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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They do exist… (your ideal clients)

Just because you haven’t met them yet doesn’t mean they don’t exist…

I say this all the time to my clients about their ideal clients. It’s easy to think and plan from where you are (and the clients you already have and know) but that can close you off to new and bigger things.

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Look out the window…

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Looking out the window gives you time to think and ponder. I use it productively to come up with ideas and solutions. For me sometimes thinking too hard about something doesn’t give the best solution. A watched pot never boils and all that :)

If you spend a lot of your time being busy you will miss your best ideas. You will be too busy looking ahead that you may miss what is right in front of you.

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Ban the brochure speak! (& 10 tips on how to avoid it)

I can’t stand brochure speak.

You know that beautifully crafted tidy copy that is full of neat words and clever phrases and lots of ‘we’: “Jargon jargon jargon ‘we’ do this and we’ve been doing this for 1000 years and we are the best…”

That is brochure speak. And you’ll find it out and about not just in brochures but it lurks on websites and flyers and adverts and sales & marketing materials across the land.

Here are 10 tips to avoid it!

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Show how easy it is (simple content marketing tip)

Your Thing is super-easy for you, that’s why it’s your Thing! And a really easy way to create content is by sharing instructions–a checklist, some tips, a ‘How to’ that shows people how easy it is when they do this the way you do it.

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Who are you here for?

We all have our own style and attitude and approach, and I am sure you aren’t the right person for every single business or consumer who needs your Thing. You might be too loud (or too quiet), too complicated or too simple. You might be too casual or too strict, too friendly or too standoffish. What if you’re the chalk and they want the cheese? The black and they are looking for white?

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