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  1. What do the next 6 months hold?

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    The truth at this point is that none of us really know. What we do know is that the most recent announcement from No.10 states that workers in England should work from home if they can. This brings England back into line with the rest of the UK who haven’t deviated from this rule since lockdown began.

     It is likely, Boris Johnson continued, that this could continue for the next 6 months.

    Six months, and then what? The reality as far as this virus goes is that all we can do is wait. Wait and see what the future holds.

    There are two ways of making it through this strange time.

    You can take a step back and watch as the world takes over, or you can meet the challenges head first to push forward and come out the other side with a new, improved, quality of life.

     The really great thing is that we get to choose which path we take.

     Yes, 6 months is a long time. But think what you can achieve in that time.

    If running your own business is something you’ve considered, now is the time to make it happen.

    I’m sure some of you already know that my Leap into HR Consulting™ Bootcamp runs for 6 weeks, and that by the end of it you’ll have all the knowledge needed to make waves as a consultant. This in itself is quite an achievement and something that many people take years to achieve.

     But if we look at a 6-month time period, it’s even more impressive.

    In 6 months’ time you could have an enjoyable, successful business up and running.

    A business where you have clients on board. One where your clients are companies you actually want to work with. One where you enjoy your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. One where you get to choose how much you earn.

    Doesn’t that sound fantastic? If you are thinking ‘yes, but it’s too good to be true’, take it from me that it’s very possible. I know because I have seen it happen, countless times.

    In 2020 alone, I have supported 40 people to set up and grow their own consultancy business.

    Six months from now, what do you want to look back on?

    A life lived waiting, or a life lived living? Will you be the next success story?

    Made your decision? Join us and get busy living

  2. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

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    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic fallout, the number of UK redundancies this year is estimated at 134,000 so far, though many more positions are expected to head that way over the coming months, too.

     If you’ve been made redundant during 2020, you’re not alone.

     But you’re probably wondering - what next?

     Sadly, at a time of increased redundancy, employment opportunities are fewer.

     Times like this are made from a cruel mix of less full-time employment positions available, and many more people scrambling to win them. Not a position any jobseeker wishes to find themselves in.

     I know this all sounds bleak, but bear with me because there is a solution to your problems.

     As the saying goes; ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’.

    For those willing to step outside of their comfort zone, there are a lot of opportunities available.

    Though many full-time jobs no longer exist, it doesn’t mean that the requirements of those jobs have disappeared altogether.

    It’s common that companies no longer need someone for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week but that they instead need someone to step in and take care of a few of the former-role responsibilities.

     Enter: Consultants.

     A consultant’s role is increasingly important during times like this, and companies are clambering over each other to find the right person.

    That person could be you in as little as 6 weeks’ time if you take the right, and relevant, steps today.

    My 6 week fast-track bootcamp will have you ready to work as an HR Consultant in just 6 weeks. We work through everything from company set up through to how to find clients in just 6 short weeks. The course is intense, at times, but it will get you where you need to be.

    I know, taking the Leap into Consulting™ can seem intimidating. There is a lot to think about but my tried and tested method gets results.

    Think of it this way: in 6 weeks’ time, what are your chances of finding - and landing - your perfect new job?

     If you join my Bootcamp, alongside it’s other go-getter delegates, I’m sure you’ll find your chances are better than you ever could have hoped for.

     See you there? Book a call with me to chat through logistics. 

     

     
  3. Life after redundancy

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    Life after redundancy

    I’ve chosen to title this article ‘Life after Redundancy’ because life after redundancy is something that exists, but something that can easily be forgotten in the midst of going through one.

     Immediate reactions after a redundancy swing from fear of finances to sadness at losing a large part of your life. But as time passes and these feelings get weaker and weaker, you may find yourself thinking, ‘what next?’.

     What comes after a redundancy?

     For many, a natural reaction after being made redundant is to start frantically looking for new roles online. You may start searching within your field but as time goes by, and applications go unanswered, begin to look for something else - anything else - just to pay the bills. This is particularly true at a time when redundancies are common and jobs are scarce, such as during the time of a recession or, as the world has recently learned, during a global pandemic.

     But you didn’t spend years of your life perfecting your chosen profession and craft simply to fall into something unrelated, or something that doesn’t pay well, did you?

     It doesn’t have to be this way.

     For some, a redundancy signals a chance to assess your lifestyle. To spend more time with family. To think about the things you really want in life.

     Redundancy or not, this pandemic has done the same. I've had many conversations with people over the past few months who have realised that the 9-5 (or 9-9 in many cases) simply doesn’t work for them anymore, but who have been unsure what other options are available to them.

     I understand, the early days of my career were spent working a full-time job, making money for companies that weren’t my own. Then I realised that this wasn’t what I wanted from life. I wanted a more flexible lifestyle, one that I could design, one in which I could chose who I wanted to work with, and when I wanted to work. On top of all of this, I wanted a lifestyle that was more financially stable.

     In 1994, I began my own consultancy business and I can honestly say that I’ve never looked back. It’s allowed me to be own boss and, importantly these days, to weather any storms along the way and come out sailing. I’m also privileged to have shown many, many, others exactly how to do the same thing.

     I know that you’re thinking - what does this have to do with my recent redundancy?

     The answer is everything. 

    If you want to get back to work quickly but don’t want to have to pick up ‘just any old role’, I’m running a fast-track bootcamp to show you exactly how to move into consultancy in just 6 weeks. 

    Six weeks is all it takes to understand where you fit as a consultant, the process to get yourself there, and lots of incredibly helpful insider tips to ensure you make the move successfully.

     Many who have taken my course have told me that at first they were hesitant about spending the money but that the money spent on it was earned back in just one day as a successful consultant!

     So - where will you place yourself post redundancy. Where do you see yourself in 6 weeks’ time?

    If you don’t want to answer this question with ‘working a mundane job just to pay the bills’ then let’s chat. You can book a free call in my diary where I’ll be happy to take you through the process in more detail.

     

     
  4. I don't want to go back to the office....

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    I dont want to go back to the office

    According to a recent survey, 53% of UK office workers say they don’t want to return to the office post COVID-19.

     The survey continued to note that 83.5% of people surveyed have enjoyed working from home, with reasons including flexibility (40%), no commute (38%) and greater productivity (68%). Some of the participants even admitted to enjoying wearing comfortable clothes and not having to keep up the pretence of a ‘work persona’ for all hours on the clock. 

    If you fall into the more-than-half of office workers who don’t want to return to the office, then you may be thinking about your options. 

    You’re in luck, this is an area I’ve been advising and coaching people on for many years. 26 years, in fact. Long before COVID-19 even existed. 

    The answer? Consider consulting. If you don’t know much about it, the thought may be intimidating. But it’s really quite simple. Once you know how. 

    I’ve helped over 40 people this year alone to make the move from the employed world to business-owner, giving them freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to work from home. I’ve been busier than ever over the last few months.

    I’ll take you through the process step-by-step; from the technicalities of setting up your business legally, to encouraging you and showing you how to find motivation, as well as the all important aspect of how to find paying clients. 

    Many people who take the Leap into Consulting™ end up out-earning their salaried role quickly. I did, as have most of my clients. 

    So, whatever your reasons for not wanting to return to the office - fear, freedom, flexibility, or finance - together we can make it happen. 

    No matter which stage of the process you are, I have a few options that will allow you to further explore.

    Which of the below sounds like you?

    I’ve never thought about consulting but it sounds interesting!

    Book a 10 minute call with me where we can chat through the process and see if it’s something that will suit you.

    I’ve been thinking about consulting as an option but I’m not sure if it’s right.

    Join my ‘Is Consulting right for you’ short course and together, we’ll find your answer.

    I’m in! I want to make the Leap into Consulting™ but I don’t know how to start.

    Sign up to my 6 week virtual bootcamp to make it a reality.