How My Leonie Workbook Made Me Money

How My Leonie Workbook Made Me Money

If you follow my Facebook page for The Girls Mean Business, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of Leonie Dawson’s ‘Create Your Shining Life & Biz 2015 Workbook’. My lovely business manager, Emma, bought me my very first workbook for Christmas 2014 and I fell instantly in love with it. First of all, I have a confession to make… I’m…

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21 things you could share on social media

21 Things You Could Share On Social Media

If you need a quick injection of inspiration for your social media posts, here are a few ideas to get you started. This is, clearly, not exhaustive but it might spark up your brain cells and help you come up with loads of amazing content. Above all, remember that your social media posts need to be aimed at your ideal…

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17 things you could include in your e-newsletter

17 Things You Could Include In Your E-Newsletter

Do you get writer’s block when you think about writing your e-newsletter? Does it feel like really HARD work? It doesn’t have to be! Here are 17 things that you COULD include in your e-newsletters. 1. Personal introduction 2. Nuggets/quick tips 3. Helpful resources (with links) 4. Product reviews 5. How To’ videos 6. Guest content 7. Interviews 8. Where…

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6 Steps for Creating a Vision Board That

6 Steps for Creating a Business Vision Board That Really Works

I love a good business vision. For all it’s just a collection of words and pictures, it’s one of the most powerful tools you can have in your business. Why? Because it reminds you what you’re aiming for. Why you’re doing this. Why, on a bad day, it’s worth you dragging yourself out of bed to get on and build…

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6 Rules Of Awesome Business Visions

6 Rules of Awesome Business Visions

If you’ve read my Business Secret Weapon and 5 Questions To Help You Create A Cracking Business Vision blogs, you’ll know I REALLY recommend having a vision for your business. A business vision is a quick and easy way to get you focused, give you direction and stop you making bad decisions down the line when you’re busy. There are…

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5 questions to help you create a cracking business vision

5 Questions To Help You Create A Cracking Business Vision

As you’ll know if you read my Business Secret Weapon Blog, having a business vision is a GREAT businesss decision. It gives you focus and clarity, it helps with decision making and it stops you getting sidetracked and distracted when life takes over. Hopefully you’re convinced of the need to have some, so let’s get down to business and get…

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8 ways to get laser focus

8 Ways To Get Laser Focus

There’s a saying by Confucius that goes “If you chase two rabbits, you catch none.” We try to do as much as possible to grow, learn and better ourselves. We read books, blogs, and soak up all sorts of information on creating new habits. The fact is, a lot of this effort is in vain. Our attention is pulled in…

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Your business secret weapon

#1 Your Business Secret Weapon

If you thought I’m going to share a snazzy tool or swish new piece of software, you’d be wrong. If you were hoping for a ninja-esque approach to marketing, you might be disappointed. BUT what I’ve got is much better than any single tool, tip or bit of software. My business secret weapon will set your business off on the…

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Do You Need The London Cabbie Approach To Business?

I was chatting to one of my VIP coaching ladies the other day and we decided that she needed to exploit an opportunity that appeared in front of her, even though it wasn’t part of her original plan. It wasn’t a full-blown rebrand or anything like that, just changing the focus of her business to target a specific type of…

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45 things you can outsource to a virtual assistant

45 Things You Can Outsource To A Virtual Assistant

Here are 45 things I’ve outsourced to VAs – remember that virtual assistants have different skillsets, so find one who can manage a particular task or role rather than looking for a ‘one size fits all’ person. Hiring a virtual assistant, even just for one or two hours can free up valuable time for you to spend doing what you’re…

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My 200k Gamechangers

My 200K Gamechangers In 2014

I’ve spent the last week planning for next year. It’s a time of reflection, when I look back over the past twelve months and see what worked and what didn’t. I love this time because it jogs my memory and reminds me how awesome it is to be a business owner. A lot has happened in the last year. I’ve…

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I Have A Cunning Plan

I Have A Cunning Plan…

I love Blackadder. If you’re not familiar with him, here’s the lowdown. He’s English, very slithery and he or his trusty sidekick Baldrick always has a cunning plan (cue half an hour of bizarre English humour).  These two are the eternal opportunists, seeing a way out of every conceivable situation in which they find themselves. But here’s the thing about…

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I'd Rather Be Marmite

I’d Rather Be Marmite

I hate Marmite. I can’t stand the smell, let alone the taste. If I have to make Marmite on toast for my daughter, I hold my breath so I don’t smell the fumes. My hubby and daughter? They LOVE it. They ask for Marmite chocolate for Christmas every year *bork* then come over and breathe on me because they know…

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3 Easy Ways To Get People To Open Your E-Newsletters!

I’m a great fan of e-newsletters. Even though our inboxes are busier than ever, a good e-newsletter will always bring you new business and help forge strong relationships with your subscribers. But those busy inboxes I mentioned… it can be tricky to even get your e-newsletter SEEN, let alone read. So how do you cut through all that email noise…

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8 ways to get laser focus right when you need it

8 Easy Ways To Get Laser Focus Right When You Need It

Focus – it’s an elusive thing that we crave more than ever when we’re building our business and yet it’s the hardest thing to find. There are so many pulls on our time – jobs, family, whatever life throws at us that it’s hard to carve out ‘proper’ time to do marketing or write e-newsletters. To add to the mix,…

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5 Survey Secrets that will make you More Money

I love surveys, and I bet you never thought you’d see me say that! I love surveys because they bring so much to the party. They help you to understand your ideal customers, they help you with product development, relationship building and also speaking their language. You can use the survey and the results in lots of ways to help…

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The Big Fat Coaching Lie

I blame coaches. And I might get a bit sweary so you’ll have to forgive me. Not all coaches but those coaches who advertise that they can help you make £100k working 2 hours a week from your villa in Barbados – RIGHT NOW and it’s so EASY. It’s a bloody lie! A big fat coaching lie. It’s not easy….

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I Don’t Want To Be A Pest!

We were chatting about marketing in one of my client Facebook groups this week and specifically about how much marketing is too much. It’s a topic that never fails to get a discussion going because it brings out one of our deepest fears. “But what if people think I’m a pest?” There, I’ve said it. This fear that ‘people’ will…

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I Don’t Have Time!

Seriously, if I had a dollar for every time I see or hear this, I’d have a very full piggy bank. Time seems to be the single biggest thing that we women business owners stress about – or rather, a lack of it. There is so much that I could write on being productive, on being focused, on being a…

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You’re Not Made Of Butter!

Often when women business owners come to work with me, they are absolutely exhausted. For years, they have tried every idea they can think of to make money, and yet they are still working every spare minute and are STILL broke. And yet after a few weeks working with me, their fortunes change and their business starts to turn around….

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I Shouldn’t Have Ignored The Warning Signs

When you’re a girl on a mission it’s easy to find yourself working every available hour. Evenings, weekends, kids’ nap time – you name it, you’ll be found working away on your business. I did it too and I carried on that way for about a year. That is, until I made myself really poorly. My little girl (aged 6)…

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3 Reasons You Should NEVER Ask Your

3 Reasons NOT To Ask Your Friends For Business Advice

Your fab friends. You love them. You spend hours together, putting the world to rights over a cuppa or a glass of wine. They understand you better than your family. They know you better than you know yourself. So, whatever you do, DON’T ask them for business or marketing advice! Let me explain. Your Friends Are Not Impartial Let’s face…

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3 Secrets Of Success

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One Nasty Comment Ruined Her Day

I was chatting with some of the ladies in my Big Girl Knickers Business Bootcamp this week and one lady said she had been totally thrown off track because someone had left a horrible comment on her Facebook page about her business (the silly thing is the commenter isn’t even a customer). This comment had been left the previous day…

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I Wrested A Screaming 6 Year Old Out Of A Zebra Onesie

So, yesterday morning I wrestled my screaming 6 year old daughter out of her zebra onesie because she flatly refused to get dressed. I had to wrestle her INTO her school uniform, she fought me all the way, and she got in a few strategically placed jabs and kicks in the process, all the while screaming at the top of…

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she felt weird

She Felt Weird About Making Money

I was chatting to one of my clients today who is going through a massive shift in her business, which is creating a massive shift in her life. In a call yesterday we scoped out how she could build her 100k business and it was easy. Like, really easy. She was on a total high and left the call buzzing….

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How To NOT Make Money – 5 Easy Tips

I know I usually tell you about how to get better at marketing, how to save time, how to be more confident but this week I decided to do something different. This week I’m going to tell you how NOT to make money – it’s so easy, you’re probably already doing it! Here are 5 great ways to NOT make…

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7 Secrets To Getting Fab New Customers From Social Media

Hands up if you spend AGES every week on social media sites and have nothing to show for it except a lot of wasted time and a bit of a headache? And yet you see all these businesses allegedly making tons of money using Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest to not only bring in sales and customers but get them…

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3 ways you're making it harder for yourself

3 Ways You’re Making It Harder For Yourself To Make Money

OK being a business owner isn’t always the easiest option (but there are SO many good points!) – however let’s not make it harder for ourselves to make money than it needs to be. I work with thousands of ladies via my Facebook page, The Girls Mean Business, and I see the same issues coming up time and time again….

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5 quick ways to get your email marketing selling for you

5 Quick Tips To Get Your Email Marketing Selling For You

You’ve decided you’re going to start sending e-newsletters in your business – how exciting!! And may I say, a totally brilliant plan because email marketing is a fantastic marketing tool that helps you build relationships with your customers and potential customers, helps position you as an expert and helps build your credibility. Also, email marketing keeps you top of mind…

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WEIRD FEAR

Is This Weird Fear Keeping You Stuck? It’s Not What You Think

There are loads of  reasons why running a business is scary. Being at the helm means that you’re responsible – responsible for the money, the staff, the sales & marketing and the legal side. With that much responsibility, being a business owner requires some serious bravery and big girl knickers. And yet there’s one fear that doesn’t often get mentioned….

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5 Productivity Hacks

5 Simple Productivity Hacks You Can Use In Your Business Right Now

I speak to loads of women business owners each week and many of them complain that they don’t have enough time to do all that they need to do in their business. When I ask them what their typical day or week looks like I can always find at least one, but usually several ways that they can save time…

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Do You Make These 5 Mistakes In Marketing?

Do You Make These 5 Mistakes In Marketing?

Every day on The Girls Mean Business Facebook page I see the same mistakes coming up time and time again. The thing is, with everything else we need to do to keep our business running, marketing is often a last minute, hurried affair in the same way that when we’re busy we grab any old food to keep us going,…

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How I Made Money While I Was On Holiday!

I know! It’s unbelievable isn’t it? There I was, sunbathing on a beach in Andalucia, Spain, looking out onto olive groves and a crystal clear lake, watching Chloe splash in the water and all the time my email was pinging with sale after sale after sale. My bank balance was growing bigger and bigger and I was doing nothing except…

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Time To Give In?

This week on my Facebook page, one post really caught the mood of the moment and inspired over 30 women to share their stories in public. The post was all about giving in – let me share what it said: When To Give In… – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –…

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3 Money Truths

3 Money Truths You Need To Know Right Now

We were having a chat in The Girls Mean Business Club Facebook group last week about marketing and pricing and a few ladies ventured forth with some confessions. “Someone asked me about my fees the other day,” said one lady “and so I told him, and before he even had a chance to respond I carried on talking and discounted…

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Why Unsubscribes Are Great!

When I first started to send e-newsletters I was a nervous wreck. You know how it goes; you spend ages composing a lovely e-newsletter that you hope your subscribers will love. You carefully choose the images and make sure that it looks the part. You take a deep breath and press ‘send’ and off it goes, into the ether. It’s…

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Feeling ‘Meh’ About Marketing? 4 Fab Tips!

Last week was a weird week. I’m not sure if it was due to my stubborn cough and cold that just wouldn’t buzz off, or something to do with the planets, but I just couldn’t get into my marketing. Usually I am bursting with inspiration. I can create classes, write blogs and zip off my e-newsletter without a second thought,…

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How I used the law of attraction to grow my business

How I Used The Law Of Attraction To Grow My Business

Did I ever tell you that the Law of Attraction helped me create a 6 figure business? No? Well, let me share what happened… In 2013 I’d been running my business for about a year. I’d done incredibly well, I was bringing in about 5k per month and I was working with an excellent coach who made sure that the…

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the politics of unfriending on facebook

The Politics of Unfriending on Facebook

Over the years I’ve had to unfriend a good few people on Facebook for certain reasons. Sometimes it’s because we’re no longer seeing eye-to-eye. Sometimes it’s because they express opinions that show them to be people I don’t really have any affinity with. Sometimes it’s because I get sick of the DRAMA and vaguebooking …’OMG I can’t believe he did…

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HOW TO GET GREAT TESTIMONIALS (And what to do with them once you’ve got them)

OK, hands up who has happy customers? Great! Do you have a testimonial from each of them, saying how great you are and how much they love your product or service? No? OK Big Girl Knickers time… Testimonials are a really important part of your marketing. They are a third party endorsing your business rather than you blowing your own…

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How I Get People Talking On My 25k Facebook Page

How I Get People Talking On My 25K Facebook Page

I’ve been using Facebook for a few years now. In the early days, when I was trying to boost the numbers on my page and build my business, I spent lots of time trying different types of content on The Girls Mean Business Facebook Page. And I pretty much got it down to a fine art. I have thousands of…

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you are not cheap

You’re Not Cheap!

YOU’RE NOT CHEAP! If you’re competing on price then you’re always focused on being the cheapest. If you only attract people who want the cheapest, you will always have to offer more for less, just to keep up. It’s a hard way to make a living. But do you REALLY want to be the cheapest? People looking for ‘the cheapest’…

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3 Social Media To Web Traffic Ideas You Can Use Right Now!

3 Social Media To Web Traffic Ideas You Can Use Right Now!

I love social media, in fact my business wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for social media. But I wouldn’t rely on it for my marketing. I use it as a place to build relationships, to get feedback, to build my profile & credibility and to showcase my products and programmes. I also use it to drive traffic to…

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5 marketing tips and need to knows

5 Marketing Tips & Need To Knows

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with marketing. So much advice, so little time! So I’ve compiled a few little marketing tips to help you shortcut the process and cut through the noise. 1. The Marketing You Do Today Will Pay Off In 3-6 Months. Marketing rarely works immediately. It can take 3-6 months for marketing to properly give results, and…

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Business Coaching – My Best Investment

I took a look at my business financial figures for last year and this year to date and I was pleasantly surprised at how profitable my business is. I have very few costs, so most of what I make, other than various taxes, is mine. Which is a brilliant position to be in. There is one thing that I spend…

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Denise Duffield-Thomas Is Awesome

Last year I was lucky enough to interview the lovely Denise Duffield-Thomas of Luckybitch.com  about how to get a 100k Mindset (watch this space because I’m going to share that amazing interview with you very soon). What she shared has already totally changed the mindset and the business of LOADS of my Inner Circle and Club ladies, who have realised that…

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Leonie Dawson’s 2015 Create Your Amazing Year Workbook

My lovely friend and business manager Emma bought me Leonie’s Create Your Amazing Year Workbook from Leonie Dawson for Christmas last and it totally absorbed me for the best part of a day when I unwrapped it. Since then I’ve doodled, made lists, described big dreams, turned plans into action and all whilst taking in Leonie’s funky and unique approach…

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Why I Used To Hate Blogging (But I Love It Now)

My daughter Chloe’s just turned 6 and one of the biggest daily (or rather twice daily) battles I used to have with her was about brushing her teeth. I don’t know what it was about it but she would make the biggest fuss, ‘But Mummy do I HAVE to? But Mummy it’s boring! But Mummy the toothbrush makes my nose…

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How Long Will My Marketing Take To Work?

OK brace yourself. The marketing you do today will pay off in 3-6 months. I know this probably  isn’t what you wanted to hear but marketing rarely works immediately. It can take 3-6 months for marketing to properly give results, and that’s if you’re marketing little and often. Once Is Not Enough Once is just not enough and yet many…

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