Enjoy the self-employed lifestyle

Whether you like to work hard, play hard, or just want to fit your business round your everyday life (or the other way round), being your own boss is not always what it's cracked up to be. We can help you ensure you get the best of both worlds
Being self-employed is great. You set your own salary and have the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Yeah, right! Running your own business can also be very stressful, it can be hard to find enough time in the day, juggling family and work responsibilities can drive you round the bend. This section of the site will help you regain your sense of control and find ways to enjoy what your business should be about - your lifestyle!

Make the most of being your own boss

You finally made the gutsy move to run your own business. You are the boss, you make the decisions, right? Not necessarily, there is always some bully who will try and throw you off your throne. Here is how to deal with them.

At least once a month I see press articles that talk about bullies in the office.  If you read daily newspapers and blogs you too must have seen them, they’re hard to miss and make it obvious that office bullying is a big problem worldwide.

But what most people forget is that bullying does not just happen in your younger years at school or in the office.  When you run your own business you can still experience bullying even though you are your own boss.

In your own business... more

Through his coaching practice, Robert Gerrish supports those going it alone in business. It is perhaps a little surprising then to learn one of the biggest problems small businesses face is the failure of the proprietor to put herself or himself, first. So, if it's not the boss getting to the top of the list, who is it? And what can be done to redress the balance?

Let's get one thing clear from the outset: Putting yourself first is not about being inconsiderate to others - so if you thought you were about to learn a neat way to rid yourself of all your difficult clients and customers, think again!

Putting yourself first is about making sure you run your business for you.

To start with we'll look at some of the classic symptoms of a business where such is not the case.

The business is in effect being run by clients or customers... more

Home office
Running your own business from home can be fun and fulfulling, but what do you do when the cabin fever finally gets to you?

How idyllic to work where your longest commute is from the dining room to the spare bedroom - and there's real coffee on tap all day, the winter sun pours through the window into your office, you can work in your casual wear and call all the shots.  No wonder more and more people are taking advantage of the huge advances in technology and the new focus on family commitment and lifestyle creation to jump the corporate ship and work from home.

But the undoubted benefits of having a home... more

Conflict resolution
We often think of conflict as being destructive, but if we are able to embrace it and see the opportunities it brings, we can learn to appreciate the constructive and positive insights it is there to teach us.
Conflict is a catalyst for change and improvement. 
For a company to be successful, it must constantly evolve; if it does not, it will quickly lose share of the market.   We, too, are also constantly learning and adapting.  Conflict helps us to do this by highlighting our weaknesses and the lessons still to be learnt.  

Conflict is the sign that someone is frustrated because their needs are not being met.  You can probably very quickly draw on an experience of what it feels... more

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Tell me, how many excuses can you think of not to exercise? I stopped when I got to excuse 100, and decided to do something about it: I didn't want to be overweight anymore, I didn't want to feel tired all the time, I wanted my life back. This is how I got motivated.

I’m amused by a common reaction:  you have a personal trainer?  Wow, you must be a professional athlete!  Yeah sure, let's not insult the real professional athletes, shall we?

I have a personal trainer because he keeps me motivated.  I’m the queen of lazy, a couch hugger who will find an excuse not to get out there and exercise.  Which puts me in the “normal” category of the average person:  humans were designed to take it easy, our brains appear hard wired to enjoy sleep, good food,... more

Keeping an eye on Christmas debt
If the Ghost of Christmas Past looks like it will visit even before you put the tree in the rubbish, here are 10 tips on being money-wise in advance, by Michael G. Peterson

Ah, the holiday season! Turkey and ham, office parties, jingle bells, and lots and lots of eggnog make the season a delight.

But all fun and reindeer games aside, you have to be careful to make sure you don't wind up as poor as Tiny Tim! People can spend as much as $1,000 a year on gifts for family, friends and business associates. That is a big chunk of money that can hit you pretty hard come January if you don't plan ahead. There are some tips and tricks you can do to keep your... more

Destructive ways of thinking are not helpful
All too often, we get ourselves into thought patterns that don't actually help us achieve and progress. Janet Lapp identifies five destructive ways we talk to ourselves, and she explains how to replace these with positive thinking.

One onstage exercise I do to demonstrate what people look like when they feel stuck is to carry a volunteer from the audience around on my back. The message is a clear one: if your life and career isn't advancing as you want it to, the cause is rarely outside you. There are heavy loads on your back. Recent MRI studies show that these five thought patterns can change your brain blood flow and your brain chemistry. It's time to dump them. Here are five top ways to sabotage yourself:

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A compilation of tidbits of great advice on maintaining your health.

Asthma Statistics
New Zealand has the second highest rate of asthma in the world. Many studies implicate free radicals in this debilitating condition and antioxidants, through their free radical fighting ability, can be helpful in reducing the frequency and severity of attacks. It is difficult for many asthmatics to get enough exercise which makes the empty calories of processed foods and snacks even more of a problem. Increasing the intake of nutritionally dense fresh foods... more

Alan Clark explains why you should not make your children executors in your will - and not powers of attorney and not trustees in your family trust either.

Why not?  Because most of us have more than one child, and most of our children will get married and so bring an in-law into the family.  It is a sad fact that money causes trouble in families. None of us like to think that our children will squabble over money that we leave to them, but sadly it happens again and again.

None of us need look too far around us to see some of the squabbles, The global financial crisis has made the situation a little worse because some of our children... more

After the intellectual investment in your profession or vocation the capital investment in your home is likely to be your next largest investment. The fact that your home is your office as well means that its maintenance is doubly important.

Currently the media is featuring, very colourful articles on the rotting timber framing of houses and that house are in danger of collapsing. Now, we all know how accurate the media can be. Not only are these stories greatly exaggerating the problem that exist, in some cases they are completely wrong in their conclusions.

I would like firstly to give the history of the problem and what to look for when inspecting your home/office and then follow up with articles... more