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Selling goods in the EU after Brexit

If you sell goods – perhaps books or CDs, to Europe, you will need to have an EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) that begins with GB. In this video I share how you can get one. And here’s the link to the relevant page:

https://www.gov.uk/prepare-export-from-uk-after-brexit

Exporting goods to EU after 31/10/19 from Alison Moore on Vimeo.

 

Tennis, time and teamwork – therapist challenges

I’m writing this on Monday 15th July. Yesterday was The British F1 Grand Prix, the Cricket World Cup and the Wimbledon Men’s Finals.

My first draw was the motor racing, then the tennis. And others in the house were interested in the Cricket.

The tv went on first to watch the cricket. The same channel then switched to the motor racing, with us switching between the two until the race started. Oh, and crossing to another channel to keep an eye on the tennis.

It was a good race, and I stayed with the programme for the 100 minutes or so of the race.

At its end, we dipped into cricket (England not doing too well) before moving across to tennis. Which went on and on. Amazing performances from Djokovic and Federer. Such technical ability, stamina and magic.

Feeding time for mutts, checked in on cricket  – oh dear – and a quick walk in the cool of the evening.

And back to tennis – penultimate game, commentator notes it’s good to have an easy service game to love, when Federer fights back to several break points. And finally Djokovic wins the game. One game to go in final set before tie-break. And pop across to cricket – England need 3 off final two balls to win . . . .  – stay with cricket to see England draw and the ‘super over’ process will happen. Back to tennis to find Federer held serve and the new, final set, tie break starting. Leaving me breathless.

You may – or may not – know the results. Very well done to all the winners and runners up. Amazing examples of the best in their field. Literally in the case of the cricket 😊

I felt exhausted yesterday evening – I also felt a little giddy and lightheaded from the assault on my senses of all the amazing action.

And whilst waiting to fall asleep last night, I thought that yesterday’s experiences were a heightened example of running a counselling private practice.

The motor race was (about) the length of two therapy sessions, I was dropping in to the other sports – similar to checking emails and messages from clients – and in the background (cricket) are the ongoing activities needed to run my private practice. Keeping up with regulations, keeping on top of my business record keeping.

Walking my dogs was a different type of activity -definitely part of my self-care – as well as theirs.

Yesterday was an exceptional day for sporting achievement – and yet the physiological impact on me was, perhaps, the same as every working day. Well, to an extreme level but you understand my point?

I have been reminded to have time out – to use auto-email responses and detailed voicemail message to ensure clients know when I will respond and to ensure I can have my down-time.

I have been reminded that moving between one set of skills to another requires effort and time. I sometimes discount the impact of moving between client contact, therapeutic sessions and business admin activity. Yesterday’s concentrated events are unusual, and they demonstrated to me how I feel when I put myself under unsustainable demands.

Yesterday was brilliant – I enjoyed the experience, and it was not directly client impacting.

As a reminder to note my fitness to practise and all the other activities I do, it was timely and powerful.

We are all effectively playing in the cricket world cup; racing in formula one and competing in a tennis final every day of our counselling careers.

A final observation – team work.

Every success was the result of teamwork and whilst we may work on our own, we need to have our team around us, whatever that looks like.

Let’s make sure we have the right support teams for us, as did all three of Sunday’s winners – evident in their results.

Who’s in your team, are there any gaps?

And if you have a business admin vacancy  . . . . .  you know where I am 😊

With warm wishes

Alison

 

Vanity Awards

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I’ve just received an email telling me that I am Best Marriage & Relationship Counsellor 2019, funny that as I don’t advertise or tend to work with couples – although I can see that as a good therapist the relationship I have with my clients is key.

This is unsolicited and I have not been nominated by, or voted for by my clients – who I would think would be best placed to give me that accolade . . .

or perhaps my Supervisor – and it’s not them.

Year after year I get these ‘awards’. They are nothing but a money generation scheme used by, in this case, the awards coordinator at gbusinessinsight.com.

I am invited to spend from £295 for a plaque or crystal trophy to £3750 (all plus VAT and P&P) to celebrate my award.

I have been nominated for business awards, which was at no cost to me.

This practise, I found is known as a Vanity Award in America, makes me really cross because if we are new to business we could get drawn in to spending our hard earned marketing budget on a worthless trophy.

Please don’t and rant over

The 3 biggest payment mistakes therapists make and how to avoid them

The common problem therapists talk to me about are their tricky payment challenges.

In my video, the 3 biggest payment mistakes therapists make and how to avoid them I cover the the ones that occur most frequently, suggest options for you to try and share some of my own experiences.

As well as watching the video, you can have a free copy of my checklist, 5 top tips for tricky payment situations to help with your flourishing private practice. To get yours, pop your details below:

And do let me know if it doesn’t happen,

Alison

Calling all therapists – what business admin support do you need?

I have worked with many Therapists over the last few years, and realised that certain common themes re-occur when it comes to running their Private Practice.

Through Abundant Therapy Coaching I’m going to share tips and ideas to help make running a business easier, so that you can focus on what you love – helping clients.

I need your help please – would you take a couple of minutes to complete my survey here

So that I know what challenges you have in your business

Thank you,

Alison