Most experts tell you to keep an eye on your competitors so you can learn from their mistakes and keep up with them. I think that for many small and home based businesses it’s not necessarily the best thing to do. Let me tell you why.
Do you ever have days where you feel discouraged about the progress you’re making with your business? You know, those days where you’ve launched something new, and you check your email about 100 times that day to see if anyone’s emailed you about it, only to find your inbox empty? It might feel like you’re [...]
This morning, I woke up feeling nervous because I have a webinar to host tonight and last I checked, 91 businesses had signed up to join in. Maybe to some of you that doesn’t sound like a lot but it’s the most I’ve ever had sign up for a single webinar. I had this moment of self doubt after reading a blog post about the Problogger Conference. I thought, “Wow, who the heck am I to host a webinar on business blogging anyway?” Then the thought occurred to me, “who am I not to?” So, for the next time you find yourself thinking the same thing, here’s something you can print out and stick on your office wall, your kitchen fridge or bathroom mirror.
You may not know this, but Support a WAHP has been a bit of a problem child for me. I inherited this business from another entrepreneurial mum, two years ago. At the time I thought it would be a great source of passive income to complement my local startup business, Mumatopia and I loved being [...]
I wonder what school did to us. The emphasis on grammar and spelling without considering self-expression seems to have produced a lot of people who are so worried about misusing a comma that they don’t write anything at all. This is one of my soapbox pieces. I hate the thought that some of you have so much to offer, but it’s all inside you under lock and key and wearing a “Fail” label. Why should we miss out on what you have to say? More importantly, why should you be gagged just because you might misspell a word?
I don’t know about you, but one of the first items on my list of reasons why I should start my own business was “freedom.”…After two and a half years in business I had it pointed out to me today working with a valued friend in the United States that I had just put myself back in jail. Albeit slowly, but none-the-less …jail.
Studies show that your reasons for wanting to work from home can shape the path your business takes and determine whether or not it will be a successful economic venture. People who are “pushed” into working from home are more likely to give up than people who are “pulled” towards working from home. The same studies also show that the majority of people who work from home are women and that the primary motivation for establishing a home based enterprise is not financial, but rather driven by an internal desire for a change in lifestyle, or to follow a passion or dream.
So, as a solopreneur, a woman, in a relatively small community of 175,000 with 25 years experience outside the city, I come up with a new concept for the city in the way of a Home Show kind of concept. I have complete faith in my ability to put together an amazing package that is based on faith in the first year because I know in my heart of hearts that it will work, and if I get the following in the first year it will just take off on its own in the next four years because it just takes the first one.