Are you dreaming of becoming your own boss?

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 18 Aug, 2016

People stuff

The idea of working for yourself, daydreaming about it mostly on holidays or after a really bad day or a boring day at work, can sound really attractive and liberating. You can pick up what you are working on, where and when , the all sought-after work-life balance, and most importantly who you are working with, what there is not to like?

If you are contemplating the switch, here a few things to consider:

  • Timing and research: make sure that you get your timing right. Do your research, chose your market and most important make sure you prepare yourself and have the right level of skills and knowledge to be "sellable".
  • Financials: make sure you have a financial buffer. This way as you find your niche you do not have to take on work that you do not want to and you have the time to build up potential clients and network. Depending on the nature of your job, perhaps you could start seeking small contracts whilst in employment, working part time ( provided you are not setting up business in direct competition with your employer or provided this is within what your contract of employment allows - do check). If this is a route you are going to follow make sure you get a good accountant and declare your earnings accordingly.
  • Market yourself: network , network, network. Build relationships and ask for referrals. Please do bear in mind you can't just show up at networking events and ask for referrals when you need work, this is an ongoing thing. You also need to ensure you "pay-back", do referrals for other people.
  • Find a mentor/coach, someone you can bounce off ideas with and check feasibility, preferably a "role model", someone who has taken the leap from full employment to self-employment.

So, are you ready to be your own boss?

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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