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BANGKOK, THAILAND-October 2,2015: Young Woman Using Facebook Application on her Laptop

 

When you’re ready to implement big change – like a transition to a completely new venture or just a new model for your existing one – you’re not likely able to abruptly stop what you’re doing and start the big change. This chicken or egg moment itself might be keeping you from the changes you want to make. But with a 3 step plan, you can shift time and space without losing focus on your current source of sustaining moola. 

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Research Brainstorm

Stay on task now by parking info you want later in a Research Brainstorm file.

Stay on task now by parking info you want later in a Research Brainstorm file.

When starting something new, particularly something as complex as the multi-media platform I’m building, there’s so much to learn and remember.  The amount of info I’m consuming to prepare seems infinite. To keep it all accessible, I created a simple method I call a Research Brainstorm. Continue Reading →

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The Business Experiment

Like a kid with her first Science Lab Kit, the mindset of playful curiosity is perfect for building a successful business.

Like a kid with her first Science Lab Kit, the mindset of playful curiosity is perfect for building a successful business.

Inspired by software product development cycles and scientific method, I build businesses as if it’s an experiment, with hypothesis, test, revise, and replicate phases. In this iterative cycle of trial and error, there is no failure, only the curiosity of wondering what on earth will happen next. Continue Reading →

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Next Gen Entrepreneurship

Jamie Miller Hair Parlour’s owner epitomizes the next gen in age and thinking with a commitment to meaning from her work. www.jmhairparlour.com Painting by Christopher Clark

Jamie Miller Hair Parlour’s owner epitomizes the next gen in age and thinking with a commitment to meaning from her work. www.jmhairparlour.com Painting by Christopher Clark

While developing my own entrepreneurial ventures and mentoring hundreds of other owners, I see the signs of generations to come.  The next generation is not the next youngest, though Millennials’ quest for meaning is contagious.   Continue Reading →

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My Business Constraints

Truly.  Each meeting with a client gives my life meaning.  I can feel the impact of our collaboration.  I am cheered on by every word of appreciation, every progressive step, and every realized dream.  I feel I’m part of these companies and their owners’ lives. I’ve wanted to spread that impact to a larger scale for some time, but have struggled with how to do it without sacrificing my quality of life.  As one client observed, “Dodie you’ve had one foot on the soap box since I’ve known you, but you don’t step all the way up – you seem afraid you won’t have time to ride your horses.” Continue Reading →

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Sit Back, Dodie

Taye with Dodie on the ground.

Taye with Dodie in this very dramatic reenactment of a recent fall.

I’m becoming a better rider with more falls to prove it. The last time I fell from my horse, I learned the difference between stubborn determination and readiness – in the saddle and in business.

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The Solopreneur’s Credo

I will settle for nothing less than doing only work I love, earning enough to support my ideal quality of life.

If you’re not feeling a little bratty, a little fed up, a little how-dare-I, a little entitled, you’re not demanding enough from your business.

If you’ve been taught that sailing on the solopreneur ship requires toil and compromise, you’re following the wrong guideposts. The Solopreneur’s Credo dares you to get all the benefits of entrepreneurship – fun AND profit.

Most clients call me for one of three reasons: 1) they’re making good money, but don’t enjoy their work or have no life outside the business; 2) they love their work but aren’t making enough money to support their ideal quality of life; 3) they have a great life, but aren’t doing what gives them energy or making enough money to support the life they want.

Of the three, money, work you love, and quality of life, how are you faring? For what reasons are you not yet making the money, fun, and life you want?

Maybe you have biased beliefs that art and commerce cannot coexist. Or you presume your success-to-date-formula will crumble if you make any changes. Or most likely you haven’t paused long enough from your long hours and typical patterns to consider alternatives.

I offer as evidence that fun AND profit are possible the hundreds of owners whose businesses I’ve helped reform according to the Solopreneur’s Credo, including my own business. I’d love for you to have what we’re having.

Start by reciting this creed until you believe it’s possible. Then do your homework below to inform a new course.

Homework:

Make a list of what you love about your business and what you don’t love. Let these lists inspire constraints to shape the next chapter for your business. My own Love/Don’t Love List changed my business model and life! I want to work no more than 30 hours a week (and within a couple years it will be 5-10 hours/week), doing work that I love, with as few decentralized colleagues as possible, from anywhere in the world, to create income streams that don’t require my presence to promote or earn.

Hint: If while doing this first step you’re not feeling a little bratty, a little fed up, a little how-dare-I, a little entitled, you’re not being demanding enough!

Now, consider how far away is your current business model from what you’ve just identified. What changes will you need to make to align what you have with what you want? Do you know how to implement these changes? Do you have the time, money, humans, and energy to make these changes?

Get support and expertise for your transformation. If you’re struggling with any part of this homework, don’t feel stupid or frustrated. This simple exercise requires you to see your world in a way you may not have before. And even if you can see a different possibility, you may not have the experience to know how to migrate from where you are to there. You’re also very likely to find that you need ideas about how to allocate resources you don’t have, but will need, in order to complete the transition. Oh yes, and all without losing momentum and moola from your current business model in the meantime!  That’s where your fellow solopreneurs and I come in. First, a couple of hours 1 on 1 with me, is the perfect way to turn what’s still murky into clear steps you can take toward your business makeover. (Or dare I suggest, your business do over?) And the Circle of Trust, your very own peer advisory think tank, offers ongoing, year-round peer support, fresh thinking, and camaraderie to further assure your success.

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