Not getting paid? You choose your customers remember…

I was having a conversation with someone recently about starting up in business and as ever the usual reservations and fears came up – what if it doesn’t work, what if we don’t make enough money, where will we find customers etc, but there was one fear that was bigger than all of them – what if we don’t get paid?

Now getting paid is important in business, but what you have to remember is that YOU are in charge.

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Are you preaching to the converted?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have already decided I want to work with someone—or buy something, or visit somewhere—and so I’m already sold. But then I get sold to even more, even when I’m already ‘in’. And sometimes it puts me off and I don’t buy.

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Keep checking the end of your own nose…

Now, I know that you already know that your Thing is on the end of your nose. So yes, it’s as plain as day to everyone else, but often you look straight past it… and yet it’s the very thing that you do brilliantly and don’t always notice. And don’t think that you don’t have to keep checking the end of your nose either…

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It won’t always work

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Making mistakes doesn’t mean you aren’t doing your Thing, or that you don’t have a great business. It just means you tried something and it didn’t work. That is all.

Now it might be that you chose the wrong time, the wrong offer, the wrong price, the wrong message, the wrong media, the wrong delivery method, the wrong title, …who knows? It might just have been the wrong day!

It doesn’t mean what you are doing is wrong. It just means something in the variable of what you did wasn’t right (and when I say right I mean right for your market—your ideal clients).

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Why fr*e is the new expensive

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I realise I’ve just launched this blog post into spam on a tonne of email systems because of the trigger of saying fr*e (apologies for the * but it’s the way round the spam filters…).

So what’s the deal with F-R-E-E and why is it so damn expensive?

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Your Thing must be sold

If you don’t have a clear name for your Thing–an obvious package or product, a clear sight of it on the shelf/in the market, a clear offer–then it’s really hard for people to buy.

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