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Working Smartly

‘Running your own gig is actually a lot of work…much of it isn’t Instagrammable’

Never a truer sentence spoken…

I know life is pretty hectic. You pack a lot into a day. There are schedules, to do lists, places to be and emails to answer. Simply keeping life ticking over and keeping everyone happy requires a lot of energy. Throw in generating income, remaining professional and consistent and working on your ‘dream life’, there is little wiggle room.

I have always run my own gig… and I have navigated many changes over the years.

I didn’t have a blue print to follow as no one was talking about self employment or entrepreneurship in the 90s in a Northern comprehensive school.

I have seen my career change…starting out as jobbing actor; doing sporadic acting jobs and weird and wonderful jobs on the side

to creating a portfolio career that spans acting, coaching, speaking, writing and producing/hosting my top 100 business podcast.

In 2015 I became a Mum and my second child is due in 2019.

This new chapter changed my business and my life once again, but this time in the most profound way. Old ways of working were no longer going to be an option.

Not only dealing with the joys (and sometimes challenges) of motherhood and wanting to remain flexible but also it gave me a bigger purpose.

I wanted to be present, creative and still maintain my ambition.

However I have also been in less enjoyable situations, maybe you can relate:

  • Knowing things had to change and I had to ‘go all in’ but I had no idea where to start

  • Life was plodding along and you are good at what you do but know you are capable of so much more.

  • I wasn’t earning the money I knew I was capable of. I was undercharging and over delivering. I wasn’t able to afford many of the things I wanted.

  • I was working on an hourly rate so if I didn’t work, I didn’t get paid. No back up. No contingency and always working on someone else’s schedule.

  • Exceeding other people’s expectations, but not fulfilling my own goals. I was a big pleaser…doing all the things for other people. I gave away my skills for free and felt pretty burnt out most of the time.

In a nutshell, I was pretty miserable. I had lost my confidence. I felt ‘behind’ all my friends. I was just going through the motions.

I had always been determined and focused, but my self doubt kept overshadowing my drive.

I knew it was down to me to change it. I was getting so bored of my own victim story… as I’m sure my friends and family were too. I had to start small and with a piece of paper and a pen. This process began in 2014.

Here’s what it looked like:

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Even doing this exercise started to shift things. It felt really lovely to move all the spinning thoughts from my head onto the paper in front of me. However as soon as I did, fear set in.

It now felt real. I knew I had to do something about it. I couldn’t ignore it any longer.

I could continue to whinge but I knew that wasn’t going to help matters.

It turns out, I didn’t need to worry so much. I broke down the big old pieces and….

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As I reflect on that time, I feel so proud of myself.

However what I notice is that didn’t take extraordinary action. I didn’t have to go and be blessed in Bali and find myself (although if that works for you-do it) or change my diet drastically and only eat round things or run a marathon.

In fact, the first thing I did was simply decide and made a commitment to make it happen. I said to myself that I was no longer available for anything less.

I didn’t wait until 1st January. Or until I knew all the answers. I simply made the decision to figure it out. My mentor Marie Forleo shares this wonderful phrase

‘Everything is figureoutable’ - it is one I come back to daily.

I now have a three year old and another baby on the way and I am expanding again- not just physically(!) but entering into a new chapter of my business. I am committed to finding ways to thrive throughout the next few years, not just survive. And no, I haven’t been one of those lucky ones whose baby just sleeps for hours on end…far from it!

It doesn’t take a 10 year plan to see incredible change… even a few days, weeks, months can dramatically change your business. The changes I have seen have materialised by accident. I have made some bold moves. I became very strategic, I put myself out there. I received lots of ‘Thanks but no thanks’ and a lot of ‘non replies’.

I know you have big dreams too. I know you want to create a life full of all the elements that feel like you, that suit your personality and your circumstances.

I have a love/hate relationship with the self development world- I love the options and the inspiration it provides. The digital world and the introduction of the internet has transformed the way many of us can run our businesses and lives.

However too often I see ‘dream lives’ looking very similar. Exotic travel, first class flights, big designer shopping bags and yes I like all of those things too.

BUT when I build my ‘big picture’ vision, I know there are other elements I want to incorporate.


Family time that is quality and not interrupted by phones.

Flexibility to create my own schedule.

To be able to work remotely so I can care for those that need me.

I have coached over 1000 clients and there is a never a one size fits all. They are all looking to create a unique life. Some have small children (or big children). Some have parents that are undergoing health issues that require support. Some want to live in a variety of different locations throughout the world. Some want to earn brilliantly but still remain an introvert. Some want to create many income streams, many of which are completely passive.

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(Obviously I still feel about 17 and a half in my head)

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I have found a way to make peace with these mistakes and reframe them as ‘lessons’…through the ugly cries :)

These days I do believe I had to go through all of these stages as I know first hand what those sensations and tricky times look and feel like. If you are experiencing any of those, I understand and I can assure you there will be a way to move forward.

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This is truly your time to shake things up and step up to the next level. There is no need for you to feel stuck, broke, overwhelmed and overstretched. It all starts by knowing what you want.

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Here’s how we can transform your business:


I like to start here so we can see what is working and what isn’t and what is the best route forward. Imagine you have squeezed into a parallel parking situation… you have a good look around in all your mirrors and windows before you set off… you don’t just wang into first gear, slam on the accelerator and hope for the best.


It is crucial that you build the life and business that is right for you. So often I have worked with clients who simply replace their corporate job with their passion gig and then alarmingly realise they have no freedom, flexibility or cash flow. We do some deep work here and it will be great way of aligning everything.


This module will help you step into the next version of yourself in an easy and practical way. So often, we believe we won’t be able to do things until we are a certain way. We can in fact begin now and will be much easier than you think. Slow and steady action…


For me ‘success’ is never about working every hour… I used to listen to those entrepreneurs talking about how they ‘smashed’ their goals by getting up at 4am and working at peak performance until 11pm. Most them often claimed to have families too…

I want you to have space in your life to do all the things that make you happy and fulfilled. I want to show you how you can bring ease and flow and simplicity in your business.

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Yikes, this has been the most game changing piece of my business…working consistently on my mindset. When I was a curly haired ginger girl at school, there certainly wasn’t a ‘dream big’ mentality. More like ‘keep your head down, your mouth shut, your voice shushed and blend in’

I know we should all be resilient to what has gone on before…however it can be difficult as many words, situations, ‘feedback’ is ingrained deep within us and becomes part of our character… whether we consciously know it or not.

Here I will help you gently unpick stories or beliefs that are no longer matched or serve you and find ways to reframe them in a way that feels good.


This is a great opportunity to do an analysis of how your ‘in person’ business is working. There may be a few surprises along the way. Again it is the perfect opportunity to uplevel, increase your prices and create more impact whilst maintaining ease and flow.


I don’t just want you to earn income that requires you to be in the room. In fact a consistent flow of passive income is pretty game changing. This module will provide plenty of inspiration and a selection of options to support you to build a comprehensive plan of action.


The prospect of ‘sussing technology’ can be so stifling- where to start? Will it work? Will it be manageable? Often we can carry the belief of ‘I would never be able to do that’ but as with lots of my work, I will help you to simplify and work through methodically.

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I see a lot of copy cats in the industry…those who are simply following a framework. What I want to help you to do is to identify what your truth USP is. Being generic in a busy online world is no longer going to cut it… I know this can seem a huge task especially as we can think everything has been done before. Don’t worry it hasn’t and there will be so many people who will be thrilled to hear directly from you.


Creating leads, customers and connections can challenge parts of our personality. We don’t want to feel like we are being sleazy or salesy. Don’t worry you won’t become either. This is about being genuine, authentic, of service and doing business your way.

Here we will focus on scalability; gaining leverage but maintaining a manageable business. We will be looking at your foundations, how you can build, where you need help and what is unnecessarily eating up your time, efforts or energy.


Finally I want to help you to create a framework that will enable you to step into the next chapter. We need your voice, your flavour, your expertise, your skills, your knowledge. We can all assume someone else will be chosen. However my friend, I believe it is your time :)


If you have any specific questions about this, just email me here


How it works:

The whole course is live and waiting for you. You have lifetime access to all twelve modules. There is no right or wrong way to do this. You are welcome to work through chronologically or dip in and out as when you need it.

There are two options. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I am due to have my baby at the end of the summer so I will be going through the process with you. I will be sharing my techniques and supporting you every step of the way.

Option One: This is perfect if you want to work alone, at your own pace.

What you get:

  • Full access to the 12 module course that will transform your business and the way you work.

  • Free access to my Let’s Get Visible course which usually sells for £97

  • Free access to my ‘Creating my creative menu’ course showing you the exact steps I took to land Stylist live

Option Two: Self study plus 1:1 session plus unlimited accountability

  • All of the below from option one

  • Full access to the 12 module course

  • Free access to my Let’s Get Visible course which usually sells for £97

  • Free access to my ‘Creating my creative menu’ course showing you the exact steps I took to land Stylist live


  • A one and a half session, 1:1 with me. I will send you some pre work in advance so we maximise our time together. (Valid for 6 months from date of purchase).

  • Unlimited email support and accountability for two weeks after the session. I want you to gain mega results and for you to know that I have your back. So you can use the support to send me web pages ‘Nicky, I have rewritten my ‘about’ page- what do you think’ or you want to rework your 1:1 offerings or discuss an idea for an online course or launch a creative project such as a podcast. Equally email/voice note support is mega for actually doing the work…you can easily buy the course, but I want you to get results. I want to hear your wins or virtually hold your to do list so you can bravely do what you say you are going to do or know you have someone to turn to if old limiting beliefs start to creep in and you get the fear.


How do I access the course?

During payment you will create log in details. Once the payment has been received, you will receive an email confirming the details.

If you choose option two, please use the contact page to book your session with Nicky.

Any technical issues, please get in touch via the contact page (please allow 24 hours for a reply).

If the course is not for me, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately not, all sales are final as all materials are instantly accessible.

How long do I get access to the content?

You have access to the content as long as the course is in existence. No hurry to do everything in a couple of weeks.