caveats. But, I’m speaking from experience when I say that every solopreneur should check out coworking! I’ve been involved in coworking spaces in one way or another, since 2008. I’ve been a full-time member of three. I’ve dropped in to casually co-work in at least 10. I’ve been the co-founder of a coworking space … Suffice it to say I love coworking spaces. So, here’s my Top Ten of Why Every Solopreneur Should Be Coworking (at least some of the time) ...

Why I Didn't Want to Call Myself a "Life Coach"

Why I Didn't Want to Call Myself a "Life Coach"

“Who isn’t trying to be a life coach right now?” I asked my friend and hiking companion ... One really off-putting aspect of this industry is, ANYONE can do it. The barriers to entry are incredibly low for someone who wants to call themselves a coach. And there’s A LOT of crap out there. But for anyone who’s experienced the power of good coaching, you know just how awesome coaching can be ...

Launch Day

Launch Day

So, here I am, putting it out there. My website is live. Facebook is live. Twitter is live. HERE + NOW is open for business. And I’ve never felt more proud of anything I’ve created. Ever. I’m so excited about sharing my authentic story with you, knowing that if it even helps just a handful of people, it will be totally worth it! For those who get it, I hope you'll join my tribe ...

Why HERE + NOW?

Why HERE + NOW?

Have you ever felt stuck? Want to leave your job and go travel or start that business that you’ve always wanted to start, but you’re afraid? Are you stuck doing what you’re doing and fearful of moving forward because maybe you’ve failed once or twice in the past? We all have mental blocks, emotional hang-ups, or limiting beliefs that get in the way on occasion. Often we work around them. But sometimes ...