Money Matters

We’re often discouraged from talking about money as it’s not good manners, and I’m still quite the fan of not ‘banging on about’ at every opportunity. For example, I’ve never been one to market what I do in terms ‘work with me and you’ll make lots of money’. But you want to make sure that, after all your costs and expenses, there is at least enough left over to pay you–the business owner–a salary or wage AND ideally that there is extra for putting back into the business or taking as a bonus.

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Forewarned is Forearmed

Not everything is plain sailing, so make sure you talk about the choppy waters too.

It may be that you offer a product or service where, from the get go, it’s brilliant, the result happens instantly and everyone is happy. In which case, you can stop reading now.

Or it may be (more likely) that there’s some ‘getting used to’ or a ‘learning curve’ before the good stuff happens when people buy your Thing.

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Marketing is for life… not just for Christmas

You might be forgiven for thinking that some people only market their Thing on special occasions like Christmas as that’s when you hear from them for the first time in ages. They may pop up with alarming regularity at seasonal events and then fade away in between. But consistency is the key—show up every week, regardless of the season.

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The joy of spreadsheets (and other things)

Now, I am almost spluttering out my own cup of tea as I just wrote the title to this blog. Because I’ll be honest–being organised is not my Thing and it has been known for me to roll my eyes (a lot) at the mere suggestion of a spreadsheet. But when it’s something that’s important to me, I can be more organised than a clipboard-wielding matron with a ward full of patients.

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Your Thing needs doing! (often)

If you ever have a moment—or a day (or a week!)—where you find yourself doubting your value, what your Thing is worth or even if you have one, ask yourself when did I last DO my Thing.

It pays to do your Thing (and do it often).

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Listen very carefully (your market is speaking)

Most of the answers you need for your business are all around you–it’s often simply a case of listening more carefully.

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