The long way round

Sometimes we know we’re ‘almost there’, but instead of taking the step to the left, we take about 47 right turns to end up there instead. And that’s OK.

Sometimes you’ll meet people who found their Thing, worked out their business model and got their positioning or niche right in one go. And then there will be other people (I was one of them) who took quite a few steps to get there. And shorter isn’t always better if you paid attention along the way.

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Being in Business—does yours add up?

Being in Business means you are transacting—buying and selling—so please don’t be surprised about this :) There WILL be numbers involved.

If you want to make money doing your Thing then you need to run it as a business. And that means selling—with invoices and cash flow and everything!

When did you last check the pulse of your business?

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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Are you on Holiday?

Are you in that relaxed place just seeing what comes along, not doing anything too energetic i.e. are you in ‘holiday mode’ with your business?

There is nothing wrong with taking it easy (I am not saying don’t relax!) but what I suggest is that like any good holiday you put some planning time in beforehand to pick the best time, place, location to get the MOST from it… I know I relax more when I’m where I want to be!

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It doesn’t have to be shiny and new

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Having a signature dish or programme gets you noticed and remembered. If you are changing your recipe all the time then how do we know what your brilliant Thing is? Being in your spotlight means being consistent and having a clear signature that we can see. If you are chopping and changing all the time it’s confusing for us and it’s diluting your brilliance.

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What about ME?

That’s who I am interested in–ME! What do I get from working with you? What results will happen FOR ME? Where is my business going to grow? How am I going to make more money/feel better/lose weight/get calm/look stylish, etc., etc.

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