Pay less for personal development at The Lemon Club

A few months ago now I reviewed The Lemon Club. (You can read my review here: Review: The Lemon Club)

The Lemon Club an online personal development programme, that you can study at your own pace. Members get a new modules every month on a different topic, such as sales, presenting, networking and first impressions.  The course is delivered using videos, downloadable documents (PDFs), quizzes, MP3 audios (e.g. guided relaxations) and there is 1-to-1  feedback from an expert in one of the modules too. There’s also a resource library and member discounts on other personal development courses, coaching and assessments.

Sally Hindmarch, co-founder and co-owner has just told me about the latest Lemon development – there are now two membership levels:

  • Lemon Club Lite for £20 per month
  • The Lemon Club Professional for £37 per month

Both levels include the same videos, PDFs, audio files etc, but the professional level now also includes on-going email and telephone support as well as Q & A sessions with the club’s content partners.

So if you’re ready to do some personal development, take a look at The Lemon Club’s website.

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Small business outsourcing: How do you do it?

Today I’m attempting to answer a question from Julia Odgers of KidsTravel2. Julia asks: “It would be useful to know the first best things to look at outsourcing when you are in a growth stage as a young business. I know it will depend on your own skillset but I find it hard to balance growth with the expense of facilitating that growth.”

It’s really important to give some thought to outsourcing if you’re running a small business.

Even more so if you’re running a  business part-time, as many of us are.

It’s tempting to save money and do everything yourself, but this will seriously limit your progress. In fact you might not ever get your business started! There are so many skills you need – copywriting, marketing, PR, bookkeeping, web design, graphic design, customer service to name a few – that it could take you years to learn them all to even a basic level.

Even then, someone who does that type of work all day, every day, could do your piece of work in a fraction of the time it would take you to struggle through it yourself. Once you add in the hours of your own time, outsourcing could be far cheaper, too. Continue reading “Small business outsourcing: How do you do it?”

Gro Clock: Stop your toddler waking up too early


Is your toddler waking up too early? If so, the Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer could give you the precious extra sleep you’re craving!

It can be really tough on you as a parent when your toddler wakes up at 5 o’clock every morning. (Or even earlier!) Early starts make you tired, irritable and it can be hard to concentrate on work during the long day ahead. Even just an extra half-hour of sleep in the morning can make a difference if you’re a shattered parent.

The problem is that toddlers are too young to read clocks, so they can’t tell that it’s too early to get up. Enter the Gro Clock…

The Gro Clock has a glowing screen that displays stars or a sun to show the difference between sleep and wake-up time. The small stars go out one-by-one during the night to show time passing by. The changing images encourage children to stay in bed longer as they learn to stay in bed until they see the sun. If you’re lucky enough for your toddler to still be asleep when the sun appears, they won’t be woken because the clock is silent.

The screen brightness is adjustable, meaning it works like a nightlight during the hours when your child is asleep. The Gro Clock also has an optional digital clock and audible alarm, so you can use it as a normal clock as your child grows up. You can also choose to show the digital clock together with the sun or stars, which can help children to learn how to tell time once they are ready.  So for older children, they can now start to learn digital time, as well as look for the arrival of the sun.

If you’ve ever felt guilty telling your child to go back to bed because it’s too early, the Gro Clock can help you there, too. Asking your child to “watch for the sun” is far more positive and some kids actually get quite excited about it! Before too long, it all becomes part of the child’s routine and s/he should sleep through until the sun arrives.

And if you think it might be a tad unrealistic to expect your early-riser to sleep all the way through until 7am, don’t worry. You can take it steadily and make the sun come up ten minutes later every day.

The Gro-Clock comes with a story book about a very tired pig which helps to reinforce how important a good night’s sleep really is.  It’s mains powered (adapter included) and suitable from age 2 years upwards. Price £24.00 on Amazon.co.uk.

Click here for more about the Gro Clock

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Pay off your debt. Do what you love.

I want to tell you about You vs Debt, an e-course which launched this week.

I already have a promotion on at the moment for my e-course Earn What You Deserve as a Mumpreneur (save over 30% if you buy before 30th Sept), so why I am I telling you about someone else’s course?

Well, you may have already picked up that I really care about helping people become more financially secure. And although I (modestly 🙂 ) think Earn What You Deserve as a Mumpreneur is a great course, it might not be quite right for where you are right now.

Earn What You Deserve as a Mumpreneur is quite specific – if you’re a self-employed mum who is under-earning and you’re prepared to take action to improve your bank balance, Earn What You Deserve will really help you.

You vs Debt is aimed at anyone who wants to take control of their financial life, so it’s broader in scope and a little longer than Earn What You Deserve as a Mumpreneur. It goes beyond the usual personal finance advice and looks at the emotions behind why we spend and earn the way we do. It has a forum too, so there is a ready-made community to keep you motivated.

You vs Debt was created by Adam Baker of Man vs Debt who decided to break free from the usual financial life of a young American (car debt, mortgage, university debt…). He and his wife “sold their crap” – his words! – paid off $18000 of debt and took their one-year-old daughter backpacking to Australia.

True, you might not want to sell everything and buy a ticket to Oz. (Actually you may already BE in Oz!) But we’re all striving for a more flexible way of working and the ultimate in flexible work has to be making a living from your laptop while travelling the world. I reckon there’s a lot us self-employed parents can learn from people like Adam Baker. Solid financial foundations are essential for people who can work from absolutely anywhere and You vs Debt is a way you can start building your own.

The doors for You vs Debt are open for just a few days, so go take a look as soon as you can. Click here for full info…

P.S. If you can’t decide whether to go for Earn What You Deserve as a Mumpreneur or You vs Debt, just buy You vs Debt from my affiliate link then forward your receipt to helen@businessplusbaby.com and I’ll give you a free copy of Earn What You Deserve as a Mumpreneur. That way you get both for the price of You vs Debt.

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Quick blog post ideas: Online business basics

(This is the eighth article in my Online business basics series. You can find links to the other posts in the series on this page: Online business basics)

Blogging is great for online marketing – the steady stream of fresh content keeps both your readers and the search engines happy! The trouble is that sooner or later you’re going to have to ask yourself: “What on earth am I going to write about?” We all have trouble coming up with ideas every now and then. Don’t worry though – If you follow these quick tips, you’ll be on your way to producing great content in no time at all. Continue reading “Quick blog post ideas: Online business basics”