Mindset, Learning, Collaboration

What will the future of work look like for you?

The future of work

If you are struggling to find your place in the world of work that currently binds you to the 9 to 5 work day that includes a commute to work then perhaps you would be interested in working differently in our changing world of work. If you haven’t already noticed it, how we work and where we work have changed significantly in the last decade. Maybe you need to consider how you can use your skills and experience to work differently so you get more of what you want. For me it’s flexibility, over the last 12 years I have needed to work around my family commitments. What are you looking for? Whatever it is it can be achieved if you start by looking at the current digital landscape as an opportunity.

We are working differently

Consider the already changing way in which work is being done from when you first started work. Technology has changed the work landscape significantly. I no longer need to travel to my clients for all the interactions I have with them. For example I can have a virtual online meeting with a new staff member to train them on the use of my system.  I can see them, they can see me, we can record our meeting and review what was said, we can share information on screen in real time and if we need to bring in anyone else we can invite them in too – no matter where they are.

HR professionals and managers too have used skype to interview talent for more than 10 years now, making it possible to employ the right person for the job no matter where they live. Working remotely has also never been easier and is becoming more and more accepted. How many of you know at least one person who works remotely? I know at least 4.

We want different things

So we know technology is enabling change but, what is driving this change in work? Technology is replacing functions that are time consuming and in our current digital environment we expect thing to available quickly. We don’t like wasting time. This will be even more relevant to the Millennials who have grown up in this instant world and they are changing our world of work already. Staying in one job, doing the same thing day in and day out will not be tolerated by millennials who expect to be entertained when ever they want. They have ideals, causes and are motivated by these and not by money. Money is important yes but freedom and variety are more important.

What can you do?

First, ask yourself if it is possible to do your work, or the majority of it from anywhere? If some tasks need face to face interaction can this be done by an online meeting?

Secondly, could what you be done on line or out sourced? Would you consider contracting on a short or long term basis?

Thirdly, could you or you and a business partner set up a business contracting to businesses anywhere doing all or part of what you do?

Fourth, do you need help understanding the digital landscape so you know what is possible?

We have lots of free information on the Anywhere  Business Network website so feel free to look through this. We highly recommend you check out our video series if you are thinking of a change so you have all the support you need on this journey. We even have a 30 day free trial to our online learning platform where you will collaborate with others just like you who are in various stages of development of their work life. They are all learning about having a mindset that will take them where they want to go. They are all setting aside any spare time they have to learn from those who are sharing their experiences, mentoring, encouraging and challenging those who are telling them “yes, I need to think differently, I need a change, I am ready to learn, work with me”

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Working online

My story

Working online

I have worked for myself for more than 15 years and I love the work. So what have I learned?

  • I love working when I want. This flexibility doesn’t mean I don’t work hard. It sometimes means working outside the 9-5. This comes with its challenges.. the lines between when the work day finishes and ends are sometimes blurred. It’s important to have boundaries… I have written blogs on this.
  • I don’t enjoy managing my cash flow so I joined forces with my business partner in Anywhere Business and he helps me to understand how to do this better.  I have learned that I like working with others so I took the opportunity to work in partnership with a friend. We have totally different businesses but we are both learning about promoting our businesses online so it made sense to support each other and share the load and the cost.
  • I like working with others and exchanging ideas. This can be difficult when you are in business alone. I enjoy the interaction of ideas through collaboration. I joined Toastmasters to learn new skills and gain confidence. I found a mentor in my local business association. I spoke to friends and family and finally, I searched the internet for ideas. In my search for ways to grow my business online through collaboration, I found an online training program SFM that gives me just that. I was very skeptical at first. There was a free trial so I gave it a go. There are modules to work through and online webinars I can attend live or listen to when I can. I can do it at my own pace in my own time. I now have a huge community of people learning like I am who I am talking to and learning from who are all over the world. I also love to hear about all their businesses and what they do.

Not long after I joined SFM I spoke to Andrew (Anywhere Business Network partner) who lives in another town about 5 hours from me, about how it was helping me. We have worked together before on a big project. We knew we worked well together. I often collaborated with him via Skype about my business so I knew how he thought, how he worked. We decided to pool resources and be business partners at SFM. Anywhere Business Network was born and we now share all we have learned with you. We hope you will find inspiration from us and start to collaborate with us or others in the same way for the benefit of your business.

Working Online

We have developed some free planning tools to get you started but we recommend you join SFM too so you can learn how to operate your business confidently in the digital world by working online. Maybe you know a friend who might join you or maybe you are happy to begin alone and see how it goes first.

We hope you gain a lot from us through this website. Watch the free video and sign up for the free trial and find out if it is right for you.

It has been our experience that those who invest in online training and marketing using a mentor have seen the best results.

Kerri Bainbridge

Working online

Getting the most out your working day

 

How do you work with Millennials?

Work Life Balance CommentManaging Millennials

Millennials! Born between the early 1980’s and the early 2000’s, this generation are now representing a significant portion of the work force. The word itself has come to symbolize not only a generation of people but the entire modern condition brought on by technology, globalism, interconnectedness, diminishing attention spans and a heightened sense of self-importance.

Not only are we selling products to this generation but we are employing them so its important that we look at how best to manage this shift in your business. But first I just wanted to remind you of two things. First, generational disruption is inevitable since each generation had different needs. If you don’t understand how to get the best from each then someone else will. Second, while discussing generalities is useful, remember that each person on your team, regardless of age, is an individual and should be viewed and treated as such.

Millennials who are your employees

Research and surveys conducted over the last few years have revealed that younger workers want to feel good about what they do. In the office/at work, millennials want a firsthand view of the impact of the work they do. They wan to know – is there a clear connection between their daily tasks and the greater vision of the organization? Can they have real influence over that vision and the end product your organization produces? If you can define the significance of the role each member of your team plays, they will be more internally motivated and committed.

On another level, millennials want the companies they work for to be change agents in the world. This generation is very engaged in social issues. They have a strong belief that what they do 40 hours a week should contribute, in some way, to making the world a better place. So here’s what you can do: Make sure you highligt your companies philanthropic efforts. Another way to demonstrate your sense of social responsibility is to organise volunteer activities. Pick a cause or causes, allot some time during the workday, encourage your team to get involved and spend time volunteering together. You can use these as team building opportunities, which make them even more important to consider.

Another theme that is emerging as millennials take over the work world is flexibility.Millennials want more control over whenthey work, wherethey work, howthey work and whatthey work on. This generation have a hard time coming to grips with a 9-5 work day since the world online is 24/7 and is always ready when they are. Younger workers also understand more about flow states, inducing peak performance and creating conditions that foster creativity. They believe they can be just as effective working from home a couple hours in the early morning, taking a long lunch, and then coming into the office or meeting clients for coffee. Making these accommodations, when appropriate, will go a long way in getting buy-in from your millennial employees. It’s also likely to result in better work and more effort from your team. You will also find younger workers are looking for rolesthat are more fluid and flexible. The digital world they grew up in has been changing and growing and teaching them constantly. At work they want to continue to learn and develop new skills. They do this by stretching their responsibilities and tackling new opportunities as they are presented. Rewarding well-done work with money is easy. But, offering new responsibilities and being open to new approaches really communicates to your team that you value them and that you want for them, what they want for themselves.

Finally, members of the millennial generation consistently mention authenticityas a trait they value. This is quite the buzz word online. Be authentic. Be yourself. Millenials really respond to geniune, direct communication -this is possibly a reaction to their heavy exposure to marketing. So, be upfront and give feedback that is clear and honest. This way they will be confident they know where they stand which will alleviate anxiety and increase their sense of loyalty.

Regardless of the kind of business you’re in, if they are not already, Millennials will soon dominate your workforce. Millennials are incredibly creative, adaptive and competent. In order to best harness that talent, you have to create a culture and environment that empowers younger workers. That means being committed to authenticity and flexibility while taking opportunities to make the world a better place.

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

www.anywherebusiness.co.nz

5 questions to ask yourself before you start a new home business

Many like the idea of working for themselves but it is for some it is not all it is cracked up to be. Its hard work for starters and often not as flexible as you think. However, if you plan right you can make it work for you. But this blog is not about how to run a successful business its about determining if you should start a home business.

There are great advantages of starting a home business like:

  • flexible work hours
  • work where you choose

You would think the list is longer but you cant really say work where you want, when you want, how you want and with who you want unless you are really lucky. If you want to be successful you will need to work when your clients need you and for as many hours as it takes. Sometimes you have to work with people clients you dont like because they pay you. Working where you want is not always possible either as most people think working from home is easy but it can be very distracting and renting a room outside the home can be expensive.

Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you start a home business:

  1. Do you have the right space to work in?For some this might even be working outside the home in the clients office, for others it will be at home or from their car. It is important to have a comfortable place to work and a secure place to store stock, files and tax documents. If you are going to work at home then make sure it is free from disctraction and ensure friends and family know your work hours are not socialising hours. Setting up a space to work is not cheap. Find out how much office furniture will cost so you have things like a suitable computer, software, printer, laminator, chair, shelving, filing cabinet, mobile phone…..yes there are lots of things you might need. If you cant work from home then find out how much it costs to rent some space locally.
  2. Are you best when you work with others or on your own?Chances are that you wont enjoy working for yourself if you like to work in a team. However if you have people you can get together with to bounce ideas off and get advice from you might be ok. You may want to consider having a business partner if you like working with others but like the idea of working for yourself. This comes with its own headaches though so its important to think this through.
  3. Do you have a head for all the aspects of running a business?Marketing and Sales (including social media), packaging and shipping, tax, invoicing and all that goes with managing cashflow, business planning, customer service (including complaints) and Website design. If you dont have all these skills maybe a business partner would, you could outsource it or learn to do it. If you have to learn to do it you need time and money. If you pay someone to do it then you will save time but it will cost you money.
  4. Do you know if there is a market for what you want to sell ?No point in you being the only one sold on your idea. This point is related to point 4. You will need to do some market research and get to know your market. Are you prepared to take the time to do this?
  5. Do you have back up money to ensure you can survive for 3-6 months?If workign for yourself involves you quitting your day job then you will need to cover all your regular bills for 3-6 months while you get started. If you dont have this then think about starting smaller. Make a plan to do some learning about things like social media marketing, web design, cash flow, developing a business plan, reduce your work hours and work part time while you build your business up.

If you have a passion for starting a business of your own it doesnt have to be instead of your day job. It could be as well as if you harness the power of social media and online marketing. My hope is that you ask yourself these questions to before you start a home business. Sit down now and make a list of what you need to do if you want to have your own business. I hope you have found these questions helpful.

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

www.anywherebusinessnetwork.co.nz

Busy Busy Busy

Busy Busy Busy

How many time have I told myself this in the past? I am too busy. Concentration levels are high the task that I am dealing with requires it. I drop that half-finished task and deal with crisis’s as they develop. The ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, the firefighter! Days turn into a week and weeks turn into months! Then all of a sudden I am sick. My body shuts me down for an enforced rest. I soldier on and the sickness gets worse!

Busy

Stop!

My mind body and soul are out of balance! My mind took over going on to autopilot. My nutrition suffered as the mind wanted caffeine, sugar and fast food for that instant hit! My mind was at a million miles an hour! The body responded by shutting down the mind with sickness! The soul looked on forlorn as mind and body were ignoring it!

The Fix

Meditation slowing down the mind, stopping that monkey mind on autopilot being in charge. Slowly breathing in breathing out letting go of what was past and letting thoughts that come into the mind wash away. Breath in breath out slowing that pace down. Reclaiming the power of my inner self.

Yoga slowly doing the asanas opening the energy points releasing the tensions. Following that vinyasa flow dealing with the issues as they come up.

 

Nutrition is required dealing with the deficiencies of my diet. More Vit C and D magnesium for the heart and B group vitamins for the mind. Less processed food green tea instead of caffeine. Cultivation of bliss!

The meditation cultivates feelings of well being the soul has joined the family with the mind and body, back in balance!

Calmness at work develops, no more firefights, just serenity!

 

Andrew

Half Anywhere Business Network

Care

Care

The Handshake or hug and the 21st Century

When I started in business I met with prospective and new clients got to know them and collectively we decided to collaborate with each other. This is a lot of trust in my core business which I pride with honesty. I shake the guy’s hand or hugged the lady and our collaboration was sealed. I knew their business and they knew mine. These days of the 21st century I am increasing not seeing the clients and have developed means of getting that handshake. I ask a lot more questions not because I am noisy but because I need to know my customer in the terms of legislation as well as peace of mind. I have secure portals for documents and records, electronic signatures, identity standards as well as 2-factor identification available. This creates problems initially for clients in two areas:

  • The cost… All of this costs they see me ramping up fees just to make more money this breeds contempt
  • Knowledge gaps The client has a mindset block to adopting these technologies and pushes back against change

The Cost

AS the transition to a hybrid cloud server business in conjunction with my collaboration with Microsoft, MYOB, and local IT at Work allows me offsite back up as well as up to date software for secure communication and storage. Multiple backups and redundancy allow me to offer the services of my competitors while still being in business. Without it the tech back office I would not be able to operate with the constant change. This comes at a cost. I have to let go of clients who do not see this as necessary as it is now the way to do business.

 

Knowledge Gaps

I am a patient guy who has coached thousands of people over the years. In 99.9% of the cases, there is a solution to there training. Initial blocks are related to their mindset. The clients I have found don’t like change.  Change management is slowly giving them the right information at the right time. I have to be aware that some do not take in lots of information  The client has a cycle of learning and it may take in a couple of years to get them there but eventually I do. I try and standardize the training however it is not unknown for me to bespoke solutions.

 

Above my screen in my office is a framed statement:

Just for Today, I will

Not Worry

Not be angry

Do my work honestly

Give thanks for my many blessings

Be kind to every living thing

 

When dealing with people I recognize them as people. While the hugs and handshakes sometimes aren’t there enough these days I still appreciate my clients exactly the same way there were when I first collaborated with them. That hasn’t changed only the delivery.

 

As I develop the business advisory services of Anywhere Business Network Ltd I am carrying thru the traditions of The Tax Man Limited. I truly believe that the digital skills that are on offer thru the collaborative partners that the new company has will make businesses shine in the 21st century.

 

Onward and upward!

 

Andrew

Half of the Anywhere Business Network

Yin and Yang

Insatiable Need For Yang

Yang

Controlling the yang and keeping it in check is important! Having balance in my daily life is a must.

I see many driven people come into my life they show aggressiveness in the pursuit of their goals. Their goal is their chief motivation however in that pursuit they manifest health and relationship issues. The goal blanks out each day as they move forward. When the goal has reached the feeling is a bit like an anti-climax.

Definition of yang

the masculine active principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in light, heat, or dryness and that combines with yin to produce all that comes to be

Yang

To take it further ego tends to drive Yang. It is something of the mind. When ego takes over the mind goes out of balance with the body and soul. Feelings and emotions are parked.

The body being full of energy is just as important as the mind. Yin while being in constant contact with the mind tends to manifest its self in feelings.

Definition of yin

The feminine passive principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in darkness, cold, or wetness and that combines with yang to produce all that comes to be

 

As you can see being driven my Yin could be described as being left in a cold wet mess!

The importance of what I am saying here is to remain in balance give equal balance to the mind and body. Allow joy and happiness to you in your day and the positive feelings of well being by exercise and good nutrition. Listen and act with relationships. Set time aside to appreciate your surroundings. Laugh smile and cry. By all means, pursue goals but enjoy the journey!

 

The cement of Yin and Yang is the soul. Being in touch with your inner being/ higher power is a good start to balance. It is all about mindset!

 

Andrew

Half of Anywhere Business Network

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Peace Now

Peace Now and the Spy that Came in from the Cold

Peace now and always is a better state of mind! Fear is a state of mind. Looking back the external stimuli dictated my reactions for what seemed an eternity.

Growing Up

As a child of the 60’s and 70’s at the forefront of my mind from the media was the cold war. The nightly images from Vietnam were chilling and perverse as anything on the internet today. The movies of the day carried thru these themes and as a child in Wellington, I would always go to the flicks on a Saturday afternoon matinee to see the latest blockbuster. The Spy thrillers with the suspense they carried always intrigued me! The images of the spy drop at Checkpoint Charlie with the slow walk, the nod of acknowledgment of spies, as they walked past each other made me sit on the edge of my seat.

Peace Now

The cold wall was still in still going when I joined the NZ Army in 1986. We learned of soviet doctrine the makeup of opposing sections, platoon’s, companies and battalions there weapons and tactics. Then one day it was over or so we all thought!

Work

While working at Inland Revenue I investigated people and learned to understand their makeup, what to expect, there habits and routines. All with the objective of ensuing they had returned the right amount of income.

When I went out on my own in 1997 I wanted to specialise in forensic accounting but alas it did not take me long to realise that the market that I had to project myself into was too small. Instead, I concentrated on small and microbusinesses. I also started to realise with the conversations I had with people how much the hated the Government and the way it operated in the tax field with its passive aggressive use of fear! I had to be very careful that as the messenger I was not tainted by this!

4 or 5 times a year I would have different people coming into my office with the same problem in that they had never furnished anything thing to Inland Revenue and wanted to put it right! Yup the spies were coming in from the cold. Huge amounts of work would be done, and the information passed via tax returns to Inland Revenue. I did a lot of reconstruction involved and developing systems was done to achieve the results. The client kept out of jail, I made some money and the revenues insatiable lust for money was satisfied.

The Mind

I soon found that something in my makeup always wanted that edge that next big moment of suspense. I had to start dealing with it as I knew that you can’t live on the edge. I started yoga and meditation as well as developing digital systems to assist me to produce financial statements quickly and efficiently as well as communicate with clients no matter where they were. I also took up Toastmasters to improve the quality of that communication. All of this was to reduce the risk of miscommunication as well as the stress of not getting it right.

Awareness

I started to see the person behind the client and be more self-aware, because of the changes I had made to myself. I saw their stress, a few suicides, a few busted marriages, the anguish, and sometimes relief as their fears were allayed. I do a lot of sign posting to assist people to get their options right. Fear can mean two things F@@k everything and Run or Face everything and rise. I try to coach people into rising always looking for the positive rather than the cynical darkness they see in the Government. I found that people coming to see me just wanted peace. I found it was a matter of there own perception in that peace begins with themselves and while possessions might have to be sold to pay to the government that in the end, if they have food warmth shelter and love they will have peace.

 

 

Andrew

Half of Anywhere Business Network

Laedership

Leadership

It’s not about me

Leadership is instilling the belief in someone that they can do it. It is not about taking control and dictating to people what they shouldn’t do. We are all big enough to make up our own minds, and a good leader is supportive of your needs and offers empathy, listening skills, and opinion when asked. A good leader encourages your self-confidence and goes thru your choices of action towards your journey. A good leader does not offer threats, intimidation or ridicule.  A good leader uses right speech to motivate and steer on your chosen path. Take yoga for example. A good leader will allow you to focus on what you want. There are no comparisons as it is just you and the yoga. The changes you make to your daily practice are based on your incremental improvement and the leader leads by example.

In the end, it boils down to being supportive, being trusted as well as being honest!

Leadership

It is the same in business. You seek mentors to support you. They don’t take over they over advise. The offer leadership and are supportive. They don’t ridicule but offer alternatives to your course of action. They add value to your decisions. That is why I have mentors and it is especially important to me as those mentors are also teachers and coaches for me in that big digital world. In another blog, I have discussed this and if you are reading our blog for the first time you might want to look up that link.

 

My growth by listening to leaders has been outstanding. My collaborators are also leaders, my peers are also leaders and my friends are also leaders. You just have to pick up on those traits of leadership too!

 

I have concluded that I lead too just by writing these blogs!

 

Andrew

One Half of Anywhere Business Network

Simple

Simple Yet Complex

Collaboration with another takes trust. It is a meeting of minds clear about boundaries yet at the same time understanding of the back stories which shape our daily lives. The deepest of understandings get’s the greatest results in that there is equality in the effort towards a common objective. There is little hidden as ego has been parked and that deep understanding allows one or other to concentrate on the other things that life has. The business goal is secondary to the feelings of joy and happiness that are self-evident to a fulfilling life. While there are deadlines there is inherent flexibility that goes with the deep understanding. While contributions are not always forthcoming the thinking and strategies take time to hone and tune as the business develops and then fine tunes it’s self into a well-oiled machine.

Patience perseverance and persistence are the mantras of the collaborative effort. In the end, it is quality over quantity with the underlying principle of excellence of effort. There is no need for constant praise as the understanding is enduring and has risen above that need. “I hope” is replaced with “We know”. Success is measured in feelings and results naturally occur.

Simple Collaboration

An awakening to the possibilities has happened and abundance of feeling alive. That is what collaboration can be!

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Andrew

One half of the Anywhere Business Network

Is being too busy affecting your health?

Is busyness affecting your health and wellbeing?

No matter what you do for a living, you need to feel that you have been productive. I know what its like to feel like you have had a busy day but cant think what you have achieved. It feels like you were just reacting to things rather than planning to do them. This is not productive it is reactive. Under these circumstances it is very easy to drift along and feel as though you must be successful because you are so busy. Busy does not mean success. In fact in most cases it is simply a reflection that you are just surviving.

I am sure some of you will be able to say that you are financially successful and so this cannot be true. But, what is this business doing to your health and well being? If you are exhausted, stressed and tired then the answer is yes. Is this what you want in your life? If its not then you might want to think about changing the way you approach your day from a reactive one to one where you plan what you are going to do. This might not sound simple when you can see all the work that needs to be done but if you take this time you will gain the time back in your business and in your life because you will have better health and well being. Have you considered what the stress of a busy job does for your relationships with others? Maybe you are not being the kind of partner, friend or parent you want to be because you are tired and stressed.

Its time to take back the power and make a few small changes that could change your outlook on your business and your life. Try these planning tools. Give yourself 21 days to really make a change.

3 planning tips to set you up for a productive day

1. Top 3 tasks

Every morning, make a list of the top 3 things you want to achieve that day. You may have a bigger “to do list” and that’s good but you need to prioritise them. Select 1 big one and 2 small easy ones. Ideally the 2 smaller ones can be knocked off in one day. With the big one you will need to have several sub goal because it is so big. See my blog to help with this. It is important to set yourself up to have a good day and feel you have achieved something. If you don’t plan to achieve anything you will constantly feel like you never achieve anything. Logical right? So many people just get up and look at all the tasks and try to get as much done as they can. Stop doing this. You need to see progress.

For me the small tasks are things like – get out todays orders or get out 10 orders in 2 hours or spend 2 hours answering emails. If you just sit at your computer an answer all your emails or fill every order you may never get to anything else. You may need to set up an auto email response to say you aim to answer all emails within 2 working days. You may need a similar one for orders that state when an order will be filled. If you can do better than your stated response time you will and this will make the customer happy but they knew not to expect anything else.

2. 50/10 rule

Work on one important task for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. Refocus, start a fresh and get back to your to-do list (see point 1). During this 10 minute break I recommend:

  1. you don’t just have coffee during this break. Do something physical like stretching or go for a quick walk around the house or garden.
  2. you make sure you have plenty of water to sip on during the day and reduce your coffee in take to 2-3 cups a day.Distraction Management
  3. Use a diary

You might use a paper diary or a digital diary but if you don’t use it well you will not feel you are on top of things. I use google calendar on my phone and this syncs with my online calendar in google. When I first started using my digital diary I also used a paper diary as I like to see things on paper. It might take you a while to let go of your paper diary too. Find something that works for you. The thing I found hardest was talking to clients and booking the appointment at the same time. I eventually found a way to fix that. What I did was to have an online booking system with set times I was available. This sent them a reminder too which helped with no shows. There are lots of online booking systems and the free ones don’t have reminders. I found it was worth paying for it.

You can invite clients to an appointment on google calendar and hope it ends up in their calendar. That’s free. This relies on you to take the booking and set it up. If you pay for a system you put in your time slots and clients choose a time. This saves heaps of time if you are looking for time savings.

In summary, don’t let your day rule you. A bit of planning and good work habits will turn busyness into productiveness and ultimately better health and well being.

 

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team

Dealing Stress

Dealing  Stress

Stress can be good and bad. It is how you deal with it. When I worked for the government in a compliance role stress was an everyday occurrence. There wasn’t much help to deal with it and frankly, a lot of the people I worked with on reflection exhibited signs of stress! It took me years to develop my own strategies for dealing with it! Stress can manifest itself into health problems that can become long-term issues. A way of dealing with it that I have found useful are:

  1. Exercise particularly yoga
  2. Meditation A clearing of the headspace
  3. Collaboration and Networking Sharing the pain points and celebrating the wins
  4. Learning about the warning signs and using counter strategies
  5. Seeking mentors (the link to some good mentors here) to check in with and above all listen too
  6. Develop a daily routine that allows the time for counter stress activities

 

Dealing  stress save your heart

My secret is striving for the balance of mind body and soul, be present in the moment and make sure the activities that I choose to undertake can have joy and happiness as an objective.

 

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Andrew

One half of the Anywhere Business Network

The Moment

Moment

Everyone has there the moment. That moment when everything clicks. You feel the warmth of emotion rise thru the body and have a handle on that warmth. You feel good and the energy is powerful. Congratulations you are in touch with your higher power. You are present. You could cherish the moment. Remember what set it off. This is your happy place where it all makes sense. A smile has come across your face. You are at peace. All your kindness compassion and generosity are there! How did you get there again? You were in touch with your higher power. Your love and that is your soul! Your mind body and soul are working in unison for once. No one did this too you, you did it all by yourself!

Moment

Fostering energy from emotions is nothing new, it gives you the energy to carry on thru the day. Setting aside that time for that happy place is important. That here and now moment when the mind is not racing and your body is still. When you feel the stress build and the world is getting out of control, just remember you can get in touch with your soul at any time!

Take a look at your mindset? Are you ready for your moment?

Andrew

Half of Anywhere Business Network Ltd

Love

Love

Quite a few years ago I went thru a rough patch of trying to understand an ex-partner and her drinking and narcotics use. To me, I did not let it rule my life and tried as I could to show another way. In the end, we parted, however, I still carried feelings of resentment and fear. I did not want to turn to anger and the situation annoyed me. I sought help and joined a group of like-minded individuals and rather than bitched and moaned we made our way thru a program that we mutually supported each other. One of the affirmations that were used was let go and let god. God could be interchanged with whatever your higher power was. I loved that saying, however, I never really fully realized that God is love and love is the god. So nowadays Love is the key to me. It is the all-encompassing feeling of warmth the dwells up thru the body from the gut and envelopes that warm perfect feeling. You know the thing, there are many examples. I am mature enough to know this does not come from someone else it has to begin with me. That peace does begin with me! I started to use love to experience it and it opened up serenity like a butterfly opening its wings!

Love

What it boils down to is mastering the mindset and becoming more mindful of the present.

 

Andrew

One Half of Anywhere Business Network

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Peace

Peace

I am in business, I race myself with my mind, working, dreaming and scheming to get my next dollar. Reflection in my daily life needs a point consolidation. My daily routine allows time for firstly being in gratitude for what I have, thankfulness to the support and compassion for the things around me. When it boils down to it these are all qualities of love. That self-love. That Emotion. That feeling that has to be cultivated on the journey to bring it alive. It, not just passion that carries you thru but that encompassing feeling that I am in touch with that love. I use meditative techniques with breathing to get to that point. Other techniques work such as contemplation of the beauty of nature by walking. Whatever technique you use getting back in touch with your love is important to reinforce your higher power on the journey.

Peace

I have noticed my productivity has gone up by incorporation of those activities into my life as a result of that sense of wellbeing being created! We cover other parts of the daily routine on our blogs, You can follow all our blogs here.

 

What are you doing to nurture that self-love?

 

Andrew

Half of the Anywhere Business Network

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is defined as the maintenance of a desired level of quality in a service or product, especially by means of attention to every stage of the process of delivery or production.
The Japanese have a term “Kaizen”, also known as continuous improvement, is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality.
In my own business, I review my work and say to myself how can I make an improvement. I strive to look at the way it is done and the output to the client. I ask for feedback and incorporate it into the service.
Quality Assurance Cycle

I carry this over to my own life. I try and improve what I am doing.

 

While the changes I make might not seem like much, incrementally the add up to large changes. Here is an example!  I plan, then do, check what I have done and then act to make the change. This is continuous! When I check I look at the problems, display where it is happening, be clear about what the problem is and acknowledge the problem.
An element of humility is required to not state I am wrong but to acknowledge that I need to make the change!

Mentoring from peers and those who have been there and done that. That is why I partner myself with others. They have a free 30 day trial at present!

Andrew
Half of Anywhere Business Network

Eprofessional Collaboration

Eprofessional Collaboration

The eprofessional is someone who telecommutes using information and communication technologies. It is also known as a telecommuter! Collaboration with the small business owners is normal. The flexibility to outsource problems and in turn accept work within their practice allows the person maximize their output.In order to work there needs to be inherent flexibility and a willingness to be cooperative.

The tools of collaboration are:

  1. Video conferencing such as zoom
  2. Application sharing such as office 365 suite
  3. Document management and storage such as Dropbox and Adobe services
  4. Blogging and social media pages which ideas can be exchanged
Eprofessional

The Eprofessional

Inherent skills used by the business are mandatory when it comes to the above. The communicative skills required allow the sharing of information.

 

In my own main business, I have a backbone cloud shared accounting with MYOB essentials. This allows me to share reports and data with the client in real time. I am more a collaborator in their business now more than ever. It seems also that cloud-based message systems are being used more and more by clients as real-time is where the clients want results. Being familiar with the systems allows me to operate with ease!

 

How long will it be before your business will require these skills! Click to start learning!

 

Andrew Elphick

One Half of the Anywhere  Business Network

Collaboration Reasons

Collaboration

The internet is full of video of content where people are freely giving you ideas to assist you in your business. Some of the ideas are good, some not so good! In my search for collaborative partners, I looked far and wide! If I was going to take my business to the next level and effectively transport myself into the cyber array, I clearly needed help! I wanted information that was here and now, not something handed down three years ago by some academic when they were learning about business. I had to collaborate with people who were actually doing! I studied not only how they were doing it but also their motivation! The reason for this is that to achieve what I had to do I had to put in some hard work that was going to create some serious stress! I also had to maintain work-life balance! So I started my collaborative journey here! The more I collaborated the more I saw my life needs to change. I started to look at mind body and soul balance and let the stress melt away with meditation and yoga. I started to understand what I was doing and that in itself brought a smile to my face!

I began to understand the differences in peoples offering I learned that hard sell and bullying had no place and did not lead to that joy and happiness on the journey. I learned that content was king! I learned in order to be congruent I needed to walk the walk, not talk the talk!

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I am now in a much better position with my digital skills, however still need constant collaboration!

 

Andrew Elphick

One half of the Anywhere Business Network

 

Charisma

Charisma

You whether have that X-factor or you need to develop it.

I watched a person with that x-factor today and I felt warm inside, the hairs grabbed the back of the net and a smile was brought to my face! What was that x-factor that I saw? As a word picture, I saw love and experienced it. How did this person do it? I think I know their secret! Want to know it? They are in perfect balance of mind body and soul. I would hasten to think that if I studied their aura it would be pure white! They emanate from perfection! They ensure that they have the right mix and are in touch with themselves! The person is always working on their mind body and soul! This was not always the case. They got there by hard work and self-sacrifice and are still doing this. They give themselves to there practice and forgo a lot to give back! These are important lessons in life!

 

The key to there sense of presence was the knowledge that there totally coherent with what they were talking about! They had researched there topic and knew what they were talking about. Given there a sense of being they came across as friendly and forthcoming acknowledging all those present while staying on track with the message.

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So, in summary, the key was knowing the subject knowledge and belief/faith in what they were talking about!

We all have this ability for our business, leaving us all with something to think about!

Watch this person for example!

Andrew

One Half of the Anywhere Business Network

 

 

AMLCT War on Terror

AML/CT Compliance
War on Terror!

AMLCT War on Terror
The US-led war on terror is now in the next stage of impacting on my business!!! First, it was FACTA.
The next sledgehammer to crack a walnut. Reporting suspicious transactions to the NZ Police.
In the ordinary course of affairs, I frequently commence companies for clients to trade their business.
I do not have a trust account so that at least makes my compliance better. I understand I will be the compliance officer and responsible for compliance as well as my systems being subject to audit.
I firstly need to be CDD and EDD aware! Customer Due Diligence and Enhanced customer due diligence
Who is targeted by EDD?
• A trust or another vehicle for holding personal assets
• A non-resident customer from a country that has insufficient AML/CFT systems or measures in place
• A company with nominee shareholders or shares in bearer form,
• A politically exposed person (PEP)
• Customers seeking to conduct a complex, unusually large transaction or unusual pattern of transactions that have no apparent or visible economic or lawful purpose
• Any other customer that you assess (based on your risk assessment and standard CDD) to be of high ML/TF risk,
• Customers seeking to use new and developing technologies or products that might favor anonymity

I am lucky as I do not start trusts and am not a trustee, however as with the past, I need to be acutely aware of the source of funds (as in the past) and customer identity!
I need a list of shady countries as things may not be as they seem.
I always have real shareholders so that’s not too bad.
I will avoid all politicians like the plaque! Anyway who trusts politicians!
I will avoid anyone who is being complexed… been there done that, got rid of 4 clients like that!
Anyone who wants to be anonymous will have to have a bloody good reason! In addition, if I notice things suddenly change in vanilla clients I must be EDD at all time!

I have to do a manual too… hopefully, my peer group will develop one! In addition, I will need an auditor of the manual and me! I guess the costs of starting a new company will have to bear that cost! Pity the next person who wants to own a dairy who would benefit from being a company, instead of $345.00 to start the company being charged $3450.00 to cover the cost of the audit!

What it boils down to is knowing my customers. I don’t think that the authorities are trying to impede business!
So when I on board a client I will need: You may have to provide documents confirming your name, birthdate and address:
• passport; or
• drivers’ license and bank card;

and
• bank statement or power bill
If you represent a company or trust, you may have to provide extra information like:
• evidence of who you’re acting for (that is, the beneficial owners who effectively control or benefit from the trust or company).
Simple as?

Andrew
One Half of the Anywhere Business Network

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