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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What to do when you’re brilliant at sales but you forgot something…

The thing I am saying you might have forgotten is your marketing.

This happens more than you think–you have a brilliant product or service, and you’re also brilliant at selling… the step you can sometimes miss out is marketing.

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How to handle the NOISE!

Sometimes it can get very noisy—noisy in your inbox, noisy in your head, noisy in your market, noisy in your office, noise noise noise.

Now some of this noise is very real—but some of it can be easily silenced.

And I don’t just mean taking a holiday and ignoring it all—that’s only a good short term solution… long term it’s probably going to be bad for business!

The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to listen to.

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Saving it for Best

A phrase that I utter on a regular basis is “There’s no point sitting at home on your own being amazing”, and I mean it. When you find your Thing, the worst thing you can do is keep it to yourself. The reason being that your Thing is there to help other people—hence it needs to be shared to be helpful! I know it sounds obvious but it’s not always as easy to do as it sounds. But you need to get over yourself and do it!

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You decide

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When it comes down to it, there is really only one person who stands between you and your Thing and that’s you.

Of course, you can get help to find your Thing—help to shape it, help to package it, and brand it, and sell it. But only YOU can decide to do it—actually go out there are do the Thing.

It’s about jumping in with both feet to do your Thing and knowing that that’s what you’re here to do. There is no “Ohh, I’ll dip a toe in”—that’s never going to convince anyone… if you’re not 100% certain, then why would anyone buy from you?

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Slower is better than stopping

Today I went for my first ‘proper’ run in a long time (that’s running for the sake of running, not because I’m cutting it fine to catch my train). I’m married to a ‘proper runner’ who ‘pops out for a 10k’ 2 or 3 times a week, so it’s a little intimidating when I know my ‘run’ could be outpaced by a walk at times. But when you decide on something you want to do, it’s a good idea to just do it–any way you can.

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