Too much personality

Almost all of the time I’m a huge advocate of putting more of YOU in your business. But sometimes you can make your business SO much about you that you’re forgetting it’s actually not about you at all.

Let me explain…

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Thing first, niche second

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Now I know a niche is as important as the next marketing/sales/business guru but there is an order to these things that may well be the difference between driving yourself mad and your sanity (and success).

For me the ‘right’ order is Thing first and Niche second.

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Fortune favours the brave

If you want to take this quote in a literal sense—to me, it says that you’ll get paid if you ask for the sale.

And here you were thinking it was about riding into battle on your trusty steed :)

It’s an important point though. You need to sell your Thing. And that can mean being bold or brave.

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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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The Joy of Small

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Being small is a very good thing when it comes to doing your Thing.

If your business is just you then you’ve only got yourself to consult when it comes to decisions. There’s a lot to be said for that (if you can make a decision, of course!).

Some of my client’s have ‘Things’ that help bigger organisations communicate better, and be more effective in their meetings which tells you what it’s like when you get big. It’s easy to be effective when it’s just you. So don’t do yourself a disservice and discuss things over and over in your head—just decide and do.

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Being in Business—does yours add up?

Being in Business means you are transacting—buying and selling—so please don’t be surprised about this :) There WILL be numbers involved.

If you want to make money doing your Thing then you need to run it as a business. And that means selling—with invoices and cash flow and everything!

When did you last check the pulse of your business?

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