homeoffice
Nov04

Creating a Home Office

When I first started my business, I was convinced I didn’t need a dedicated work space. Cafes, the dining room table, the kitchen counter — anywhere could be my work space. But after living and working in the same spot for a year, I’ve realized the importance of having a home office.

Right now, I work, eat, and mediate in the same space. Because there’s no division of space in my life, there’s no division of time. My day just runs from one thing to another. I can easily end up working from the moment I wake to the moment I sleep.

Luckily, I’m moving in a month, and in my new home, I have a room dedicated to being an office space. I’ve been putting in a lot of consideration to exactly what I’ll be placing in the room, as our external spaces are often reflective of our internal spaces. This one is going to be calm, organic, and light, a place that I can comfortably work and when I’m done for the day, shut the work away and give myself the down time I need.

Two bookcases to house my collection of books. A nice wood desk to work at. A cute terrarium to bring some nature into the room. An amethyst cluster for clarity. Some awesome arrow bookends. Fun colored binders. And of course, an amazingly comfortable chair for those long periods of focus.

And of course, there must be a spot for the cats! (Because sleeping on my computer is not a good spot.)

Do you have a decided work space for your business or for your hobbies? 

Above: Binder, Terrarium, Bookshelves, Desk, Chair, Amethyst Cluster, Arrow Bookends, Cat Bed

feelfree
Oct28

How To Fire A Client

YOU LEARN A LOT BY SAYING YES

When I first started working for myself, I said yes to every project that came my way. Needed a full website designed and developed? Sure! Looking for some small changes to your site? I can help. Want to talk about social media and website strategies? Let’s set up an appointment.

I not only was paid to grow as a developer, but saying yes gave me many opportunities to grow as a business owner.

SAYING YES TEACHES YOU HOW TO SAY NO

Over the past year and a half, I’ve learned who my ideal client is. Some clients have been incredible joys to work with, while working with others has lead to nights I couldn’t sleep for all the worries and anxiety I had over their projects. I’ve always been a people pleaser, but always saying yes meant I was pleasing everyone but myself.

AND YOU NEED TO MASTER SAYING NO

I’m still tempted to say yes to everything, but being able to say no to clients who you’re not a good fit with gives you street cred. We love honesty when we find it in people, and we respect them for it. So when a potential client just isn’t the right one, I’ve started to say no. (Especially because sometimes saying “no” to a client is saying “yes” to myself and my needs.)

SAYING YES ISN’T A LIFETIME COMMITMENT

In the early phases of your business (and some of the middle phases too), you’re going to say yes to clients that you will later wish you’d said no to. It can be difficult to recognize if a client is one of your ideal clients, especially when you don’t have much information in the beginning. Sometimes, a contract will be in place and you’ll need to get through the project. But if the relationship is longer-term, you may want to consider firing your client.

HOW TO FIRE YOUR CLIENT IN THREE EASY STEPS

1. Be nice. You might be tempted to complain in your email or on the phone. Don’t. Gather yourself and do all you can to end the relationship in a professional and pleasant way.

2. Explain that the relationship is not ideal. You don’t need to go into great detail. Simply explain that you’re unable to serve this client in a way that is beneficial for both you and your client.

3. Give your client options. If you’re unable to continue working with them, provide a list of two or three others in a similar line of work whom they may want to contact.

It’s not easy, but firing non-ideal clients can free up space for those ideal clients to come your way.

TripContinues
Oct21

Moving Forward

Every time I travel to a new city or country, I learn as much about myself as I do about the new place and culture I find myself in.

But even when I’m not off on an adventure, I find there are so many places to grow.

One of the things I love most about my business is that it has given me numerous opportunities to transform. I had to get to the bottom of money issues. I had to learn how to communicate my value to clients. I had to discover how I can set myself apart from others in this field.

It’s happened in relationships and in school…more and more chances to dig deeper, uncover what’s hidden, be the person you want to be.

We are always on an adventure.

Where are you adventuring most in your life right now?

I want to know. I’m looking for a few special people for a project I’ll be starting in 2015.

(And check out the comments on this post for a special question for all my readers. I would be immensely grateful if you would answer it for me. It’ll help me get to know you a little bit better — and that’s what this is all about for me.)

Single-Star
Oct14

Looking For Your Singularity

There are many different theories about the origin of the universe, but the most popular among physicists is that the universe burst forth from a singularity.

I like to think we each contain such a singularity, the place where all of our genius and creativity bursts forth from. It’s always there, but discovering what unlocks it, what causes it to really open and swell can sometimes be a challenge.

I’m in the throes of looking for my key right now, of discovering what my big picture is and where I can help in a perfectly unique way.

I’ve been struggling and frustrated. I’m in the middle of a business e-course with over 200 other women who all seemingly have it figured out and I still don’t.

There may be some others out there who know this feeling, so I’ve put together this list of ways to cope. For me. For you.

1. Don’t push.

No matter how much you really freakin’ wish the Universe would finally send you a telegram and clue you in to what the BIG thing you’re supposed to do is, relax. Sit with it. Be where you are. This moment is your purpose and it will take you to your next moment and your next purpose. Over time, it will build.

2. Meditate.

Be in the space in between. Focus on your breath. Sometimes, when you relax your mind and stop searching, the answer comes.

3. Explore everything you love.

Include things you think you might love to do there too. You never know when a hobby may become a calling.

4. Write.

Write your story. We are so often meant to help people with the same challenges we have had in life.

Write in the mornings, when you’re still half asleep and not censoring yourself. Things emerge in those early hours.

5. Set out on an adventure.

Shaking yourself out of your normal routine can help remind you of all the other things you’re good at, besides what you may be doing for work at the moment. For me, traveling in particular has a way of peeling back the layers of who I am to show me all that’s hidden beneath.

6. Ask your friends what you’re good at.

Good friends always see things we don’t. Open up to them, share with them what you love most about them and discover what they love about you. Your genius may be shining incredibly brightly in their eyes.

7. Move.

Hike, run, bike, dance… Put your body in motion, put the intention in your mind, and see what rises up. Like meditation, moving frees the mind up and gets you out of the cobwebs you might feel stuck in.

I want to hear from you: If you’re still searching or if you know that familiar feeling from the past, what do you do? What have you done? When did the realization hit you?

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