Run past the finish line

While I have completed a few 10ks in my time, I would never put myself in the category of being an athlete. What I do know about races though is that you don’t slow down when you see the finish line—you keep on running, and if you have it in you (there’s always that little bit in reserve, right?) then actually you speed up when you see it.

And you need to do this with your business goals and your marketing too.

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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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The DFS effect. What happens when you’re always on ‘sale’

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I see it all the time. I even take advantage of it. Some businesses have too many discount sales and special offers – in fact it can seem like a permanent sale. I call this the DFS effect :)

But what happens? – no one buys at full price.

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It’s not you, it’s me…

Sometimes you just don’t want to work with someone.

And that is OK.

But do you follow your own rules, intuition, boundaries or whatever it is that sets out your ideal and non-ideal clients and stick to it?

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It’s not always going to make sense, but start anyway

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It doesn’t make sense for me to take a holiday to Australia–for a start, it’s a bloody long way away (swearing necessary to convey distance!) and that flight is a bugger (again, swearing required!).

BUT it always makes sense to me when I get here as I love the energy, the scenery is amazing, and it’s just where I love to be. And this is the same for where you want to be in your business.

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What happens when it all works perfectly?

What happens when your business is working just the way you want it to? When the right clients are coming in and paying you the right money to do the right work, right when you want them to? You do the happy dance, right?

Well, you do the happy dance if you realise that’s exactly what’s happening…

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