Saying no to work and opportunities is one of the hardest things to do when you run your own business. It can feel like you have to say yes to everything because you never know when the next ask is going to come around the corner.
Last week I wanted to talk about cancer – this week I wanted to honour you by talking about the responses I got to my post.
I have been completely humbled by the personal stories people have shared with me about their own experiences of cancer, bereavement and illness. I am certainly not alone in my grief for myself, my body and for others.
As female entrepreneurs we have a lot on our plate! Not only are we running businesses and trying to bring home the bacon, but if you’re on your own you’ve got an entire household to run and even if you live with someone, research shows that women do 60% more housework.
That’s a lot of plates that you’re juggling, so no wonder you might feel a little overwhelmed with all the to dos at times!
So as we’ve just got past the end of the last financial tax year, I took some time to take down my whiteboard and add up my turnover and profit and was really surprised to see that I had actually doubled my profit from the year before!
Whoop! But then that led me to do some soul searching about what it was that actually made this seismic change. One, so I could learn from what I’ve obviously been doing well, and also so I could share that learning with you!
Following my fabulous post last week on ‘How to love your Inner Boss’, I got lots of feedback from people who were overwhelmed with all the things they had to do.
On person wrote ‘Totally nailed how I’m feeling, I need to be kinder to myself. I just want a crystal ball to look through to see if all the blood, sweat and tears will be worth it.’.
So as a digital marketing expert, I’m always looking at how others do things and how I could improve how I do things. Things I can pick up, lessons learnt, ideas sought.
Being freelance and learning about social media in an ever-changing landscape can be exhilarating and fraught. Where once words and a well-placed image was enough to capture someone’s interest, now we have live streaming, blogs, webinars, tutorials, vlogs and more. So as much as I am supporting my clients to understand the rich capabilities of the new marketing landscape, I’m also learning as I go, reading blogs, watching webinars and adding to my knowledge.
I’ve recently become involved in a new business in Nottingham, with 3 other wonderful women in business that I’ve worked with on various different projects.
What we all have in common (apart from being women!) is that we believe business can and should do good. That profit doesn’t have to equal bad practice, that business can make a difference, and have a positive effect on society.