Take time to Tidy

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I am not a neat freak—in fact, I’m pretty messy most of the time…

But I do tidy up when I need to and it ALWAYS makes a difference.

Now, you might think I am just talking about doing the filing (which is a good place to start, btw), BUT there are plenty of other things in your business that could do with a tidy from time to time that you should think about.

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Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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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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Situation or Trigger?

There are 2 types of niche (in the world according to me) and those are a ‘situation’ niche and a ‘trigger’ niche.

Chances are though you only know about one of them – the situation niche. And this can be where it can start to unravel…

Because it might be that a situation niche just isn’t going to work for you and your Thing and before you know it you’ll feel like you niched yourself into a corner. Been there, done that. If you’ve been told to ‘pick’ a niche I’d place a bet you went for a situation niche.

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What are you selling under the counter?

This is one of my favourite expressions when I’m letting someone fabulous know they are keeping their Thing a secret UNTIL clients work with them.

I know it makes sense to save your really good stuff (after all it might sell out!) but how is anyone going to know about it if it’s not on show in the window?

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Rehearsing and the real thing

I’m not a good rehearser. I can ‘run through’ things, but to do an ‘as perfect’ performance without an audience I find really tough. That’s not to say I don’t prepare–and I don’t recommend you don’t either–but be OK that the ‘first time’ might be the first time.

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