Nadia

The art of anticipation

My love of advent calendars runs deep.

Opening that first window and taking out the tiny little chocolate – it’s one of my favourite winter moments.

Actually, scrap that, it starts with the decision about which advent calendar to buy… and then of course dropping hints to Mr F, that he really ought to go massively out of his way to buy it for me.

And then, maybe I’m a bit of a nutter, but, once the calendar of my dreams is pur-chased, I love looking longingly at it on the kitchen counter, as we inch ever closer to 1st December.

As you probably know, I do have rather a sweet tooth, so the prospect of that first treat is quite a big deal for me (!) but I think it goes beyond that… honest.

I love the counting down to Christmas, day by day. It’s so exciting.

The thought of all the lovely lights, presents, food, woolly sweaters, sparkly outfits and of course (but perhaps to a lesser extent- he he) hanging out with my family!

It’s the anticipation I like.

It’s so tantalising. (Not sure I’ve ever used that word in an email before… feeling proud)

As I was saying, it’s the anticipation.

And as the guru that is Carrie Bradshaw would say…. “So I got to thinking…”

… about business.. and about anticipation in business.

How do you use anticipation in your business?

Do you tease and tantalise (I said it again!) your people when you’re launching or counting down to something cool.

Or do you just slap it in front of them like a big ham.

Wouldn’t business and the world be a more tingly place if we made people wait a little? Dropping hints….counting down, giving a sneaky peak… waving the prospect of something fabulous to come in front of people, and then whipping it away until it’s ready to go.

In the spirit of anticipation…. I’ve got something rather fabulous coming soon. I haven’t exactly decided what it is yet, but you’re going to love it!

Nadia xx

 

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Meet Kimra Luna and discover how she went from mommy blogger to multi-million dollar business legend

 

You may throw up in your mouth

I’m sure you’ve seen people talking about how they made multiple six figures in a matter of months. Everywhere you look online, people are sharing their successes and making it seem super easy. You know the kind of thing, right?

All that success is nice and everything, for them, but…… if you’re really honest, it’s a bit, you know… sickening. I mean, how the hell did they get there so easily, when you’re struggling?!

It’s enough to make you puke.

It’s not bloody fair!

I know how you feel. It even gets to me sometimes, especially when I’m not having the best day, or I’ve got PMS (he he) We’re only human, dammit.

The thing is, this kind of look at me I’m winning at business, and life and everything, and I have a skinny butt too, in your face, humble brag, is not the whole story.

It doesn’t reflect the blood sweat, tears, and often years and years of hard graft that went into creating that success.

That’s why I’m going to share Lauren Gayfer’s story with you.

Lauren is a super talented nutritionist and is one of my Profit Packers and has made some epic changes in her business. Success has not been easy and there have been definite highs and lows too, but Lauren has stayed focussed and on track, and hasn’t given up!

When we first met, Lauren was stuck trading time for money. She was busy, but the money she was making didn’t reflect the hard work and effort she was putting in.

“About a year ago, my business was pretty seasonal and unpredictable. Some months would be great and others very slow and there didn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to it.

I was seeing clients one to one in a rented room, or at home, charging per session. I did have a three session consultation package which I tried to sell to most clients so I would get a bit more money up front.

But the truth was, I wasn’t making enough money.

I was really excited about making changes, I knew there was so much more I could do with my business but I didn’t know how or what. I felt very limited by my geography and by my services .

I had to make some big changes!

One of the first things Nadia helped me to do was put my prices up. Eeek.

Once we’d done that she persuaded me to stop the one off sessions and offer only packages.

I finally felt valued, and if people weren’t prepared to pay for my expertise in improving their health, then I was happy to stop bending over backwards for them.

Once I felt comfortable with my new prices, I started thinking about group programmes so I could leverage my time and boost my profits.

I had been doing day retreats with a yoga instructor and those months were always more profitable. Of course it makes sense to sell one thing to lots of people.

So, I put together a free online 7 day challenge with the intention of moving these people on to a paid 28 programme.

I’m not gonna lie, It did take a bit of blood, sweat and tears, but I ran the programme and got a good number of people signed up to it!

I’ve now launched a monthly membership club which I am testing out on a small number of people (mostly people who have followed me through my challenge and programme) and I am hoping to grow this in 2017 once I feel happy with the format and the structure.

My people have been asking me for meal plans for years but for various reasons I’ve not delivered this. Now I have the chance to do this with my membership club and give people what they really want!

It’s been quite a year, for me and my business! Making all these changes has pushed me harder than I thought it would and it’s also been a massive learning curve.

I’ve learnt that I do not need to push myself quite so hard. I can go at my own pace and no-one’s going to know the difference.

I’ve made some mistakes but they’ve only been learning experiences. I know what I am good at and the process of taking people through journey has won me a few evangelists for my business which is amazing.

Next year is going to be about focus. I want to get the membership club right and in a place where members are getting what they need, good value, and I’m not working myself into the ground. I have learnt a huge amount this year and I am very excited about the future of my business!

As you can see, Lauren has moved her business forwards dramatically, but it has taken a year of hard work.

It didn’t just magically happen!

Because Lauren trusted me and was prepared to put the work in and stay focussed on her goal she’s ben able to achieve amazing results for herself and her family.

If you’re struggling and stuck comparing yourself to others. Stop.

If you’re not sure what to do next to grow your business. Stop.

Let me help you.

If you’re sick of working crazy hours for tiny profits… I can help you leverage your time and expertise so you hit those $5k months, without working any harder.

Less work. More money. More fun. What’s not to love?

Just imagine how you’d feel in a year from now, if you’d been able to raise your prices, package up your services, find new streams of income in your business, differentiate yourself from the competition and give your people what they really want.

Your business could look totally different! And you could finally be making the kind of money you deserve.

I know that right now, you may not be able to afford to hire me one to one, which is why I’ve created the Profit Pack, to help you make these changes in your business.

This is the program that I wish I could have had when I first started out.

And it costs just a dollar a day. You’d be crazy not to join!

The Profit Pack will help you leverage your time and expertise so you can work less and make more money!

It’s time to stop comparing yourself to others… and take the first step to building the life you dream of.

Nadia xx

 

 

Are you wearing the right knickers?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, that’s for sure.

I’ve loved helping my peeps take the first steps along the Profit Path so they too can make more money without working any harder.

There have been breakthroughs galore!

Here’s what you’ve been saying:

“I scrapped my entire business the way it was, as per some great suggestions by Nadia. Instead of freaking out, I am calmly redesigning my brand and working on a business plan.

“!’ve been a-hustling! Just back from meeting with a funder. Loads of praise and positive feedback for my workshops. I have used that momentum to get agreement to a new programme of activity!”

“I connected with a potential client and arranged a call to discuss her needs. Getting visible. Thanks Nadia!”

“I raised my prices TODAY! Thank you Nadia for giving me the extra push I need!”

We achieved so much in the past few days together, imagine what we can do if we stick together and work together in the Profit Pack?

I’m so excited!

Over 70 of you have now signed up to The Profit Pack already!

I know you’ve been dithering and wondering if this is the program for you. I’ve seen you clicking on the link. I’ve got your messages.

I know it’s a big decision.

The thing is… unless you do something different, nothing will ever change.

It fills me with deep dark despair to think that in 6 months time you’ll have been left behind. The others will all be on their way to those $5k months. But not you. You’ll be in exactly the same place you are now.

Don’t do that!

Instead – here’s what I want you to do.

Be bold. Make the decision to put a stop to piddling around for pennies.

Put on your big girl knickers and decide right here right now that you deserve to run a business – not have an expensive hobby.

You deserve to be able to support yourself and your family. To have nice things. To travel. To spend more time doing the things you love.

Come and join my brand new business club, the Profit Pack.

Here’s what you’ll learn over the coming months:

  • Exactly what you need to do to achieve your financial goals
  • How to differentiate yourself from the competition so the right people are drawn to you
  • How to give your people what they really want – in the format they want it – so that getting those clients is nice and easy.
  • How to package and price your services to make way more money
  • How to sell without getting all sweaty!
  • How to create a sales process that will help your business grow – month after month

Come and be part of it!

It’s time to get out of the business bog and let me help you turn things around.

Click THIS if you’re ready to ramp it up!

See you soon!

Nadia xx

PS Get a wriggle on, and be sure to put on your big knickers

 

Don’t be like Michelle

My mate Michelle got herself in a right ol pickle this week.

Her business had literally keeping her awake at night for weeks.

In the early hours, all the little worries that come with running a business were turning into big monsters, with green gunge, stinky breath, and everything.

Nightmare. Literally.

Michelle popped round yesterday for a cuppa… to visit Bobby our new puppy.

In between trying to stop Bobby peeing on the rug and nibbling on our toes, we had a good chat.

Michelle is great at what she does, really great. But she’s never actually run a business before. So all this stuff was new and big and scary… and so overwhelming.

It turned out that all the things that were holding her back were easily fixed… a couple of systems, some terms and conditions, a change to her pricing structure.

I had no idea Michelle was feeling like this. She’d been keeping all her worries to herself for ages, not wanting to admit she needed help. She’d spent months struggling on alone in silence. (I gave her a slap when I found this out!)

It’s so obvious when you think about it.

If you’re stuck – ask someone who knows all about it for help.

If your car was spluttering you’d go see a mechanic. If your boiler was on the blink you’d call a plumber. If your broadband was bust, you’d yell for an engineer. If your hair was all over the place, you’d go see the stylist.

So, why is it any different with your business?

Don’t struggle on alone, getting all stressed and anxious. It’s not productive. And every moment you waste, is delaying the success of your business.

If you need a hand, let me help you, like I’ve helped hundreds of female entrepreneurs before you.

I’ve created the Profit Pack to help you get your business back on track. For just $37 a month you’ll be taking it step by step to those $5k months.

Here’s what Kathy has to say about life as a Profit Packer:

“I love being one of Nadia’s Profiteroles!!! Having such an awesome group of amazingly supportive biz ladies with such a wealth of different skills and experience is invaluable to me and my business. And I certainly wouldn’t feel confident or able to move my business forward in the way I am if it wasn’t for the serious support and butt kicking from Nadia – she knows her stuff and totally rocks at supporting us all!!!! LOVE this group xxxx

Want in on the action?

Click here to get your business moving in the right direction.

No more overwhelm. No more being all alone. No more getting distracted. No more letting the worries take over.

Sounds good doesn’t it!

Nadia xx

 

It was the party from hell… until…

The kid’s party was a sugar fuelled frenzy, with screaming to rival a Justin Bieber concert. Not my idea of a fun time. But you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do!

To escape the mayhem, I got talking to Jo, one of the other mums, and it turned out she was starting a business, as a reflexologist.

Things were going really well, although it was early days… and Jo was feeling pretty positive about the future.

But as she talked and told me all about her plans, I got that uneasy feeling in my tummy. And no, I hadn’t scoffed too many cupcakes!

I’d heard all this before and I could see exactly where her business was heading. Jo was heading for a life of crazy hours and tiny profits.

  • Charging $60 an hour. One off sessions, as and when people book in.
  • Paying $20 to hire a room. That leaves just $40 an hour.
  • Working part time around the kids and having time for admin, updating her notes, invoicing etc, the maximum number of clients she could realistically see in a day is 4. (4 x $40 = $160 per day)
  • Considering that most of her clients book in once a month, Jo would need 64 clients at any one time! That’s a lot of clients.
  • If Jo works 4 days a week she would make $640 a week, or roughly $2560 a month – and that’s if she never goes on holiday, her kids never get sick and she never needs to take time away from her clients.
  • And more to the point, $2560 is a long way from replacing the $5k per month she used to earn in her job.

You can see why I had that sinking feeling when she was telling me about her big plans!

This is a pattern I see all the time; on that leads to working crazy hours for tiny profits!

There has to be an alternative. A way for us to work less and earn more, so we can hit those $5k months without burning out or falling out of love with our business.

There lots of things you can do to stop this happening to you. Things like:

  • Putting up your prices! (And having the confidence to do so)
  • Creating packages of services
  • Leveraging your time through group programs or memberships
  • Create products that you sell over and over again
  • Automate your systems to save you time
  • And that’s just for starters!

All this is possible.

I know, because I used to be in the $100 for a one off session trap. I also used to spend hours with each client, so no only was my hourly rate cut in half, but I used to spend most of what I’d earned, twice over in the shops on the way home!

What a wally.

A made a change in my business and went from peanuts to six figures in just a few months.

Now, I charge $4800 for 12 sessions and I’m fully booked.

Now, I run group programs and I have a business club too.

Now, I get paid when I go to the spa. I get paid when I’m out with my friends. And it’s fab.

I want this for you too.

If you’re sick of working crazy hours for tiny profits… I can help you leverage your time and expertise so you hit those $5k months, without working any harder. Less work. More money. More fun. What’s not to love?

Stop putting a limit on the size of your business.

Let me help you!

I know that right now, you’re not ready to hire a coach. And that’s why I’ve created the Profit Pack, just for you.

This is the program that I wish I could have had all those years ago.

And it costs just a dollar a day. You’d be crazy not to join!

The Profit Pack will help you leverage your time and expertise so you can work less and make more money!

Unlike lots of business clubs, the Profit Pack is super structured. I’ll take you step by step along my Profit Path, so that you’re moving day by day towards those $5k months.

And at just a dollar a day, it’s a total bargain.

It’s time to stop wondering… and take the first step to building the life you dream of.

Nadia xx

 

 

Are you a glitter-preneur?

Are you a Glitterpreneur? Sounds jazzy, doesn’t it.

The official definition (according to me) of a glitterpreneur is an entrepreneur who is easily distracted by shiny things and new ideas.

And confession time… I used to be a glitterpreneur too.

A glitterpreneur scatters ideas around like… er, glitter. They jump from one thing to the next, in the hope that something will stick. They love creating new products and offerings and generally making shiny new stuff.

They may have started out with a plan, but it got so covered in glitter that they lost sight of it.

Once upon a time, the glitterpreneur had an insight into what their people really want and need.

But, then their people got so completely covered in glitter that the glitterpreneur couldn’t see them properly, let alone hear what they were saying!

Messages and offerings got muddled and confused.

To the outside world the glitterpreneur looks busy, like they’re doing some stuff.

But on closer inspection all anyone can see is a random mess of glitter – it’s impossible to make out what’s really being offered.

It’s hard to make money in your business when you’re a glitterpreneur.

People don’t know what you’re offering. They’re confused. So they move on and go work with someone else.

It’s frustrating and stressful.

It’s hard to do a great job when you’re completely buried in glitter!

If you’re a glitterpreneur, what should you do?

It’s simple.

Get a vacuum cleaner and suck it up.

That includes all the glitter as well as knee jerk ideas, the random groups, the webinars you don’t really need, the pointless programs and trainings too.

Then, FOCUS!

I know it’s scary, to do less. You’re worried that if you do less you’ll lose out. But right now you’re not doing yourself or your business justice.

If you do this, you’ll be able to work less, do less and make more money.

No more showering yourself in glitter… only glory!

 

 

They were dropping like flies

It must be the time of year… everywhere I look people are dropping like flies. It seems like there’s a bad case of loneliness doing the rounds amongst the solopreneur community.

There are times when being a lone ranger can feel very lonely indeed!

I love working on my own. I especially love being the boss! Making all the decisions and not having to answer to anyone – yeah! Control freak? Perhaps. Girl Boss? Yes!

But being a lonepreneur has a downside too.

Spending days on your own, tapping away at your computer.

You start wondering whether anyone would notice if you wore your PJs and slippers all day. You try it out, and suddenly getting dressed feels like a huge effort!

On a good day you embrace planning, pivoting and powering on through. But what happens when you’re not quite sure what to do next?

You try talking to the dog, but his business experience is limited at best.

You join some Facebook groups, but the noise is insane. Thousands of people all talking all at once, all trying to promote their own stuff.

You get sucked into a world filled with people humble bragging and pitching for business. Comparisonitis sets in and your confidence ebbs away.

Your friends don’t get it. And you don’t really want to tell them that things are far from shiny and fabulous. They want you to inspire them – not expose the reality of life as an entrepreneur.

Your partner swings between trying to be helpful (annoying) and not having any kind of opinion (even more annoying!)

You’re all alone – with just the TV for company.

So you head out to a cafe, but there are so many kids screaming – it takes white noise to a whole new level.

Plus, you’re eating and drinking away all your profits before they even have the chance to hit your bank account.

Being lonely is not going to help you grow your business.

What you need is a squad.

A support network where people encourage each other. Where self-promotion isn’t an issue. A wolf pack where your fellow wolves actually want you to succeed and actually help you to do so.

A profit pack where everything has been designed to help you make more money in your business.

A profit pack where the pack leader is an experienced entrepreneur and coach, who is actually present, and loves nothing more than helping her profit packers to grow their businesses.

If you’re sick of being a lone-preneur … come and join the Profit Pack.

For less than the price of a cup of tea a day at that noisy cafe, The Profit Pack will be your new squad.

And as well being your business besties, The Profit Pack will help you leverage your time and expertise so you can work less and make more money!

Unlike lots of business clubs, the Profit Pack is super structured. I’ll take you step by step along my Profit Path, so that you’re moving day by day towards those $5k months.

It’s time to stop trying to do this alone, and take the first step to building the life you dream of.

Nadia xx

 

 

She doubled her prices… and…

I’ve got a great story for you today…

Kathy is the founder of Dotty Dog Art. She’s an amazing artist who specialises in creating quirky and colourful, one of a kind, paintings that capture the unique essence of our canine furry friends. 

“When I first heard about Nadia I was working and working and working on my business… I was literally working every hour of the day and missing valuable family time in the process…

This wouldn’t have been so bad if I was raking in tonnes of cash but that was very far from the case! I was working like an idiot and only just breaking even at the end of each month, so I wasn’t even in a position to spoil my family on my very rare time off as I was as skint as a skint thing!!

I can’t even remember how I found Nadia… and I had no idea that there were people out there that could support and guide people like me to grow my business – I thought I had to fend for myself and just work really hard!

Things looked rosy on the outside.

On social media my business looked like it was thriving – I was posting updates about new commissions that I was working on and my following was growing nicely.

But, I was held back by fear.

My biggest fear was talking money and charging properly for what I was doing.

I didn’t have my prices on my website and when people contacted me for a quote, I’d mumble and fumble and take ages responding!

And as I was so busy painting lots of commissions for very little money I left myself no time to actually grow my business – I literally spent all my time replying to enquires and painting – no marketing, no lists, no opt in, no structure, no invoicing, no contracts, no website, no promoting myself, no anything really…

And then I started working with Nadia!

The first and most challenging change I made was, to raise my prices.

I remember talking to Nadia about my prices and she suggested I could more than double them.

I nearly fell off my chair!

But I did it.

With Nadia’s help I made the change. It was super scary.

But, for a few weeks after I put my prices up things went quiet. I started to panic.

I was convinced it was because my prices were too high, but in reality it was because my prices were now on my website which eliminated lots of random enquires, which of course saved me lots of time.

Since I raised my prices, I’m actually fully booked all the way to the end of the year. And I’m making proper money from my business.

I’ve even had 2 new enquires for Christmas commissions since I’ve been writing this story (whoop!) but I’m fully booked now – so obviously my prices aren’t putting people off!!

I’ve lost track of how long I have been working with Nadia, but my business is unrecognisable from how it was when I first contacted you.

I’ve still got a massive way to go but I am feeling very much happier now.

THANK YOU LOVELY!!!”

Yay! Such a great story.

I’ve loved working with Kathy. She’s absolutely adorable and her work is too. I’ve definitely got my eye on a commission of our new puppy Bobby!

(If you’d like to check out Kathy’s work click here)

I know how hard it is to raise your prices, and yet, it’s one of the easiest things you can do to boost your profits.

I’ve been there.

I used to be in the $100 for a one-off session trap. I also used to spend hours with each client, so no only was my hourly rate cut in half, but I used to spend most of what I’d earned, twice over in the shops on the way home!

What a wally.

A made a change in my business and went from peanuts to six figures in just a few months. Nice, huh!

I want this for you too.

If you’re sick of working crazy hours for tiny profits… I can help you leverage your time and expertise so you hit those $5k months, without working any harder. Less work. More money. More fun. What’s not to love?

Stop putting a limit on the size of your business.

Let me help you!

I know that right now, you’re not ready to hire a coach. And that’s why I’ve created the Profit Pack, just for you.

This is the program that I wish I could have had all those years ago.

And it costs around a dollar a day. You’d be crazy not to join!

The Profit Pack will help you leverage your time and expertise so you can work less and make more money!

Unlike lots of business clubs, the Profit Pack is super structured. I’ll take you step by step along my Profit Path, so that you’re moving day by day towards those $5k months.

And at just a dollar a day, it’s a total bargain.

It’s time to stop wondering… and take the first step to building the life you dream of.

Nadia xx

 

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