You have all the time you need

Time is usually up there with cash when you ask your average business owner what they’d most like more of. Another hour in the day or another day in the week would be many busy business owners ideal gift. But in reality you have all the time you need.

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What I didn’t learn at business school (but know now!)

While I did learn a LOT of theory and case studies of big business, and if required I can write out a cashflow forecast and balance sheet by hand, what I didn’t learn was any of the actual practical ‘stuff’ that business owners—especially small owner managing solopreneurs like many of us doing our Thing actually need to know.

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Conversations are key

I am a legend at starting up conversations. It’s another part of my Thing. I’d forgotten how good I am at this until I helped a client out recently on their exhibition stand.

My advice is to have conversations even when you don’t know where they’ll end up. Worse case: you’ll have a pleasant chat, best case: you might have a new customer.

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5 things to do today to tell more people about your Thing

Tell more people about your Thing with 5 easy ‘do them today’ actions. Often a small tweak to something you already do can make a difference.

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The Business of Helping

Most businesses are in the business of ‘helping’–helping other businesses, helping people, helping society, helping the world, some kind of ‘helping’ is usually the result of what they do. Whether that’s helping with a product, system or service… it’s usually there to ‘solve a problem’.

So why is this important to understand? In Marketing terms, it’s important that you absolutely know and can demonstrate the ‘problem’ that you solve and how you ‘help’.

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Location location location

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Location is important to me. Where I ‘work’ has a big impact for me on how I ‘do’ my Thing. And I also want to make a mark, an impact for my clients in their calendar – to mark a day of change, and new moves. A great location adds to this hugely for me.

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