“Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle and a victory.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

In my eyes, this quote sums up much of what it’s like to run an online business.

Starting and growing a business that funds the life you want to live is absolutely a worthwhile accomplishment – and it most definitely has its stages of drudgery and triumph.

The beginning,

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If you spend longer than about 35 seconds in the online business world, you’ll come across at least one expert telling you you need this, that, those and the lifeblood of your first born child in order to succeed.

This article is pretty much me doing exactly that… but with a bit of a difference. Yes, I’ll be sharing the three things that I consider an absolute necessity (both in business and life),

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This week I had the opportunity to be a guest on Jo Gifford’s podcast, Blow up the Blueprint, where we talked all things creative thinking (and creative language).

Before we dive into what can only be described as CREATIVE GENIUS (and a bit of flim flam), I thought I’d share a little about my history with the lovely Jo…

Jo is a recovering overwhelmed entrepreneur, who fuses creative thinking and whipsmart workflows to help business owners ignite their brilliance.

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I think we can all agree that I’m from the “let’s call bullshit” school of thought. I like to think I’m fairly no-nonsense, and I’m certainly not afraid to get controversial.

Unfortunately, in this online world we live, those qualities have become synonymous with being a dick. And today I’d like to call bullshit on THAT.

I have another value, which I cherish just as much as my brutal honesty. KINDNESS.

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Do you want to hear something equal parts weird and exciting?

1 year ago today was my first official day working for myself.

Yep. 365 days since Operation #freedaire was declared an almighty success.

If I’m honest, I kind of thought I’d be back on the hunt for a day job around the 3 month mark, but hey, everyone’s wrong (very, very) occasionally.

Without a doubt, this has been a year filled with trials,

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If you’re worried about how to make a living from your creative skills >> HERE

How to be an uninhibited content machine >> HERE

11 brain training exercises to fuel your content creation >> HERE

14 scientific reasons to disconnect at the weekend >> HERE

How to master the art of conversation in business >> HERE

How to create killer blog posts (that grow your email list + make sales) >>

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When you run your own business, it tends to be all-consuming. We tend to spend a lot of our “free” time working. Drafting blog posts. Checking emails. Filing documents. Chatting with clients and colleagues. Doing biz-related e-courses.

 

We justify it by saying we find those things fun. We enjoy our work, so it counts as a hobby, right?

 

Wrong. You need that time to really switch off from your work day and do other things you enjoy.
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Cher on creativity and the power of authenticity >> HERE

How to take a great idea from inspiration to completion >> HERE

Bite-sized advice for coming up with content >> HERE

10 daily habits to create more powerful content >> HERE

Make lasting change by turning off autopilot >> HERE

Create for yourself, not for anyone else >>

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Why every artist should be a great storyteller >> HERE

The art of thinking big >> HERE

Tactics and ideas for your summer slump >> HERE

7 powerful ways to get more done >> HERE

Having trouble focusing on what’s important? Here’s what you need to do! >> HERE

Being different is good >>

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We’re back for the next installment of the “Just Another Day” series (the movement designed to showcase the more real, less gold-tinted vision of working for yourself). This month I’m featuring the lovely Bella Shaw, a buddy from Jo Gifford’s Brilliance Ignition group.

Bella writes a lot of great stuff over on her blog, all about making healthy changes and finding more “me time” – two things I’m majorly bad at.

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