How to motivate yourself as a remote worker

So working remotely has amazing benefits… you have loads of flexibility, your working at your own pace, in your own zone. But it can be tricky too. With loads of distractions dotted around the place, it can be a challenge sometimes to get your focus on. So I’ve compiled together a number of things to boost your motivation and productivity.

 

1.     Wake up early

Wake up early… don’t be fooled by thinking that you can sleep in because you’re in charge of the clock.  Studies show that morning people are more proactive and get more stuff done.

2.     Make a routine

Cultivate habits in your day to ensure that you do things instinctually rather than haphazardly. That could mean waking up early, exercising, pre-making lunch. Once you create your routine, you’ll find it easier to accomplish your goals.

3.     Use the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique uses a timer to break down tasks into intervals into 25 minutes, separated by short breaks. The notion behind it is that frequent breaks improve mental agility and keep you refreshed. There are times online that you can use to make it easy to measure.

4.     Create a to-do list and then rank your tasks in order of importance

When you are creating your to-do list, it’s easy to just focus on the easy tasks or the tasks that take the least amount of time, but that’s not necessarily the best thing to do. What you should do is start with the most important task and work your way down. This will help you make sure you get the most impact when you work.

5.     Reward yourself for good work

Rewarding yourself when you do a good job is so important and easily missed. If you feel like you’ve done a solid amount of work and it is to a good level, then you should do something that brings you joy or give yourself a treat, like a drink or a piece of chocolate. This will make you subconsciously want to finish important tasks more frequently.

6.     Work around other hard workers

Find your work tribe. Work around other people who push themselves and are proactive. Their levels of productivity will move you to higher levels of productivity, and not only that, you will have people to bounce ideas around. Check out co-working spaces or online entrepreneur groups.

 

Why Conscious Consumerism is Important for your Business

Conscious consumerism is all the rage at the moment which is absolutely great. But what is it? And why is it important to think about when starting up your own business?

Conscious consumerism is a growing activist movement in retail. The philosophy behind it is focusing on voting with your wallet. So buying responsibly by choosing providers that produce items ethically. That means choosing to part your money with small businesses that pay well, are environmentally aware, are mindful with their manufacturing processes and steer away from counterfeit goods, human trafficking and overproduction. There are many companies that currently do this. For example, Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop, was one of the first to promote fair trade and ethical consumerism, and a wide variety coffee companies are also focusing on importing/exporting coffee under the fair trade brand. And just from walking around London, it’s easy to see that there are so many local cafes and stores selling organic and homemade products. It’s really amazing to notice how many people are being mindful about where to get their items.

 

So what can you do to ensure the business that you start is ethical?

Well, the first thing to do when starting up your business are these things:

1.    Always find out where the products are made and how. This is especially important if you are having things shipped over from abroad in countries where the law may not consider human rights. (It is also a great way to market your items to customers as many like to know the origin of where they buy things).

2.    Be transparent with your goals for your business with your customers. Always ask for constructive feedback so you can give more in future purchases.

3.    Charge a little more for your products so you can pay people well.

4.    Give to a charity with any extra earnings you have made above paying yourself. You could even to a “Plant a Tree” scheme with every purchase so you know that you are giving back to the world.

5.   Every three months you could create conscious awareness around People, Profits and Planet, so you know you are giving to yourself, others and your environment

For more ideas or a discussion around this, why not send me an email on dina@dinapyramid.com. 

What type of customer do you bring in?

When you are creating your business, it’s often good to think about what kind of customer you are looking to bring in. It will help you build a business model that fits your ideal client. Here are the types of customers you can attract with your business.

Convenience Seekers: Transactional, impulse buyers, fast delivery, focused on quantity instead of quality.

Ways to catch these buyers: Products by the counter, discounts, ensure quick delivery, offers.

Brand buyers – focused on your identity and branding, not price sensitive, quality, referrals high.

Ways to catch these buyers: Referrals, advertising, clear lifestyle branding.

Casual buyers – Occasionally buy your product, not brand focused.

Ways to catch these: Attractive branding, discounts, marketing new products.

Relationship seekers – people looking to know the person behind the brand, referrals high, promotions are a good way to start the relationship, and connection is most important.

Ways to catch these: Attractive branding, the person is the brand, conversation, referrals and connection to the client.

Bargain hunters – looking for a good price. Will compromise quality for price.

Ways to catch these: discounts, offers.

Which of these buyers do you feel most connected to? Which of these types of buyers would fit your product or style? As you may have already guessed, my focus is on relationship and branding. It is the perfect fit for my freedom lifestyle and business coaching practice.

 

Marketing to Generations - Generations have different interests and so here is a short summary of what draws in which group.

Baby boomers – Facebook, targeted ads, Twitter, LinkedIn, slower paced videos, email, direct mail, coupon marketing, referrals, TV adverts, shops (e.g. travel agents), google.

Y-Gen – Facebook, targeted ads, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, referrals, Pinterest, website ads, google, discounts, offers, TV adverts.

Millennials – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, referrals, video, Pinterest, targeted ads, website ads, google, discounts, offers, LinkedIn.

X-Gen – Facebook, Instagram, snapchat, video, referrals, targeted ads, website ads, google, discounts, offers.

Which generation fits your marketing style? Ever thought of branching out into different generations? For example, snapchat could help you tap into a younger generation, whilst TV adverts might help you tap into an older market. Personally, I tend to tap into a millennial, Y-Gen and X-Gen market because I focus my relationship building, branded business on building up an audience with similar values and beliefs to me. It means I can build connection as they enjoy my content and interests.

Send me an email with your preferences. Always good to share for accountability and learning.

Empower yourself with remote working.

Running your own business as a digital nomad doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes years of practice, testing, soul-searching and effort. Not to mention, years of failure. I started my entrepreneurial journey from the age of 16. I worked in telesales – probably the toughest work I have ever done. Why? Because people hate it when you call them up out of the blue, but with that experience, I learnt resilience. A skill that is essential as an entrepreneur. It also made me realise that I wasn’t made for a boss and need a creative outlet in my career. At the age of 19, I started up my own University charity brand to help raise money for Link Community Development and MacMillan Cancer. In that role, I was able to fundraise £1k in the space of 4 small events. It was in this role, I decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. So before I go any further with why becoming an entrepreneur is a good idea… I have a small question for you: When did you start figuring out that becoming an entrepreneur was a right fit for you?

It doesn’t matter if you have only just decided, nor does it matter if you decided now. The important thing to remember is that you are in charge of your life. You are the person that can change things. Age is nothing but a number. I have worked with 24 year olds, all the way to 50. If you don’t feel happy in your current life, then change it. If you don’t feel ready to make the leap into remote living, then don’t. Simple. Never feel pressured. Be happy with journey and be even more excited for what the future brings.

All you really need as an entrepreneur is a time. Time to get to know yourself… which can be a very difficult thing to do, especially in a busy world. Having direction towards the type of life that you want. And the courage to test your ideas in a critical world. The best thing I can offer when starting your journey into the remote working world is to journal your ideas and thoughts, and share them with special people who can help you nurture them. I had several coach throughout my journey who helped me uncover my life purpose. I also have a great support network of family and friends. Who could you speak to regarding your journey into the digital nomad world?

In uncovering my purpose, I decided to do some market research around the digital nomad world. I am still collecting data, so if you’re interested in taking part, send me an email for a free coaching session: dina@dinapyramid.com.

Here are some amazing results to show you a selection of what digital nomads are saying about their proudest moments as an entrepreneur:

·      Having a team that feel united, recognition from press and client referrals.
·      Gaining awareness, visibility and creating something fun.
·      Satisfied customers - the ability to deliver what customers want.
·      Launching and going for it.
·      Creating a strategy. Getting out of my comfort zone and talking to someone that ends up buying.
·      Creativity, design and the ability to travel.
·      Positive customer feedback and return business.
·      Starting my business and not giving up.
·      Generating 8K in my first week on UpWork.
·      Several CEO advisory roles.
·      Doing it by myself. Making my own decisions. Continuous learning and feeling challenged.
·      Seeing clients love my services and products.
·      Growing from a 40-piece collection 4 years ago to a multi collection platform and catering to an array of markets.
·      Making an extra $1300 last month of products on my site… 90% passively.
·      Live wherever I want. Always exploring new countries.
·      People knew what is my business and my branding is slowly expanding.
·      Getting my first client, building my website, booking a ticket abroad and knowing I could continue to work location independently.
·      That it only took me a year to go from zero to more than I made with my office jpb,
·      Building a Facebook community and getting this far in developing my business.

Would will you say is your proudest moment after you set yourself up?

Quick Blog Post on Mindfulness

So mindfulness is one of those things that everyone talks about, but are sometimes unsure about what mindfulness actually is. It’s one of those things that people get confused about or feel let down by because they feel like they don’t get it. So I’ve written a short blog to make it easier to understand. Mindfulness is simply focusing on the present moment. This could mean being heavily engrossed in conversation with a friend, performing an activity, or cooking, as an example. So instead of meditating and focusing on your toes, try and stay present with enjoyment, laughter and connection to your task or the people you are with.

Check out Calm.com if you fancy a quick moment of zen. 

Do you have what it takes to be Location Independent?

According to research, working culture across the globe will be a lot more flexible and location independent by 2025. It is great that people are moving in this direction because they feel bored, exhausted and fed up with a system that doesn’t serve them or put them in the right role. People are desperate for a sense purpose and want to feel understood by their community. It can be difficult because we are asked to choose what we want to do from such a young age, but with times and technology as it is, we should be grateful for the opportunity to be able to develop a wide range of skills.

One of the biggest factors of everyday life is stress. Stress can be both good and bad in life. It’s choosing how to channel it. It can be the catalyst for change or give us the vigor to move us forward.  The ability to use stress well depends on self-awareness and the level of support we have to help us cope. Friends, family and sometimes coaches are a great way to de-stress and change the meaning we attach to the stressor (the thing that made us stressed in the first place- sometimes this can simply be uncertainty or ambiguity. E.g. not knowing what will come next). Instead of feeling a sense of dread or worry, why not change that to excitement, positive energy or turn your resilience into creativity. Use that reactive energy to create something beneficial.

Failure is one of the scariest concerns when starting up your freedom lifestyle, but I like to try and reframe failure into learning. Life is too short to take failure personally and not try again. As Nelson Mandela once said: “I never lose, I either win or learn”. There is something beautiful in the word “no” when you know something isn’t quite right. This can include the beauty of honesty, authenticity and freedom. With this triangle, new opportunities will open. For example, the indie music scene opened and became popular. Why? Because it allowed alternative messages to be told. Qualities that were missing from films with big budgets. Below is a really good TedTalk from Jia Jiang. Click here to view.

Here are some values that entrepreneurs need to be successful:

Autonomy

Autonomy, being in control of your own, is essentially what entrepreneurship is all about. Studies show that autonomy is great for drive and motivation because it allows you to be self-reliant, self-directed and get a larger stake of the rewards.

Autonomy can mean full accountability, creativity and decision-making. It’s basically the freedom around what you do and how you do it.

 

Loyalty

Loyalty is incredibly important as an entrepreneur. You can’t expect a customer or a co-worker to be loyal to you if you aren’t loyal in nature. Always help and see if you can do more to facilitate their growth, purchase or needs. When running a business, you can show loyalty through asking more questions, always checking in with your clients.

 

Optimistic

Optimism isn’t always easy, especially when life kicks you down, but it is one of life’s treasures. Being an optimist means that you expect things to turn out well and so you are more confident in your knowledge, skills and abilities. When you encounter an obstacle, you can try alternative solutions or change the goalpost to make the goal easier to reach. Optimism can be learned through choosing thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  

Questions you can ask yourself include:

1.     What is the best possible outcome in this situation?
2.     What is a creative solution for this problem?
3.     How can I learn from this?
4.     How would this situation look if you were the other person?
5.     How would this situation look if you were a fly on the wall?

 

Big Picture and details

To be an entrepreneur, you need to have a vision but also an eye for detail. It’s usual for people to have a preference. For example, I am usually a big picture thinker as I always have the end in mind and storm ahead with ideas. Big picture thinking and detail can be nurtured through practice or you can outsource. I’ve learnt to be more detail orientated from life coaching and being an entrepreneur, and so am detail orientated in conversation. Being detail orientated is good when you work with social media and admin work. Which are you? Details or big picture.

Adaptability

As an entrepreneur, you need to make quick decisions and take advantage of opportunities. Adaptability can help you respond to changes in the right way and be flexible with your choices. Being adaptable allows you to focus on your gut instinct rather than be rigid with rules. Wellcome change or suggestions with a “yes”.

Compassion.

“Giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping because giving gives you purpose. When you have a purpose-driven life, you’re a happier person” -Goldie Hawn

 Compassion is one of the beautiful things about social interaction. Caring for others means that you can connect on a deeper level. As an entrepreneur, it is essential to show compassion for potential and current customers. Time is the most valuable way to show compassion for others, as it helps to nurture bonds and helps people to get to know and understand your worldview.

 

 

 

 

Why It’s Important to Have a Business that Helps Others

“Life is an adventure where the goal is knowing the truth, yourself, and your connection with the world”

Life was unfulfilling in Corporate London. It made me feel sad to see that people become so consumed with a system that takes away from the 9-5. It feels strange to me that life in the system means working long hours, spending more time with acquaintances, and being unhappy. I learnt this the hard way. Through not having a great time in a job that went against every fibre of my being, I was able to find myself. The person that I found was amazing. I discovered that I was a lot happier, freer and more interested in compassion. In doing that job, I was able to see how organisations weren’t helping people grow and would stagnate them. By doing that job and then travelling, I was able to understand what my purpose in life is making people happy. Seeing people smile and be themselves. My purpose is helping others build a sustainable life that excites them. My chosen gift to the world is to give to others in a way that promotes balance, freedom and compassion. I chose this mission because I want to live in a world where people are able to enjoy the moments that matter and noticed that London absorbs people to the point of sickness. I felt my soul change with deciding that I ready to pursue a life as an entrepreneur. I decided I wanted to be a life coach and business psychologist.

This notion of creating a life that we desire rather than a life that society expects is becoming more of a thing thanks to the Digital Nomad community. It opened my eyes to a whole world of possibilities. I was able to work with my business psychology and life coaching diploma to build a foundation to help others find their chosen gift. I have helped friends start up their yoga practice, business for dog trainers, graphic design companies, coaching practices, etc. All of which are able to move to different locations. It's an amazing experience watching others grow and develop. When starting up a business, I would like you to focus on how you can help others with your product, service and "bigger picture" purpose.

It helps to remember the quote from Goldie Hawn: "giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping because giving gives you purpose. When you have a purpose-driven life, you’re a happier person" — Goldie Hawn

So my questions to you are: what makes you happy? What makes you enjoy life? If you could do anything right now what would it be? What are your hobbies, passions and dreams? Think big and work your way down to a small step. If you’d like me to help you on that journey, then send me a message or write on the group.

Building your Remote Business

Building up a remote business is tricky. It takes time, energy and a lot of creativity. So you’ve got your website, logo and concept sorted… but what then? Marketing, which can be quite intimidating. It’s sometimes difficult to put yourself out there in an authentic and concise way. Why? Because sometimes brand identity isn’t clear and your message is scattered. Here are a few ideas to help you get you push forward and do great things.

Get your business out there!

1.     Everyone needs to know what you do.

If no-one knows who you are and what you do, then your business isn’t going anywhere. Write a clear vision around your business, state you mission and highlight keywords that emphasise what you do. Practice pitching your ideas and make it conversational. Never be afraid to tell people what you do, how you do it and why. The why behind business is the most powerful way to get clients to sign up to your services.

2.     Think creatively about marketing.

What do you sell? What stands out? And how could you offer it to people in an exciting and innovative way? There are so many ways to market your ideas, especially online. Facebook is an incredible way to market your ideas… Facebook communities are a quick way to share ideas. Twitter is good for finding out news around your industry. Instagram is great for creatively presenting your ideas, and YouTube is a good way to express yourself.

3.     Be flexible with what you say about what you do.

Find out what your client wants and then offer them something that relates. It is great to tell people that you run a retreat, as an example, but then why would they want to buy? Find out what their interests are and then match it up to fit.

4.     Be generous with what you offer.

Life is too short not to create a package that is above and beyond. In a world full of flourishing businesses, create an offering that allows people to feel like they are getting an amazing service. Really think about how you can tailor what you do to their needs. That’s the way to getting loyal customers.

5.     Ask for referrals and get testimonials.

People need to trust what you do and what better way than through existing clients? It is important for people to get a sense of how you work and the results you provide. Use testimonials from anywhere… video is best, written or blogs work well and even print screen comments. There is something realistic and genuine when someone posts something on social media, so use it to your advantage.

It’s important to be proud of what you do and not be shy to tell people. At the beginning stages, especially when you don’t know your message. Take the time to tell close friends and family first. Discuss your ideas and see what people say, then focus on your wider network. Your offering becomes clearer when you are adaptable and share ideas. You’re never sure what opportunity is around the corner. Be open and take learning opportunities. Both you and your business should grow and develop together so enjoy it! The location independent lifestyle is a great one… as long as you’re ready to work hard and make it revolve around something that you are passionate about.

 


Fancy starting up your own business? Why not send me a message for a chat?

Contact me on dina@dinapyramid.com.

Starting up a Freedom Lifestyle

Having worked in corporate London, I understand the burden of the 9-5. I am only 27 with an array of different professional experiences and I knew after a couple of months that corporate London was not for me. And I can’t say I’m surprised in hindsight because mental health and ill health in the workplace is rapidly increasing by the second. It seems like we are in the era of craving something a little freer. Why? Because life is more than just going to work, having kids and watching TV. That lifestyle might suit some and not others, and that’s ok. But some people want something a little freer. Why? Because life isn’t just about work. It’s about enjoyment, connection and compassion… and I found that those elements were missing from my corporate London experience. And I’m really not surprised. Did you know that that one worker in six are either experiencing depression, anxiety or problems? Mental health is a massive issue that is becoming more of a hot topic and although many combat stress in the workplace throughout wellbeing. Many combat stress in the workplace from within, whilst I like to combat a little differently. Instead, I like to help people build their dream lives and businesses.

 

Here are some key tips on how to break free from the 9-5: 

1.     Clear all psychological barriers, blocks and limiting beliefs

Notice your thoughts and change them back to positive thoughts. Do this using positive intention. For example, instead of saying “I don’t want to do this” instead state something a little bit more positive. It is always best not to make any false conclusions about your thoughts... do your research and explore the findings. Use online research, always be curious and chat to people.

2.     Get some clear, tangible goals

Without a clear direction or purpose, it’s difficult to go anywhere. Make a list of everything you want to achieve and then go get them! Create bigger picture goals and then deduct them into smaller goals. If your visual, I find creating mind maps great for setting goals. If you are auditory, then say things out loud and record them onto your phone. 

3.     Create a clear strategy on what you need to do

Make a plan and stick to it. Set times to start work and then focus on pushing forward. It’s important that you know your outcome so you can set clear deadlines. Targets make you work harder. Mindfulness is an amazing tool to help you stay focused. Mindfulness-based practices train the brain to observe stimuli objectively and keep awareness, helping to control your thoughts, emotions and experiences. Mindfulness helps you put all your fears aside so you can focus on what you need to do.

4.     Focus on self-care

Make sure you keep your wellbeing up by taking regular breaks and reward yourself for good work. It is important that you regulate your energy and look after yourself whilst building your dream lifestyle and business. One thing I find really helpful is yoga and spending time with family and friends. Connecting to nature, yourself and others is one great way to build, nourish and grow which can inspire your future freedom lifestyle.

5.     Always be kind and compassionate

When stepping into the freedom lifestyle, it’s important to focus on the moments of kindness people bring. It is important to connect fully and do good things for others. In my experience it comes back to you. Why not challenge yourself to doing one kind act for the next 7 days and see how you feel.

6.     Freedom comes from within

Sometimes the world and others might try and drag you down, but if you keep being kind and carry on with focus and determination, you will be ok. Don’t let others dictate how your life should be. Freedom comes from trusting yourself and the opportunity to make choices.


I am still currently creating my new course, but have been working hard. If you’d like to sign up, click here to read more!

Designing the Perfect Logo for your Freedom Business

A typical supermarket alone has over 100,000 different logos and labels. If you were to stop and take a picture of every logo that you can see on or around your desk (or in your car, a cafe) I am pretty certain you would reach nearly twenty, if not more. Brands are identified by their logos and play a crucial part in developing your business.

Deciding on your logo can be extremely daunting as it will eventually develop into the visual icon that defines you and your business. Your logo can and should express feeling and meaning and distinguish you from your competitors. Your logo will be key in creating recognition for your business and helping clients remember their experiences and form positive associations with your brand. This article will help you create a logo that conveys your brand seamlessly and effortlessly.

Okay, now for the fun part. What makes a great logo? Here are a few steps for brainstorming a logo design that works for you, your customers and your business.

Step 1: Take pictures of all the logos you see around you. Divide the logos into categories of what you like/don’t like or feel neutral about. Gain clarity on what it is that draws your attention, what causes disinterest and what you admire! This is a great place to start.

Step 2: Sit back. Look at your company's name. What does it invoke in you? What do you want it to invoke in others? That is what your logo should communicate. Need some more help? Write down a few words that further define your company's “essence.”

Here are some more tips to help you create the perfect logo for your business.

   Think Versatility! Your logo will reach beyond the landing page for your website. Remember your logo will be almost everywhere - on your products, your business cards, your signage, your mailouts and many other places. A good logo will look great anywhere, whether it’s an embroidered patch or an e-book excerpt.

 

   Keep it Simple! A logo should have only the essentials. It doesn’t need your logo to explain your service or business - that’s what the content is for.

   Choose your typeface (font) carefully! Using the right typeface for your logo is essential. You should already know what your brand’s essence is, so make sure the typeface follows that same lead.

Common Mistakes with Logos:

1.     Too much going on - a busy logo will distract the eye and leave the viewer confused, leading to an unmemorable experience.

2.     Don’t follow fads. Logos should be timeless and unless there is a specific reason why your brand should identify with a current trend, it is best to avoid trends at all costs. Take this fad: geometric blocks. Sure it looks great now (early 2017), but trust me, it's a fad.

3.     Forgetting your customer! Designing a logo should represent your business, so shouldn’t your customers be represented in your logo too? Designing your logo with your clients in mind will ensure that your clients will identify with the logo and that your business will appeal to them.

Once you have a logo in mind make sure it works. Ask everyone around you and especially yourself if you can imagine your logo everywhere. Creating a great logo design it is well worth the time, the investment and the effort. Your logo will lead your business into the future, so make sure it is something you are proud of and feels represents you and your business.  


Behind the Blog

Devyn Maher is one of Zero-to-Freedomers that I am working with. She is an incredibly talented grahpic designer, crafter and artist. Devyn has travelled for many years but only recently has become a digital nomad. She hopes to combine her expertise in the events industry with her love of design with doodles.blue. Her next trip will be to Nepal and Bhutan. Devyn is also the co-founder of The Luna Collective, a bi-yearly publication of poetry, art and prose based around femininity and spirituality. You can find her design, artwork and adventures at www.doodles.blue

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