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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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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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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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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