I passionately believe in building an intentional online business that works around my life. But what does that mean to me? Here's my online business manifesto. Hopefully, it helps give you the permission you need to create a business that works for you, too.
I called this post a letter from me to you, but to be completely honest I’m writing it mainly for me. As I write this my baby is 5 months old and I am easing back into work. I am making tough decisions, I’m starting to understand the “juggle” many parents speak of, and I feel like I’m moving into a new world.
For a few years now you couldn't browse the online business space without coming across a strong encouragement to hustle for your dreams. I used to think that this talk was motivational, but a couple of years ago I started to realise that it was actually detrimental to my productivity and my mental health. I’ve suffered business burnout many times over, and now I’ve given myself permission to simplify and give up the hustle. It feels good, and it hasn’t impacted my profits. I hope that sharing my experience over the last 10 years might motivate you to approach work a little differently, too.
I'm pleased to let you know that my baby boy, Rowan, was born on December 2nd 2017. I found out I was pregnant back in April 2017, and I started planning my maternity leave soon afterwards. Now that I'm 5 months into having a baby, I'm so grateful I took that time. I can now also look back and see what worked, and can share with you how I got through pregnancy (which I personally didn't find easy). It's a bit of a long one, but I hope it helps. Let's dive in!
Being in business for yourself can be a real rollercoaster ride, and one of the biggest issues is money. In a job, at least you knew you’d have a particular amount coming into the bank every month. In your business, your income can vary massively. If you tend to freak out about money like me, this is the post for you (and it includes some pretty specific ways in which I’ve dealt with this over the last 8 years).
Ever since I first started my business in 2008 I have never, ever been able to say that I got everything done on my to-do list. There are always extra ways to grow your business, always new things to try and new people to reach. That said, there are ways to save time and cut the work you need to do day to do (or to give you more time for the new tactics). Here’s how I do it…