Being a Woman in Business - Who Thinks

King's Daughters - Being a Woman Business - Angela De Souza
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
- Proverbs 23:7

Too many women in business are too busy.  In fact, they are so busy that they don’t have time to think.  Each morning they face a long 'to do' list and at the end of the day they exhale feeling satisfied by all the ticks next to the task.  However, what they don’t realise is that they are trapped in the cycle of a never ending 'to do' list and will never get free from it UNLESS they stop and think.  Women are particularly guilty of feeling guilty.  We feel guilty for everything and we even feel guilty when we are not working.  Taking time to think is working, so you don't need to feel guilty.  Thinking time is what separates the self employed from the business owners.  The self employed will only ever be able to exchange time for money and since they only have 24 hours in each day like the rest of us, their earning potential is limited to a set fee for a portion of those 24 hours.  

Hard Work is Not Enough

Hard work and saving will earn you a living but smart work and investing will build you a legacy.  If you want to get ahead, stop filling every minute of every day with hard work.  Stop – breathe – THINK – relax and then formulate a plan to work smart.  One hour of thinking each day could turn your business from a small self employed business into a large, profitable and successful company.  Even one hour of thinking a week could turn things around for you significantly.

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
 - Proverbs 14:8

Think about what you are doing.  Think about where you are going.  Think about smart ways to get there.  Are you satisfied with exchanging time for money or would you rather that your money worked for you even when you are not physically working on your business?  Think about how you can achieve that.  Take time to ponder on what you really want out of every set of 24 hours.  Dream about what your ideal day, week, month and year looks like.  Create a plan that will allow you to live the dream.

Smart Working Principles

Multiply Energy – Piggy Back
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.  What already exists that you can use or who do you know that can help you get ahead?  If you take time to think you will be amazed at what you can come up with.  Are you using the trending hash tags on Twitter to get your posts seen?  That is piggy backing.  Do you network and connect with people in high places?  If you are a painter you might be going door to door, offering your services.  Why not rather find an established business that does plastering and collaborate - piggy back on the established company and save yourself hours of knocking on doors.  Piggy backing could also mean volunteering your services to a larger organisation.  You may not directly make any money but you could benefit a great deal from the publicity that you would get.

Piggy Backing Etiquette
•    You must not be in competition with them
•    You should be aiming for the same target audience but not get in their way
•    You are piggy backing not being a parasite, give something back.

Multiply Time – Other People’s Time
In order to multiply time you need to use other people’s time.  It doesn’t have to be as selfish as it sounds, you can use other people’s time and still benefit the other person as well as yourself.  For example, ask five really good friends to share your Facebook status – it won’t take them more than a few seconds but you will reach hundreds more people that way, saving you loads of time that you would have spent trying to find and communicate with those hundreds more people.   

This is the most basic element of other people’s time, but another important key to working smart is outsourcing.  What can someone else do better and faster than you?  A common cause of businesses failing is when the business owner insists on doing everything themselves all of the time!  The problem is the 24 hours thing – you can only do so much in a day on your own.

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. 
 - Proverbs 13:20

Outsourcing is the next step to business growth but choose wisely.  Use other people’s time to get the job done while you focus in what you are best at.  It doesn’t have to be a huge leap of faith either, start by outsourcing one or two hours a week and build up in proportion to your business growth.   Think about what you can outsource and who can outsource to.  Perhaps take on an intern, apprentice or student during the summer break.  The possibilities are endless, but you will need to put in some thinking time to come up with something really good.

Multiply Money – 1 + 1 = 3    
The old saying, “It takes money to make money” is not entirely true.  Well it is and it isn’t.  You see, how you get the money to make the money is where most people are tripped up.  They envisage a huge pot of money that will then ensure business success. Most businesses that start this way fail.   The reason they fail is because they haven’t had to think.  Money has been available so little effort was put into decisions and once the money has run out the business fails.  However, those who start with little are forced to think and be creative.   It is these habits that they forge in the early days that ensure their success later on when their money pot grows.  Take time to think about the money that you have right now and how you can make it multiply.  Don’t make the excuse that you don’t have any, you do, and it is enough.
    Richard Branson didn’t have money to make a phone call when he started, that didn’t stop him and when he got a little bit of money he knew how to make it grow into more.

Money Multiplying
•    Sell your knowledge – seminars, workshops, ebooks.
•    Take payment up front – create cash flow instantly.
•    Collaborate – offer business swaps.
•    Think, think, think!

There is so much that you are capable of doing and achieving and all it takes is a little thinking time that will prevent you from remaining chained to your never ending to do list.

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To the 'Little' Guys and Girls doing Crappy Jobs!

Great speech by Ashton Kutcher - I am so pleased he mentioned all the crappy, seemingly insignificant jobs that he has had and how each one was essential to getting him ahead.  Too many people want the fame and success but want to skip the crappy little jobs that get you there!   I wonder how many people out there are busy doing crappy jobs not realising that they are one step ahead of those just sitting and wishing for fame and success - here's to the 'little' guy who cleans the tables at MacDonald's and here's to the toilet cleaners at the gym and here's too all of you that are doing what is perceived as crappy jobs - may you succeed in whatever is in your heart to do.   I respect you and thank you for all that you do.  You are the true heroes.  To those that are sitting and wishing or scheming how to get a bank loan to start big, why not go out and find yourself a crappy job, something small, just to get the ball rolling, I am sure it will get you one step in the right direction. Who knows if you are destined to be the next Ashton Kutcher, Steve Jobs or Prime Minister of England!  There is only one way to find out, start walking the path they took, one crappy job at a time. 


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King's Daughters, cupcakesEveryone knows I LOVE cupcakes!  These are some cupcakes that I made ages ago but want to bring them to your attention for the Range Cookers Competition so I can win a new cooker - and so can you, enter here.  I used a regular chocolate cake recipe replacing the cocoa with half a cup of flour and thought all would be well. Sadly it seems not, so was hoping to get some feedback from all you King's Daughters :)

The recipe I used was as follows:
175g margarine
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups SR flour
1 cup milk

I mixed this all together then baked at 180 degrees and fully expected nice big yummy cupcakes. They looked lovely in the oven but when they cooled they sank and had little peaks in the middle - looked like little volcanic mountains without the hole on top. So what went wrong? Was it the recipe, the baking temperature, my very old over or just me? I would love to hear your suggestions or even a better recipe.  One of my favourite cupcakes recipes is this one from the BBC website.   Happy Saturday, have fun making cupcakes - oh, and if you have any recipes for cupcakes without sugar please leave the recipe in the comment box below. 


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I get so annoyed with all the different weight loss options out there that are so very expensive and just plan unnatural!  So I have written my own weight loss program based on nature and common sense.  This method has worked for me all my life.  Why spend a fortune when Nature's Weigh can give you each step for only £20.  Why stress yourself out with a sudden complete change of lifestyle, when Nature's Weigh helps you lose weight naturally and gradually.  

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Nature’s Weigh is not intended as a substitute for the advice of medical doctors. The reader should regularly consult a medical doctor in matters relating to his/her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.


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Laugh Out Loud Thursday - Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Not sure where this originated but it's funny :)

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