As I watched last month’s Academy Awards show, it dawned on me that there were some lessons we all can learn about success from them.

business lessons from the academy awardsLast year I wrote about business lessons we can learn from the Oscars, but new things came up for me this year.

Let’s take a look at 3 lessons about success from the Academy Awards. Continue reading

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You have a home-based business because you have young children, or you’re tried of traveling for work. In today’s environment, it’s easy to create an online business run from home, but, if you don’t set your environment up and set up your boundaries, your work will take longer, you will feel more stressed, and you may never really see the success you envision.

get more done working from homeCan you REALLY get anything done at home without constant interruptions and distractions? Is it really possible to feel like a successful professional while working out of your home?

YES! Continue reading

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As a business coach, when I work with successful wellness professionals and small businesses, the first thing they bring up is that they feel consumed by the business. They work nights and weekends and never have time for their children or spouse. And they don’t feel they can AFFORD to take time off, because often they ARE the business. In many cases, they don’t even have anyone assisting them with such things as phone calls, scheduling, billing, social media, etc. (To learn why people don’t hire help, see this blog.)

time management working from homeIf this sounds like you, I am guessing you don’t want a life like this, but you don’t know how to turn things around. In fact, even when you DO get away, it’s not really getting away from work. You are either thinking or stressing about the business, or you bring work WITH you, which naturally takes away from the fun the family wants to have with you.

It’s a sad situation you feel stuck in.

It’s true that you MAY need to spend a great deal of time on the business when you’re building it up. But I’ve learned, myself, that by taking time away from the business, and thinking of OTHER things, actually helps me grow faster than working all the time. Continue reading

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There are probably times when you hear about some successful person and you think to yourself, “Boy, I wish *I* were that fearless!

how to grow your business and follow your dreamsBut what makes you think they are NOT fearful?

Many successful people DO feel fear. But they choose to make it work FOR them, not against them.

Think about this: As you look back on your life, do you want to be thankful that you held back from acting on your dreams? Not likely!

You might create such success that it takes your breath away. Continue reading

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As you read this, I’m on an adventure right now, exploring the land of New Zealand. Before I left, I made sure to put all the necessary pieces together so my business would run smoothly without me for the three weeks I’m gone. And I can tell you I’m having a FABULOUS time!

how to take time off from your businessBut most entrepreneurs feel they can’t leave their business. Not for three weeks, not for one week. Heck, some people can’t even bring themselves to take a weekend off!

But this is the fatal flaw; By NOT taking time off, you actually negatively impact the success of your business.

This might sound counter-intuitive, but here’s why your business will be more successful if you take time off: Continue reading

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When you read this, I’ll be in New Zealand, having ONE (of many) adventure of a lifetime. My business will continue to run smoothly while I’m gone, because I planned it that way.

make time for your family working from homeHow do YOU keep your business running smoothly while out of town? And, does it have to be gone on ‘vacation,’ assuming that business STOPS while you’re gone, or can you be on an ‘adventure,’ and things continue to run?

I bet your first choice would be to go on an adventure and have the business running on its own.

Today I’m not going to address WHY it’s important to get away when running a business. But I DO want to give you some very specific steps to put in place when you know you’re leaving town. Continue reading

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There is a belief that the key to success is working hard. For that reason, many women entrepreneurs stress themselves out about growing a thriving business. They believe they will have to give something up for business success.They don’t believe they can have a life AND a successful business at the same time.

how to balance working at home and time for familyThis just is NOT true! And I’m proof: My business coaching business earns six figures, yet I work 3 days a week.

Now, I have to admit that I didn’t realize it was that unusual to grow a 6-figure business, but I hear it over and over and over again.

There are tons of articles about the habits of highly successful people, and every one, you’ll see a remark about working a lot. Or waking up early every day of the week.

I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I want to spend MY life! Sure, I get up with the sun, but that’s so I can exercise or hike. Not so I can run into my home-based office to work! Continue reading

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As an entrepreneur who is expanding your presence into the internet, you probably wonder how you’re ever going to compete with almost an unlimited number of competitors!

how to set goals to achieve successThis is a valid concern, but not one you can’t overcome. In fact, if you just follow a few simple guidelines, you can be as successful as you want to be. In fact, it’s my proposition that you can be MORE successful if you offer your products or services online as well as in person!

But you need an understanding of the biggest objections people have in hiring you or buying products from you, so you can address them, and as a consequence, overcome them. Continue reading

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So many entrepreneurs and wellness professionals ask me about contracts. It’s one of the most critical parts of doing business with others, particularly in joint ventures or partnerships.

work with a business partnerIf it’s just a joint venture, it can be informal, but if you form a partnership, ALWAYS use an attorney, because things are much more complicated, and more will be at stake.

Many wellness professionals are asked to collaborate. Some are registered dietitian nutritionists who are asked to start seeing clients in a physician’s office or chiropractor’s office. Some might be fitness professionals who want to collaborate with a health club. Your situation might be different, but the basics are still the same. Continue reading

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As an entrepreneur and small business owner, do you worry about the competition?

how to target your marketing to your ideal clientWhen we turn our attention inward instead of worrying about who else is out there, who can take away business from us, we actually build a stronger business. After all, with the internet, if you try to check out all the competition, you’ll drive yourself crazy!

Let’s look at 3 tips that can help you stop focusing on the other guy and put your focus on your own business: Continue reading

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