Growing in business

We’re all growing all the time – in our business, in our reach, in our skills, in ourselves. But how much of this are you consciously making happen. Where’s the stretch?

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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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Ready, Steady, Cook (your products & services)

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Here’s how you use your signature system to work out your products, services and programs.

You don’t use the entire cupboard of ingredients—you play like “Ready Steady Cook” and use the 5 (or 3 or 7) key favourite ingredients your clients need that you have in your signature system.

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When simple is simply perfect

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I’m not even going to pretend for one moment that I have this totally sussed. I am definitely a simple work in progress. BUT what I do know is that every time I make something simpler in my business it works better.

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How many times does it take?

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Marketing (folk?)law says you need to ‘touch’ a prospect 7 times before they will respond. By ‘touch’ here be clear that I mean a message touch-point—so an email, Facebook post, a video, a talk, a letter, etc. There are exceptions to every rule as sometimes you can get a response the very first time someone sees you—I know I’ve had this happen when I’ve spoken at an event or met someone at networking. It’s more likely the ‘one touch’ conversions happens in person but it’s not always the case.

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Being desperate is never a good look

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I know that life is not all hearts and flowers and giant pots of cash (at least not all the time) :) BUT when you don’t have those things in abundance, don’t think that they don’t exist or that there’s a limited amount of happiness and success and you need to hunt down your share of it.

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