Are you running your business your way?
When you first start your business it can be tricky to know who to listen to as there is so much information out there and so many people proclaiming themselves as business gurus (#gurufreezone).
One person I choose to listen to was Judith Morgan. She’s been a business coach for many years and has run multiple brick and mortar businesses too.
In December she reached her goal of becoming a self-published author with her book, Your Biz Your Way. I’m in the midst of reading it and love the format of 52 questions, which she answers throughout the book. One of those questions was submitted by me.
This article came about from an invitation from Judith to share the story of how I’m doing business my way. In her ever abundant and generous way she’ll be sharing my article on her website and also crafting a reply to my story – which I’m looking forward to as she has a great many nuggets of wisdom to share.
Running My Business My Way
For the last 20 months I’ve been a digital nomad, travelling through-out Latin America with my business in my backpack.
It’s a different choice for a single woman in her mid-40s who was previously a corporate lawyer (suits & high heels every day), which some of my friends have pointed out.
During my time away I lived in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Argentina and Uruguay, volunteered at five animal shelters and cared for 4 dogs, 23 cats, 4 ducks, 13 quails, 5 chickens while doing various house sits.
I also fulfilled a dream of mine by visiting Antarctica.
I have two businesses (although the second one is very new so it doesn’t quite feel like a business yet).
The first is all about business strategy. I work with business owners to grow and streamline their business. I think my clients already have the answers so my role is to ask good questions so they can clarity their thoughts and regain confidence in their abilities.
I’m also a photographer; landscapes and wildlife are my passions. You can see my photos in my new online store (I still loving being able to say that I have a store!). Each month I’ll be adding at least one new country (I’ve travelled to over 50 countries so that will keep me busy for quite some time).
Going Against The Grain
I go against the grain in the way I run my business because I’m usually working from someone else’s dining room table. Maybe a house sit, maybe an Airbnb. It’s been nearly 4 years since I’ve had a place to call my own.
Even though it’s been a wonderful adventure I’m thinking that I’d like to once again have a place of my own. No decision has to be forever.
When you see photos of me, or Facebook Lives I’ve created, you’ll rarely see make- up or my hair perfectly styled. This was a conscious decision because that’s how I am in real life and it’s important for me to be to honest in the way that I present myself. Please don’t ask me to share a selfie – as a photographer I cringe at the result.
Maybe one day I’ll do a photo shoot with fabulous make-up and hair, yet you’ll still see photos of me out and about on adventures looking like I could do with a shower and a hair brush.
How do you do business your way?
A Little About Me
In case we haven’t met before…
I’m a Kiwi
I’d rather be bare foot than wear shoes
I’m a dog and a cat person (don’t ask me to choose. To me that’s a weird kind of question).