Doing a U-turn

Sometimes it’s going to make perfect sense to do a U-turn, or a right turn, or a sideways step, or any kind of change in direction that makes sense for you. But with such a big change can come hesitation, resistance or downright refusal to budge.

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Tell people what to do!

Sometimes you need to s-p-e-l-l it out to your clients and prospects what you want them to do. Now of course I don’t mean this in a shout-out-instruction-like-a-sergeant-major type way (!), but in a ‘make it nice and easy and clear what to do next so you are gently corralling people in the right direction’.

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Flying through the air (& business) with the greatest of ease (eventually)

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Get ready for an overload of metaphors. This whole blog is a giant metaphor for business as far as I see it, with lots of lessons and smaller metaphors along the way. Hold on tight (I was)!

So I need to clarify what I am going to write about… it’s about my circus skills (or lack thereof). It’s about me ‘learning’ the Trapeze.

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What I didn’t learn at business school (but know now!)

While I did learn a LOT of theory and case studies of big business, and if required I can write out a cashflow forecast and balance sheet by hand, what I didn’t learn was any of the actual practical ‘stuff’ that business owners—especially small owner managing solopreneurs like many of us doing our Thing actually need to know.

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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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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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