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Lucy Stanyer Life CoachingWe caught up with Lucy, a life coach who was prompted to start her own coaching business after a health scare…

If you could first of all introduce yourself…
Hello! I’m a Lucy, a Life Coach who works with mums in business and mums who are mid career or returning from maternity leave to make a step change in their work and their life. So I offer career coaching and small business coaching combined with life coaching.

I’m based in the lovely historical town of Faversham, in Kent. I’m also a mum, a wife and an avid ukulele student!

How did you first come up with the idea of your business?
I actually made a career change myself. I used to work in PR and Communications for national charities. I’d been talking about making a change for some time, then following a health scare, I decided to realise my dream to start my own coaching business. I wanted to use my skills and experience to help business owners and professionals – especially working mums – to make a step change in their work while balancing family and personal life. And I love what I do. 🙂

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Leonie Dawson PlannersHow do you become more successful in business? The answer is very simple. SET GOALS AND REVIEW THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS.

The good news is, we can recommend a planning tool which will REALLY help you take your business to the next level in 2017.

We absolutely love Leonie Dawson’s business planning bundle and here’s why…

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Business BloggingYour idol has been there and you’ll get there too.

Once your blog is up and you’ve already published a few posts, you’ll realize that setting up a blog isn’t the hardest part. In fact, it’s one of the easiest.

Getting traffic – especially for a new blog – is probably one of the hardest thing you’ll have to do.

You’ll go online and every article you read will insist on how content is king. There’s no denying that. But I’m guessing that, as a new blogger, you want to know what other methods you can use as you continue writing great content.

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Marketing DashboardA marketing dashboard is a great way to get the best return on investment on your marketing budget. At the end of the day, it comes down to results; leads and sales. You must be able to show value for money and get value for every dollar spent on marketing. The only way to get value for money is to ensure marketing dollars are being spent in the right way.

For example, on the marketing channels providing the best results.

But, how do you know what’s works and what doesn’t? How do you tell which elements of your campaign are the cash cows and which are the dogs? The best way to keep track of every element of your marketing strategy is with a marketing dashboard.

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Untitled design (10)Working with someone who doesn’t pull their weight at the office can create stress. You may be stuck putting in extra hours to cover for them. Even if you go home on time, you may feel resentful watching them text their friends and shop online while you’re toiling away.

Whether you’re a coworker or a manager, you can start a constructive conversation to discourage slacking. Consider these tips for holding onto your peace of mind while promoting greater efficiency and teamwork.

How to Deal with Slackers When You’re a Coworker

  1. Focus on productivity. Start out by putting your emotions aside and figuring out whether your colleague’s behavior really affects your ability to do your job. Otherwise, it’s probably not worthwhile to pursue the issue.

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Super Business Essentials Course: Suzannah ButcherIf you’ve just started a business and need some training to get things moving, you need Super Business Essentials! It’s also suitable for you if you’ve been running a business for a while but have lost direction and need support getting back on track.

This online training, designed specifically for small business owners, has been put together by successful entrepreneur and Work for Mums founder Suzannah Butcher.

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Untitled design (7)Could your boss hire a robot to do your job? According to some experts, more than 20% of US companies have already replaced human workers with machines for certain positions. Those figures are expected to increase.

From driver-less cars to self-service checkouts, the trend is clear. Everyone from accountants to shipping clerks could be affected. If you want to enhance your job security, consider these ideas.

It’s a good idea to make yourself indispensable wherever you work. Cultivate the qualities that will give you an edge over machines.

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Untitled designIt’s imperative to stay focused at work if you wish to meet your deadlines and succeed in your career. However, such concentration isn’t always easy to achieve. Something always seems to sabotage even your best efforts. Someone calls a meeting, a client throws a monkey wrench in your plans for the day, or your child gets sick at school.

 How can you sail past these normal interruptions and keep your focus?

Implement these strategies into your work routines:

  1. Set priorities. Setting priorities is integral to planning your day. Schedule the most difficult tasks early in the day and the easier ones later. When prioritizing your day, make a list of your required tasks. This will keep you organized as you tackle each and every issue.

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Untitled design (55)We often hear that success is the result of hard work. Hard work does pay off, but not everyone has the right work ethic to put in a full day of work. It’s common to daydream, avoid work, and procrastinate. A strong work ethic is both useful and admired. Many of the most successful people in the world are known for having an unrelenting work ethic.

Try these tips for strengthening your work ethic and making progress:

  1. Avoid time-wasters. Television, Facebook, text messaging, email, and the internet are good ways to waste a lot of time. Having a strong work ethic requires focusing on work. If you’re wasting time, you’re not working. Regularly ask yourself if you’re spending time on the right things.

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Untitled designDo you dread deadlines? If so, that feeling could be sending you into a state of inaction, causing you to miss your deadlines, which then increases your stress about them. It’s a vicious, self-perpetuating circle. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it easier to meet those deadlines.

Try this process to turn missed deadlines into things of the past:

  1. Set up your priorities. Determine which tasks are the most important. When you have deadlines, they usually speak for themselves on what tasks need to be done first. If you’re having trouble with setting up your priorities, you may need to ask your supervisor which tasks are more important than others.

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