In all the busyness of running a business you can easily overlook all the other aspects of your life, or they can easily fall off the list.
Interestingly one of the first things I ask business owners when I’m coaching them is to find out what’s important to them in all aspects of their lives. And very often it’s addressing some of the life-balance things first that has the greatest impact, not only in their home and personal life, but also in their business.
So I invite you, right now, to pause and reflect:
* Where are you at right now?
*What’s going well for you in life and in business?
*What are the 3 key things that need to be addresses personally and professionally?
What help and support do you need.
If you’re currently reviewing your life and business goals, or if you need to, you may benefit from attending Your Life, Your Business my monthly workshop for sole traders, small business owners, experts and freelancers. It will help whether you’re starting up or established. It takes place at (and in partnership with) the British Library’s Business & Intellectual property Centre. Dates/details.
Rasheed Ogunlaru is a leading life coach, business coach and motivational speaker. He is a member of the Zestworks team of small business specialists and is the life/business coach partner to the British Library’s Business & IP Centre.
Published: 1 year ago
While you’ may feel compelled to charge forward it’s often a gentle step back that will reveal to you where you and what you truly seek.” - Rasheed Ogunlaru
In life we’re pretty much conditioned to constantly be looking ahead, moving ahead. We become restless and impatient. We feel that things are moving too slowly. Or when we feel things are moving too fast it’s because we feel we have not done or achieved enough. Life is not simply about content. It is about truly arriving at a place where we are content in our hearts and in our lives. Arriving at that space is not really about ticking off things from a wish list. It is about appreciating all that we are, all that we have, all that life is. This can actually happen in a moment and this is the invitation of every moment.
While many of my clients come to me – on paper to achieve this or that – that is not the whole reason that really approach me. Yes, there may be things they want to achieve in their life life, career or relationships, but they come to me because they want to arrive at real self acceptance, real fulfilment. They want to be authentic in all that they do.
Just this week I was chatting to a lady who I have coached for a few years on and off. Her life has had many challenges. From someone who was really sporty she was hit by ill health including cancer. She has been forced to step back rather than to step forward. Today she explained to me that she has learned that so much of the doing that she was doing was to fill a perceived space. Now she is stepping back, but passively but peacefully. Slowly she is becoming ready to step back into the world (in fact she has never stepped out of course) now she is ready to sense what truly and deeply resonates with her. But in the meantime when we pause it means that we can truly and richly appreciate the path we have traveled, all those who are around is and all that we are gifted, not least the greatest gift that is constantly looking us in the face; life itself.
Published: 1 year ago
If you are a fast growing sole trader and have reached the point where you can’t cope on your own any more, here are a few pointers to help you define the type of support your business needs:
Contractor or employee?
Use a contractor/freelancer if your business is seasonal or you do not have regular demand for your products or services. Make sure you check out the quality of the contractor/freelancer’s products or services and take up references.Ensure you reach clear and mutually beneficial arrangements as to the way you will work together, i.e. work assignments, delivery requirements, confidentiality, payment terms and frequency, etc.Protect yourself with a well drafted freelance agreement.
Hire an employee if you need to inject specific additional skills into your business that will be required on a consistent and regular basis.Before you start your recruitment process, carry out an analysis of the type of work/contribution to your business your potential employee will be required to deliver.Ask yourself which part of the work you currently do you are prepared to delegate and what type of person you could work with.With the above information prepare a person specification and a job description.
Already have one or a few employees?
If you do but are not sure if you are managing them correctly, bear in mind that:
- All employees must have been issued with a contract of employment within the first eight weeks of employment regardless of company size. Failing to do so can lead to compensation payments of up to 4 weeks’ salary
- Having a disciplinary and a grievance procedure is a legal requirement
- Having an Employee Handbook is helpful both for employers and employees as it guides you on the way to manage your staff whilst it gives your employees a clear understanding of what is expected of them
- Job descriptions that truly reflect the tasks employees are required to perform lead to effective and engaged employees that understand the expectations of their jobs.
- Employers can use the job description to manage performance and also as a basis to carry out periodical appraisals
- Regular and positive communication and feedback sessions with employees will lead to having committed and dedicated employees
If you need more detailed advice on any of the above or help with drafting out relevant employment documents or managing your staff, contact Mirtha Medina of HR Help 4 Business for a free diagnostic session
Published: 2 years ago
A half day workshop ideal for business owners / sole traders who’ve been in business for a few years and are now keen to take it to the next level. It’s run by Rasheed Ogunlaru coach / speaker, from the Zestworks See details / book online.
This is one of the last events being run by Business Link London and it’s free, so do take advantage.