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My Podium Moment

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One of the many perks for working for Citrus Content is that we get to go to various trade shows/exhibits related to the businesses that we write for. This takes me back to May ’15, where we all attended The Business Showcase South West together. The first key note speaker to grace the Colston Hall stage was Levi Roots; musician, TV personality, and multi-millionaire businessman. A great storyteller, he described his journey from his impoverished upbringing on the harsh (but vibrant) streets of Jamaica and Brixton to his music career (befriending such musical legends as Bob Marley along the way!) and then onto his appearance on Dragons Den – where he would become world renowned a second time, all thanks to his ‘Reggae Reggae Sauce’ family recipe. What an inspirational man, and funny too!

But the message that most rang true for me was from the second key note speaker to inspire us; ‘Millionaires’ Mentor’ Bev James. She began telling us about her business journey and then went onto revealing her 5 steps for a successful personal upgrade:

1) Update your skills

2) Get ready for success

3) Trade old habits

* Eradicate negative thinking

* Value your achievements so far

* Open yourself up to your vision of success

* Live the dream in your imagination

* Vow a commitment to change

* Execute your plan – one step at a time

4) Consider Coaching

5) Imagine your podium moments

Before joining the Citrus Team I was desperately looking for a way to create an ‘upgraded version’ of myself. As Bev explained, a voice surfaces within you and says ‘Do you want to upgrade?’ So I visualised new opportunities coming my way, and then just happened to stumble upon the fated Citrus job vacancy. Once I had joined I then shrugged off old habits and negative thinking for facing my fears and positive thinking, which has now ultimately changed my whole outlook on life. But it was only after hearing Bev explain her story I then took her advice and thought about my podium moments. These are the moments you can celebrate reaching your goal, where your skills have become familiar, you’re in your stride and you feel a sense of accomplishment knowing you’ve made it. This is exactly how I feel today, working with Andrea and Vicky at Citrus Content.

At Citrus we are encouraged and pushed to face our fears and do things we wouldn’t normally do or feel comfortable doing. This opens up so many new and intriguing avenues for us all, that we’re constantly pushing our boundaries and we all benefit from this sort of environment. Every day welcomes new clients and new experiences. And on the verge of our company rebranding, it’s really exciting to imagine what the next chapter has in store for us!

Here are just a few favourite quotes that I took away from her #BSSW2015 seminar, which I think we can all use throughout our working week:

* ‘Turn ideas into action and make decisions that count.’

* ‘Do or Don’t Do – There is no try.’

* ‘Keep doing things you’re scared of.’

* ‘Turn someday into today.’

So what steps have you taken to upgrade yourself in the last few months?

The Value of Personal Connections

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A couple of weeks ago I was reminded of the value of personal connections.  I love the social world, the ability to connect and build relationships online has been a powerful resource for my business.  As a writer it is so easy for me to hide away behind my pen and paper and remain in the safety and comfort of the office.  Trusting relationships can be established through many different ways, including online, but I think like many of us, I had lost sight of actually connecting in person.

When organising my trip to New York with other entrepreneurs for an event with our business mentor a small group of us decided to share an airbnb.  Honestly, my first reaction when this was suggested was to say no.  I love my privacy and personal space, but I knew if I want to get the most of this experience I needed to throw myself into it with heart and soul.  Facing my fear, I agreed to share and arrived at the Manhattan apartment to meet 5 strangers from different continents.

Facing our fears is something we have to do a lot in business, it’s what challenges us, makes us stronger and also helps us succeed.  Those 5 strangers, over our brief time together, have now become great friends and advisers.  We connected not only on a personal level but we shared a passion for business that infused our creativity for our own businesses.  Our mentor Todd Herman, likes to describe us as ‘weird’, and it’s a word we embrace. That weekend we were with like minded people who understood our workaholic nature, our desire to be challenged, and our thirst for knowledge.

But returning home it got me thinking, what if I hadn’t faced my fear?  What if I have crept into my safe bubble and got myself a hotel room on my own, would my experience have been the same?

The simple answer is no!

Meeting people in person puts a whole new dimension on a relationship, it makes it stronger and more meaningful.

Get out there

Just as I did, go and face your fear.  Get up from you comfort zone and experience something new and exciting.  You don’t have to take a trip to another country, just push yourself to do something different.  Why not have a tweet-up for your social media following and take your online relationships to the next level.

I often find doing a training programme, whether online or off-line is also a great place to build a relationship with people.  You can learn together, get frustrated together and succeed together.  Don’t fall into the trap doing the same training as your colleagues as it will be easy to just communicate with those that you know.  Remember everyone is a stranger to each other at the beginning, you may start that way, but you won’t be strangers by the time you finish.

There are thousands of networking opportunities across the globe.  I know how frightening it can be to walk into a room where you don’t know anyone.  You worry about babbling or you hide in the corner.  See every networking group as an opportunity, the people you meet may not be a direct client, but you never know who they have in the circle of connections.

Lesson Learned

I’ve learned a valuable lesson, my social connections are amazing but if I take those connections to the next level who knows where it can lead!

 

Why You Should Outsource Your Blog

Why You Should Outsource Your Blog

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You have a blog page on your website, but do you use it? Everyday I come across business websites whose blog page has no recent content, or the content consists of a paragraph – or even worse it is empty.

Are you damaging your brand?

No one said maintaining a blog was easy, especially when you don’t have the skills and resources. But having no blog or a poor one is damaging your brand. It’s like someone giving you a book you really want to read, but all the pages are empty. You are left confused and disappointed; not a good first impression for any business.

Why don’t you blog?

The main reasons why companies say they don’t blog:

  • No time
  • I’m no good at writing
  • Business is boring, we have nothing to write about
  • No marketing budget

Firstly, no matter what industry you are in you have a story to tell. People and businesses are fascinating, that’s why I love what I do; everyday I get to tell stories. But these stories enable my clients to build emotional connections with their customers.

Trust

Having a blog is about building trusting relationships with your readers. They want to get to know you and your business in ways a website can’t convey.

So if you can’t do it yourself, what are the options?

Guest Posts

A guest post is when a person or a business writes content specifically for your blog. It’s a great way of ensuring you have regular content, but who should you ask? When looking for a guest blogger ideally you want:

  • Someone with knowledge of your industry
  • Who can provide relevant content for your clients
  • They are experienced in writing guest posts, and
  • They have a writing style that compliments your business

Ghost Bloggers

We fall into this category, in essence we write in the voice of your business. Why use a service such as ours?

  • Detailed industry knowledge
  • Consistent and relevant content
  • Saves you time to concentrate on your business
  • Experienced at turning your thoughts into words to tell your story
  • Creatively able to gain the trust of your clients through emotional connections
  • Provide client centric content

Not in our words

While you are continuing to think of the reasons why you should not outsource your blog, your competitors are racing ahead. Yes outsourcing is a cost, so is it worth it? I’ll let some of our clients answer that:

“Andrea of Citrus Content has been a great find and a real asset to my business. Andrea’s passion for interior design is in direct alignment with my client base, making her ideally suited to help deliver my message. I found social media marketing to be a terrifying proposition and needed considerable help and advice in order to navigate my way forward. Andrea understands the nuances of the social media landscape and has a natural ability in marketing and promotion. She has helped to raise the profile of my business and exposed my brand to a far wider audience. I’m very grateful for the work she has done for Your Space Living.”

Jo Buckerfield, Your Space Living

“Highly recommended. Andrea and her services have been the best support for my business. I have always struggled to put my thoughts into words, Andrea has been able to capture our style and tone perfectly, I no longer have to worry as I trust her to produce content relevant to my business. In addition, I have found Andrea to be extremely helpful, supportive and friendly, going out of her way to help us.”

Amalia Protheroe, Homelink Lettings

What’s holding you back?

Click here to book your strategy call and let us show you how we can add value to your business today.

 

Trust vs Traffic – What do you believe in?

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Who do you trust?

How do you measure the ROI of social media in your company, by the number of followers and likes? If you do, you are not alone, but at Citrus Content we think differently.

One of the initial questions from a prospective social media client is: ‘How many followers and likes are you going to get me?’  This is not surprising when you see so many social media companies guaranteeing:

20,000 Likes

10,000 followers

Woohoo!!


The conversation
 

Client               “How many followers and likes are you going to get me?” 

My Reply          “I’m not!”

This is not my attempt to lose business, but we firmly believe that traffic is not the way to build a following. I have personal experience on this from growing my own personal following through social media before launching Citrus Content. I noticed that when I provided content that was of quality and interest, my following grew and what’s more this following trusted my content, my opinion and me and what’s more they were loyal.

On launching Citrus Content I knew that I needed to have this consistent approach with my clients. But I’m not alone in this thinking. Social media and marketing expert Mark W. Schaefer states:

“Instead of focusing on traffic, we need to focus on TRUST”

 And this is exactly what we do!

No matter what content we are working on for a client, we focus on building trust and loyalty. Website content, company brochure, blog post or social media management our approach is always the same. Trust is two people having a connection and as we know people do business with people.

Building this trust takes time, but it is also so powerful.

The need to share

If you have a blog, you need to be populating it with powerful content, content that people will want to share.  It is no good writing your blog posts and then doing nothing with them, you need to share them with your social following, your email lists and your team.  It is only by sharing content that you start to establish a quality following built on trust.

83% of brand marketers view social sharing as the number one benefit of digital marketing (eMarketer)

Let me be clear, sharing is not traffic.  “Traffic is intoxicating as it is easy to measure” (Mark W. Scheafer)

And this is the problem; if you concentrate on the traffic you will stop the trust. 

So why is trust so powerful in the social world?  

The New York Times recently did a study and the results speak true for no matter which country you are in.

70% of people are more likely to make a purchase based on a friend’s social media updates

In other words if you saw your friend sharing a post from a particular estate agent, they are 70% more likely to ‘purchase’.  This could be inviting the estate agent for an appraisal, view a property on their books or simply sign up to their newsletter.

Surely you want a following that is actually interested in your business?

 

How do we measure the ROI for our social media clients?

  • Profile views, if someone is checking your profile, they are interested in who you are.
  • Website visits, if you’re sharing content from your website on your social media accounts and the content is of quality, they will visit your site to discover more.
  • Engagement, are your audience/following sharing and liking your posts?

There is a place for monitoring the increase in following but this has to be measured alongside the above. For example, if you have a rapid increase in following together with engagement, you know you are attracting the right audience.

So do not worry if your competitor has 1000 more followers than you, we’re striving for quality rather than quantity and so should you!

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Are you a faceless company?

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Social media is everywhere these days, especially in the news. I mean, have you heard the latest about Wimbledon visitors being banned from bringing in selfie sticks and livestreaming this year’s competition with the Periscope app?

Did you know the Citrus Content website is currently undergoing a complete rebrand, so preparing for my new job title (watch this space!!) I’ve been undertaking research on a variety of websites, what I found was a lack of a ‘face’. What I mean is that there was no sign of the people within the business, but isn’t the property and interior industry about people so why are you being faceless?

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A couple of weeks ago Andrea and I attended Lettings Live 2015. These photos are of us taking part in their Selfie Competition in London, social media even allowed Vicky to take part from back at the Citrus office in Newport!

Isn’t that what social media is meant to be? Being social and putting a name to a face. The name Facebook didn’t come about by accident, it literally is a book of faces! And when people think about your business, you want to appear trustworthy and transparent, but above all personable.

A current example of the power of social media comes from a personal experience, back in February 2015. Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare was featured on the BBC’s Inside Out program; ‘Is there a future for Birnbeck Pier?’ Actor Timothy West spoke about his love for Birnbeck Pier and wanting to see it saved, having been closed to the public for 21 years now.

I went to Westcliff Art College, which overlooked Birnbeck Pier (now luxury apartments) and I have really fond memories of going out on photography assignments and always being drawn back to the mysterious and beautiful derelict Birnbeck. So seeing her in that sad state, I felt I needed to do something about it and help the cause in some way.

So I vowed from that day on that I would tweet one photo a day until Birnbeck was saved!

So 142 tweets later, I truly believe that their Facebook and Twitter accounts have played a significant part in providing constant awareness to this cause. Of course, not forgetting the many Friends of the Old Pier (FOTOP) who have been working tirelessly over the years to resurrect Birnbeck. But back when this campaign first started the likes of facebook, twitter and Instagram didn’t even exist! Furthermore, having Justin Lee Collins’ backing (originally contacted through Twitter) helps provide a well-known face to a virtually-unknown historical building. Therefore, I really think the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust campaign is well on its way to going viral; all thanks to the power of YOU.

So by engaging your customers with frequent, relevant content you can add a whole new dimension to customer service, but you’d be surprised how many estate and lettings agents still aren’t using it to their full advantage.

It’s easy and cost efficient to build your brand through social media, and it shows that you and your business are embracing new ways customer interaction.

So have a look at your website right now and ask yourself; are you a faceless company? If the answer is yes, then please get in touch with the Citrus team today!

Are you embracing the modern way of working?

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I’ve always loved the idea of working from home but whenever I Googled terms like ‘work from home’ or ‘be your own boss’ it would always cough-up the same dodgy looking websites, offering an unobtainable pipe-dream; when in fact all they want to do is rob you blind!!

And then a couple of years ago Yahoo slapped a big ban on their employees working from home, which (for many) was seen as the first ‘nail in the coffin’ for home-workers. CEO, Marissa Mayer, left hundreds of her staff facing a tough choice between relocating from home to Yahoo’s nearest office or quitting, as part of her vision of a ‘new era of collaboration’. However Richard Branson has recently spoken out about Yahoo’s controversial decision, branding it a big mistake. The Virgin Group founder believes that companies who forbid their employees from working from home put pressure on families, whilst limiting opportunities for women.

Branson: “Unless you have a technical job like flying a plane, you can probably do it from home.”

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I know working from home isn’t everyone’s cup-of-tea, especially for those of you who need continual guidance and have a short attention span, but when I saw a (rare) opportunity to work as a remote personal assistant I jumped at the chance. Fortunately (!!) the position had already been filled, and not long after I was offered an even better role working from home with Citrus Content, and since then I haven’t looked back!

Why do I like working from home? … Well:

  1. There’s no commute (I don’t drive!)
  2. Work via my own initiative (This is how I work best!)
  3. No formalities to adhere to (e.g. I can dye my hair whatever colour I like!)

Our approach to content writing is equally as refreshing as Andrea’s approach to business. This is because at Citrus we aren’t confined by stuffy offices or corporate nonsense, as our main focus is finding and creating the voice of your business.

The general consensus of those who don’t work from home seem to think it must take a phenomenal amount of self-discipline, if you don’t have to be there at a set time or have any outside pressure to be continually busy and motivated. But I don’t agree, as I believe if you’re truly passionate, enjoy the work that you do and respect and get on well with your co-workers and boss; the drive to excel and work hard will come naturally.

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There are lots of ways to keep on track from home, and as a company we use Bitrix24; a free social enterprise platform for small businesses. Offering a complete suite of social collaboration, communication and management tools, it allows me to still feel part of the office event though I’m not based there. It helps me to stay on target with deadlines, store helpful dates, keep in contact with the Citrus team via in-built video chat and much, much more.

Citrus Content as a company embraces flexible working, believing that a happy workforce is a productive one. So as a business, what with recent and continual advances in technology, why wouldn’t you embrace the modern way of working?

Ask yourself this: are you limiting your work forces productivity by doing so? …

- Samii.

Estate Agent Leaflet Drops – Sin or Success??

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Yesterday I was privileged to attend a Rightmove seminar in South Wales, where on a couple of occasions when the words ‘leaflet drop’ were mentioned.  This made me twitch a little, why?  Every day we all receive a wonderful selection of ‘junk’ mail through our doors some of which could include one of your leaflets.  Now I am a little sad as I actually go through my junk mail to pick out estate agent leaflets as I want to research what you are doing.  But many of these leaflets are lost inside the numerous take-out menus that seem to decorate my door mat when I arrive home.  Unlike me, many people will be throwing this pile of unwanted mail in their recycling bin so are your leaflets going the same way?

I ask you, are leaflet drops working for you?

When is the last time you actually questioned the number of leads you received from this essentially costly form marketing?

What is the solution?  You need to create awareness of your brand and your agency services.  You want to ensure that you are in the forefront of people’s minds when they are looking to sell, so is there another way to ‘leaflet drop’ that will have a greater success rate?

The typical estate agent leaflets are a maximum of A5 with pure advertising copy.  I have even had post cards, house shaped and even scraps of paper (yes not the best first impression!).  But is it the size or the copy that is not making you stand out in the junk mail crowd?  Dare I say possibly both!  Nowadays no one wants to be sold to, and isn’t that what a leaflet drop traditionally is, selling?

So what would make your potential clients take note of what you deliver and even keep hold of it?  We work with one of our clients on a monthly newsletter that has had a real impact on his business.  This is a 4 page A4 quality ‘leaflet’ that is filled with tips, advice, seasonal information and industry news.  What’s more the newsletter has a focus on their local community, making it something that their past, present, potential clients and the community at large look forward to reading.  This community edge gives the reader the sense that they are not just based in the community but also actually part of it.  This newsletter is an investment in their business but the results speak for themselves.

Every piece of material you create for your business must serve a purpose and not just because its something that is done in the industry.  Look outside estate agency and property for ideas and inspiration as you need to make a lasting first impression.  Well who knew a meerkat could have such a dramatic impact on a price comparison site?

If you would like ideas on how your marketing material could evade the curse of junk mail, contact us today to see how we can help your business.

Andrea

 

Our Top 5 Reasons Why Blogs Convert into Sales

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At Citrus Content we pride ourselves on the blog service we give our clients.  Each blog post is written exclusively for the client and we ensure that their voice shines through.  Working with our clients we cover a multitude of issues, news and inspiration within the property and interior sector.

1. The Facts

We know why blog posts are powerful for your business and therefore we would like to share with you some facts.

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2. More Facts

It’s all in the name: Citrus Content

We are proud that our blog post service has won awards for our clients.  Recently one of our clients disclosed that using Citrus Content has provided increased traffic to their site by 400%.  In addition, our clients are part of the 62% of companies who outsource their marketing – the facts and figures speak for themselves.

  • Blogs can assist you with the effective promotion of a service or product. (Convertwithcontent)
  • Websites with Blogs have 434% more indexed pages (helps search engines & SEO efforts) and 97 % more inbound links. (U.addresstwo)
  • 84% of inbound marketers – compared to only 9% of outbound marketers – cite organic sources (blogging, SEO, social media) as rising in importance. (HubSpot State of Inbound, 2014)
  • Blogs can give you credibility and authority. (Convertwithcontent)
  • 46% of people read blogs more than once a day. (HubSpot Science of Blogging, 2010)
  • SEO is out. Blogging is in. (Convertwithcontent)

3. Show Your Expertise

Blogs are an effective way of showcasing your expertise.  As a leader within your organisation you have a wealth of knowledge that should be shared with your clients.  Clients like to do business with experts, they want to know they are in safe hands.  Telling your story is a way of connecting with them on another level.  We help you put your thoughts into words.

4. To Have a Voice

Every business has a voice, it encompasses your USP’s, your ethos and your personality.  Every piece of content you produce should speak in your voice as clients can connect with a voice rather than a corporate image.  We know how to find your voice and ensure it’s consistent in everything you produce.

5. To Engage with your Clients

Being engaging is about showing a piece of you and your personality.  Engaging content not only creates sharable content that will increase awareness of your company but it will also encourage loyalty.  We make sure you engage.

Why Blogs Convert into Sales

The facts speak for themselves and through your expertise, voice and engagement and instead of chasing sales, sales will come to you.

If you are thinking of outsourcing your blog and are interested in how we can benefit your company then get in touch today.

Investing in Words is Not an Option, it’s a Necessity

Investing in Words is Not an Option,

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Someone once said ‘words are cheap’, but I completely disagree.  Words are powerful they can make someone laugh, cry and stir emotions we never knew existed.

Words captivate

Remember the last time you read a book that completely enthralled you as though taking you to another place.  You were invested in the characters, there was a relationship that evolved as the book developed.

So why is it different when it comes to business?

I recently read a couple of major estate agents ‘new and improved’ brochures.  The design was beautiful, the images were gorgeous, it really was a wonderful first impression.  But when I started to read the content I felt uninspired.  I wanted to feel a connection with the company, I wanted to understand their ethos, their passion and what their services could offer me as a client.  Sadly I walked away disappointed as though I had been given a wonderful gift that was exquisitely wrapped, that just breathed luxury.  You start to open with in-trepidation, wondering what wonders await you, only to be greeted by an empty box.

I have loved following the journey of my friend, Liz Ackerley, as she has started sharing some of her sketches on Facebook.  Now this is something you would never catch me doing, why? because I can’t draw, doodle yes! I do a mean doodle a flower and square box – wow I’m talented!  My point is not everyone can draw and not everyone can write.

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Scibbles by Liz Ackerley

Like drawing, writing is a skill.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been putting together the content for my brochure (which should be available soon).  Even as a content writer I found this a difficult process.  It is hard when you are immersed within something to be able to turn your thoughts into words.  All my clients are experts in their field, they are award winners, are highly respected and extremely sort after, but one thing they have in common is admitting when they need help in an area of their business.  Even though they are the best at what they do, they know that they are unable to express it creatively, passionately and expertly into words.  They know by investing in someone to turn their thoughts into valuable content, they have made a valuable investment in their business.

Every piece of content you deliver, whether its your website, brochure or blog post it is a reflection of your company.  Does your content reflect who you really are? Is it engaging your clients? And more importantly is it engaging potential clients?

My Top 5 Reasons why you should Invest in Content

  • It can have a real impact on your customer loyalty.  Customers are far more likely to remain loyal to a company that they feel they have a relationship with.
  • You become the expert, ahead of your competition.  To be seen as an expert you need valuable content that people want to share.  The more sharing you have, the more you are seen as a person of influence in the field and the more people will want to listen, thus you become the expert.  This sets you ahead of your competition.
  • Customer Engagement.  Content has the potential to engage your customers at every step of process.
  • Your Image.  How do you want your client audience to perceive you?  The words you choose will create an immediate opinion in the minds of your clients.
  • Because it works!  There is a direct correlation from valuable content to increased client engagement and in turn into sales.

Are you making the right first impression with your content?

 

Lessons from my Double Life

Lessons from my Double Life

Twelve months ago I started Citrus Content, I had no idea about what to expect but knew I could make it successful.  At the time I was working full time and like most families in the UK we needed two incomes to pay the mortgage so I began leading a double life.  By day I would go through the motions of the employed, rush home and spend some family time, then off to my office to start work on my business.  No matter what people tell you about leading a double life, the facts are it is exhausting, exciting, stressful and yet so much fun.  As of the 1 August, I ended my double life and now focusing solely on Citrus Content, I just feel like a huge weight has been lifted.  For those of you taking the tentative steps into a double life I hope that these tips will help.

Sacrifices

Your family and friends will suffer no matter how much you try and organise your work round them.  It is impossible to dedicate 100% to your business and still give your family the amount of time they need and deserve.  I virtually became a hermit for 12 months trying to juggle everything.  Set one time in the week that you set aside for family time.  I used to set Sunday day as our family day, I would make sure we did something special on that day even if the day could only be for 3-4 hours.  I found it more difficult as we have had serious illnesses in the family which have also been emotionally stressful to add to the mix.

Sleep

You think you have felt tiredness before? Think again.  Yes you sacrifice that completely, when I did get to bed around 1am, I would restlessly be thinking of all the things that needed doing and how was I going to squeeze them round everything else?  Sleep when you know you really need it.  You will get to a point when you know you need to sleep, I would sometimes have a siesta when I got home from work, just to recharge.  When you finish work, you will sleep better than you have slept in a long time trust me.

You will let people down

Unfortunately this was my biggest bug bear.  With my personal blog Trying to Balance the Madness, I had some many good intentions to showcase people and companies. I was asked to write a number of guest blogs which I wanted to do,  but if my client work took all my ‘free’ time this got pushed back.  I’m ashamed to admit that a lot of work I intended to do for other people is yet to be done.  To those people this affected I am truly sorry!  Learn to say NO! yes OK I was rubbish at this, but since leaving work I am more careful on what I accept unless I can honestly work it into my schedule, the last thing I want to do is let down a paying client.

Growth will be stunted

I am not being harsh it’s just that you will spend all your ‘free’ time working on your client work, it is hard to put in the hours required to strategically grow your business.  You also need to think about whether you can manage any growth.  I reached a point where I knew I couldn’t accept any new clients as I physically didn’t have the hours in the day to achieve anything more.  Know how much growth you can realistically manage, once you have stopped your double life, this question doesn’t go away but the way you are able to manage growth changes.

Should your clients know?

This is only a question you can answer, you know your clients.  I never promoted the fact that I was employed, but some of my clients knew my situation and some didn’t.  I didn’t want any client thinking that their work was being affected as I was working full time.  You will be surprised to know how many business owners are leading a double life – many that you don’t even expect. 

I know that the last 12 months of my double life has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to do but wow was it worth it.  In just 12 months I have managed to build a business I am proud of, that is successful and I can see so much in it’s future.  Thank you to all my amazing clients that have made my first year in business so pleasurable.

If you are thinking of leading a double life, remember like in most things, you only get out of it what you put into it.