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Three things I've learned from being in business

There is a £5 fee payable on the door to cover refreshments and room hire. This goes directly to the animal charity.

Think of three things you've learned from being in business (maybe things you wish you'd known before you started) and share them in person on the day, or here in the group.

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  • Mary Blackhurst H.

    Yes, we're cooking next time. I've put it on next month's meeting thing, but I'll say it here too. Frazier, the catering manager at Wood Green, has no problem at all with us bringing in our own food (he's a star, isn't he?) and will even provide us with plates. Can we bring finger food please, so we don't need knives and forks? Also, a number of us have food intolerances/allergies, so can you all let us know what those are so that we can make sure you all have enough to eat.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Yasmin C.

    Thankyou for another superb meeting. Are we cooking next month?

    November 9, 2013

    • katie

      Yes :-)

      November 10, 2013

  • Ann H.

    I don't think there is another group where people open up so much, are so supportive, have such fun and get things done so effortlessly. You are all amazing and I'm so glad I know you.

    2 · November 9, 2013

  • Mary Blackhurst H.

    Thank you so much everyone. This month's meeting was amazing. A huge Thank you to Ann for facilitating and to all you lovely women for your thoughtful and generous input. I feel privileged to belong to such a warm, supportive and open group. Hmmm. "Dress your spirituality" as a working title. OK - I will pray and think on this one. Niche marketing indeed - but already I can see a way forward

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • katie

    Interesting fun chat!

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Rosalind B.

    That was very useful, as always. I've come away with ideas, and a specific point to take action on next week. :-)

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • audrie r.

    Sorry having to miss another month of getting to know you. Too many deadlines and not enough hours in the day! Have fun.

    November 7, 2013

  • Rosalind B.

    I would say,
    1) Community is very important: I have professional support from other EFT and TAT practitioners and trainers, and that's invaluable.
    2) Networking has contributed an absolutely massive amount to me, in terms of clients, and information, and support, and friendship, and knowledge.
    3) Having a coach has always made a huge difference too: someone who has ideas, and faith in me, and knowledge and encouragement, no-matter what.
    Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. :-)

    November 7, 2013

  • Sarah S.

    Sorry ladies, I'm not now coming this month, after 2 days exhibiting at a conference in Manchester, I think I may need to recharge my batteries. Hope its a great meeting and see you all in December.

    November 7, 2013

    • Rosalind B.

      Hope you feel re-charged soon :-)

      November 7, 2013

  • Joan R.

    Such a great list! I would like to add that 1) you need 110% backing from your partner. Emotional support when you are running your own business is very important. 2) join networking groups to learn from others rather than being hopeful of new business 3) learn how to manage your time - I'm still learning!

    November 4, 2013

  • Jill M.

    I'm sorry girls, I'm going to have to miss it this month as my daughter is making a surprise visit from Paris!

    November 4, 2013

    • Yasmin C.

      Sounds like a pretty good excuse. Have fun!

      November 4, 2013

  • Anna T.

    1) There is a time for planning... and a time for doing. I am a natural planner so often want to make things perfect, before launching them into the big wide world. In my latest business project, I challenged myself to just launch it and tweak to how I wanted it post-project. It was painful but pleased I have learnt how to do this.
    2) Trust your instincts. You know what it right for you and your business - even though you may need to rely on 'specialist advice' to steer you in the right direction. Rely on your inner confidence and go with what feels right to you.
    3) Be brave and bold. Success feels so much better when you have challenged yourself.

    2 · October 14, 2013

    • Rosalind B.

      That's great, Anna, just what I needed to hear, thank you! It's very useful to be reminded of the "Just do it, THEN tweak it" principle.

      October 15, 2013

  • katie

    1) Never put off until tomorrow what you can easily do today.
    2) Body language usually says more than actual language.
    3) If it's not in writing then more often than not it's still a figment of someone's imagination!
    4) Other people don't usually loose sleep over your actions, even if you loose sleep over other peoples actions.

    3 · October 14, 2013

  • Yasmin C.

    1) I have often wondered if I think too much about how to run my business and try too hard to make it better, more efficient, more effective. Conclusion: It's really necessary! It's all too easy to just do what you want to do thus forgetting you are aiming to make a profit.

    2) Give yourself an opportunity to take time out to reflect. Change the routine so that you periodically have to step away from the business, not for a few hours or a few days, but for several days or even a few weeks... Scary? Yes! Review and recharge... or stress yourself silly. 3) Running your own business is about facing challenges but it's also about testing yourself, pushing your skills and experience to new heights, daring to be different. Imagine you have a football stadium full of adoring fans willing you on; take courage from them, go and perform.

    3 · October 13, 2013

  • Gill A.

    HI
    Sorry I missed the last event but a great topic for the November meeting.
    My one tip shows my age in that it shows how business has changed over the years. When I first started in business info was power and you kept what you knew to yourself and did not share the experience or info with many people, last of all anyone you didn't even know!
    Networking groups had one major purpose to get business from others. They were not:
    About building a relationship with other people.
    Asking how can I help you in what you are doing or trying to achieve.
    Sharing information, contacts etc so others do not have to spend ages finding out something when you could short cut that process.
    I may think of two other tips and pass them on. I may resort to old school and keep them to myself. Reality is its Sunday thinking of three things is too much for today may come back to it though!
    Thanks Anne
    Gill

    2 · October 13, 2013

  • Ann H.

    It would be great to have contributions from all 67 members so lets kick it off here! Here's mine:
    1) Never stop learning new ways of doing things.
    2) Don't do things "just" to make money. There has to be fulfilment, pride and satisfaction too.
    3) Who you are is more important than what you do.

    4 · October 13, 2013

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