Amanda Manson has been the business owner of ‘Orderly Office and Home’ for almost 9 years; she simplifies your life, home or workspace by offering in-person or remote organising & decluttering services. She is proud to be a member of APDO - The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers and has been featured by Ikea, Hammonds - The Fitted Furniture Company, House Beautiful magazine and the Ideal Home Show.
When Amanda joined one of my Accountability Groups in January 2019, she was working 3 days a week in her business and 1 day a week for a client doing their marketing and social media. She had bookings for 3 weeks in advance but wanted more; to do more networking, restart blogging, get started on Instagram and start connecting with Estate Agents. She felt the work with her other client was eating into her working week and not allowing her enough time and space to grow her business.
Within a year of being part of an Accountability Group, Amanda cut ties with her weekly client, has increased her prices, started taking deposits and now has bookings for over 2 months ahead. She has a contract with a specialist relocation company, helping seniors to downsize and decide what is important for them to keep, as well as to pack and unpack their belongings in their new home. She is now on Instagram with 272 followers and has simplified and updated her website. She has been attending more networking events and is particular about which one - sticking to about 3 groups which work for her.
Amanda now spends 4 days a week working for her business something she wants for her work-life balance, happy that she is in control of her business and taking it in exactly the direction she wants.
This is what Amanda says about 'Group Accountability’…
“I joined one of Karen’s Accountability Groups as I felt the need to regain control of my business, having let things slip in favour of another time-demanding client. A commitment of just a couple of hours each month, face-to-face, talking through issues, concerns and the random thoughts swirling around in my head with people I barely knew, allowed me to gain some clarity and ideas to move forward. When you are so ‘involved’ in your own business it is easy to miss opportunities and time can whizz past too quickly. You look up and a year or two has passed…which is exactly what happened to me! Karen has a way of helping you to identify the key issues that need working on and pushing you towards your goals. I’ve made some lovely friendships over the last year which I’m sure will continue, and I’ve taken the opportunity to move to another group to gain ideas, insights and inspiration from a different set of business owners in a bid to grow my business further. Thanks Karen for pushing me and being a useful sounding board.”
Find ‘Orderly Office and Home’ on their Website, Facebook and Instagram.
Yipeee it’s my 5th Business Birthday. I can’t remember the exact day but I know it’s the 1st week in May!
Can’t believe its been 5 years - it’s gone so fast!
How did I get here? After over 25 years working in big finance and pharmaceuticals companies as a project manager, knowledge manager, information manager and lots of different IT roles, I was made redundant. After a few months break and time to think about what next, I decided that this was my time now to do what I wanted. I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I’ve always liked helping people. I realised that I had a lot of years of various skills, knowledge and experience that I wanted to share.
So I launched my business in May 2015 as ‘Project Complete’. I saw a need of using my Project Management skills to help small business owners grow their businesses by setting goals, drawing up plans and getting stuff done. In the last 5 years I’ve become very skilled in supporting small business owners in: marketing, sales, websites, social media, branding and mainly knowing what works and what doesn’t!
With all these skills, last year I felt I’d outgrown the business name ‘Project Compete’ and I rebranded as ‘Karen - Your Business Mentor’.
It’s not been easy, there’s been a lot of ups and downs especially in the first 2 years. I nearly gave up many times and even looked for a job!
When I started out an Accountant said to me…
…it will take 3 years before you feel like you are getting somewhere…..4 years before you are getting somewhere and 5 years before you are there…
I thought really, that’s a long time but you know it’s true. It all takes a long time to get your business to where you want it to be.
But it’s definitely worth it, I could never go back to the corporate world. I love helping small business owners, it’s a pleasure seeing them grow in confidence and move their business forward to where they want it to be.
What you won’t get from me is ‘Go girl - you can do this!’, simplistic one line responses. Which I find quite patronising. Running a business is not a game. I give expert analysis on your business, which is just for you and nobody else and a kick up the bum, if you need it! I am direct and I don’t beat about the bush but I’m also open and honest and always on your side. I get a real kick when my clients succeed.
The future - well who knows - but what I do know is that I want to continue helping and supporting as many small business owners in Cheshire as I can, so they get the business they want and I’ve got some big plans of how this can happen!
Here’s to the next 5 years - cheers!
All blogs are written by Karen @ Project Complete.