Cheese, cheese and more cheese

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Now I love cheese. Nothing gets me more excited than a cheeseboard of stinky, oozy, mouldy cheese and some delicious crackers BUT I am so over the cheese when it comes to marketing.

WARNING: This may turn into a bit of a rant.

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What are you waiting for?

I ask this question a lot.

I ask myself, I ask my clients, and I ask (in my head!) this on behalf of people I see who are stuck, or afraid, or unsure. The reason I ask this question a lot is that sometimes there isn’t actually a ‘good’ reason to wait. There may well be an excuse (or lots of excuses) but very often, when it really comes down to it, there isn’t actually a real reason.

So what are you waiting for?

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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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Not getting paid? You choose your customers remember…

I was having a conversation with someone recently about starting up in business and as ever the usual reservations and fears came up – what if it doesn’t work, what if we don’t make enough money, where will we find customers etc, but there was one fear that was bigger than all of them – what if we don’t get paid?

Now getting paid is important in business, but what you have to remember is that YOU are in charge.

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Using what you’ve got

When looking to create new products and services, do make sure you’re using what you’ve already got first. The same is true for marketing content and pretty much anything–until you’ve exhausted new markets and new audiences, it’s a really good idea to use what you’ve already got.

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You always have the answer (you just need to say it clearly)

There’s detail that you notice that other people don’t. There’s elements that are invisible to others that are in plain sight to you. There are steps, ideas, processes, projects that to everyone else don’t make sense or don’t even occur in their thoughts. All this is your Thing. But even though you may ‘see’ all this, if you can’t talk about it clearly then it’s going to be hard to sell

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