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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Can you have more than 1 Thing?

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Yes I am talking about Things again. I can’t help myself. It’s what I love to do! :)

And a question I get asked often is can you have more than 1 thing? So I thought I’d share my answer here.

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This isn’t it

What your Thing isn’t is as important as what it is. Sometimes it’s expected that when you’re good at something you’re good at ALL of it. Take Marketing (for an example close to my heart!): I LOVE ideas, strategy, plans, visions, creative concepts, copy and the communication side of Marketing. Do I love the stats, […]

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What are you waiting for?

I ask this question a lot.

I ask myself, I ask my clients, and I ask (in my head!) this on behalf of people I see who are stuck, or afraid, or unsure. The reason I ask this question a lot is that sometimes there isn’t actually a ‘good’ reason to wait. There may well be an excuse (or lots of excuses) but very often, when it really comes down to it, there isn’t actually a real reason.

So what are you waiting for?

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Weeding

Who is it that decided what plants are weeds and what are ‘good’ plants?

Some weeds are very pretty, with flowers that brighten up the garden. Some weeds smell good, look good and are hardy so thrive where other plants need lots of care. Sometimes a weed is just a ‘good plant’ that’s growing in the wrong place…

But if you know what you want your garden to look like, you don’t want weeds there.

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6 ways to get more famous in 60 minutes

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Thought I’d offer you something practical you can do today (as long as you have an hour to spare).

There are lots of things you can do in an hour to get you more famous (for doing your Thing) so why not see what you can get done in an hour for you and your business.

Remember to ONLY do what is your media ‘Thing’ – only ‘do’ what is an extension of how you already like to communicate and turn this into your media (I know I go on about this when I work with someone so am not making an exception here!).

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