A mid-week reminder

no one knows what they're doing
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This is a bit of a spontaneous post. On Tuesdays, I have calls with two of my mentoring clients, and today I had an extra call scheduled in. I’ve also got a whole load of clients who are busily, earnestly preparing for Christmas.

So it’s been a day of insight into the challenges and common concerns of small business ownership.

And I just really need to say: no-one really knows.

If you’re worrying that everyone else has it all together, please just let that go right now. Because while someone might be better at organising their stock than you, they’ll find creating new products (or keeping up with orders or adapting to new things) way harder.

And if you’re having a day that means you really just wish you had a business partner or a boss or someone else to take responsibility – even just for a day – you’re not alone.

This is crunch time, this September time. There are loads of decisions and deadlines to make. Cash flow is all tied up in a billion things. Things seem risky and exciting and you don’t always know what to do.

If you need a bit of clarity on your to-do list, ask yourself:

  • Does it have a definite deadline? If so, stick to it. If not, reconsider.
  • Will it make a difference to your business today, next month, or by the end of the year? If it’s going to radically improve your sales/income, efficiency or brand perception, move it closer to the top of the list.
  • Is it something you really, really want to do? If it isn’t going to get you out of bed in the morning, it goes down the list. And make sure you’re really imagining the reality of making whatever it is happen – unglamorous boring bits and all.

Normal service will resume on Friday!


New Beginnings

Card by Joanne Hawker
Card by Joanne Hawker

I’m so excited to be welcoming you to my new site and new blog – not to mention my new business! It’s been a long time coming, for me at least.

For years, my passion has been to support designers, makers, entrepreneurs, shop-owners and creatives in their quest to tell their story, connect with customers and ultimately run successful businesses.

Working for notonthehighstreet.com over the last five years allowed me to follow this passion, as well as learn loads more about what makes a successful business, product and – sometimes more importantly – a successful product page.

This is just the start of the journey for my own business, but I’m breathless with anticipation for what comes next! I hope you’ll join me – maybe even work with me – as I share my story.


Enter The Forge

Life's too damn short to chase someone else's definition of success. I'm here to give you the courage and tools to forge your own path.