Hello gorgeous.

I want you to know something. Yes, starting your own business is wonderful. You wake up when you want, work from where you want and never have to sit through a boring-ass ‘weekly planning meeting’ EVER AGAIN. Rocking.

However. This freedom does not come on a platter. You don’t wake up one and go ‘oh I seem to have stumbled on the perfect life. Ho ho. Tea and toast, Jeeves’.

(Because that’s totally what my mornings look like. Ahem)

So let’s take a down-and-dirty look at what really goes on in a fledgling business. This isn’t a negative article, it’s just the less sexy bits that get left out of the ‘how I made it stories’. I think you deserve to know it all so today I’m sharing these 9 truths with you.

The below is your psychic ball to know what’s up ahead so you can be ready to ride through this messy, beautiful journey and make your free range life happen. FOR REAL.

Let’s get to it:

 

1. The business you start with won’t be the one you end up with.

The first version of your idea will be wrong. People won’t want it, or you won’t want to do it. More than likely:

Your first website won’t be your last

Neither will your first brand name

And that’s a good thing.

Your business is a living creature, not a statue. Until you’re in the field it’s hard to know what it’s really like to live with, and when you get there you’ll soon learn what you need to change. Sometimes the answer is ‘almost everything’.

So don’t spend too much on that first logo.

 

2. You will want to quit

More than once you will think you have made a huge mistake even starting this.

You will think you were crazy for even contemplating that you could run a business.

You’ll think you’re an imposter.

That’s when you know you’re on to something good.

 

3. Your family and friends won’t get it

Start your business and more than likely:

Aunt Maude will think you made a mistake.

Your buddy Sam won’t hold back letting you know how many businesses fail.

Others in your life will be ‘supportive’ but never actually understand what you do.

Many will miss the days they could put you into a box and say “she’s a lawyer”.

At least some of your friendship groups will change.

Honey let’s get real here. What is more important: your happiness every day, or someone else’s mild discomfort at introducing you at weddings? Sticking with the friends who count or the ones who only empathise because you both hate what you do? Following the beige army’s footsteps or living your real life? (you only get the one, you know)

Isn’t escaping from a box that doesn’t fit precisely the reason you are here?

 

4. There’s no such thing as an overnight success

You will work your butt off to get your first 10 clients. They will be the hardest ones to get.

You might look at a successful person in your field and say “I want what they have… but without doing the graft that let them achieve that”. They will look back at you and say “good luck, and if you find that easy button let us know”.

What counts is DOING (smartly). You can learn all the strategies in the world but unless you DO them they are worth nothing.

The overnight successes out there?

I admit it, they were ‘made overnight’: over many, many nights of late toil. With coffee and the company of streetlights.

They wanted to quit, they thought they made a mistake but they kept going and going until one day someone said “hey you’re an overnight success, I wish I could be as lucky as you!” (you can be, by the way. Just do the above.)

 

5. Your number of Twitter followers doesn’t count

There are a lot of things you can buy to look like  a business: you can rent an office, get good business cards, have a nice website made up by a hot designer, and yes you can even ‘buy’ Twitter followers and Facebook fans.

There might be good reasons for you to do all of these things. I’m not judging. However. None of these are enough on their own. You can easily sit in your office with nice cards, 10,000 followers and a cutting edge website… with no clients and no money. A business ‘shell’ is not a business.

It is one thing to build something that looks like a business. It is another to build that moment of magic where people love what you do, get it, and hand you money to do it some more.

Know the difference.

 

6. No one owes you a paycheque

I once heard someone say “no one is buying my ebook. I wrote it and created a website but no one is buying. I put so much time and effort into it already, I shouldn’t have to put any more into promoting it!”

Yes, you should. You are not an employee.

No one owes you a paycheque. No one owes you their money. No one owes you their attention.

It’s up to you to make your offer worth their attention, worth their money and worth a paycheque.

Showing up to work is not enough.

The value you bring is not just the content or the service. A huge whack of your value is presenting what you offer so GET IT. Don’t set yourself up to be ignored as one of the shouting hordes, but create an environment so people WANT what you have on the table. Desperately. Enough to pay for it, now.

Learning how to sell is 50% of the journey (so don’t waste all your start up time on creating a product you have no idea how to communicate and waiting for a  paycheque). Instead, live in your clients’ heads. Learn how to show them the value of what you do so that they want it, really want it, and pay to prove it too.

 

7. It’s not all cocktail parties and CEO moments. 

In the early days you will do it all. Forget the glamour of ‘having your own business’. For the first few months that just means “I sweep the floors, as well as meet the clients”.

Later you can (and should) outsource the parts you don’t love. But if you outsource something before you understand it, you’ll find it slide to a halt all too soon.

The only way to understand something? Do it yourself, first time round. Keep notes on how you did it and the mistakes you made and what you learnt. Then pass it on. Of course, by then you’ll be taking control and acting like a free range human.

You will also be handy with a broom.

 

8. Your dream life does not come with your dream business

You’re not doing this just to ‘be an entrepreneur’ (you’d be reading another blog if you were).

You’re doing this for a reason: to build a life that you love. To spend time with the people and places that mean something to you. You have a vision of what you want to contribute to the world, of doing something that makes you come alive every day, and your business is your vehicle to get it.

Never lose sight of that. That groundwork, knowing what you’re in this for, is crucial.

If you just ‘build a business’ without considering ‘you’, then you’ll end up in a cage of your own making. This time there will be no boss to blame.

Getting free is a conscious decision, not a gift that comes with self employment or a job title.

More important than just “I have a business” is sticking true to what you want and crafting each element of your business to suit you and your life.

That takes guts.

You’re not building a business, you’re creating a life. And that, my dear, starts with you.

 

9. You wouldn’t give this up for the world

Once you get into the free range life, you’ll know two things

1) the above is true and

2) you wouldn’t give this up for the world.

The payoff of being your own boss is bigger than a paycheque.

I read some research recently showing that self employed humans are happier than employed humans, and it clicked instantly.

When you are self employed, you get validated every time someone likes you enough to hand over money and buy from you (when did you ever feel that praised by your boss?).You get to do every part of the business you want to (see that chicken logo at the top? I drew him, cause I wanted to). And you get to be YOU every day.

It’s like becoming a grown up for the first time.

You’ll get addicted to this life. And that’s when you know you’ve made it.

 

10. You get to make your own rules.

Hey you’re a free range human! Want to include 10 points when the article asks for 9? Do it. Like this :)

Seriously. I want you to know this honey: the hardest part is understanding, truly understanding, that you make up your own rules. And then grasping that opportunity with both hands.

With no boss to hold you back, and no boss to blame, it’s down to you to make magic happen on your own terms.

To me that is the most wonderful thing in the world.

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* This is a guest post by William Gallagher *

If you phoned five friends and said you’re moving to New York to be a graffiti artist what would happen?

Hopefully at least one of your friends will be excited for you, but you know that at least four, probably all five, will try to talk you out of it.

They’re looking out for you, they care for you. But there’s a part of them, too, that reckons New York is a long away and they’ll never see you again. You can’t object to that, that’s lovely.

However there’s another piece to the puzzle: they don’t see you that way. You’re not the one who goes to New York, you’re not the artist. Not in their eyes.

So you can’t take their advice. You just can’t. If you did, you’d never do anything other than what you are doing now.

This happened when I was offered work as features editor on a magazine in London. Family and friends said I shouldn’t and they were right: it was a big move, lots of expense, I had no experience.

This is not a fairy tale story: I was the worst features editor they ever had. But I became the best one they ever had. So much so that when I wanted to risk going freelance and working for the BBC, it was friends on the magazine who were saying no, don’t do it (yes, this cycle will continue no matter where you get to).

I chose to move anyway and I got to work in news and drama. I still do. Those decisions are how I got to today and my perfect job where I work for myself writing books and Doctor Who radio plays for a living.

Now my family and friends see me as a writer, though I’m trying their patience by leaping off into a new public speaking career. This time they’re more willing to encourage me… but ultimately you are on your own.

Let’s be reasonable: if you jump off and become that graffiti artist in New York, will you end with a fairy tale and riches? Or do they have a point?

They do have a point. They always have a point, that’s one reason why negative advice is so powerful, so paralysing. Back then, when I was being “brave”, I had no one depending on me except for myself. Now I need to earn a certain amount to provide for my family. Does that mean I’ve stopped moving, stopped taking jumps? No.

Since then, I have learnt that it pays to jump but I’ve learnt to jump shorter distances now that I have more responsibilities. I’m taking smaller risks but I do many more of them, more often (you need the same amount of bravery for small jumps as for large ones. That’s especially true for the first one or if you only rarely take a risk).

The small jumps are what keep me going, stops me talking myself out of things and yet it ultimately has the same effect. The work I do today is nothing like the work I did three or four years ago: and that “certain amount” I need to earn now comes from ventures that were risks at the time.

The other difference to when I took my original jumps is that I have found someone who has never constrained me, never seen me as just one thing, and marrying her was life changing. (You can’t have her, she’s mine, hopefully forever, stop putting ideas in her head). I’m not so on my own now and I’ve got good at understanding what’s a valid concern vs what is wanting the familiar and the safe.

But I remember what it is like to be the only one who thinks you can do this.

Being the only one who thinks maybe you can do this is hard. It’s a horrible place to be because you also always have a bit of your friends in your soul: we all find reasons to stay where we are and we are all prone to falling for the perfect rosy answer.

It’s a horrible place but it is an exciting one and it’s somewhere only you can be. What I’ve got especially good at is looking for people who are doing what I want to do.

Find who is doing what you want and then soak up all you can from them. Their encouragement may balance out the discouragement you’re used to – but they’re also speaking from experience where your friends and family are not.

Find what you want to do, find the people who are doing it, then do it yourself.

And send a postcard home.

 

William Gallagher is a Doctor Who radio writer for the BBC, and has had over a million words published in newspapers and magazines. He has also written about task management software, project management + getting things done). His recent book, The Blank Screen shows you how to make the very most from your limited time, and fill that blank screen with your writing (available in the UK and USA/internationally). 

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Hop on the back of my scooter as I whizz you ‘virtually’ around Ubud: from wifi to people and places to go, see what it’s like living+working in this popular ‘digital nomad with laptop’ destination (listen out for the roosters in the background).

Ever wondered what a work day might look like when you’re living ‘location independent’ in Bali, working on your laptop? Find out for yourself in this 12 minute virtual video tour of my typical ‘free range work day’ around Ubud in Bali.

This is the first time I’ve shot a ‘regular day’ video  like this – it was a lot of fun to do and I hope you enjoy it too.

Marianne x

PS: BTW this was shot entirely on my iphone… with each part done in  one take. Yup, it’s the real deal, what you see is what you get. Including, er, my hair… what can I say, it’s rainy season :).

What I show you in this video is all about the Ubud you see on a work day with your laptop, going between a few wi-fi friendly humans and seeing others doing the same. But that’s just one part of Ubud life – if you come here don’t spend all your time hanging out in cafes! There’s lots more to Ubud and Bali than that – and that’s the part that free rangers explore on their non-work days (or afternoons ;)).

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So you’re at an extended family wedding. It’s late in the day, the sun is going down, and for the first time that day you notice a man you don’t quite recognise. He’s the one wearing a shiny suit, with a terrible comb-over, necking leftover drinks in the corner.

Is he a distant cousin? guests whisper to one another. He’s got Uncle Rob’s nose don’t you think? Who is he?

Well, if this were Jo Over-Worked and Pat Under-Pricing’s wedding, then odds are, that possibly-a-cousin-in-a-wrinkled-suit sniffing the inside of used plastic cups?  The one who people are trying to pretend isn’t there?

Is the crappy business model.

Oh yes, I said it. Business Model. The two words most people try to ignore as it lurks in the corner necking the dregs of your drinks (setting the tone for the room, even though no one wants to admit it’s there).

But here’s the thing.

Your business model isn’t a blood relation.

It’s something you choose to let in the room, or you don’t.

Does yours fit you? If not, it might be time to politely show it the door.

I know, I know: business models are that thing that we sometimes avoid thinking about, but if you’re running your own thing then, whether you are aware of it or not, you have one (read on to find out!).

The thing is, if you don’t think about yours? It can easily spiral into the hidden killer of that free range career that started with so much potential.

One of the common ways this happens is with what I call the “neighborhood wino” business model

This is the way of doing things in your business that seems fun enough the start of the day…. but ends up pissing your income and time up the wall by nightfall.

Then, it does the same thing the next day. And the next week. Until both your time and income seem in short supply.

(In this model it’s not uncommon to end up being followed around by a small smelly dog that the client promised would be ‘no hassle’ (You love dogs! He’s cute!) but turned out to be a ball of fleas and neuroses who just chewed up your last dollar/pound/peso note).

Without a real clue what he’s doing, this sad, rootless business model bumbles around the same streets day in, day out, always needing more of his currency of choice (wine) but never really figuring out how to get a consistent source.

Voila. The neighbourhood wino business model. Like traipsing through your career with a giant hangover.

To be clear, I don’t want to belittle this for a minute. Not knowing how to leave the stuckness cycle is not a nice place to be. This message is about another way.

Because, I’ve got to be honest: NO ONE has ever come to me and said “I’d like to start my own business and I’d like the neighbourhood wino model, thanks!”

Freedom? Yes please. Wino business model? Not so much. This is not the place anyone wants to, or should, end up.

So how in the name of all things chocolatey does this happen to smart, well-intentioned own-bossers?

The truth is, there are several ways it can start (clichéd marketing that fails to speak your customers’ language being one…) but today I want to hone in on one of the most common wino-creation-moments, which is also one of the simplest to fix.

This one is all about numbers.

How to go from ‘great idea’ to this (and back up again)

Let’s look at the case of Charlie.

Charlie has her own business, run from her laptop at home. That side of it is all lovely, but she needs to sell 50 of her widgets/tickets/cat-pee-training sessions a month just to break even.

In reality it’s a stretch for Charlie to sell 5 or 10.

Charlie feels secret shame about where she is in her business. She can’t admit to her friends she is only selling 5 things a month, and living off some freelance work on the side… but the truth is she is: and even that is a stretch.

Worse, Charlie has been looking at other people with products like hers who price in the way she prices – why are their businesses working when hers is not?

This seems crazy, because the catch is, Charlie has people who LOVE what she does. She knows the problem in her case isn’t that her marketing is off the mark (it’s way better than many others, and it’s not like she’s sold nothing!). It’s also not that she’s selling something people don’t want (people are definitely buying this sort of thing elsewhere).

By now, Charlie is exhausted. She feels like a failure. She wonders if she should be doing this.

What should she do now?

Well, common wisdom might say Charlie just isn’t well known enough yet. Common wisdom might say she needs to put her all into increasing her numbers 10-fold (!) and until then, she has to just, well, wait it out and keep doing what she’s doing.

Nice in theory…  but this is why Mr Com N. Wisdom (and his chatty cousin, Mrs Evri Wan-Saez) went out of business.

Growing the numbers of people knowing you + wanting what you have to offer is darn important, of course it is… but the good news is that giant numbers are not a pre-requisite to a great full time free range income. Not with the right model. So let’s get realistic about your timeframe and your needs this decade:

A ten-fold growth is a big thing to wait for before you can even pay your bills without burning yourself out every week. (Did I mention Charlie hates selling? Well there’s that. She hates selling and has to sell to – once again  - 50 people a month. WTF? When did a business model that makes her have to constantly sell lots of low priced things connect with Charlie creating a life where she does what she loves?).

Here’s what I’d say to Charlie: if you have spare money to live off for a year or so? If you don’t need to make any real income from this for that period? Or if you have a growth plan that you’re kid-in-a-candy-shop excited about? (And that does not end in the words “and in 10 years time Google will buy us out for 10 million bitcoins!”)?

Awesome. Do it.

However… if you need to make this work sooner rather than later?

Then you need to work with what you have. And what Charlie has is a business model that’s not right for her.

So if you were Charlie? Taking aside possibilities about improving your marketing + attraction (which is a whole other blog post in itself), at this point you’d have two choices:

  1. Raise. Your. Damn. Prices. (in other words charge more for the same thing) or
  2. Change your business model so you don’t need to sell much in order to make what you need.

Let’s look at both of these:

1. Check your pricing (aka stop trying to be a supermarket, when you’re really a boutique).

Under-pricing… it’s insanely common. Which seems odd at first glance, doesn’t it? After all, why on earth would someone price too low to be able to live off what they do (without exhausting themselves in the process) ? Well, usually it’s that people don’t think they can price well.

Maybe someone else in their field can charge more, they say, but not them, not now.

The funny thing is this assumption is often not related to questions of quality. It’s often more a vague feeling that you are not “allowed” to price at (or above) market rate until you hit a magic level (such as being very well known in your market).

When you reach that point, common wisdom says, well then you will be “allowed” to charge well. Then people will let you.

Until then, common wisdom agrees you have to under price.

Once again – this is why “common wisdom” didn’t stay free range for very long. Under-pricing is a key killer of many potentially amazing businesses:

Because that theory? Has it the wrong way around.

Staying around won’t let you price well. Pricing well is what will let you stay around.

The local boutique doesn’t stay in business by competing on price with the large clothing retailer in the city. They simply don’t have the volume of customers to pull that off. Instead they grow their business on relationship and quality for a specific group of people who they really care about and who they can really serve.

Luckily, those elements are a pretty big deal, and are things that plenty of people buy on.

Which is perfect, because when you’re a boutique you don’t need ‘everyone’ to buy: you may just need a handful of committed people a month. Reckon you can get a handful of smart clients a month, a handful who care about things other than rock bottom price? You bet you can.

Plus, starting out with a boutique mindset holds you in good stead as you grow. Because the boutique owner never stops caring about quality.

So when you start out thinking small and caring about your people, you’ll keep that as you grow. Even if 4 years down the line you’ve got so big you have a team to help out? You’ll pass those people-matter values on to them. Most of all, because you both cared AND priced boutique style? You’ll have a chance of still being around in 4 years.

Which is where we started this in the first place. Are you playing a supermarket’s pricing game… with boutique customer numbers?

Dear free ranger,

Raise Your Damn Prices.

Sincerely, people who want you still around doing your thing this time next year.

2. Change what you sell (or change HOW you sell it)

For some people, raising prices alone isn’t enough.

A quick way of knowing if this is the case for you is to ask: how much would you need to raise your prices by?

In Charlie’s case, she needs 50 sales a month but has realized that 5 is more her speed. If nothing else shifted she would need a 10-times increase in price. If raising prices by a factor of 10 would result in her charging $100 for a pencil… then maybe she’d be better off with the second option which is:

Change your model.

Show that embarrassing wino cousin the door:

Instead of a lower value product to 50? Create a higher value product for 5 or 10 people. Then care the actual socks of those clients (hint: this is how people get the reputation to get to the bigger levels in the first place).

If you could do that for just 6 months, focusing on lower numbers for higher value/price… how much more would you learn?

How much more secure would you feel (without that pressure of sell all the things all the time!)?

And what a better position you’d be in, 6 months down the line, than the person who sat there insisting they had to sell a bunch each month and feeling like a failure every step of the way?

Because here’s the thing. Charlie is not a failure. She is darn good at what she does. She just has a terrible business model for the place she is in, in her business, here and now.

Where can you add the most value to the world? If it isn’t where you’ve been playing, move your game.

There’s a difference between stretching yourself… vs having your next month income rely on in-a-year’s-time customer numbers. So to be clear: I am not saying “don’t step out of your comfort zone” or “give up if you don’t have it all on a plate” – neither of these are free range thinking! In fact in your first year of business, you will be finding your feet and probably working more at the start than you would be down the line (this is true of anything new you move in to, isn’t it?). But even then this advice counts. Thinking like this, whether you make this change now or keep it up your sleeve? Might be one thing that makes that future happen faster than most people imagine possible.

While we talk a lot about choosing what you do, you know what’s equally important? How you do it. And from this moment on, know that that is in your control as much as anything else.

Love,

Marianne x

 

PS: These two examples might look like a case of too-small vs too-big… but in some ways they are exactly the same. Both of them take you away from the now, and both fail to honour your needs. Both of them take away your power to make thing work and hand it over to fate. If you’ve taken back your power from an office and a boss? I know you can take it back from a shoddy business model.

I’d love to hear from you: have you ever been in a position where you were working too hard for too little? What did you do to change that?

(Or if you are in that position now  – or just want to stay out of it in the future! – drop a comment below and tell me: what ONE thing from the above most resonated with you?)

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In my first year of changing from my old work into my free range life, I met up with a friend who had moved overseas and I hadn’t seen in years. Over coffee and sticky cinnamon rolls I told him what I was doing now and how much I loved it.

He looked at me and said “oh that makes so much sense for you, I can see you doing that so much more than what you used to do”. He said it like it was obvious. Yet for a long time it hadn’t felt obvious to me!

Why is it that when someone is doing what they love it looks like the clues were always there – but when we are the ones doing the looking, for ourselves (in the ‘before’), it’s like we’re fumbling in the dark?

Here’s a short cut to finding ‘your thing’ (aka your direction, what you actually want to be doing):

It’s likely to involve something you’ve been told to ‘tone down’ more than once.

For example:

The person who needs to be doing something advising/mentoring others but thinks “who am I to do that?” or “that’s too ego-y” is unlikely to be the one hiding his opinions in the corner – ask people in his life if he offers unsolicited advice about how they could make things better, and the answer is likely a big old heck yes, all the time.

The person who is better at improving things than coming up with something brand new? Might be telling themselves that there’s only value in developing something new that no one else has thought of… but in reality simply can’t help finding improvements or awesomifying what’s already there. (If they are currently in the wrong work environment they may be driving their colleagues batshit crazy with this tendency).

Your biggest strength (your superpower even) doesn’t want to be caged. When your ‘thing’ doesn’t have a home, and barely has acknowledgement as anything more than an irritating weakness, it goes around like a whirlwind, untamed. Result: it might well be something you’ve been told to tone down more than once.

And of course you were told to tone it down. It was shining in garish blinding lights not because it was wrong in itself, but because you never learned how to direct your flow to find its sweet spot.

I’m not talking about a topic area or a hobby by the way, I’m talking about something deeper – the main thing you bring to the table. The theme behind that person you are when your lights are fully on, without apology. 

Bottom line: in the times you’re not officially looking for what you ‘should do’ you’re being a part of it already. Whether you are looking for that ‘big idea for what direction you should take’, or how to hone what you are already doing to be more you, odds are a clue is right there, in the moments you just can’t help doing.

Quite often a long-term search for self is rarely that: scratch the surface and it’s a search for another self, a more acceptable, shiny self, that you can call your own.

That person may end up finding that ‘other self’ in their third best strengths, so they plough on and do pretty ok, but never feel like they are thriving… and meanwhile they save their very best thing to unintentionally vomit up over friends, family, and colleagues when they aren’t watching themselves. (That right there is a great way to reinforce that your strength is really a weakness).

If you take one thing from this message? Take this:

Honour yourself.

Stop looking outside yourself for who you think you should be, and instead look at the clues of who you are when you just can’t help it. The former is the way to years of feeling not good enough (and feeling lost in the process). The latter is the seed that will thrive when you own it, and create the right environment.

A natural ‘superpower’ isn’t usually playing the piano like Mozart. It’s that little thing you can’t help doing… and it turns from a weakness to a strength when a) you do it in the right environment (ie: not unasked among family or within an organisation that truly doesn’t give a damn) and b) you step into it and own it.

Stepping into who you are is not selfish and it’s not a ‘luxury’ for when you’re in a better place: it’s the key to what you’re looking for. Because being the person you are? Will do more for the world than being a shadow of the person you think you should be.

So going back to the start, with my friend and the coffee and the sticky cinnamon rolls – he wasn’t saying “well done for a brilliant idea”. He was saying “well done for stepping into the person you’ve always been”.

If you haven’t done this yet, one day I’d like to say the same to you. Because that person, my dear, is more than worthwhile.

Love

Marianne x

PS: and when you find that thing? Odds are at first you’ll dismiss it as not good enough. You’ll tell me it’s not worthy, too quiet (or too loud). You’ll tell me it is the only strength in the world that can’t possibly be a seed in your free range career. You’ll tell yourself it’s too ‘boring’ too ‘hubristic’ too ‘obvious’ or too something.

I’ll tell you aren’t evaluating whether or not you get to be that person or do that thing – the reality is that you will continue to do it all the darn time as you always have done. Instead, you’re deciding, here and now, whether you spend the next however long looking for who you should be… rather than turning in to what’s already there, patiently waiting to be seen.  That person has more value than you can imagine.

 

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Ever feel like you’re ‘too’ sensitive, or get overwhelmed too easily? And sometimes worry that might get in the way of really growing (or even starting) your own-boss career?

Then this video is for you.

How do people run businesses when they are a Highly Sensitive Person (or HSP?). And what might come up day to day? This is a topic which usually doesn’t get much air time, but has been brought up a few times by free range tribe members, so I’m speaking directly to it in the video below.

(NOTE: if you haven’t heard of the concept of a Highly Sensitive Person it is a term coined by Elaine Aron and describes someone with a heightened sensory system who “has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment”. More info, including a free quiz, can be found here: http://www.hsperson.com).

 

Watch this video for an open chat sharing my experience with this topic and what you can do if you identify as being that type of person:

Marianne x

 

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