Life is Like a Game of Chess

Approach life like a game of chess: 1) Have a firm end goal (like killing the opponent’s King) 2) Have some non negotiables about what’s important in your world (like protecting your own King). Understand that achieving point 1 is impossible if you sacrifice point 2 3) Know that sacrifices must be made – the…

Everyday Habits That Prepare You For Tougher Times

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” John Dryden, 1631-1700 I’m really excited to welcome guest writer Salma El-Shurafa from The Pathway Project. Salma is an Executive Coach, based out of Dubai – I love her message and her writing style, so am delighted to feature her. by Salma El-Shurafa John Dryden…

7 Easy Questions to Start a Conversation

I’m naturally an introvert – it’s taken me many years of practice to be able to meet someone at a party or a networking event and not have it turn into an incredibly awkward silence. I’ve found having a handful of questions helps, and here are 7 of the best. The first 4 are fairly…

Is Remote Life Coaching a good business idea?

I was recently asked whether building a remote business as a Life Coach was a feasible idea. Here’s my response. As you can see, I was fairly negative on the concept. As a somewhat successful Business Coach myself, with a range of remote clients, I’ve met and worked with a variety of different ‘life coaches’…

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IN THE MEDIA:5 Skills I Recommend for Every New Business Owner

I was recently asked to list 5 skills I think are critical for every business owner, and which are often under-appreciated by those starting their entrepreneurial journey. These originally featured on the Australian Online Courses website. There are definitely some specific skills that distinguish successful small business owners from those who work hard but struggle…

How I Stop Door-Knockers and Telemarketers

Sick of being interrupted? Shut them down! It’s a fact of modern living – and working from home especially – that you’re going to be harangued by the occasional door-to-door salesperson or called by telemarketers. I won’t deny that these can be legitimate business approaches, and indeed that for quality products they’re not necessarily evil.…

What Insurances should you buy When?

I like being transparent about my financial decisions in life, because I know how much more valuable real-life experience is rather than hypotheticals. Plus, we’re doing pretty well financially on our road to Financial Independence, so I figure I’m actually a good role model. I was recently asked about my insurance situation, so thought I…

My ‘Real Name’ Policy on Social Media

I probably spend too much time on Social Media: but at least I do it in the open! I’m most active on Twitter and LinkedIn, but also enjoy the engagement of the communities over at Hacker News and some sub-Reddits. One discussion that comes up from time-to-time is the use of one’s ‘Real Name’ versus…

KPI Co-Founder Glen Carlson

How to start a freelance website design business

If I were starting a freelance website design business, here is what I would do to get profitable quickly. Every business needs a website, and platforms like WordPress mean creating websites is an attractive opportunity for freelancers and small business owners. While many freelancers have technical knowledge, even expertise, the reality is that being successful…