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Own It! is a weekly podcast for aspiring entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small business owners everywhere. With years of business experience, great friends and ex-business partners Nicola Cairncross and Judith Morgan share – in their trademark straight talking, humorous way - what they’ve been up to that week; what’s inspired, impressed and infuriated them, business book recommendations, the marketing and money tips, tools and techniques they use themselves. They mix up deeply practical busi ...
 
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Nicola explains that she and Judith have decided to make today’s show their last. Together they review what they’ve learned in their businesses and their lives... In The Show Nicola and Judith have decided that today’s show will be their last. What are they moving on to? Nicola’s sister Sarah was 50 this week and they had a lovely family celebratio…
 
Nicola tackles Brenda’s challenge about engaging teenagers and young people to develop and business and digital skills... In The Show Nicola and Judith have received a rave review from a listener in the Caribbean and Brenda supplies today’s Focus too, about entrepreneurial skills for young people. Phoebe is tackling the last design project chez Cai…
 
Sarah Johnston says: ““Being brave. Getting in your own way by being scared to be out there! Twitter / other platforms can be hostile, lots of people following to unfollow - tactics and approaches that make me want to go more into myself..." In The Show Nicola and Judith discuss a question from a listener about being brave, especially on social med…
 
Sea Painter Jo Payne invites Judith and Nicola to talk about the importance of self-care. Jo describes herself as “now religiously fitting in yoga, Pilates, meditation, breathing exercises, walking outside, lying on prickly mats listening to gongs into my daily life, it’s a wonder I have time to actually paint..." In The Show Judith and Nicola answ…
 
Confident and successful Aussie listener and former listener guest, Kerryn, asked J&N to address this age-old challenge, and it brought up selling your stuff for the right price, giving away only what you want to and more. In The Show Judith and Nicola answer a question from a listener who considers she still struggles with knowing her worth. Nicol…
 
Artist Helen Elliott says “There’s something about being self-employed and always being very, very tempted to say yes to everything, mainly because of the excitement of new projects, but also because of the need to constantly build and have income. In The Show Judith and Nicola answer a question from a listener who wants to say yes to everything an…
 
Globetrotting Google and FB Ads Expert, Hannah G. Wiley, is on the cusp of growing her business and wonders if her overwhelm experienced by doing it all herself would be best alleviated by outsourcing, by hiring a VA, or taking on a business partner. In The Show Judith and Nicola answer a question from a listener who feels overwhelmed and wonders i…
 
Artist listener Gwynne provided J&N with this fabulous question which they both attempt to answer and bring some inspiration and comfort in response. In The Show Judith and Nicola answer a question from a listener who feels she may have lost momentum in her young art business during lockdown. Nicola’s interested in Kanye West’s bid to become POTUS …
 
Judith shared a meme by her fave guru Wayne Dyer RIP, and Nicola thought it would make a good focus for the podcast. They whiz through the list of 12... In The Show Judith and Nicola discuss Wayne Dyer’s 12 Steps to Simplicity and each pick their favourite three. Nicola’s week has involved sadness about the loss of 360 elephants in Botswana, and Ju…
 
Judith shares a long list of all the emotions which thirty confident businesswomen contribute to her Facebook post on the topic of the lockdown exhaustion... In The Show Nicola’s been out and about this week having supper with old friend Kim and coffee with sister Heather in the graveyard! And Judith’s moved back to her old neighbourhood in S.W. Lo…
 
Irene is a member of Judith’s I Love My Life group and every day she shares her gratitudes and a meme from Abraham Hicks... In The Show Nicola’s been enjoying her new bedroom, Cardinal, home-made scones and banana bread too. Judith’s been out to dinner, moved house and nearly got a haircut. #Vibration #BigPhilHarrison #5DayChallenge #ViralVideo #Ca…
 
In the wake of the virus and also recent global civil unrest and Black Lives Matter, Judith asks Nicola some hard questions about how business leaders... In The Show Nicola’s been improving her home environment, she’s been out for tea and banana cake and stayed at home for poker and pizza. Judith updates Nicola with her moving plans and her abundan…
 
Nicola has been inspired to create a manifesto for her business and she runs Judith through a list of the twelve points under the headings Money, Mindset... In The Show Nicola’s been enjoying some paid consults with warm prospects including a mother and son, separately not together. Judith’s observes the dramatic change in lockdown weather, a small…
 
Nicola has been listening to former mentor Rich Schefren again, and Tracy Goss, and thinking about leadership, creativity, her USP and a cause... In The Show Nicola has been in a funk, realising she’s not ready to retire or limit herself only to introvert activities. Judith’s enjoyed a lovely peaceful bank holiday week although her infestation diff…
 
Nicola explains what Origin Stories are and how and why to create one for the About page on your website and other marketing uses... In The Show Nicola has received her grant from the government, been inspired by TUT.com and censored by Facebook (again!). Judith’s talked hair appointments with all of her friends, retrieved her summer clothes from s…
 
Inspired by an employee who is working from home during lockdown who doesn’t think she has what it takes to be self-employed... In The Show Nicola speaks of bitcoin, poker, scones with sister Heather, sourcing faster broadband to share with daughter Phoebe, and a close relative taking a Covid-19 test and finding it negative. Judith has lots on in h…
 
Feeling wistful at Phoebe’s 25th, Nicola suggests to Judith that the two of them might come up with and share some thoughts and tips about things... In The Show Nicola’s week has been about daughter Phoebe’s 25th birthday, a new bed, an electric screwdriver and a pasta-making machine. Judith’s enjoyed a wonderful sunny week in which she busted dome…
 
Since all the sources of information are confusing and conflicting and nobody agrees on anything and everyone has an opinion, who can we trust... In The Show Nicola is organising virtual poker nights on Wednesdays with friend Pete, and this week sees daughter Phoebe’s 25th birthday. Judith’s lost her two neighbours and is now back in lockdown on he…
 
Nicola and Judith debate whether the hatred of the rich Nicola is seeing expressed on Twitter is justified. Conversation turns to Victoria Beckham... In The Show Nicola is using her podcasts and webinars to give a shape to her week, and she has a new addiction to primitive tech videos on YouTube. Judith’s had her first outing in the car in seven we…
 
Nicola and Judith talks about Reinventing Yourself. Does this break from normality provide a unique opportunity to reinvent yourself? In The Show Nicola has been moved by stories from Gary Vee and Capt Tom, and Judith had four tunes played for her on Radio CamFM after sharing on Facebook the story of her school trip to Italy at Easter 1971. #GaryVe…
 
Nicola and Judith talks about Life After Lockdown. Could we have prepared for this situation better? How can we be better prepared for something similar... In The Show Nicola helps Thomas Power with a webinar on using Zoom for business, and she and her children are enjoying sun-downers on the roof of their building while listening to music. Judith …
 
Nicola and Judith talks about Business Ethics During the Pandemic. Marketing in a pandemic - yeah or nay? Not charging during a pandemic - daft or good PR? In The Show Judith has lost a close friend to cancer, and Nicola’s little family threesome is managing well, making bread (!), and settling into a new working routine, while she helps friends an…
 
How are Nicola and Judith coping with the extraordinary challenges presented by the virus and what tips do they have that the listener might find useful? In The Show Judith describes her introvert approach to staying safe, and Nicola shares a soup recipe she’s perfected during her first two weeks of self-isolation. #Self-Isolation #Lockdown #Virus …
 
Nicola and Judith explore the idea of bucket lists, what they’ve done, what they’d like to do and what they wouldn’t dream of going anywhere near... In The Show Nicola has been reaching out to people online and off to reassure and connect, and Judith has been digital prepping by buying a map and thinking about buying some stamps. #Zoom #Lockdown #P…
 
Nicola teaches us about our chimp (middle) brain which explains ambivalence, something she learned from attending a local wellbeing course on Intuitive Thinking Skills ... In The Show Nicola reminds us that it is four years since Steve died, and talks about the stages of grief. Judith is fascinated by the financial and political goings-on under cov…
 
Elephant shared a wonderful meme on Facebook which Judith shared onward. It was only when one of her clients took issue with one of the ten that she realised that none of them are painful and not all of them are true. In The Show Nicola wins at poker and Judith tells a story about being more demanding. #poker #Elephant #TenPainfulTruths #BeEverywhe…
 
Excluding your work, and your role as spouse/partner/parent, what’s your greatest achievement to date in your life and how did you successfully make that happen? In The Show Nicola has a coronavirus survival plan and is laying in emergency supplies in case she and her family are quarantined. She’s been out playing poker with Pete. Judith’s excited …
 
Why do people feel it’s OK to behave so badly towards others online, and what to do about it if and when it happens to you. In The Show Nicola has enjoyed an active social life this week at the encouragement of her daughter, Phoebe. And Judith surprised herself by watching and enjoying The Brits 2020, celebrating their 40th year. What's Fuelled The…
 
We know all too well what money can’t buy, happiness, love etc., but what CAN it buy if we stretch our expectations and strip away limitations and prejudices? In The Show Nicola is concerned about the coronavirus and about which versions of the truth you can believe in the press and social media, Judith joins in too and conspiracy theories are moot…
 
Nicola and Judith discuss the Karpman Drama Triangle, what is it, which role do you take up and how can you step outside of the drama in your business and your life? In The Show Nicola updates us on what she’s learned this week about willpower, and also about adapting Michael Marshall Smith’s short stories into screenplays. Judith’s moved house aga…
 
How do you use the various social media scheduling tools like Buffer and PostPlanner? Would you consider having someone do your social media for you? In The Show Judith has enjoyed one of her favourite Januarys ever, and reports a couple of other little wins too. Nicola has shifted her energy and talks about a new video ad strategy on Facebook and …
 
How do you stay passionate in your business and what do you do when you temporarily lose the love? In The Show Nicola’s VA is safe, having been evacuated by a volcano erupting! On a happier and safer note, Nicola and Sarah surprising sister Heather in Cambridge at her jazz gig on her own birthday was a big success. Judith reports in on various brea…
 
How many things and at what cost do you insure – your car, your health, your pets, your home, your possessions? Is there another better way? In The Show Nicola’s moved all the family’s scraps of pensions to SIPPs with Hargreaves Lansdowne, she tells about a young friend who is joining the crew on Virgin’s first ever cruise, and she and sister Sarah…
 
Judith and Nicola discuss what bad habits they might consider giving up, what new ones they would create and what good and supportive ones they already have. In The Show Nicola reveals that Own It’s #1 fan Robin is a woman not a man, there’s a discussion about going to Worthing on a bus, and she’s happy she got her screenplay in well ahead of deadl…
 
Sally talks about her love for astrology, explains “as above so below” and gives us some clues about 2020 and The Age of Aquarius and what it means for us. In The Show Judith and Nicola catch up on what happened on their respective holidays, no hangovers for Nicola, “just working and being productive”, and lots of fun with friends and a luxury hous…
 
Judith and Nicola talks about 2020 Hopes & Dreams. One of Nicola’s dream is to be happy every day while Judith wants to have debt freedom. In The Show Judith and Nicola discuss their respective Christmas plans, Judith laughs at what Lumosity has to say about her Writer Profile and Nicola tells a tale of time-wasting email politics at her latest new…
 
Nicola’s appreciations include her successful trip to Australia, StoupaLife.com, coming home to be with her children and getting over herself when it comes to clients. In The Show Nicola is experimenting with One Day One Client as a way of ordering her working week, and she’s enjoyed Sunday lunch at the Crown & Anchor in Shoreham (with Yorkshire pu…
 
One of Judith’s favourite astrologers, Lorna Bevan, says that 1999-2019 were the decades of seeking and that 2020-2030 will be the decade of creating. To what extent have Nicola and Judith found this to be true? In The Show Judith has moved house twice this week and learned something from both landlords. Her current home is in a lovely village full…
 
What is resilience and how useful is it in your business and your life? Do Judith and Nicola think they are resilient? How can you become more resilient and do you think it would be useful? In The Show Nicola’s week involves mince pies, curries, Chelsea boots and a visit from a client, as well as Nelson (her son) booking a venue in Brighton for a b…
 
Judith’s novelist client has taught her about the publishing industry concept of revenue, readers and respect; do you need to choose? In The Show Nicola’s family have enjoyed a surprise fish & chip birthday party, and Judith’s had a busy week including a good experience with SSEN (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks) during two power cuts. W…
 
What would Nicola advise is the best way to create an online business now and in 2020? She noticed herself giving advice to a new client which was completely different to what she would have suggested only a year ago but which reverts satisfyingly to first principles. In The Show Judith describes her latest feline companion and three week houses it…
 
Nicola loves the talent shows on TV and cries all the way through them. She wonders about talented people and discusses with Judith whether there is any requirement to take your talent to the max, and whether or not you spoil your passion for your gift if you commercially exploit it or make a business out of it. In The Show Judith is moving house t…
 
Aussie listener guest Bernadette talks to Own It about how to improve Airbnb results and create an income from various related ideas. Nicola is especially impressed by the fact that you don’t need to own the property to do it, you can help others who don’t like hosting or who are bored by the whole process. In The Show Nicola has a day off in a sto…
 
Judith and Nicola brainstorm their answers with some discomfort – and their answers include philanthropy for self-employed single women including the entrepreneurs bank and a big hilltop house in Stoupa. In The Show It was a week of frustrating niggles for Nicola, and also a scary drive to Brighton and back at night. She’s been out hardly at all an…
 
Inspired by an Abraham video called Complete Trust in Life, Judith and Nicola discuss what makes them happy. In The Show It was a week of new things for Nicola’s family, a new car for her son and new homes for her nephew and both of her sisters (one only in prospect, as yet). Judith’s been on two road trips, one to Oxford in vile weather and one to…
 
After last week’s show, Judith invites Nicola to tell the listener how to get a business off the ground fast, how to get your minimum viable product to market and be motivated by that fast-start momentum. In The Show It was Nicola’s son Nelson’s 22nd birthday this week, and she describes life flat-sharing with her two children in their twenties. Ju…
 
Women’s Leadership coach Sue talks to Own It! about women’s leadership, equal rights, women’s issues etc., and how she handles it when someone always asks “what about men?” This question can put down women and silence their voices. It is hostile and stifles debate. In The Show It was Nicola’s birthday this week and she describes her stash of gifts …
 
Triggered by Ocado sending Judith a money-saving voucher worth £1.16, and furthered by contributions from listeners in the Own It! Facebook Group, today’s focus is on thrift. In The Show Nicola is back in touch with local business colleagues in the Brighton area and been out with them for two lunches, both of which may result in profitable new busi…
 
Kerryn lives in Australia with her partner but also with donkeys and cows! Aged 50, she got fed up with people pooh poohing her ideas and resolved never to be put off again. She created Magnificent Kids and told the stories of 23 superhero kids which led to One Planet Classrooms. In The Show Nicola is beginning to hit her stride socially back in Sh…
 
Nicola talks about the opportunities and potential challenges offered by her return to the UK. What new networks will she create? In The Show Nicola has returned from Greece, and describes it as “seamless” but exhausting on the body. She’s upbeat with much to look forward to, not least being back with her family. Judith is enjoying an atypically so…
 
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