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17 tasks to outsource to a Virtual Assistant

17 tasks to outsource to a Virtual Assistant

When you’re a freelance trainer, you have to wear a lot of hats. Trainer, marketer, administrator, salesperson, accountant – you may find yourself stepping into every role. But the question is, how many of these roles are actually a good fit for your skills? Often,...

Why done is better than perfect

Why done is better than perfect

Do you ever feel like you’re holding back on some of the things you’d like to do in your training business because you’re scared of making mistakes? So often, business owners put off launching a new product, service, strategy or campaign because they want it to be...

10 daily habits that will boost your business

10 daily habits that will boost your business

A few weeks ago, I blogged about seven bad habits that you need to break for a successful freelance life but what about good habits that could make life easier? Here are my top ten daily business boosting habits – follow them and you should see your productivity soar....

How to grow your business by playing to your strengths

How to grow your business by playing to your strengths

Sometimes we do things in our businesses because we think we should. Or we get caught up on the things we perceive as failures, turning ourselves inside out trying to ‘fix’ them. Well, I’m calling out this approach. Yes, it’s important to be aware of your weaknesses...

How to focus: Seven ways to overcome distractions at work

How to focus: Seven ways to overcome distractions at work

We live in an age packed full of distractions – phones, email, social media, instant messaging, multiple clients, and so on. It’s quite the juggling act. I used to think that it would be easier to stay focused when I started working on my own but the sheer scope of...

7 ways you can make time for time off

7 ways you can make time for time off

When you run your own training business, it can feel like there are a million and one demands on your time. As well as delivering the training itself, you probably wear many different hats: administrator, marketer, bookkeeper, customer service rep, accountant and...

Why freelance trainers need to make time for reflection

Why freelance trainers need to make time for reflection

As trainers, we often ask our trainees to reflect on their learning. Reflective practice is seen as crucial to the learning experience. We encourage trainees to explore their thoughts and actions, think about what they did or learned and then decide what they would do...

Seven strategies to keep you motivated

Seven strategies to keep you motivated

Would you like more great advice for your Freelance Training Business? Download: "The 7 Things You Need To Know To Become A Freelance Trainer” •••••• Sometimes running your own business can be hard, it can be lonely, challenging, and tiring, even if you wouldn’t swap...

How to balance your training delivery time with marketing time

How to balance your training delivery time with marketing time

Would you like more great advice for your Freelance Training Business? Download: “20 Ways To Re-Energise Your Training Business” •••••• One of the questions that I’m asked most frequently is, How can I balance the time I spend delivering training with time spent...

How to overcome your negative self-talk

How to overcome your negative self-talk

Would you like more great advice for your Freelance Training Business? Download: "The 7 Things You Need To Know To Become A Freelance Trainer” •••••• I recently came across a short but memorable blog by Seth Godin about self-talk, in which he said, “There is no more...

How to find time to work on your training business, not in it

How to find time to work on your training business, not in it

Would you like more great advice for your Freelance Training Business? Download: "The 7 Things You Need To Know To Become A Freelance Trainer” •••••• One of the biggest challenges freelance trainers face is juggling the need to work in their business - actually...

How to create a positive mindset after a setback

How to create a positive mindset after a setback

Would you like more great advice for your Freelance Training Business? Download: “20 Ways To Re-Energise Your Training Business” •••••• When you’re self-employed, there are times when keeping a positive mindset can feel like a tall order. You may be feeling...

Freelance Trainers: Why saying no is good for business

Freelance Trainers: Why saying no is good for business

Would you like more great advice for your Freelance Training Business? Download: "The 7 Things You Need To Know To Become A Freelance Trainer” •••••• No. It’s such a small word, isn’t it? One that can have a massive impact but, for a lot of freelance trainers, can be...

How to overcome negative self talk for business success

How to overcome negative self talk for business success

Would you like more great advice for your Freelance Training Business? Download: “20 Ways To Re-Energise Your Training Business” •••••• One of the things that can hold you back as a freelance trainer is negative self-talk. Who are you to charge that much? Who would...

Seven secrets to a successful training business

Seven secrets to a successful training business

In last week’s blog, we covered the basics of setting up a training business but, this week, I wanted to look at seven expert secrets of training business success, whether you’ve yet to launch or you’ve been freelancing for years:   Look after your existing...

Five ways to cut overwhelm and get more stuff done

Five ways to cut overwhelm and get more stuff done

As you know, when you’re a freelance trainer actually delivering any training is just one part of what it takes to keep work coming in and your business ticking over. Like all freelancers, we trainers have to walk a fine line between managing the systems and processes...

Freelance Trainers: Does This Ever Happen To You?

Freelance Trainers: Does This Ever Happen To You?

Do you ever have days when you feel less confident than usual? Do you sometimes worry about whether you have done the right thing setting up on your own as a freelance trainer? Do you find yourself beating yourself up about your abilities when a potential client...

Fearless Freelancer #3: Is There Ever A Good Time To Start?

Fearless Freelancer #3: Is There Ever A Good Time To Start?

One of the questions I get asked a lot when people are thinking of setting up as a freelance trainer is 'Can I set up my own business and start marketing myself whilst I'm still in employment? I want to make sure I have some contacts and some work coming in before I...

This One Thing Could Be Sabotaging Your Business

This One Thing Could Be Sabotaging Your Business

Hope you are having a good week. Are you enjoying the sunshine? Do you find it energises you  and makes you feel great or does it distract you as you'd rather be sitting in the garden? It was probably one of the hottest days of the year on Friday when I ran How To...

This Might Make You Nervous – But It Works!

This Might Make You Nervous – But It Works!

One of the things that has stood me in good stead over the years in terms of marketing my business is the idea that you should only use a marketing method that you really enjoy and feel comfortable doing. Afer all, if you don't enjoy doing something there is a strong...

Fearless Freelancer #2 – Too Scared To Take The Leap?

Fearless Freelancer #2 – Too Scared To Take The Leap?

For 5 years, between 2005 and 2010 one of my best friends was constantly complaining about his job and wondering if he should go freelance or not. He's not a trainer, he's a sports photographer and had worked for one of the biggest agencies in the world since leaving...

Fearless Freelancer #1 – The Journey Begins

Fearless Freelancer #1 – The Journey Begins

It struck me the other day that so much of the work I do with freelance trainers, whether it be as a Mentor or Workshop Facilitator is concerned with helping them overcome fears and worries of some kind. Being an independent trainer essentially means that you are...

Why There Are No Tips From Me This Week

Why There Are No Tips From Me This Week

We're into the first week of the school holidays here and if you are coping with kids at home I hope it's all going OK! Are you having a well deserved break away? Do you have a few days out planned? Or are you busy juggling work with family and feeling stressed out?...

4 Great Resources To Help You Grow Your Training Business

4 Great Resources To Help You Grow Your Training Business

Wow! My message to you last week seemed to strike a chord and provoked an unexpected and immediate reaction... within minutes of sending it out I had loads of emails and tweets - so thankyou! Here are just a couple: 'A great email and one that I need to action - so...

How I’m Making Money From Home This Week

How I’m Making Money From Home This Week

This week is a massive one for me. As I'm writing this one of my Associate Trainers, Nicki Davey is running my 1 Day Workshop How To Create A Successful And Profitable Training Business - The Easy Way! in the South West and on Friday Angie Reed will be doing the same...

4 Quick Confidence Boosters For Freelance Trainers

4 Quick Confidence Boosters For Freelance Trainers

  On my Linked In Group - Trainer Talk - on Friday I posed the question: 'What have you achieved this week?' I'd been prompted to pose this question by the conversations I'd had recently with some of my clients - freelance trainers who are just starting out or...

How To Have a Productive Summer

  Here in the UK the school holidays have just started, seven long weeks of kids being around the house and asking ‘What are we going to do today Mum?’  Most freelance trainers work from home and whilst we must take the opportunity to enjoy spending time with our...

Why Have I Set My Alarm To Write This Blog Post?

Why Have I Set My Alarm To Write This Blog Post?

  This weekend I was honoured to be invited along to Carrie Wilkerson's Mastermind Group in London. It was a fabulous day, I met up with some of my best business buddies as well as meeting some new people too. I really want to share with you a couple of fantastic...

Do You Have A Mindset For Success?

Do You Have A Mindset For Success?

  Having the right attitude and the right outlook towards your training business is critically important. You can get all the answers to what you should be doing to have a great business, you can find out everything there is to know about marketing and so on but...

Success Forming Habits

Success Forming Habits

This week’s article comes courtesy of my friend and fellow trainer Jenny Flintoft, who together with Carrie Wilkerson runs the phenomenally successful Association of Work at Home Women. Jenny, Carrie, myself and other successful people believe that success doesn’t...

How To Have A Productive Summer

Here in the UK the school holidays have just started, seven long weeks of kids being around the house and asking ‘What are we going to do today Mum?’  Most freelance trainers work from home and whilst we must take the opportunity to enjoy spending time with our...

10 Ways To Get Results From Free Information

10 Ways To Get Results From Free Information

One of the truly wonderful things about the internet is the access we all have now to free information. It’s all around us, freely available and every day our inboxes are full of newsletters, blogs, tips and invitations to sign up for more of the same. Even more...

10 Ways To Get Results From Free Information

10 Ways To Get Results From Free Information

One of the truly wonderful things about the internet is the access we all have now to free information. It's all around us, freely available and every day our inboxes are full of newsletters, blogs, tips and invitations to sign up for more of the same. Even more...

Are You Ready To Take Action?

Are You Ready To Take Action?

The most successful freelance trainers – and indeed business owners and entrepreneurs I know have 1 thing in common. They are Action Takers. Here are some examples of actions you can take that will transform your training business and separate you from the rest of the crowd.

How To Keep Going When The Going Gets Tough

How To Keep Going When The Going Gets Tough

Let's face it, being a freelancer can be very lonely and it can be very easy to beat yourself up when something goes wrong. If you're not careful you can get on a downward spiral of self doubt - when that happens you may feel like giving up and going back to corporate...

Has Your Well Run Dry?

Has Your Well Run Dry?

Are you finding it a lot tougher to get clients than you expected? Has your work dried up? Here are 6 key questions you should ask yourself if you want to move re-energise your training business in 2010.

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