Your Thing must be sold

If you don’t have a clear name for your Thing–an obvious package or product, a clear sight of it on the shelf/in the market, a clear offer–then it’s really hard for people to buy.

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What to do when you don’t want to do your Thing any more

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So there’s doing your Thing in the BIG sense and there’s doing your Thing in the “How you do it right now” sense. When you realise these are different, you’ll see that there’s no problem if you don’t want to do your Thing any more, as you’ll most probably be meaning this in the “I don’t want to do the work I am doing right now any more” sense.

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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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Twitter for Business: 9 Community Management Tips

Wendy Kier, The Queen of Twitter, blogs about the need to have a Twitter business strategy that sits in line with your overall marketing goals and objectives, and how random Tweeting does very little in way of attracting new business.

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Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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Slower is better than stopping

Today I went for my first ‘proper’ run in a long time (that’s running for the sake of running, not because I’m cutting it fine to catch my train). I’m married to a ‘proper runner’ who ‘pops out for a 10k’ 2 or 3 times a week, so it’s a little intimidating when I know my ‘run’ could be outpaced by a walk at times. But when you decide on something you want to do, it’s a good idea to just do it–any way you can.

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