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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If you don’t ask you’ll never know

Once you’ve got your head around your Thing and what it is–how it works and what it does for other people–the next step is to tell everyone about it.

And once you’ve got your head around telling everyone about your Thing (we call that marketing!) then you need to ask for the sale…

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What’s the one thing?

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As someone who has a thousand ideas a day (you might be the same?) I am never short of options when it comes to ‘how’ to do my Thing. I could write a list of never-ending hows, if I’m honest.

But as I am sure you know, trying to do everything (just like trying to market to everyone) typically gets you nothing or no one. You need to focus to get results.

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Tightly wrapped packages sell well

When you can tightly package what you do and can explain it easily then you’ll sell more of it.

Much as many of us don’t want to think what we ‘do’ can be put into a box, actually if you do that you’ll sell it much more easily.

When you wrap up what you do and present it to people in such a way that they ‘get it’ quickly, easily and can clearly see if it’s what they need, they are much more likely to buy it.

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Sometimes you just need a lot of Post-its

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I love Post-it notes. I’ve recovered from my over-affection (I used to barely be able to see my monitor for the Post-its stuck all around the outside when I worked in an office!), but I still find them super-useful for the right job (just less of them in my sight line).

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Just make it up!

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Now, I am NOT suggesting you lie about what you can do, but I am totally OK with you inventing a new market to own. I am also OK about you making up a new way of doing Things—specifically YOUR Thing.

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