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WHY?

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I started my newest business this year because I wanted to maintain the flexibility and financial freedom that I enjoy from running my own business.

I’ve enjoyed over 20 years of serial entrepreneurship, with a few ‘normal’ jobs in between. Mostly I’ve benefitted from the joys of being my own boss and living a flexible lifestyle, so much that I couldn’t change that now.

I’ve been busy building a life that I want, rather than one with too many compromises, and I want to continue to do that. It is so important to me that I’m flexible for my family, to make sure I’m on hand in times of need. My newest business helps me to do that. ‘Time’ is the most precious gift we can give.

I’m excited to be building a team of people from all backgrounds. It can be lonely as an entrepreneur or CEO, but my newest business provides me with the opportunity to recruit team members and grow the business quickly.

Even though I’m self employed, the new business – True Ambition Forever, is under the umbrella of a global company, established for nearly 40 years, offering a range of incentives for the teams. How would you like a new car paid for 3 years, and holidays with spending money provided by the company? These are some of the incentives available.

I’ve enjoyed every minute of this business! I can see my friends more often than I have done in the last 15 years, I’ve got time to make new friends and still get back in time to collect my daughter from school, and be at home during school holidays.

I only have one regret…. I wish I’d have started this business years ago! Don’t make the same mistake….start building your business now. My team and I will give you full support and excellent training.

Make sure you join the road to freedom, with me. Join my team http://true-ambition.flppro.biz

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Sack the Rat race – Forever

I am enthused about my new business that I started this year, and I thought it was an ideal time to share my excitement! It has been a great adventure for me, and I’m only in the fourth week of trading!

You may know that I’ve been involved in different businesses over the past 20 years, and a business coach for 14 years now.  My new business allows me to help others to benefit from my experience as I help them to set up their own flexible, home based business.

At the same time, I am recommending fantastic products that have amazing impact on health, wellbeing, and fitness.

How does it work?

When people join my team as a Forever business owner they have access to award winning training and support, I provide mentoring, and they have support from wider team members.

Being a Forever business owner means you have the flexibility to work your own hours, and fit round other commitments. You still have the support of a team, and a business coach to encourage you to define and achieve your goals.

You have the support of a multi-national company, Forever Living, that operates in 158 countries (and growing), is cash rich with an annual turnover of $2.6billion, £75 million in the UK, and rising year on year.  They’ve been around for 37 years, and have been awarded Gold Investors In People Award, are members of the Direct Selling Association, with award winning training programmes.

They have an excellent rewards system, and I have been told I’ve already earned bonuses!

Forever is the only UK company that is licenced by the Aloe Science Council to supply natural Aloe Vera products.  They have their own Aloe Vera Plantations where they treat their employees well, and have patented the method of storing Aloe Vera to ensure it retains all its minerals and nutrients, naturally. The products are cruelty free.

Who can do it?

There is not an ideal ‘type’ of Forever Business owner, but this is not a get rich quick scheme, and you do need to work for it.

You need to have a positive attitude. There are a lot of sceptics out there that can be really negative about Forever Living and the business model (including some members of my family, until they tried the products and saw the bonuses!).

You need to listen to advice and learn. The training programme and the support of your mentor is a luxury that many entrepreneurs do not have access to.  It’s worth its weight in gold, but you get it when you join my team for no extra cost!

You must have a desire for more, to achieve, to do better than you currently have. This is an opportunity that works brilliantly for those that are hungry for success.  It works well if you want to fit it round your current work, but I think you’ll love it so much you will soon want to bin the day job and the grumpy boss!

What do you have to invest?

I would suggest a time commitment of 10 – 15 hours each week.  I didn’t spend that much time on it to start with but still earned my original investment back in 10 days!

You must be willing to learn new skills. This can be done slowly, when you have the time, but I found that I was so enthusiastic that I was spending an hour every evening on it to learn faster!

You have an option to sign up as a business owner when you buy £100 worth of products. However many new business owners, like me, purchase the ‘Business in a Box’ for £199.75 which gives you a starter box of products, and literature.  You will have access to your own website.

If you feel like you want more in your career, or your current job does not excite you, or if you’re saying to yourself ‘there must be more to life than this’, then it’s time for change, the time is now to take a look at joining me. 

Have a look at the video on my webpage and get in touch.

Let the Sceptics smirk!

I am an entrepreneur, a blogger, a writer, a mother, a creative, and I am happy!

I was brought up among logics, and I spent my teenage years and early twenties surrounded by critics that consistently asked me when I would grow up, get a proper job, find an employer, and when was I going to grow out of my little ideas and silly schemes?  I thought I was wrong to be me, I thought they were criticising all that I am.

For a brief spell, I was a good employee, but the constant grind to someone else’s ethics would consistently nag at my entrepreneurial mind.  I tolerated the peak smog of rush hour traffic, the stop start line of unhappy, disenchanted, gnomes, awaiting their fate of the daily chores, for an employer who rarely remembered their name.

I eventually learned to love my education, 10 years too late, two children to feed, and a real life, grown up job, but at least I found education and expertise eventually. My thirst for knowledge kept me enthralled, growing, and stretching like I was waking up at last.  I learned to understand myself, to know I was me, and they are them; and that is actually ok.   I learned that the logic’s and the critics were sceptical but admiring from a distance. They may not make it obvious, but it’s in there, deep down, trying to reach the surface.

I learned it is ok to be a creative, to imagine, dream, believe. It’s what created TV that the sceptics so easily immerse themselves in to escape the daily grind they have accepted so easily.  It created Apple, and Blackberries that make life easier, and more complicated, all at the same time.  It created email, google, and facebook, to reach out, capture imaginations and engage.  It created books, worlds of adventures and years of knowledge, passing on our fuel of mankind.

I guess I’m still waiting to grow up, but I am my employer, I make the rules, I take the risks, I work to my ethics, I refuse to stop the flow of ideas and the creativity, fuelling my ability to imagine, dream, and believe in myself.  I accept I am an entrepreneur, a blogger, a writer, a mother, a creative, and I am certainly happy.

Let the sceptics smirk! Let them live in their world of harsh unguarded criticism, waiting for perfection that will never arrive.  Let them be lost beyond the logic land, never trying to achieve beyond their comfort zones.  I refuse to be anything but me. I’m changing and growing, but I will not scrunch myself within their box of conformity.

I hope my team will learn too. We are a team of logic’s and creatives, mixed with those rare diamonds that have a balance of both.  It’s good to be different, it’s good to be you, it’s good to be me. Let the sceptics smirk, but know that beneath their harsh words, and gurning they are admiring and enquiring, not so critical as they like to believe.  They may need proof of your imagination, and research on your beliefs, but that doesn’t stop you performing. Remember always to be you, and imagine, dream, believe.

Love networking like it’s your best friend’s party!

Business Coaching is the most rewarding part of my work.  I love to see entrepreneurs in a new business start to grow and develop new confidence, building their dreams and achieving success.

Each time I start on the journey with a new entrepreneur, it’s like climbing into a roller coaster, the anticipation of success, charged with the fear of failure.  I support them to learn about business tools, and building their confidence, supporting them through the negative moments and self-doubt to reach a positive outlook.

I’ve been business coaching in various roles for the last 14 years, learning so much along the way.  My recent business coaching with new Forever Living businesses has shown that team work and enthusiasm can push beyond the boundaries that constrain negative attitudes. The fear of networking can be limiting and debilitating for a business.

The biggest, most consistent fear among all the ‘newbies’ is their fear of networking.  People who are usually reasonably confident, suddenly cringe at the thought of networking among a room full of people.

The fear of networking; is it a rational fear? Are we not all there for the same reason?

My reasons are simple, 1. To meet people; 2. To find customers; 3. To stay updated.

As I work through their support I share my basic tips for entrepreneurs to keep focused and enjoy networking.  Once they grasp it, their whole perception and participation rate changes.

  1. Change your mind-set: Imagine you are at your best friend’s party – be happy, friendly and interested.
  2. Be prepared, have your business card to hand and know your 30 second pitch, brilliantly.
  3. Be genuine, be you, don’t try to fit in, be proud of who you are.
  4. Work the room. Don’t fall into your comfort zone with someone and end up sticking with them, mingle, talk, agree to re-connect and move on.
  5. Make sure you take relevant contact details. The fantastic people will return to you.
  6. Remember everyone has a story to tell, including you. Make it relevant to your audience and keep it brief.

Admittedly, I’m not always so good at working the room.  I’m so fascinated by people that I stay too long with the first few I meet, wasting the opportunity to meet the others.  I’m improving though, keeping it consistent and not allowing my interest radar to distract, after all, I can find out more later.

Business is all about providing solutions for your customers.  For me this means helping people to find and talk to their customers, learning from them, supporting them to make the best possible decisions.  To do this they have to enjoy it, they must make networking their happy place, where they can showcase the business they love, their pride and joy.

I’m lucky, I’ve found my calling and it’s easy to rave about that.  My business is about helping others to build their business, and to make sure they have the passion and enthusiasm to thrive at networking.  Each one of my newbies will soon adapt to love networking like it’s their best friend’s party, and then they’ll learn how to pass those skills on!

Let me know if you’re ready to start up and get on the party circuit. I’ll be there to help you every step of the way.  Contact me for more information and to join my happy team www.true-ambition.myforever.biz

True-Ambition Forever!

 

 

Who would have thought that the search to find a new moisturiser would lead to a whole new business!

For many months I’ve been looking for new products to sell alongside my consultancy work, as I want to build a better future by reducing the daily grind of balancing work, clients needs and my family duties,  and reduce my workload.  I couldn’t find anything that would reduce my workload or that fitted with my passion for helping people.  I have to stay true to my ethics and passion.

At the same time, I was hunting for a new moisturiser, as my current one just wasn’t good enough any more.  I suppose I have to also admit that I’m no longer a spring chicken, which means my skin is changing….so I needed change before everything started drooping!

I’m also not happy with the way certain brands are still using animal testing on their products. I cannot agree with that!  This was another reason for the change.  I was looking for a company with natural products, that do not test on animals.

I’m frequently telling friends and family about the benefits of herbal remedies, so when my friend told me about Forever Living and their Aloe Vera products, not tested on animals and entirely organic, I needed to know more.

My friend gave me a basket of health and well being products to try.  I’ve never been a girly, girl type, but I loved the handwash, my sore hands were instantly smoothed by the lotion, I was energised by the milkshakes, and the Aloe drinks helped me power through the day.

I looked into the company providing the products, aware that my ethics are so important to me.  The company have been around for nearly 40 years, they give a 60 day money back guarantee.  Their Aloe Vera is all organically grown on their own organic plantations, and they do not test on animals.  They’re a cash rich company so I know they are going to be around for years to come.

I’ve emptied my house of all the different products that I used before and replaced with my Forever Living products, I love them!

I love the products so much I wanted to join the team, I want to spread health and well being among families throughout the world, and create prosperous futures for my family and others.  This company is so true to my ethics that I had to be part of it!  Plus the incentives are fantastic! A new car, holidays, high quality training, a share of the profits…..wow! Amazing!

I’m now recruiting my team and I’m coaching people to build their own successful businesses. It’s fantastic that I’ve found a company that enables me to build a business and coach others to be successful in their businesses too! I’d love to introduce you to a healthy, wealthy world of Forever Living.

 

 

 

 

How I saved £114,748 in 52 minutes, and still made money!

I am an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and the importance of using exercise and hobbies as a way of zoning out of stressful business issues and recharging your body and brain. Nevertheless, often zoning out means you can focus on solutions, and I thought it would be good to show you how I saved £114,748 in 52 minutes.

It was an extremely windy day one spring morning and I was trying to find an excuse to avoid my 10k run. Luckily, my run was temporarily halted while I eagerly answered a phone call from a colleague, which set my mind racing.

The challenge set during that phone call was to save the organisation some money, or it would close. Creating 25 job losses, and a whole range of services lost to people in need. I had to achieve this challenge, but how?

Thinking time was required, and as much as I try to find excuses for avoiding my run, I am a runner, and I knew it was time to run, time to think.

After achieving an Ok time of 52 minutes on my 10k run, I had the answers.
These were my suggestions (the calculations were completed later);

1. Cancel all subscriptions to magazines – with ipad and Kindles people can now read a whole host of magazines online, many e-zines and some journals are free. Make the most of them.

Saving £210 per annum.

2. Review and change phone contracts – 22 of the mobile phone contracts had not been reviewed for 4 years and they were paying outdated prices.

Saving £223 per annum.

3. Assess job roles, outsourcing and ask about voluntary redundancy – although this is always a last resort because no CEO wants to worry their staff and focus attention away from the business, the relationships between CEO, his PA and the staff were excellent which meant they were able to identify who wanted to work part time, who had additional skills and who was ready for redundancy.

Saving £27,212 per annum.

4. Send everyone home! Yes! Homeworking is now possible if it suits the work you do. In this case all staff were outreach with the exception of the CEO and his PA, yet the company was paying for 3 offices! The CEO starting working from home 3 days a week and shared an office his office with another organisation for 2 days a week, where the PA was based.

Saving £87,103 per annum, and 22.5 jobs, also gaining an income from the tenant and creating partnership opportunities with further income potential.

At the time it was difficult to know how the suggestions would be taken, and I did have some further ideas but they were not taken on board for this organisation. Not every idea works for every organisation and it takes discussion and negotiation to get it right.

My area of business is to help organisations develop and grow by sourcing income and establishing an effective long term strategy, which usually includes becoming more efficient.

Although I had every intention of avoiding my run on that cold windy day, I was brave enough to use the business issues as an excuse to zone out of the weather and focus, with the added bonus of reducing my 10k time by 2 minutes.

Thankfully my thinking is faster than my running!