Six reasons why you should get a WordPress website

Choosing WordPress for your small business website - a blog by Lucy Stanyer Life Coach - www.lucystanherlifecoach.comIf you’re wondering why you should get a WordPress website instead of using one of the many website builders out there or another content management system then you’re in the right place!

I use WordPress for my site and always recommend it to my small business coaching clients because it’s a flexible, modular system that it quite easy to use even if you’re a novice. There are lots of free video tutorials around.

And if you get stuck, there are hundreds of WordPress developers out there that you can hire to do the more tricky stuff. (more…)

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Georgia started baby clothes business after a career change

Georgia OReilly case study - started baby clothes business after career change - www.lucystanyerlifecoach.com

Georgia, from Kent, decided to start a business – called Petit Apparel – after coaching with me helped her work through her options for a career change.

Petit Apparel sells baby clothes from around the world, in particular the cute baby and toddler clothes from Spain and France.

Georgia came to coaching after leaving a career in nursing.

She had a world of possibilities in front of her but didn’t know which direction to take. 

Exploring personal and professional values

Through our coaching sessions Georgia explored her personal and professional values, her interests and experience, how she wants to work and where.

I helped her to create her own framework to weigh up her options for new work and her ideas for starting a business. (more…)

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I’m featured on the Work for Mums website

This month I’ve been featured on the Work for Mums website in their Business Success stories section.

Work for Mums is a website where mums can find flexible work opportunities and access useful resources to find employment, grow their career or start a small business.

As a coach I work with mums in business and mums who are mid-career or returning from maternity leave. I help them to make a step change in their work and their life. I offer career coaching and small business coaching combined with life coaching.

One question that Suzannah, who runs the site, asked was what advice would you give to anyone wanting to start a business?

I replied: “‘Let your heart, not the world, define what success means to you.’ It’s so easy to compare yourself to others and measuring your own success in relation to theirs. The truth is, we are all at different stages of our business journeys and have our own set of values.

“Some people are motivated by ambitious financial goals, whereas others define success by getting the right work-life-family balance while bringing in ‘enough’ for what they need.

“There’s no right or wrong. So define your own measures of success and put your creativity and energy into making it a reality!”

You can read the full article on the Work for Mums site.

Free discovery call

Book your free discovery call now with Lucy Stanyer Life CoachIf you’re thinking of a career change, gong freelance or starting your own business? Why not book a free discovery chat with me to find out how coaching can help you get a kick start on your path to work that you’ll love.

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40th birthday offer: 40% off Jump Start business planning session

40th birthday offer - 40% off Jump Start business planning http://lucystanyerlifecoach.com/jump-start-your-business-plan/Today is my 40th birthday. Yup, the big 4-0 and I’m actually feeling pretty good about it.

It’s not all been plain sailing, but I have had a lot of adventures alongside those challenges. I have had 18 months working and travelling around the world, started a family with my husband and had some real highs in my previous PR career.

On top of all that, I have started my coaching business to help people make a step change in their life and work.

So to celebrate, I’m giving you 40% off my 2hr Jump Start business planning session for the whole of February.

That’s just £118!

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10 ways to get your business mojo back

How to get your business mojo back - Blog post by Lucy Stanyer Life Coach www.lucystanyerlifecoach.com/blog [Image: woman splashing water at sunset]Life as a business owner is extremely rewarding, but long hours working alone can be isolating.

It’s tricky to stay motivated when it’s just you, your laptop, and an unending to do list.

It’s easy to lose your business mojo, and once it’s gone it’s difficult to get back on track.

Business mojo and the bubble

Running your own business is a very different form of responsibility to working in the corporate world, particularly because you lack the accountability of having a boss.

Nobody’s checking up on you. It’s just you. And it’s easy to lose focus.

Don’t worry – you’re not alone.

This is a common mindset issue among business owners suffering from the bubble effect of being your own boss.

When you start a business you enter a bubble of isolation. The life and success of your business hinges on your ability to see beyond the bubble. To burst it and reclaim what you lost while you were in there.

I’m talking about your business mojo.

You know, that ineffable thing you once had… You were a whirlpool of creativity, a fountain of passion and energy. You were Go, Go, Go! and you flourished.

All your ambition, drive, determination and conviction that you could make a go of this business thing evaporate when that bubble forms. You’re left a little uncertain, a little lost. You lose momentum and your direction is unclear. And you struggle to identify which task you should do next.

Unable to make a decision you panic, procrastinate, re-write those to do lists, faff about on social media, anything other than focused action that will propel your business forwards.

You’re running on fumes and have zero energy. And motivation? It’s a mirage on the distant horizon. 

What to do when you’ve lost your business mojo

Don’t panic! There are a few things you can do when that bubble is kicking your butt: (more…)

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