Are you proud of your business?

I know, this may sound like an odd question.  But I’ll ask it again anyway:


Are you proud of your business?


When people ask you what you do, do you answer with enthusiasm?  If you see a Follow Friday post on social media, are you in there straight away sharing the social media profile for your business?


Or are you hesitant?


If someone asks about your website, do you tell them the URL confidently (or hand over a beautiful business card), or do you just mutter “oh, well, er, it’s not quite finished yet”.

Comparisonitis. Why do we torture ourselves with it so much?!

I had a mini epiphany over the weekend (I was drinking tea & eating a teacake; good brain food!).

You see, I think some of what has been holding me back in the online business world is that *gasp* other people teach what I can teach, and I don’t want people thinking I’ve copied them.

And I know all the “but you’ll teach it in a different way / people will resonate with your personality & style (or not)” business. But I still have felt inferior.

My Kindle Publishing Journey Part One: Procrastination dressed as perfectionism

I have wanted to write a book for ages.  I love writing.  When I left my old job I created a Purple Book of handover notes that ended up at over 22,000 words long.  I’ve been blogging for years.  I’ve written all manner of PDF worksheets, information books, etc.

So I know I CAN write.

But as of yet, I haven’t ventured onto the Kindle.  Now, this keeps coming up as something I really want to do.

“Oh, but it’s complicated, you’ve got to get all the formatting right”

“How long does a Kindle book need to be (word-count-wise)”

My first month since leaving my job

So, as you may be aware, I left my full-time job of over 8 years at the end of February.


There were a few reasons for doing so, one of which was that I could finally dedicate my time to following my dream of being a ‘proper’ online entrepreneur (as opposed to one just dabbling around).


So I thought I’d share how my first month has been.


What does your Perfect Day look like?

Or your perfect week?  Month?  Year?


As part of the Inner Circle mentoring group that I’m currently in, I was asked to describe my ideal day.


I don’t know about you, but I found bits of this easy (“No alarm clocks!”) and bits of this hard (“but…what will I do without being restricted by someone else’s structure & rules?  What if I run amok?!”)


(As a side note, I’m writing this while still employed, hence the reference to the structure & rules of another.  Workplaces are entirely within their rights to have structure and rules!)

Happy New Year!


I hope that you have a fantastic 2013! 


May it bring you everything that you need to make it your most successful year yet!


What are your plans for 2013?  Please share them with me in the comments below.


Oh, and look out for a special announcement from me in the next couple of days – I’m in the process of reviewing a new video marketing product and so I’ll be releasing some tasty little snippets before the full launch in a couple of weeks.


A Revelation – of sorts…

I was minding my own business when this blog post from Jeannie Spiro appeared (and now I can’t remember where it was; maybe a recommendation on Facebook).


It got me thinking.


You see, I was always of the opinion that I was going to work online, and that would be my sole income. It would eventually replace my full-time job (or rather, replace and at least double my current employed salary).


But the day job and life in general tends to get in the way of plans (was it John Lennon that said “life is what happens when you’re busy making plans”)?

Best Laid Plans…(I need your help!)

So, my last post was all full of enthusiasm about my goals for 2012 and how I was going to get stuff done and my life would be structured and all would be well in the world…


But like all best laid plans, this has kind of gone to pot.


In my (somewhat limited) defence, this wasn’t helped by a throat infection and a course of antibiotics (started with a nice fever which left me in bed whimpering pathetically!).


My Goals for 2012: aka Nikki’s Life Improvement Plan

Kind of as the picture suggests, really.


Anyway, I know I’m a bit late with sharing this.  I wasn’t sure whether to or not as I’m still in the process of fleshing these out into specific tasks (& then diarising those tasks), so it may seem a bit woolly at the moment.


Firstly, I should confess:  I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions.  Actually, make that never.


For me, they always seem to be about giving something up, or some kind of deprivation, or some other negative connotation.


Things for which I am grateful…

Ok, so I know I promised you a more normal post this time (well, whatever ‘normal’ is where I’m concerned), but instead this is a bit of a personal one.

I’m currently sitting in bed sweating out some sort of virus – it started as a cold and then progressed to being hot & feverish, which has meant that my bed has turned into a swamp.  Beyond disgusting, I know, but I need you to feel my pain.  Well, actually I don’t, but I’m so fed up with being ill that I’m now starting to make a performance about it (and am annoying myself in the process).