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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Do it again!

Now I am the world’s worst (or best?) at coming up with new ideas.

I am always excited about the next thing. What I can do that’s new. And I always want to move forward. Keep it going. Bigger, better, bolder, brighter. But actually this can be exactly what not to do in business.

If you have something that works – keep doing it!

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The Story of 3 Sunbeds

What the price of sunbeds on one beach can teach you about price, positioning, and premiums.

Never make assumptions about what people will and won’t pay for your Thing (or sunbed), as you just might find people at all different places along the beach with different budgets…

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A niche is not enough

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If you really want to get noticed in your market then a niche is not enough.

Absolutely you have to have a niche, no arguments from me about that, BUT you have to let people know you’re there, in that niche, doing your Thing, and you’re the perfect person to help.

So what do you do?

You get a Fame Name, you use your PSP (Personality Selling Point) and you become a Business Celebrity.

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You’re better than you think you are

I’m good at this. Maybe you’re good at this too? Thinking you’re ‘not that good’ at things and underestimating your talent and value. But the chances are you are good, or at the very least ‘good enough’.

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When clarity is everything

I get like this–when I can’t ‘see’ clearly, I stall. Sometimes it’s what to do next, sometimes it’s a name of programme, or a venue, or a price, or a marketing message. It could be big barrier or it could be a small stumbling block, but if I can’t see clearly ‘what’ or ‘how’, I can get stuck.

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