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Make the Most of Today

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Okay, it’s a sh*t title, and a bit of a farce considering we’re still reasonably shackled by post-lockdown rules and regulations, but hear me out on this….

We know that tomorrow isn’t promised, that the days are long but the years are short, and that life goes by in the blink of an eye but who among us is actually doing anything about it?

I speak from a high horse that a I climbed aboard 4 years ago when I chucked in the 9-5 (6/7/8) and started my own business.

I can honestly say that even in these *unprecedented* times, I still don’t

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regret the leap. In fact faith has become fact.

It’s cliché to bang on about never missing an assembly, parents’ evening (or yoga class) again, but truly, when most of us got shot out of the 2020 cannon earlier this year, I felt oddly at ease being in total control. Work from home. Done. Schools closing? Okay. Avoid public transport? Sure. I got this (and everything else).

Working for yourself is beyond rewarding. Yes it’s scary, but the prerequisite is passion. Have passion for something, love what you do, find your ‘why’ and the rest

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will come. It will come because you’ll want to do it every waking minute you’re not enjoying time with your first loves (your family, not Backstreet Boys, silly). And it’s even better if you can combine the two (more on that shortly).

Even before the pandemic, traditional roles and careers were shifting. From 2015 to 2019 there was a 20% increase in the number of businesses registered with Companies House. New business is growing. But it’s more than business booming; people want control, flexibility and choice.

So where (and how) to

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start…

I mentioned passion – and this is important… Unless you’re extremely lucky, you’ll likely spend some time in the red (at least where time-effort is concerned) whilst you get up and running.

You’ll also probably find yourself scheduling a Facebook post at 6am, publishing an article mid-LEGO extravaganza, or whipping up an email whilst keeping one eye on the swings.

But this isn’t to say you’ll be losing out on precious time with the family. You choose, you’re in control, and you can get the most out of every

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day.

Along with passion, some knowledge on a subject helps. I’m not talking the obvious skills that you might put on your CV like your degree in Astro Physics or your First Aid at Work certificate. I’m talking about life knowledge. What you’re living today is likely to be more of a usable skill than what you learned in GCSE Double-Science (sorry, Mr Wassal).

Get to know what you enjoy, where your buzz lives, and think about how you can monetise it.

Finishing with a shameless plug…

The business I started in 2016, Cheltenham Rocks,

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is a what’s on guide for families in Cheltenham.

I used my digital knowledge to build a resource for busy parents and carers. It lists kids’ classes, attractions and events, making it super-easy for families, and great value for advertisers.

The network is growing across the UK, and if you want to do the same, My Town Rocks can provide you with everything you need, from website to logos, trademarks to training.

No web design or astro physics background required – just a real interest in enjoying and sharing family life in your town.

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You’ll do this whilst running your own flexible business from home (or the coffee shop/soft play/bath), earning an income on your terms.

In the last year we’ve launched 6 new businesses, and families can now find fun in just a few clicks on Coventry Rocks, Guildford Rocks, Cirencester Rocks, The Mendips Rock, Farnham Rocks, Lincoln Rocks, with more coming soon.

Get in touch if you’re thinking of starting your own business and want to talk about setting up a My Town Rocks website in your town. You can email me via laura@mytownrocks.co.uk or

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visit the website www.mytownrocks.co.uk.

Whatever you choose to do, good luck and make the most of today. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. ♡♡♡

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- 22 Jul 20

Okay, it’s a sh*t title, and a bit of a farce considering we’re still reasonably shackled by post-lockdown rules and regulations, but hear me out on this….

We know that tomorrow isn’t promised, that the days are long but the years are short, and that life goes by in the blink of an eye but who among us is actually doing anything about it?

I speak from a high horse that a I climbed aboard 4 years ago when I chucked in the 9-5 (6/7/8) and started my own business.

I can honestly say that even in these *unprecedented* times, I still don’t regret the leap. In fact faith has become fact.

It’s cliché to bang on about never missing an assembly, parents’ evening (or yoga class) again, but truly, when most of us got shot out of the 2020 cannon earlier this year, I felt oddly at ease being in total control. Work from home. Done. Schools closing? Okay. Avoid public transport? Sure. I got this (and everything else).

Working for yourself is beyond rewarding. Yes it’s scary, but the prerequisite is passion. Have passion for something, love what you do, find your ‘why’ and the rest will come. It will come because you’ll want to do it every waking minute you’re not enjoying time with your first loves (your family, not Backstreet Boys, silly). And it’s even better if you can combine the two (more on that shortly).

Even before the pandemic, traditional roles and careers were shifting. From 2015 to 2019 there was a 20% increase in the number of businesses registered with Companies House. New business is growing. But it’s more than business booming; people want control, flexibility and choice.

So where (and how) to start…

I mentioned passion – and this is important… Unless you’re extremely lucky, you’ll likely spend some time in the red (at least where time-effort is concerned) whilst you get up and running.

You’ll also probably find yourself scheduling a Facebook post at 6am, publishing an article mid-LEGO extravaganza, or whipping up an email whilst keeping one eye on the swings.

But this isn’t to say you’ll be losing out on precious time with the family. You choose, you’re in control, and you can get the most out of every day.

Along with passion, some knowledge on a subject helps. I’m not talking the obvious skills that you might put on your CV like your degree in Astro Physics or your First Aid at Work certificate. I’m talking about life knowledge. What you’re living today is likely to be more of a usable skill than what you learned in GCSE Double-Science (sorry, Mr Wassal).

Get to know what you enjoy, where your buzz lives, and think about how you can monetise it.

Finishing with a shameless plug…

The business I started in 2016, Cheltenham Rocks, is a what’s on guide for families in Cheltenham.

I used my digital knowledge to build a resource for busy parents and carers. It lists kids’ classes, attractions and events, making it super-easy for families, and great value for advertisers.

The network is growing across the UK, and if you want to do the same, My Town Rocks can provide you with everything you need, from website to logos, trademarks to training.

No web design or astro physics background required – just a real interest in enjoying and sharing family life in your town. You’ll do this whilst running your own flexible business from home (or the coffee shop/soft play/bath), earning an income on your terms.

In the last year we’ve launched 6 new businesses, and families can now find fun in just a few clicks on Coventry Rocks, Guildford Rocks, Cirencester Rocks, The Mendips Rock, Farnham Rocks, Lincoln Rocks, with more coming soon.

Get in touch if you’re thinking of starting your own business and want to talk about setting up a My Town Rocks website in your town. You can email me via laura@mytownrocks.co.uk or visit the website www.mytownrocks.co.uk.

Whatever you choose to do, good luck and make the most of today. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. ♡♡♡

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