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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Even the best hairdresser…

…can’t cut the back of their own head.

And if you are a hairdresser and you want your hair cut, I’m thinking you’d want to go find someone ‘just like you’ to cut it, right? So the same principle applies when you’re looking for help with your business or marketing: ask someone who is as brilliant as you (including myself in this now!).

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Being desperate is never a good look

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I know that life is not all hearts and flowers and giant pots of cash (at least not all the time) :) BUT when you don’t have those things in abundance, don’t think that they don’t exist or that there’s a limited amount of happiness and success and you need to hunt down your share of it.

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Listen up! 11 ways to get your Business Celebrity OUT in 2011

Here’s my Christmas and New Year gift to you! I’ve recorded an audio (MP3) for you where I’ve shared 11 ways to get your Business Celebrity out in 2011.

What I’m sharing with you are 11 ways to really get YOU into your business in 2011, 11 ways to help you stand out in your market, 11 ways you can get in your spotlight next year.

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Common Sense is the Thing…

I have a client who when we first starting working together referred to her ‘Thing’ as common sense. And it is. To her!

That’s the beauty of your ‘Thing’ – to you it’s something easy, effortless, makes perfect sense and is just so OBVIOUS. Once you see it and you realise that that is your Thing of course. But because your Thing is right in front of you, you might miss it…

Your Thing is what you just ‘can’t help’ but do

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Playing nice in business — why manners maketh money

Sometimes I come across businesses, and business people, that just don’t seem to have any manners!
It’s not just customer service; you should also be thinking about how you work with other businesses too…

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