My 29 Extremely Personal Tips for Surviving Your First Five Years in Business

I quit my job five years ago, two months after making my first income from freelance writing. Sometimes, even now, I have these moments where I’m like, holy fuck, this is my LIFE. I don’t have to rely on anyone else to earn enough money to live. I don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time each day. I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do, […]

How to Improve Your Life and Business by Conducting 28-Day Experiments

Something I started doing a few months ago is 28-day experiments. I’ve found they’re an excellent way to make gradual changes to my work and lifestyle without too much pressure. I’m the kind of person who rebels against rules and is absolutely horrified at the thought of any sort of restriction placed on me, so saying I’m going to commit to doing something ‘forever’ – the way we often do […]

What I Learned from Writing First Thing Every Morning

Recently I decided to start conducting 28-day experiments, making simple tweaks to my day-to-day life to find out what works best for me. This sprang from me getting increasingly frustrated at myself for never being able to make any real changes to my lifestyle. Every day I’d think I had a better idea than the day before, so I’d do that instead – never giving anything a proper chance. So […]

My Personal Mantra for Getting Shit Done

I have a mantra for myself: to always do what feels right for me at the time. I figure that way I can never regret anything, even if something doesn’t work out quite how I’d hoped. ‘Well, I made the best decision I could – nothing more I could have done.’ This mantra plays out in big ways and small ways. Big life decisions such as breaking up with someone […]

How to Take Time Off Without Killing Your Business

Have you been wondering when the hell you’ll be able to take some time off from this exhausting business you decided to start? Possibly wondering what demon possessed you when you decided to quit your job, your lovely lovely job where you could book time off? You can’t just book a week off with your boss, knowing someone else will pick up the slack while you’re gone. Because without you, […]

On Grandmothers, Whips, and Productivity

‘Do you want me to come round with a whip?’ I just got off the phone with my grandmother, and that’s what she said to me. I know, right? Brilliant mental image for you right there. She’s about four foot four, has short white permed hair, watery blue eyes and folds of skin like a shar pei. And she’s threatening to lash me with a whip. ‘You get up in […]

Notify This, Dickwad: How to Eliminate Distractions and Be More Productive

I visited a friend once – somebody who claims she has trouble settling down to work each day, gets distacted constantly, and finds it impossible to enter that delicious thing that is flow state. In fact, I’m not sure she’s ever experienced flow state. And as soon as I visited her, I understood why. Her phone was pinging a lot. All. The. Time. A notification for everything. Remember MSN messenger? […]

The Fundamental Differences Between the Employed and the Self-Employed

Employed: ‘Oh god, it’s only 10am.’ Self-employed: ‘Oh thank fuck, it’s only 10am.’ Employed: ‘SWEET, IT’S 5PM.’ Self-employed: ‘Oh Jesus Christ, how is it 5pm already?’ Employed: There is only so much you can earn. Self-employed: There is no limit to how much you can earn. Bonus points for getting to decide your own hourly rate. Employed: One person is in charge of your entire wage packet. Self-employed: Your income […]

Boost Your Productivity: How to Get Enough Sleep

If you’re just starting your own business – no, scratch that. If you’re any sort of business owner – whether you’re just starting out, in your first couple of years, or have been doing it for going on twenty years – you’re probably not getting enough sleep. THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO. SLEEPING WASTES PRECIOUS TIME. Well, I don’t know about you, but if I don’t get enough sleep, I’m […]