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Shift your Business from Burnout to Boundless

Differently Aligned Podcast – Episode 9

by Adina Levy

In this episode, I wanted to give you an easy way to listen in on a live webinar that I delivered to over 50 amazing Neurodivergent Business owners. The webinar is called shift your business from burnout to boundless. I shared with everybody key areas where you can get some quick wins in many cases, and really look at how aligned your business is for your brain, your needs, your life. And make some shifts that are going to support you and your business and help your business support you. 

Links & Resources

Neurodivergent Business Collective doors are open right now for new members! Doors close on Tues 11th June. Learn more and join the collective here: https://ndbusiness.co/neurodivergent-business-collective/

 

Want to watch the video of this webinar? It’s available until 11th June 2024: https://courses.ndbusiness.co/burnout-to-boundless-watch-the-webinar

You can grab the free PDF workbook anytime – 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m58U-ogekSkkvVetMa_MpyxIjtH4zrjI/view 

Free things for neurodivergent business owners: ndbusiness.co/freebies

Learn more about future events: 

https://ndbusiness.co 
www.instagram.com/neurodivergent.business 

 

Transcript

 Welcome to the Differently Aligned Podcast for Neurodivergent Business Owners. I’m Adina Levy, an autistic ADHDer and a multiple business owner. From a card-making business at age 8, through to handmade cloud cushions, running a speech therapy team with a traditional office, and now to my lean, profitable, nimble, and fun online businesses, Play. Learn. Chat. and Neurodivergent Business Coaching and Consulting.

I’m all about supporting neurodivergent business owners like you to build a business that is aligned with your brain, your skills, your passions, your wants, your support needs and your life. And it can be profitable, fun and impactful along the way.  

So join me for ideas, support, conversations and guidance to grow your business without burning out. Let’s turn up the fun, the flow, and the alignment.

This podcast is recorded on the Aboriginal lands of the Gadigal and Bidjigal people. I acknowledge the traditional owners elders past and present, and I extend my acknowledgement to any Aboriginal first nations people listening in.

Today I shared space with over 50 amazing Neurodivergent Business owners. Where I delivered a live webinar and actually over 700 people are registered. It is amazing. So I know many more catching up on the recording afterwards. I wanted to give you an easy way to listen in on that webinar content as well. 

And, I’ve just changed it up slightly just to make it fit this audio only format, but basically you’re going to get the same content that I share within the webinar. So the webinar is called shift your business from burnout to boundless. And I shared with everybody key areas where you can get some quick wins in many cases, and really look at how aligned your business is for your brain, your needs, your life. And make some shifts that are going to support you and your business and help your business support you. Stay tuned for some information about the Neurodivergent Business Collective. Which is my community for Neurodivergent Business owners. We are open right now. If you’re listening, when this comes out on the 4th of June 20, 24. We’re open for one week for new registrations. And they’re going to be opening up probably for a week, every few months. And that means I can welcome in the new members and focus on getting everyone settled into our community. 

So, if you’re listening to this episode, after the fact a you’re still going to hopefully get a lot from what I shared in the webinar and B add yourself to the wait list. 

I’ve got the link in the show notes where you can hop on over and see if we’re open. You’ll notice that we’ll be there on the website, and if we’re not open at the time, you can sign up to get updates so that I keep you posted. As soon as we do open up next time, I hope that you’ll stay tuned either way and listening and take something. From today’s episode.

  Hello friends. Welcome. And welcome.  Some of you might be new here. I haven’t met all of you before. I’m sure. are we doing here today? Who are we? We are Neurodivergent Business owners. How I define your divergent, any kind of brain that works somewhat differently, whether you have a diagnosis or not. Whether you fully self identify or not as Neurodivergent you are welcome here. If you are neuro questioning, you think he might tick a little bit differently to other people. 

You are welcome here. I am not drawing any lines in the sand, so yeah. Today, we are talking about how to shift your business from burnout to boundless. I am going to guess that you are here for a reason. This burnout word is unfortunately way too prevalent in our world. And I am desperate to help more people just create a life for yourself. 

That is. I’m not going to heal it in one day. I can’t fix it all in one day. Not immigration, unfortunately. But I can help you move away from that and find validation that the way that your experience, your life, your business is. Valid. It is your experience. You’re there for a reason and you don’t have to struggle through it. 

You can live a life that is more aligned. Your business can fit you and your brain and your life and your needs. It does not happen overnight. There is no magic, but. We can get there. And once you get clarity on some of the steps that you need to take, that’s really the first step, figuring out what you need and then figure out how you get there. 

So we are going to hopefully take some of those steps today. My friends.

Are we covering today? I’m getting oriented to my philosophy about how I think you can reach a business that is much more boundless and fits your life. And doesn’t keep you going down that burnout path. I’m going to say a full SS and I worked so hard to make them all fit the letter S cause that’s patterns are important to me of, yeah. You know, some actionable things, some things you can get started with pretty soon, like perhaps even today, so that you can take away something from this webinar that is practical and gets you started. We’re going to talk about self knowledge, structure, systems, and support. And how to keep the support going. 

And yes, I don’t want to give you any surprises. I will be sharing about my Neurodivergent Business Collective at the end of the webinar. And if that’s not for you and you think great, I’ve got everything I need and you hop offline. I get it. That’s totally cool. I understand. I am not here for a hard sell I’m here to help people. 

So I can’t wait to share with you. And So if we haven’t met yet, I have Adina Levy. I am a speech therapist by trade. I am autistic ADHD. I’m still learning lots about my brain, but I’ve come a long way in the last pretty much three years in understanding my neuro type and being much more compassionate to myself and building a life. Much more aligned with the way that my brain ticks. Since learning about what kind of brain I have. 

It’s been an amazing. Journey. In my speech therapy world, I have my other business play learn chat where I do professional education for professionals who support Neurodivergent children. And I found that I kept getting more and more people coming to me, for support how they could shift their businesses. 

So it was mainly Neurodivergent. Therapist and private practice owners who were trying to figure out how they could head out of burnout. And I kept doing more and more of that. And then I thought maybe I can also add in a second business. Cause ADHD told me that’s fine. It is, it’s really fun. So now I have Neurodivergent Business coaching and consulting. 

And the main thing I do here is I’m running a, the collective, which I mentioned earlier. And I’ll share later. But I also have a podcast. I have Instagram. I send emails. Some of you might’ve got some of these. I am just so passionate about helping other Neurodivergent folk. Support yourselves in a way that fits you. 

I talk about neuro diversity affirming practice when I’m teaching professionals to work with kids. And that means. Working with kids in ways that meets kids, where they are and is aligned with their brain and honoring their strengths, but also providing support where support is needed. And support is valid. And it just makes sense to do the same. 

When we talk about business, you are valid. The way your brain works is valid. That is you. You have strengths. You also probably have some things that are harder for you in seeking support in those areas is totally valid. I did. And I’m here and I’m much happier for it. 

I hope that we can start to bring some self-acceptance understanding and a plan for yourself for what you can do in the future. Even today. Next week in the next few months to start heading towards a more boundless freedom focused business. 

And the reason I love this idea of boundlessness is this little swallow you’ll see is my logo. And the swallow symbolism is really, really important to me. It’s all about. Freedom. And that is a really interesting, tricky concept. It means something very different to everyone. And I think, I mean, Gosh, it’s some really big, challenging stuff happening in the world. 

And freedom is an absolute right. And it is an absolute privilege as well. So it’s, it’s a really interesting one. I hope that we can today zoom into you and your mental health support needs. If you’re facing burnout. You’re not going to be okay to support anyone else in your family, in your community, in your world. And if you look after yourself and a lot of your businesses, I’m going to guess you might be in caring field, you might be caring for other people. 

Whatever you do, however you help people in your business. If you are not looking after yourself. You are going to crash. You are going to not be able to help other people. So let’s take this moment to focus on you and what you need best to be your best self. I hope that this will happen in this webinar. 

 Even taking that reflection might activate some thoughts for you about what’s your first. Most important one or two things that you might need to address. 

You may already have a bit of a sense of my business philosophies. I believe that business can be about flow and fun. See, if you resonate with that, maybe it’s an ideal that you want. Maybe you experienced it sometimes. Maybe you think absolutely no chance. I believe so. Maybe not all the time. There are some boring things we have to do. That’s part of life, but. I think overwhelmingly your business can actually fit your brain in a way that allows you to just flow and have fun and enjoy yourself a lot of the time. Your business can work in an aligned way for your life. 

That’s going to look different for each of us. Your business can support you. It’s not a charity, unless you run a charity, that’s a little bit different. Your business is there to support you in your life and what you need both financially and other things that you might get from your business life. Your business can be profitable. 

You’re allowed to make money. And in fact, you have to, you deserve to, and it’s not a business if you don’t eventually, maybe not the immediate first step, but. Money is part of business. It’s why one of the ways we do business. You know, so you deserve to make enough money. 

Your business can be different and it probably needs to be different. 

You need to do business differently as a Neurodivergent person, too. All the standard advice that is out there for probably mostly for neuro typicals. That said, I do think there are a lot of entrepreneurs who are ADHD is for example, and many other things too. It kind of seems to fit. An ADHD brain in many cases. 

So I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lot more. Unidentified Neurodivergent folk out there. That might be you. Maybe you’re just starting to figure that out who are in business anyway.

 

 

You can feel connected and validated when you build a business with, you know, alongside other people, whether you have a team or whether you have a community of people who are cheering you on and supporting you and connected with you, that is valid too. 

And I can look any way at all.

 

 

I believe that you can, and you deserve to shift your business from burnout to boundless. Nobody has to live in that burnout world. It’s really hard. It’s hard to get out of it. Absolutely. And I’m not going to say that this webinar will do it all. I also strongly recommend do seek professional mental health support for yourself. 

If that is right for you. And in many cases, it may well be. You know, I hope that this can help you shift some of those business things.

We have a workbook, 

just a side note for the audio podcast version. I’ve actually got a link directly to the PDF workbook in the show notes. And that’s available for you anytime. So head over there, if you do like a bit of a visual or a workbook to go along with what I share today. 

Maybe you like to just look along, do it online. 

We’re going to head into our first S now self knowledge.

This section is all about what you need to know about yourself, so that you can work with your strengths and honor your support needs and craft a business that works for your unique brain. If you don’t know yourself, you probably just going to guess what you need. If you start to understand. How you tick, what makes you excited? 

What motivates you? What drives you? What your values are? These things help you. Then take the steps that are most aligned for you. So some of the areas that are really important to know things like knowing your neuro type. So that means no. Are you autistic? Are you an ADHD? Are. Are you dyslexic? Do you have, Tourette’s do whatever kind of brain you have learning about it really important. 

And again, whether or not that’s self-diagnosed or professionally diagnosed. In my mind. They’re all valid. I think personally for me, I did seek a formal diagnosis because one of my personality traits is sort of seeking external validation and self doubt. So that was important to me. I found that important, but it’s not how I applied this to everybody. 

So. Knowing your individual factors. So, you know, what, how do you function best? How do you. What drains you? What makes you exhausted? What motivates you, all of those things, knowing your vision, your values. Knowing your health and your mental health status, understanding what steals your energy spoons energy is a bit of a simplified, a very oversimplified way of talking about spoons.

 So really look into spoon theory. If it’s not familiar to you, I think it can be really valid for all of us. Neurodivergent fake to be aware of.

Very simply talking about the idea of what gives you energy and what takes your energy. It could be a start there. Understanding your blocks and challenges. And understanding your support needs. All of these are really, really important to know. So in the workbook. I’ve got two things that could help you. 

There. They are a small part of my aligned business workbook . So I’ve actually given you a bit of a preview of it. The task audit activity is one that I actually recommend you do over about a week. You might want to print it out, pop it on your desk or. You know, carry it with you. Or even start a note in your phone where you’ve got kind of these subheadings and you just add to it as you go. It’s about figuring out the exact specifics of your role and what you do day to day within a week, week to week. What do you like? 

What don’t you like? And once you start to sift through these things, while you’re doing them, I think that’s the best time to catch them and you go, oh yeah, I really enjoyed that. Or, Ooh, no, that is not for me. I’m pumping those things in here can give you some real insights into your brain. Another little side note here is I use chat GPT quite a lot as a bit of a thinking partner. And what I would probably do if I was doing this now 

I would spend a week colliding when I, what I enjoy and what I don’t enjoy my business activities. I would then put them in to tat GPT and see what GPT could give as a summary or as themes or some ideas of  how I could maximize my joy in my business. That could be something to have fun with. 

Interesting. I just thought of that now. Your blocks and challenges now. I really debated doing like a little checklist here. I don’t want you to feel that you can, you need all those blocks. I don’t want to bring anything up for you, but I feel like if you read a sentence and you think that’s not me, then you’ll just put it aside. 

But if you read something and you think, oh, I relate to that. I think it can really help you dig into understanding. Where is your head at and where are you holding yourself back? So, I’m going to give you a moment now to go through the blocks and challenges, checklist and see if you can pull out, are there any particular blocks or challenges that are. Really prevalent for you right now. 

Like one that is standing out as this one makes us the biggest impact on my life right now. 

 Let’s see some of you we’ve got. Struggling with money. Time taken away from seeing clients. Interesting. 

Yeah. You know, it’s hard to know the balance between sort of running the business and being the worker in the business. If you have a client facing practice, for example, finding the balance is really hard. Challenge is reacting to what’s going on currently and forgetting all the routine stuff. Yeah, I find that very much. Personally things that are not right in front of me, like I’m seeing my post-it notes. Things that are not right in front of me, almost cease to exist. 

So I have many systems for trying to keep things popping up when they’re important, rather than just when I think that they might be important. One of, you says keeping deadlines, schedules, timelines is hard. Keep putting out fires. Yes. Two sides of the same coin. Yeah. I think they’re very related. 

Absolutely. Scared of burning out that you turned down things you would like to do. Yeah. Interesting. So a fear of burning out, so sort of restricting your opportunities even which might be a really protective thing. It might be very helpful thing or might be treading a line of. Yeah, missing out on important growth opportunities. 

Hard to know. I feel like in business, everything is experimentation and there’s not usually one right answer or one right, wrong answer. So it may be that turning down an opportunity might’ve been helpful or unhelpful, but it’s not going to be the, be all and end all in any particular situation. Other obligations in your lifetime have time. 

Yes. Thank you for sharing that relate. Unsure what direction to choose working from home distractions com. Oh, I relate to that. It was just putting on washing well kind of racing to start the webinar. Yeah. A lot of important comments there. I won’t read them all out, but thank you so much for sharing your blocks and challenges. Now I hope that we’re going to pull through some of that and get some ideas about where you can help yourself further. So in our structure section, we’re thinking about business structure. 

So we want to think outside of business as usual business, as usual is kind of like whatever your business already does. Or what is expected in your industry? So for example, speech therapy, what is expected of a speech therapist? When you just kind of close your eyes and imagine. It might be that I’m, I would be a speech therapist seeing clients you know, often children is kind of what comes to mind for clients, for speech therapists, but it could be adults could be anyone. Having an office having a team. 

So I did all that. I absolutely did. I had a team of 10 at the largest as speech therapist and I had admin support. And so on as part of that. I had. The Westbourne out of my life. It was not their fault. It was that I chased a business structure that was not aligned for me. It was by far. The worst thing for me, I was over people. 

I was always looking after everybody else and that was not aligned for my personality and my needs. Also, there was a pandemic in that time, so it made it extra challenging. But what I did that changed probably the biggest single thing, which is a lot of things, but the biggest single thing I did to change it all around. It was to shift my business structure. 

I went back to being a solo practitioner.  I went to fully online. I gave up the office. I gave up the stress of the, kind of the overheads and the physical location. I opened up to being able to talk to people all around the world. In my online nimble kind of dynamic businesses. Now that pivot isn’t going to be right for all of you, one or two of you might be going, Ooh, maybe. But that shifting business structure was the biggest, most important factor in how I got out of burnout. 

Now you’re going to have to forgive me for four seconds. Cause my squishy thing that I was squishing, I squished a little too hard. Now I have grip on my hand. So I’m just going to go wipe that off.

My whole point with business structure is that to think boundlessly, we are getting out of this business as usual mindset. We’re stepping out. We’re all about these ideas. Maybe it’s about increasing flexibility, increasing profitability, increasing alignment with your values, increasing alignment with your life. So whether you’ve got, you know, family that you’re looking after, or you know, maybe commute is too long, all different ways that your work and your business can impact your life. Maybe you can shift something there. Bringing more alignment with your passions. 

All of these things can help you reduce burnout. This is like a menu. We’ll call it a boundless ideas menu. Maybe we’ll update the name. These are just some ideas that you could take your business. And I’ve done all of, some of these at various points. Maybe I do 10 of them. For a few of them at the moment. 

I don’t want you to pick all of them.  Just pick one or two, maybe one will be like, what is one idea that is sparking you? And you can start really soon. To start to shift away from that very business as usual. 

Little podcast side note in the webinar. I showed these up on the screen . So I’m going to read them out to you . I will list out the boundless business structure ideas that I have for you. And yeah, I’d love for you to think about if one or two of these. Are possible or interesting or exciting for you to do in the next little while? Offer premium consulting services. Have staff work in your businesses? Contractors, employees. Run small group sessions. Run a workshop info session or webinar either in person or online.  Became a paid speaker at conferences or events. Resell or promote products or services and get affiliate commission. Create low cost resources to sell. 

For example, worksheets activity, books, workbooks.  Host a podcast and monetize it.  Write and publish a book or ebook. Develop an online course.  License your proprietary methods, frameworks or tools. Or create a membership site with our subscription model.

Often it’s time for money. If you’re in a service-based business, depends on what you’re doing, but what is one next step you could try, that’s lighting you up maybe, or even in the middle of doing one of these, he got started. 

Maybe you could finish one of these. So you’ve got your boundless business structure ideas, page four in your workbook. You might even pick two and maybe one of them is for that sort of next six months. Timeline. But what is even one that you could start this week?  Some of these is still sort of time for money, but at the same time,  it might be about increasing your hourly rate. So you can have more free time because you get your, you know, your main income within less hours of the week, something to consider.

now all of these you need time.  You need to create time for yourself. To make it happen. It’s not going to happen, especially if you’re already in burnout or near burnout in your current level of work. 

So you need to create the space for yourself so that you were actually able to. I do that creative thing, build that new thing, record the thing, build the audience, do the content, whatever that is for you. You know, market the groups, talk to potential group members, all of those things take extra time. So you don’t want to push yourself more towards burnout to make them happen. My very first online course that I did. About three and a half years ago. 

I think I took a whole week of work. No, that’s not how the story went. I had booked to go. To the snow for a week. And then we had a COVID lockdown. So it was three years, I guess, the maths or four years. Oh my gosh. Time. It must be four years ago. So we weren’t even able to go on a holiday and rather than just rebook clients into that week, I decided, no, this is the week I had the idea tumbling around in my head or doing a course for parents  of autistic children. And I decided to maintain that week off business as usual. 

And I spent that entire week writing, filming, creating, editing that course. And it was probably one of the biggest things I did to boost myself towards this kind of newer business model for myself. I’m not saying you all need to take a week off to make your idea happen, but just that idea of creating the space for that. You know, acknowledge it and it’s real. 

You need that time. Creating an online shop tab. Yes. Love it. Creating resources, meditations.

Brilliant. Oh, so many good ideas.

 One of these asks, has anyone tried a virtual assistant? 

Yeah. I do have one. I’ve had some successes and some challenges. And I share a lot about this inside the business collective. There’s actually a webinar coming up in a couple of months where I’ll be sharing more suggestions about how to get started in that. It can be amazingly helpful if you find the right person. 

That’s the short story. Ah, there’s so many good ideas. Oh, one of you says, I love this. You have a VA and you are a VA. That’s so cool. Even VA’s have VA’s. Thank you for that. I hope you’ve had a couple of ideas there. And, you know, even put it in, put it in your calendar, like when are you going to work on that thing? 

When are you going to move it forward? I would love to. See that even if you’re an Instagram, feel free to tag me as you’re kind of developing your ideas or if there’s any, you know, messages like send me a message. I want to hear how you’re moving this stuff forward. I love to hear that. I want to celebrate with you.

Systems. Okay. I love systems. Not everyone does. That’s okay. If you don’t like digital systems and automations and things like that. And you’re about to switch off because you don’t want to talk about it. You probably need this most. Sorry. Because. For me, my online systems that have a long talk to each other are streamlined, are they help me? 

They help my clients. They help my customers. Short story. They allow me to have a much more free boundless business because I can scale and sell things to lots of people without having to manually issue invoices. I can be out and about, and, you know, sales are happening because I’ve got all the things along the way where someone can buy a thing and get the welcome email and all of these things happen. 

Yes. It breaks sometimes. And I apologize if that’s ever happened to you. That’s part of life too. They’re not perfect and they do need some upkeep, but systems can free you up from doing the boring stuff. If you hate issuing invoices, is there a more automated way you can do that? If you hate chasing up payments, is there a more automated way you can do that? And or can you get help? 

So you don’t have to do that.

So. I want you to think about your own answers to this? Where do you have friction in your business? Where are the balls being dropped? And what are the tasks that you avoid doing? I really, really feel that once you’ve identified, what are those frictions bots? You can start to figure out, right? This is going to be a priority to automate that or systematize that, or potentially. We’ll talk about it after this, get help with that thing. And just start one by one to remove those things off your plate, let the robots do as much as they possibly can. 

That is kind of my philosophy.

Some of the things that you could systematize. You might want to just right up the top there. So pick out maybe one, two or three that are going to be most helpful for you. You could systematize client or customer onboarding procedures, onboarding processes for new team members, registration systems for services or programs. 

So I had, I used to run group programs as a speech therapist and getting parents to sign up I started very manually. They’d email me, I’d send them an invoice. I’d send them an email. It was really lots and lots of steps and I’d often forget them and it was complete mess. And then I went to using an online calendar booking system. 

I use acuity calendar Calendly is another one. There’s lots of options. If you’re already using practice management system, it’s probably Yeah. It probably has that ability within it. And so then I shifted to people would do their registration form. Payment, all of that. They would book themselves in and it was amazing and changed my life. 

It made it so glorious that when I was in you. Client registered. I just go. It’s all done. They got their welcome email, everything they needed. It took a lot of time to set that up, but once it’s set up, it’s done and tweaking it as easy. So I really recommend like, kind of like the boundless business ideas. None of this happens like that. 

You have to invest a bit of time to set it up. And sometimes a lot of kind of learning new things. Getting help with those things. If it’s really hard for you. So it takes time. Does it, these things up, but they are so, so worth it. Anyway, I got sidetracked. So it scheduling appointments. Can you get clients to schedule an appointments rather than you doing lots of back and forth? 

That was one of the first things I systematized. Processing payments and invoicing. Management of documents, reports, notes, storage. So like templates, templates, templates, do templates. Follow up strategies for customer and client satisfaction, feedback, you know, getting people to let you know how you’re doing. Automating and systematizing, that can be really, really helpful. Managing wait-lists pre-order lists. Depending on your type of business. Your content creation workflow for social media, client communication, website updates. 

A lot of that might be systematized where you might have, like, these are the steps you take. Rather than automating or fully automating it. But you can get somewhere in the middle often. Aligned networking processes. When I say networking and aligned, what I mean is networking in a way that’s right for you. 

So for me, an underlined networking version would be going to a. Business cocktail evening and schmoozing with lots of other business owners who I’ve never met and don’t have much in common with that seems like my nightmare. Might work for some of you, not for me. My aligned networking is like meeting people online and chatting over Instagram and connecting their, you know, in different spaces. 

But that’s one of my most aligned ways of networking and I love it. It’s joyful. It’s not too stressful on my social system. Mm. And systematizing, some of that might be helpful. So maybe tracking relationships with people. Or setting yourself reminders for following up with people and things like that. And managing banking, payroll, superannuation, retirement contributions, all of those sorts of things. 

You can systematize that you can make your life easier. If you can start to reduce how much you have to think about it, touch it, deal with it.

Even better is automating it. And semi-automate so semi-automate is where you can’t really automate the whole thing, but you might even make an automatic to do that pops up when something happens so that it’s never, it doesn’t slip through the cracks. So calendar bookings and reminders can be automated. 

Financial management can be automated. Even like follow, depending on your management systems are using a zero. For example, for accounting It can chase up in unpaid invoices automatically, that kind of thing. Intake processes and sales processes, calls, emails, forums, waitlist tracking. 

All of this stuff to some degree can be automated or semi-automated creating contracts and service agreements. Getting them signed, following them up. Reminders for when reports are due renewals, expirees, and also sometimes delightful things like sending birthday messages or occasional sort of special occasion things, doing something nice for your clients or your customers. You can automate that kind of delightful stuff too. Task and project management, digital record keeping so much. 

I adore automation. I’ve actually got a whole webinar about systematizing and automating your private practice. So it was directed at therapists, but actually it would apply to anyone who has a service-based business. And that’s inside the Neurodivergent Business Collective. I’m so passionate about this stuff. 

So I’m going to move on before I bore you, if it’s not for you, but I think I’ve given you a couple of ideas about what you might need to systematize automate or semi-automate.

This is my little gift to you. One of them. Which is my tech tools audit. So you don’t necessarily need all of these tech tools in your business, but many of them, you need a version of. 

So I’ve given some ideas of what platforms might be helpful. They’re not specific recommendations. They’re just possible ideas. If you do think that you need to look into having that piece of tech in your system. Again, this is a total passion of mine. I love helping people match to their tech tools. 

But yeah, so hopefully this audit will help you figure out, do you have. The right systems in place. Do you need to inspect anything further?

I think it’s time for us to head into support.

How you are going to have a joyful boundless. Aligned business.

You’re going to get there by supporting yourself and getting the right support that is aligned to you and your needs. So we need to start by evaluating your current support networks, both in and out of your business. And plan for the extra support that you need to be the most burnout free and successful. And a little hint here is you can’t do it alone. And if you are doing it alone, That’s really, really hard. 

It’s even hard. If you are getting some support. Whether you are caring for other humans in your non-business life, whether you’re doing business fully as I, I don’t know if I like this word solopreneur. I don’t like it. It doesn’t sit with me. Solo entrepreneur. Yes, you can do it alone, but it’s not easy. And I don’t think you have to do it alone. I don’t think you should do it alone. There are all kinds of supports, both paid and unpaid. So inside your business, and I will say this is on page six of your workbook. You might make your own little code. You might tick off the kind of supports you already have. Maybe you’ll highlight or write down at the bottom. 

What are the other supports that you might need that will help you shift out of burnout and towards a more boundless, enjoyable existence? Inside your business. It could be, this is not an exhaustive list. There are others, but it could be a lawyer. I T support accountant. Bookkeeper. Content writer, web developer, graphic designer, marketing specialist, social media manager, administrator administrative assistant. 

That could be a virtual assistant there. Customer service support business coach, or consultant, business, community, and peer mentors. And outside of your business, family partner, friends, therapists, support worker, community groups, clean, and God. Etc. Other people who help you in your life, but not directly in your business. Childcare school teachers barista. 

And I’m in your coffee person rather than a barrister lawyer type. Online friends and acquaintances. All valid. So what are the extra supports that you are missing? In your life, don’t worry too much about how you’re going to get them, but what would help you? What would really help you just feel more aligned and supported so you can do more in your business and out of your business. Because really, especially if we ask more business owners, like I think many of us are, your business becomes a big part of your life. 

It’s all very embedded quite often. And when you were more supported outside of your business, you can do more in your business and outside without hitting those burnout levels. One of you is doing everything you need. Lots of support colleagues to speak with. That’s a good one. Clean it and cook. Ah, I would love a cook. That’d be great. 

I’d love a gardener. No. I mean, I’m not being very practical. I won’t get one, but you know, that would be nice.

Reliable. Ooh, reliable is a good word for all of these supports, reliable available housekeeper. Oh, someone to fold the washing. I’m really good at putting the washing on putting it in the dry and then letting it sit for two weeks.

More female artists. Interesting, maybe collaborators or people to work with you. I love that. So feel free to share any more supports that you are seeking that might help you go further. And especially if one of them is really practical and you’re thinking, you know what, I really need this soon. 

I really need this. Now. To help me. Feel that I can then do the things that I want to and need to do.

Really really important to seek that support. It is valid. You are worth it. You deserve it. There’s a story I’ve told before. In some spaces you might. You might’ve heard me tell it. It’s a practical support that I got. When I was pregnant, so I have a, almost nine month old. So when I was pregnant, I had a lot of physical challenges. Through that pregnancy and very early on, I was not able to really bend over and put my shoes on like much earlier than with my previous daughter. And I had this idea. Ah, I could get like a little bench near the front door and I could sit on it and I could tie my shoes up. 

I thought about this support. I thought, you know, it exists. I thought it’s pretty achievable, not so expensive. I can, I can probably find one. But for months, I didn’t get it. I denied myself that support. For no specific reasons. Sometimes it really comes down to internalized ableism. Which means, and a lot of us might resonate when I tell you the word should, if you tell yourself. Should anything like I should be able to work 40 hours a week. 

I should be able to see 25 clients a week and not feel exhausted. That’s not right. That is you putting judgment on yourself, trying to make yourself fit some expectation that truly, maybe nobody actually meets. And by removing those sherds and that pressure off yourself to try and meet an expectation that is actually not sustainable or realistic for you. That’s where you start to feel more supported and reduce that burnout because you stopped striving for that level of. Achieving that you may think you should be doing. Sure it is such a tricky word. 

So. I look out for that word. And so eventually I did go and get the shoe bench. And it’s like nice shoe storage as well. So very helpful. I stopped all the shoe cloud at well, there’s still shoes around the place anyway. I got the bench and then I sat down on the bench and put my shoes on and I still do that today. 

And it was amazing. And I was thinking, what on earth took me so long? It felt ridiculous once I got that support, why did it take me so long to get that support? Please don’t do that. Please. Don’t be like me. Go and get that support. If you know, you need it, find a way to get it as soon as possible you deserve it and you are worth it. 

And it is totally fine and okay. To get help in your life, whether it’s a bench. Or a cleaner or extra day of childcare or, you know, you know, business support as well. Please, please seek that. One of you sends you washing out. Good for you. Inspiring. One of you does meal boxes. 

 It’s very validating. I’m happy to hear that. What have you says, you call it, shoulding all over yourself. I’m at borrow that thing. That’s brilliant. Yeah.

Death to the should. Ah, Thank you. I’m glad this is resonating with you.

Loads of NDA support and you wouldn’t be able to start your business without getting supported first. Thank you so much for sharing that. It’s great case of NDA. So if you’re not in Australia and DAS is our national disability insurance scheme. So people with disability can get support for various things and get funding for that. 

So it’s a nice case where it works. It goes well. And obviously you’ve got the funding to get the support that helped you achieve these important goals. So that’s good.

Let’s go forward. My friends, let’s take this into the future. I’d love to stay here all day chatting, but also I have to go for a walk outside and breathe the air. 

That’s part of what I do is in my boundless business, I run these webinars. It gets very intense. I do all my prep and then I decompress outside. And that is part of what I do. I don’t have a day full of clients or anything like that. I wish that for you too, if that’s right for you.

So, if what I’ve shared with you is helpful and you want to hear from me more. 

And you’re a podcast listener. Not everyone is. I hope you’ll join me on the differently aligned podcast. That QR code to take you to a place where you can just click then into your favorite podcast, listening app and head on in there, or just search differently aligned podcast. And I’m always keen to hear what topics people want to hear from me. 

I’m on Instagram. I’m having fun there. That is me at Neurodivergent Business. I don’t know if any of you have noticed cause you may not. Nobody has I used to have a very perfectionistic, very, I’d say autistic forward way of doing my Instagram, both this business and my other one play learn chat. Alternating. 

There’s like kind of purple-y pale type, like. I was getting very obsessive about it and I’m actually really working on practicing, just shifting it up and doing like random posts. Like these ones. I’m really proud of myself. That is part of my growth. And I hope that that helps somebody else with like permission for you. To just keep experimenting, just keep changing things up. 

I feel like between my autistic side of my ADHD side, I have a bit of a. Sometimes a helpful interplay between both sides. I can kind of pull on one a little bit more than the other in this case. I’m trying to get a little bit more ADHD about how I do my content and just like put out what’s exciting for me. Anyway, let’s move on here. I did say that. The Neurodivergent Business Collective is the thing I was going to tell you about. 

So it is my community for Neurodivergent Business owners. Like you. There is no hard sell. I hope that this has been helpful in and of itself. And I do open it every few months. The collective will be open at this moment. It’s going to be open for the next week, eight days, something like that. I have countdown timers. 

Cause I. Dates and times don’t really work for my brain. So wherever you kind of click in and that code will take you to all the info you need, it will tell you how long it’s open for about a week longer.

I am going to offer. The first month free. So I know for a lot of you, this, this might be the first time that you’ve thought about joining something like getting business support. It is a form of business coaching guidance support. I keep it very affordable. And there’s nothing locked in beyond a month. 

So I don’t want anyone to feel that they’re there against, they will. Absolutely not. I’ve got members who stay when it’s helpful, and if it’s not helpful, then you leave and that’s completely fine. I understand that. I recognize that, you know, we come in and out of our business seasons and financial seasons and things like that. I am dedicated to making it a helpful supportive space for neurodivergent Business. 

Like you. What is in there, we have resources, community and coaching. This is what you get inside the collective, there’s a monthly webinar that goes up each month and it stays there. 

So it’s kind of building a resource library. You get access to that back catalog that resource library. We’ve got a member directory so people can connect with each other and use each other for support. I think I saw a question earlier on. Asking for Neurodivergent I think accountant or something. So yeah, you know, there’s ways to connect with other Neurodivergent Business owners and help each other out. We’ve got a regular guest speaker each month. Yeah, so that’s exciting. 

And I also encourage members of the collective to become guest speakers. If that’s something aligned with you and I pay for these spots. We do body double sessions on zoom. Access to coaching feedback, support in the community, slack chat. So all of that happens in the app slack. Has accountability support the special focus, chat groups on different topics, like having a team. Starting a podcast, different things like that. Priority access for further one-on-one or small group coaching. 

When I do run these things or when I do have spots. So these impact, they pretty much only go to collective members now because I don’t have many spots. And when I do run other events, you get big discounts as well. Those are some of the perks of being a collective member. These are just some of the topics coming up. For the rest of the year for the the webinar that I do. 

  Another podcast, sidebar. I will read out some of the topics that are coming up in the monthly webinars for the rest of the year. 

In June, we’ve got using AI as a thinking partner in business, buddy. Then in July. What you sell and how much you sell it for aligned offers that only your efforts while serving the people you help.  August. I’m talking about mindset. When moving into new directions, understanding your blocks to grow in the right directions for you with the right support.  In September, we’re talking about boundaries, structure, your business to fit your boundaries needs and joys while still serving your clients.  October, we’re heading into team support, VAs employees and contractors. November police your pricing and offers for 2025. And December looking back, looking forward.  caveat, they may change. Just keep an eye out for that because I do. I listened to what people need. You know, it, when it comes up a few weeks or one or two weeks before I put out the topic and I asked the questions on that topic and I incorporate those questions into the webinar.  What is a buddy double session on zoom? 

Great question. So had one this morning, actually. I run them at least once a month, where we hop on zoom for two hours, we chat for about five minutes. Everyone sets an intention. This is what I’m going to be working on. Then we go quiet. Most people go camera off, some keep camera on it’s up to everyone. 

How you do that. And you just focus on your thing. And about 50 minutes later, we come back together. Share how we went, have a little debrief, grab a cup of tea and set a new intention for that next. You know, a little bit less than an hour, and then we kind of celebrate our wins together. And it’s just a really nice kind of low-intensity way of connecting with others, but really getting some accountability and support. Often to work through. Little things like boring adminy tasks or big things like big projects and that kind of thing too. In our community slack, 

So these are some of the focus channels and what you get in there. It’s really, really supportive, really kind place. We’ll keep it that way. 

So we worked really hard to make sure that everybody is there supporting each other. Cheering each other along. Validating the challenges. So many of us have similar familiar challenges

That’s more like the body doubling side of things. So where we actually see each other and chat.

The coaching aspect is, you know, I’m putting out questions to you on specific topics before the webinar comes up, but also in slack, I’m in there sharing support guidance. So on. I love it. When people put up something and say, you know, I need feedback on this. What do you think of this website? And. Others in the community can give perspectives and support. 

I think that’s really, really wonderful. It’s the joy of it. You don’t just get one perspective mine but I’m there to help out as well. It’s really nice to connect with lots of people and get different yeah. Different views. I think a lot of people find your target market, your target audience, maybe in our collective as well, depending on what kind of work you do.

 Is it likely that you could claim this on indice? Organization of admin and paperwork is a goal of mine. Quite possibly. I do know that there are a couple of members who are paying for the Neurodivergent Business, Collective membership with the NDA as funding. So it will always be that you pay up front. 

It will be like a self-managed situation, even if your plan managed, but you could then submit that to your plan manager. Just it’s up to you to ensure that the goals align. And if you’re really not sure, send me an email maybe with the wording of your NBIS goal and I’ll see, I can. I can help you out as well. 

One of you said N E I S name has changed. So that new business support that I said may not exist under the same name. Maybe just Google, like free business support and your state that could help.

One of, you said just freshly new in your business. Don’t even know what to ask or what to ask first is this what coaching can help within the collective classic overthinker?  I feel like doing this at the start of your business journey is great because you get to shape your business from the outset, the way that you want it. 

And I love working with people at all stages. But I’ve got quite a few people in there who are really, really new in their business. Just one this morning, joining the body doubling and she’s working on building her website right now. I’m like listing out the services and creating the services. It’s very exciting to do that. 

Would you, what would you recommend for your division artists starting their own design business? I would hope you would join us in a collective. I think I kind of want a more specific question if possible, but I guess what I would say to start with is. Do that task audit that one that I showed you at the very beginning. 

And I don’t know. Even if you’re not yet doing actions in your business, maybe there’s parts of your daily life that you can get an idea. What kinds of tasks light you up? What kinds of tasks. Do you avoid and basically try to build your business from these ones as much as possible. You’ll never get a hundred percent there. But the more that you can shape your business to be. You know, fit the things that you naturally are inclined to do.

You’re going to have a winner also do not. 

Under-price yourself really, really, really important. It may start a little bit lower. However you structure your businesses. Kind of your offers, what you sell. You may go a little bit lower to start with, but do not under-price yourself and be ready to increase your prices as you recognize demand. 

Is there I think it’s just so common for service providers, artists, creative types. So many people we’re very inclined to underprice ourselves. I don’t recommend doing that. You are worth your time, your money, your effort, your brain, your experience. It’s okay to ask for money. You deserve it. 

Oh, imposter syndrome. Oh yeah. Gosh, that’s a really good question. I mean, it’s not a specific question, but it’s, it’s real. Yeah, I think we all get it. The one thing I could say about imposter syndrome is. Senator side and do the thing anyway. It’s not easy to do that, but it’s kind of like a practice. The more, you just jump out and do the thing, jump out on a webinar, share your stuff on a podcast or in social media or whatever that is wherever you want to share yourself to the world. Just doing it, go and do it anyway. And really focus on the feedback that you get from people. Around, you know, how you help them. So I hope that out to you. 

 Thank you So, so, so much for being here because. Whether you join or not, and I hope you do, but whether you join or not, I am delighted to serve you and help you in this way. Whether you listened to my podcast, watch the free webinar, join me for the free stuff. I still hope that I can make an impact in your life and help you shift your business away from that. Burnout heavy, tough struggle, stress land, and towards freedom, financial freedom. 

Like we’re not totally there. You know, we’re still probably gonna keep working in our businesses, especially if it lights us up. And it’s interesting. But just things that are more interesting for us and that pay us a wage that is fair. So you’re not struggling and so that you can support yourself and the loved ones in your life and, you know, make your impact in the world. If you’re not looking after yourself, if you’re burning out, you’re not supporting the other people in your life, your world, your community.

I hope you’ll consider joining the Neurodivergent Business Collective anytime before the 11th of June, 2024. We will open doors again in the future. 

Head over to the link in the show notes for more info, or you can join the wait list for future rounds. 

But yeah, if you’re listening as this is coming out at the beginning of June 20, 24, come in, check out the Neurodivergent Business Collective. Kate coaching resources, support guidance, and I can’t wait to see you in there. 

  📍 Thank you so much for listening in. I hope that you’ve taken something helpful from today’s episode and please do share it with a fellow neurodivergent business owner friend. You can find me on Instagram @neurodivergent.business and all the links that I’ve talked about are in the show notes. 

Remember, your business can feel aligned and easy and it’s okay to do business differently. I’ll see you on the next episode.