Go ‘Old School’

Now look, I know it’s not the ‘cool’ thing to do marketing-wise… that would be funnels and split-testing landing pages and the live videos on Facebook… BUT a good old-fashioned phone call can go a long way.

As can ‘real life’ networking.

Or what about a letter in the post?

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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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On your own? Don’t let that stop you!

Do you sell you? Of course you do, you’re a business celebrity!

But are you only selling you – your time – and nothing more? That’s not good – as you’re putting a limit on what you can do and who you can reach, not to mention a limit on your income.

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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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Is your light on?

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You and your Thing take people on a journey and deliver them to their destination (the result you give)—and, just like a taxi, you might be missing opportunities to help people if you only have your light on in the obvious places.

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Everything you’ve done up to now…

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If there’s one thing that everyone says about their Thing is that they WISH they’d known what it was BEFORE. And I can see the logic–as surely if you’d known what your Thing was before, you wouldn’t have done all the other things you had (well, all the ones you didn’t like at least!). And it doesn’t matter what age you are when you work out your Thing (I’ve worked with people in their 20s through to their 60s), the frustration is always the same–if only I’d known this before…

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