motivation

Why having an accountability partner for your business is so powerful

Why having an accountability partner for your business is so powerful

I have spoken about it a lot on social media. I love having an accountability partner for my business and for my private life, especially when I want to achieve something specific.

 I actually only started hearing this term a few years ago. I guess I knew the word, but not that it was an official term to say and use. So, just in case you haven’t heard of it either, having an accountability partner means you appoint someone who will hold you accountable on certain things, goals you want to achieve or things you want to work on. 

 So that’s what it means, having someone who holds you accountable and - if agreed - you do the same in return. 

10 Screensaver images with inspirational quotes to download

10 Screensaver images with inspirational quotes to download

If you are like me and are looking at your computer screen a lot you will love these screensavers that I’ve created for you!

I always have a quote on all my screensavers and desktop images so I remind myself to reach higher, to do better, to be a better person, to be positive, to be grateful and of so many more things. It is like my mini vision board. I look at these quotes all the time and just like a vision board they keep reminding me of who I want to be and what I want to do.

How to confidently brand yourself

How to confidently brand yourself

The other day I was asked to speak at an event all about confidence and my topic was, how can we confidently brand ourselves. In this blog post I wrote down some parts of my speech – as an inspiration and to learn about confidence and personal branding.

We can all be confident! We have all been born confident! When I look at my youngest daughter I see this confidence in her, she owns the world. And we have all had it. There just came a time, earlier or later when this was taken away from us – more or less. But we all have it in us to learn to be confident again!

Six tips to motivate yourself as a small business owner

Six tips to motivate yourself as a small business owner

As a small business owner and working alone, usually from home, it can be so hard to stay motivated if things don’t work out immediately as planned.

We start a business, we have fantastic ideas and want to get it all done immediately. So we start a blog or a website, we design a logo, we sell our first product or service and think it is all going so well. However a few weeks in the excitement of the new starts to fade away, all our friends have bought our products and now we need new customers and they are not coming. We try a little bit of social media marketing but it is hard, we continue blogging but nobody is reading our posts, we go to a market and not many people are looking at our products. There are so many things that can demotivate us. And there comes a point when we feel totally disappointed and are close to quitting.

I might have exaggerated a little bit but I still think we have experienced it all, this feeling of nothing is working and feeling demotivated.

Can you relate at all?  If you sometimes feel a low and need some motivation to keep going then read on! I have put together a list of my six favorite ways to motivate myself as a small business owner and working from home.

Why I started my own business and the story behind MNFL Design

Why I started my own business and the story behind MNFL Design

I have touched this topic in a previous blog and now I wanted to share a little bit more about why I started MNFL-Design and why I love working from home.

My parents are both self-employed. My dad has his own business and is very innovative and never afraid to test new things and my mom has worked as a freelance journalist for almost as long as I can remember. So I grew up in a house where being your own boss was always a big topic. And somehow there was always this certainty of being my own boss one day.

My dream was actually to become a fashion designer but thinking I cannot draw and going with the safer option I studied business studies at university. I thought it would be a good base for anything and also for my own business at some stage. I was right in that sense but overall I didn't like it and it was not for me. Luckily for my first job I started working for a big German company and after some time I worked as a buyer for sports wear which I absolutely loved. Also I am so happy that I got the opportunity later to take many, many different classes in different countries in fashion, graphic and interior design.

Anyway, life doesn't always take you straight down the road, it takes some turns until you reach your goals.