Planning for a Successful Launch

Have you ever launched a new product, service or website and everything’s felt last minute? There have been late nights, stressing over technology and a whole load of anxiety. Me too

Most of us have a tendency to get last minute with out launches, regardless of whether it’s launching a new product or service, launching a website, new podcast or even launching a business or side-hustle. We push the deadline back and back until it’s GOT to happen this week for whatever reason and everything is stressful.

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Josephine Brooks
Getting Past the Guilt of Investing in Yourself

I grew up in a family where you definitely didn’t treat yourself, you fixed and mended things until they died. And when they did, you bought the next car / dress / washing machine second hand. I don’t think this was because we couldn’t afford to buy new (but then I have no clue, we certainly didn’t talk about money), it was just how my parents did things. My mum would never book herself a spa day or go all out and treat herself to a new pair of shoes (unless they were comfy, practical and going to last, of course). 

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Josephine Brooks
Is It Time to Hit Refresh on Your Business? My Check-in Process

At the beginning of the year I set myself a word for 2019, that word was flourish. The intention behind it was to focus on bursting out of the chrysalis that I’d built last year, to stretch my wings, put out new shoots and grow. In other words, I’d spent least year pivoting my business, building up my content and nurturing my audience. I was ready to get on with doing the work I love, working with clients. 

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Josephine Brooks
Mailchimp Vs. Squarespace Email Campaigns - the pros & cons

This isn’t the sort of post I’d usually write, but seeing as I’ve now had experience of using both of these platforms I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about using Mailchimp and Squarespace email campaigns to get sign ups to my mailing list and to send out my fortnightly email, my side-hustle letters. If you’re trying to figure out what the pros and cons are between Squarespace and Mailchimp, this post should answer some questions for you.

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Josephine Brooks
Where to Start With Pivoting Your Business

I don't know whether there's something in the air at the moment, perhaps it's a result of that creative boost that spring brings, but I've been speaking to a lot of my mentoring clients and people online about pivoting their business. It’s the kind of project that can initially feel overwhelming and so huge that you don’t know where to start with it but whether the transition you’re looking to make is a small pivot or a huge about-turn it’s all about breaking down the process and taking it step by step, which is what I’m sharing in this post.

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Josephine Brooks
Getting Out of a Confidence Crisis in Your Business

Over the past month it’s been very busy and noisy in my head. Ideas come in like fleeting fireflies and if you don’t capture them when they appear that little spark of light goes out before the next idea comes in. Thoughts, worries and questions keep firing – ping, ping, ping!  They come in to my consciousness and leave quickly, as they get pushed out of the way by the next worry.

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Make a Money Plan to Take your Side-Hustle > Full-Time

So you want to take your side-hustle full time? You want to revel in the freedom of doing what you want, when you want and you want to do the work you really love. You’re aching to escape your 9-5 and be your own boss free to create the lifestyle you long for. I know, because I’ve been there too. When I took my side-hustle full-time, money was my biggest worry.

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Building a Business Alongside Mental Health Struggles - 5 Business Owners Share Their Stories

Back in the spring of 2018 I started to have regular panic attacks. To cut a long story short, they got worse over the following few months and I found myself in a particularly dark place, struggling with my mental health.

The nasty voice in my head told me I was useless, lazy, pathetic. Like a song playing on repeat it would say, what’s the point anyway, you’ve got no hope of building a business and pursuing the self-employment dream in your state. Depression is a total shithead like that.

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How to Get Started with Journaling

Journalling is one thing that has seriously helped me build my business and tap into growing a business that’s right for ME and not by doing all of the things we’re told we ‘should’ be doing to build a business.

By putting pen to paper something magical happens, it helps you to dig out the answers that are already inside you, it helps you tap into your intuition and find clarity in the thrusts and feeling you’re experiencing.

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3 Tips For Writing More Impactful To-Do Lists [video]

We all love a to-do list don’t we? It’s something that helps us feel that little bit more in control. The problem is, those lists can very quickly get out of control. For me that looks like having lists in my phone notes, lists in my weekly planner, lists on sticky notes dotted around the house and even more lists in a google doc I sometimes dump ideas in. It’s kinda messy.

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How to Set Up Theme Days and Batch Your Tasks

When you’re building a business as a side hustle you want to make the most of those pockets of time you’ve got outside of your 9-5 and other commitments to work on your business. One of the best ways to be more efficient with those small pockets of time is to set up theme days/ evenings where you batch your tasks together and get them done in bulk. 

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What They Don't Tell Your About Taking the Leap to Leave Your 9-5

What they don’t tell you about ‘taking the leap’ is that there isn’t one big, defining leap. It’s really a series of leaps and those leaps start right at the beginning, as soon as you take a leap of bravery to start your passion-fuelled side-business. Next comes a leap of self-belief when you start selling products and after that, a leap of faith when you decide you’re going to go for it and reduce your hours at your 9-5 to part-time, not go back to work after maternity leave and finally to wave the 9-5 goodbye and go it alone.

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Planning Your Social Media Posts, to Gain Back Your Time

Social media; we love it and we hate it. Only this morning I fell down a winding Instagram rabbit hole, watching videos of ‘cats doing funny stuff’ and getting stuck in the endless flip of people’s stories. In the blink of an eye I’d just scrolled for half an hour of my day and I know I’m not the only one getting sucked into that social media time-warp.

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Inclusivity and Representation - Our responsibility as Business Owners

I had this post all scheduled to go and then I got scared. I had all of the ‘what if I say the wrong thing’ or ‘do I really have something useful to add to the conversation around inclusivity and diversity’ fears. But you know what - this is too important for my own ego to get in the way. If I say something stupid or offensive, let me know! I’m still very much a learner here.

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How to Reset Your Routine & Stick to it

Over the last few weeks I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated with my lack of routine. I’ve been feeling adrift, unable to motivate myself as I usually can. I’ve noticed recently that I’m struggling to focus on tasks and I jump from one thing to the other constantly, with none of the tasks getting done very effectively and a lot of procrastinating in-between.

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