Posts in MAKE IT HAPPEN
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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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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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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Practical Steps to Creating your Support Network

Building a business as a side-hustle is like immersion therapy for dealing with a whole bunch of emotions and mental roadblocks. It’s part and parcel of the journey to go through tough patches, those times when you feel like you’re peddling at 100mph but not getting anywhere or those times when you feel totally lost and realise you’ve spent a month going down the wrong path.

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How I review my business each month in 20 minutes or less [VIDEO]

You know how, when you’re growing a business sometimes it can feel like the growth is slow, or even that you’re going backwards sometimes. We’ve all be there! By taking 20 minutes to review your business each month you can start to build up a picture of how your business is growing and take a moment to acknowledge just how much you’ve achieved over time.

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On Making it Happen & Doing the work

This month I’ve been focussing on running my course Make a Plan > Make it Happen, I can’t help but get over enthusiastic about everyone’s plans and ideas. It’s fair to say that the planning is always the fun bit for most of us, coming up with exciting new ideas, committing to our dreams and deciding to go after what we really want. 

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How to Make More Time For Your Side-Hustle

We’ve all said it “I just don’t have any time for my side-hustle this week”. But what if I said this had more to do with your priorities than just running out of time? What if you were to replace that sentence with “working on my side-hustle isn’t my priority this week”. How does it feel to flip it on its head like that?

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