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Saturday, February 27, 2016

3 Steps To Making Your Business Stand Out From The Rest

I was out for a walk and saw a bunch of pigeons poking around for food in the grass.

All pigeons pretty much look the same to me but this time, one of them caught my eye. It was white.

By now I'm sure you're wondering why I'm writing about pigeons. Well, as I continued walking three thoughts struck me that have everything to do with you and your business.

1. The pigeon had it easy. He (or maybe it was a she) didn't have to anything special to be unique other than be born. You are unique too. Maybe like the pigeon it's about your appearance, but probably not. What makes you unique is more likely hidden from general view and it's up to you to bring it to the surface and highlight it so that it shows.

What makes you unique is how you decide to show up in the world. It's in the way you think. It's in what you say. Your uniqueness comes from what you've experienced and what lessons you've taken away from those experiences.

There is nobody like you in the world. There never has been and never will be again. Know it. Believe it. Use it.

2. As a continued to walk some pigeons flew overhead. I looked for the white pigeon. There are many other businesses out there that do the same thing, have the same qualifications or the same title as you. What can you do to stand out? The only way you'll stand out is if you allow yourself to use exactly what nature gave you.

When you market your business (which you must) highlight the things that make you unique that make you different. The people that get hired, and the businesses that succeed are the ones that display their uniqueness.

While the differences between you and your competitors may not be as visually obvious as the difference between the white and gray pigeons, I promise you there are absolutely differences between you and others who provide the same service as you. The key is for you to identify these differences and show them off.

Remember, what makes you unique is your personality it's in the things you've done, the people you've spoken with and the things you've seen. What makes you stand out from the crowd is the way you interpret the world around you and how you use it to help your clients.

For this pigeon marketing was easy. In your business it's up to you to be bold otherwise you will go unnoticed. Don't end up being one of many, like the gray pigeons were.

If you want your business to succeed you must be bold and market yourself so that you become visible and stand out from the crowd

3. There is a reason most pigeons are gray. Standing out is risky. Yet, it's the only way to succeed. I am sure that there is some evolutionary reason that pigeons (at last the ones that live near me) are usually gray. Something about being gray keeps them safe. Being gray probably keeps them hidden from predators or keeps them from being noticed when they sneak up on their prey.

The white pigeon is visible.

The thing is, in business if you stay safe you stay small. Staying safe makes you invisible. If you stay safe your business nobody will notice you. Sure, the predators won't find you. Your competitors won't try to copy from you or vie for your clients but remember this. . . the people who really need you won't find you either.

You must take the risk if you want your business to be successful.

What can you do to stand out? How can you highlight your uniqueness? What risks are you willing to take? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Carrie Greene is a speaker, author & business coach. She is a business strategist & who helps entrepreneurs get clear on what they want and creating simple plans to get there. She is the author of "Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm & Procrastination So You Can Create Ultimate Profit!" Resources at http://www.carriegreenecoaching.com/

By Carrie Greene

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Single and Most Powerful Asset Your Business Can Ever Have

I'm betting you're thinking that it's your credibility in your respective niche or the people who work for you. Maybe even your products or services, even your intelligence or something no business can succeed without - money!

Well the answer is a resounding no on all accounts. In fact by all accounts it is your own attitude or more specifically your mindset that decides the fate of your business. How many times have you read or heard that if you want to create a $1 BILLION company you have to think like someone who already runs a $1BILLION company - you must already be that person.

Or at least have the same mindset.

I know what you're probably thinking - here we go again - more "mind over matter", "you are what you think", "what the mind can conceive you can achieve " or " it all starts with the mind "- but the fact of the matter is that is precisely where it all starts.

The difficulty is in transferring that thought into a series of specific actions that lead to you running a $1 BILLION business. Let's face it, only the very few do!

Here are 7 mindset principles that are crucial to building such a business. If you are serious about it and you devote just a few minutes a day to adjusting your mindset towards this goal then it is the best investment you can make in that business.

But be aware that this will take time - you will, in all probability, have to do it in stages. First get to a $100,000 company, then a $1 million one and so on. Once you get to $10 million, according to the people who have done it, it gets easier!

1. The Principle of Defining your Grand Purpose

Great business leaders and their companies do great things that leave a legacy, leaving the world a better place for it. These leaders create a cause, not just a business. They become philanthropists who use their incredible position and wealth to the good.

Their businesses became more than just a business - they became a conduit to something bigger than just a business, bigger than the leaders themselves and their self-interests.

I quote Victor Frankl a renowned Austrian psychiatrist " Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued, it must ensue... as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself "

What is your business's Grand Purpose or cause? How can your business help enhance your customers' lives?

2 The Principle Of Thinking with Clarity

"As Man Thinketh" is a very famous book written by James Allen who spent 25 years interviewing famous and successful people of his time trying to figure out exactly what was different about them that made them successful.

He deduced that it was all down to their thoughts and acting on them.

If you focus on any particular problem you end up with more of the same problem. However if you focus on the solution you will find that solution and very probably other different and potentially profitable solutions will appear as a bonus!

What are you focusing on now in your business? The problems or a solution? Clarify your problem and then start thinking with clarity about solving it. Thinking with clarity sounds easy but it takes practise. People who run $Billion businesses do this - frequently.

3. The Principle of Attraction.

What you think can often be attracted. This doesn't mean that if you constantly dream of winning the lottery you will win - dreaming or wishing isn't the same as considered thought. In business and very often in life, what you seriously think carefully about you can and very often do, attract

I've also read that the big difference between dreaming or hoping is the feeling that comes with it. Strong emotions help speed up the process. Don't just dream - really feel what having whatever it is you want would be like, live it! You are only restricted by your imagination - let rip!

Do you only seem to attract difficult customers or ones that produce a low income for you? If so then you almost certainly believe that's all you're worthy of - at least subconciously.

Paul McKenna, a renowned hypnotist, was trying to help a client make his business more successful. The man sold his services by seminars and by doing so could only work for so many days and with so many clients a year thus capping his income. He felt he couldn't charge any more than say $1,000 a client as in his own mind this seemed a fair but high price.

Paul asked him why he couldn't charge more and the man answered that he felt no-one would pay more. So Paul asked him to imagine charging the client $120,00 for his services. The man obviously could not consider it even if he thought anyone would pay it but then Paul began to drop the price first to £6,000 and then to $5,000 and then to £2,500 at which point he asked the man if he thought that was a fair price to which the man replied it was. Why? Because the man thought that compared to $12,000 it was a bargain!

This is a prime example of how someone running their own business can change his business around almost immediately by changing the way he thought about his business and what he could do for the client. The man changed his pricing structure, ended up with more clients than he could handle and has since raised his prices again.

Apparently your business is always a mirror of your inner thoughts. What do you have to do to get better prices? What needs attention in your business to enable this? What does your business need to get to the next stage?

4. The Principle of Commitment and Creation

So you want to create a $Billion business. On their own your thoughts, hopes and dreams are not enough - you have to do something. Albert Einstein was quoted as saying " Nothing moves until something happens "

You have to make something happen and you do that by being 100% committed to your goal. No matter what, you will take your business to the next level.

Once you are 100% committed and focused on your goal then magic seems to happen. You find the right people and resources to support you, the right opportunities will appear as if out of nowhere. It's called synchronicity.

Are you still dreaming or have you done something - are you 100% committed and focused?

5. The Principle of Perception

When you market your product try to see it from customers point of view. How do you perceive your product. I once worked for a company selling a high priced product but in reality it wasn't that dear to buy. However the general view from our customers was that it was an expensive product and they expected to pay a lot for it - so they did!

How you market your product is crucial to how your customer will perceive it's value to them. What are you doing in your business to create perceived value? Can you change it?

6. The Principle of Consequence.

"Every action has an opposite and equal reaction" or so my physics teacher taught me at school. If this is one of Einstein's unbreakable laws then it stands to reason that any action you take will have a consequence.

You may not be able to fully control the consequence or outcome but you can control your reaction to it. If you want a different outcome you must change your actions that brought it in the first place.

If you want to increase your business from $100k a year to $10million then you have to take different actions than you are already. So what are they?

7. The Principle of A Rich Mind

It is your mental attitude that will determine your success. As I hinted at the beginning of this article "if you can believe, you can achieve and so shall you receive"

Imagine how you would run a $Billion business - or even a $1million one. How different would it be to the way you run things now? How different would you have to be?

Finally.

To change the way we think can be extremely difficult for some and almost natural for others - it's the same in all walks of life. But if you are committed and focused by following these principles and practising them even if only for a few minutes each day you can shift even the most deeply embedded thinking to new level.

It's all in the mind as they say!

Grateful thanks to Denise Corcoran for the above. I found an article she wrote back in 2001 a few days ago looking through some old files when I was trying to think of a what to write a new post about. Did someone mention synchronicity? I've changed it somewhat to include my own insights into mental wealth but I'm grateful nonetheless.

Digital Wealth 4 You can help you achieve your internet business goals. If you want to start an online business but are still vague about exactly how to do this then visit http://www.digitalwealth4you.com for practical advice and specific programs to help you achieve your dreams. Who knows, it could lead to you running a $Billion business!

By Jim Crossman

Saturday, February 20, 2016

How Your Views Shape Your Business

What is Reality? When you stop to think about it, reality is basically just your perception of what is real to you. It is your interpretation of the situations that you've encountered in your life. Once you realise that your reality (or perception of it) is just as real to you as another person experiencing the same thing, all you need to do is appreciate that in business, you need to be open to the realities of others. Your target audience all have their own realities, their own perceptions, and they can actually be incredibly beneficial to your business, if you can work to adopt them.

If you want to know how, try the following:

Look out/Find out

Find out what other people are saying. Not just the people that you mix with, but industry leaders and other experienced business people who may have different viewpoints of your industry. Identify whether their opinions (their reality) contain suggestions that would benefit the medium to long-term success of your business.

For example, to use the analogy of a half-filled glass of water, one can say that the glass is half-full, another may say its half-empty. However, they may be a further individual, asking why there's even a glass to limit the flow of water in the first place! Look at the potential of your business from every situation, and remember that it's all about perspective.

Investigate

Investigate and determine whether their viewpoints and reality are valid. You may interpret the same thing differently, but everyone is entitled to their own interpretation and the person who acts on the best interpretation of events usually has the best chance of success. Your interpretation may be valid from your viewpoint, but bear in mind, others think their interpretations are valid too. It's only a matter of subjective opinion.

Identify

Identify which viewpoint you believe will benefit your business the most. Then, get to work learning and growing into it.

Embrace and Change

Put in place whatever you need to achieve this. You may need to change the way you look at things. You may even need to change who you hang out with. Once the viewpoint you believe to be correct is ingrained into the culture and beliefs of your business, you have a better chance of building it in the direction you want.

If you can change your interpretation of reality, your opportunities will change along with it.

Raymond Huan is a business coach and CEO of Excelerated Business Solutions. He has helped countless business owners expand their companies for over 10 years. Read more about his valuable insight in other posts on the Excelerated Business Solutions Blog.

By Raymond Huan

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Top 10 Business Tips For Newbies

Are you a business newbie? Here's 10 tips to get you off on the right foot.

1. Love What You Do

It's a good idea to select an area which you already have an interest in, for a number of reasons. You already have some knowledge and expertise in this area which is invaluable and you won't necessarily be starting from scratch. If you chose an area which is already of interest to you it won't necessarily feel like work, especially when the going gets tough. No matter which area you chose you will undoubtedly have rough patches, when this happens you are much more likely to persevere because you have an attachment, a vested interest and a passion. If you have no interest you'll be much more likely to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble.

2. Prepare a Business Plan

A business plan is not just something which you need to prepare to show to banks for a loan or to investors. A business plan is necessary and useful as it also serves as a guide to operate by. It's a great way to set goals, measure progress and achievements and keeps you on track with spending. Keep yourself organised and create a folder on your computer where keep your business plan and other relevant documents that you'll be using regularly, such as an invoice template or your sales documents.

3. Set Realistic Expectations

Don't expect miracles over night. Searching the internet you'll find thousands of people claiming to have generated millions over night with one scam or another. Genuine business ventures take time, care and persistent. There is no such thing as easy money or money for nothing, cliche but true, if it were that easy everyone would be doing it. Know that there will be obstacles and difficulties to overcome from the start.

4. Just Do It

The best way to gain knowledge and learn, is by doing. You can read all the books, take all the courses, study and research for years but until you take that first step you'll never actually know. It's like learning to drive, you have an instructor by your side in every single lesson with their safety pedals as a back up. You learn all the technicalities of driving but the real learning only starts when you venture out onto the road by yourself. Nothing and no one can prepare you for every eventuality. Research and educate yourself in your chosen field by all means but there will never be a right time to jump in. Even if you take a very small step into your venture, the sooner you get started the sooner you'll be on your way.

5. Ask yourself Why

Work out why you want to go into business for yourself. You need to have a good list of all the why's before you get started. This exercise can also be used as your goal indicator. If you're looking to have more time for yourself for instance, your business venture could take up to a year if not more before you can get a little time for yourself and your family and if that is your main focus you may get disheartened as you begin to build your business, when you realise your free time is not only limited but you have a lot less of it. Starting a new business is not your typical 9-5, it's more of a start when you wake, finish when your head hits the pillow. If you prepare yourself for this, it won't be such a shock to the system.

6. Budget and Finance

Looking to set up a business with very little start-up costs isn't too difficult in this day and age especially on the internet. You may be looking at setting up an online business and the costs of a website are little and nothing but once you have your website, whether you're selling products or providing a service you need to advertise and whilst your initial outlay may be minimal you have to be prepared to continue this for the life of your business. Will you require help to run things? Do you have marketing skills? Learning about marketing is going to be a fundamental part of your business growth, you can hire someone but if this puts a strain on your budget you may want to look into learning a few key tips yourself.

7. Building your Network

Networking is crucial in business whether online or in person. Every contact is either a potential customer, or may be someone who has advice or inspiration for you. You'll be surprised by the amount of successful business owners and entrepreneurs who are ready to impart valuable advice and tips and can point you in the right direction for all sorts of services. There are a whole treasure trove of supportive business owners online, you can read blogs, ask questions in forums etc and its all for free.

8. Learning to Adapt

Ensure that you set a realistic budget for everything from your internet connection down to stock or billable hours. Every single penny counts. There's no point in spending thousands on advertising if you're not seeing a return, you may have to go back to the planning stages. This is all part of your learning, so test out strategies and don't be afraid to adapt to the climate. There are all sorts of things that can impact a businesses growth and income and if your business is not responsive to the market or technology for instance this may cost you dearly.

9. Focus

It's very easy to be side-tracked, there are so many ideas and new ventures out there, so focusing on the goals you first laid out in your business plan are crucial. Focus on one task at a time. You can always make notes for ideas and projects you'd like to take up in the future but remain focused, otherwise you may fall foul of procrastination, looking at lots of different ideas and at the end of the day find you haven't achieved anything or actually done any work.

10. Believe in yourself

Self-Belief goes a long way, this is not whimsical advice this is fact, if you don't believe in yourself and your product or service then you cannot expect anyone else to. It may seem difficult especially when starting out but you have to learn to believe in yourself, this will impact every aspect of your business, from creating your Business plan right down to networking. If you don't believe what you're doing this will show in everything you do.

If you believe it, you can Achieve it!

Good Luck!

By Cleo Whittingham

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sales Skills for Small Business Owners

Selling is a very important aspect of any business and although many small business owners don't like to consider themselves as 'sales people' per se in reality small business owners are actually key sales people who know their business and product or service offering better than anyone else in most instances. Let's identify what some key sales skills are and discuss how they can be further developed.

In a nutshell the key 'must have' sales skills include:

  • Confidence
  • Relationship building skills
  • Listening
  • Persuasion
  • Product / service knowledge

Most of the skills listed above will be familiar to you, but I bet you are wondering, how can I apply this and learn to become a better sales person? The key is to identify any gaps you have in the skills outlined above and then develop your skills in these areas. It's also important to understand what makes for a more natural sell which is centred around confidence. The truth is we all dislike the hard sell and pushy sales people so it's about striking a balance, you want to be described as 'confident' and avoid being perceived as arrogant. So how does one achieve this?

Know your product or service

This is fundamental to your success. If you don't know your product or service you won't feel comfortable talking about it. If you need to develop your product knowledge, look for resources to help you do this, be it sales training, product or sales manuals, brochures and other materials, senior staff or technical staff with deep product or service knowledge.

Speak naturally

Speak naturally about what you do and the services you offer, a prospect that is interested in your offering is more likely to ask you questions and engage in a conversation with you about your offering. Sharing knowledge will help you build a relationship with a potential prospect.

Relationships develop leads better than any other form of lead generation. Word of mouth and relationships drive sales better than any other lead generation technique, even in today's digital world! Think about your network and whether or not you are leveraging the opportunities that are being presented to you.

Believe in what you are selling

Passion and a genuine belief in your product or service will get more sales flowing.

Be clear, concise and articulate the benefits of your product or services to prospective customers or clients. Remember the golden rule. People are focused on what's in it for them. Make sure you keep the customer and their needs at the centre of your conversation and explain how your product or service can benefit them.

Actively listen to your prospects / customers

Each one is different with unique requirements. Listen to any concerns or objections they have so that you can respond to these effectively. Be mindful not to interrupt when they are trying to express a concern.

Be patient

Be patient with your customers and be aware of body language and social cues. This applies to your own body language and tone of voice and that of your customers. It will help you to gauge interest/disinterest and read the situation, allowing you to know when it's time to speak, seek clarification and when it's necessary to listen or repeat what has been said to reinforce that you have been listening!

Sales is a complex subject area. I'd love to hear about any first hand sales experiences or tips you may have from your own sales history. What were some of the things that helped you close a sale? Is your network the main source of sales leads for your business? What are some of the areas within the sales process that you find difficult?

Effie Cinanni is a Certified Practising Marketer and Director of Small Chilli Marketing, a boutique small business consulting practice located in Melbourne, Victoria. Small Chilli Marketing specialises in sales and marketing services for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises. For further sales and marketing tips visit http://www.smallchillimarketing.com.au or subscribe to the Small Chilli blog http://smallchillimarketing.com.au/blog/

By Effie Cinanni

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

6 Online Resources to Streamline Tedious Business Tasks

According to a survey of 1,200 people by Office Time, the number one time waste for entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers and professionals is email, with meetings being a close second. You may not be able to completely eliminate tedious duties in your day-to-day work, but there are online resources to help expedite some of your most time-consuming business tasks. From project management to accounting, these online services have your business covered.

Sage One

Quickly take care of your business quotes, invoices and expenses with a free accounting software like Sage One. You don't need an accounting degree to figure out how to compile all the financial data you need. Sage One simplifies the process so you're not stuck figuring out next steps and how your numbers add up. You can also integrate with your bank and send reports to your CPA to review a crisp, clean cash flow statement you barely had to work on.

Fancy Hands

Skip the expense and hassle of hiring someone part-time to deal with random tasks, such as researching, purchasing the right office supplies and managing your appointments and calendar. With Fancy Hands, you can sign up for as few as five task requests a month and go all the way up to an unlimited plan. And Fancy Hands isn't just for business. If your cable bill suddenly went up, you can submit a request to have an assistant call and resolve it for you.

Trello

Ditch the traditional to-do lists you never look at again, and manage your projects with Trello. Assign tasks a virtual card that you can quickly drag and drop to different columns to keep track of what's going on and what you need to do next. Plan your next big product launch or put together a board for your next business trip. Trello also lets you add team members to your board. They can add cards, make suggestions and check-off completed tasks.

Edgar

Use a social media scheduling site like Edgar to see sobering statistics of how little your social media reach really is. For example, the half-life for a Tweet is 24 minutes and 90 minutes for a Facebook post. That means very few people ever see your social media updates announcing your big business news or services. Like Hootsuite and other social media schedulers, Edgar has an option to schedule out your posts when you want your audience to see it. But unlike other services, Edgar lets you stock up to 5,000 posts in an online library into different category buckets. The system automatically stocks up its queue with updates from your library, and when you run out, it uses older ones so you never miss out on branding your business.

Bidsketch

Bidsketch empowers you to create better business proposals in at least half the time. Build the confidence to pitch bigger and more lucrative clients with a polished presentation. You can mix and match your content, fees and designs to pull together a professional-looking proposal. Capture your client signatures online when they approve your proposal and impress them with a customized client landing page.

GoToMeeting

You probably can't completely eliminate business meetings from your weekly schedule, but you can simplify the process with GoToMeeting. Connect with anyone from whatever device you're using, whether a tablet, smartphone or laptop, for an HD video chat and shared screen. The best part is GoToMeeting automatically records your meeting for a more thorough review later.

These are just six of the many online resources available to help increase productivity.

By Sylvia D. Browder

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Starting a Minority Owned Business

Starting a business involves planning, making financial decisions and completing legal activities; minority business owners also face challenges accessing capital, marketing and resources.

However, in recent years thanks to the Minority Business Development Agency, it's now possible for minorities to become successful entrepreneurs.

The agency helps minorities secure financing, create effective marketing plans and provide other valuable resources. So, here's a basic list of what is needed before seeking help.

1. Write a Business Plan

I know what you're thinking "not the dreadful business plan".

However, the business plan is a valuable resource to you and your business, providing a guide on how the business will operate. While writing your business plan, you will start visualizing your business and will learn and develop the characteristics of your customer; who is your customer? What does your customer look like? What's your customer's income? You will also understand the role of your competitors and vendors. When writing your business plan, think outside the box show your investors that you're serious and have the necessary data to support your vision. A well written business plan will open many doors for you.

2. Business Structure

It's important for you to know what type of business structure you will form. This will determine the taxes you will pay, the personal liabilities you will face and how you will raise money. Types of ownership -

• Sole Proprietorship

Sole proprietors are the most common form of business structure. This type of business is easy to form and operate. However, the business owner is personally liable for all debts incurred by the business.

• Partnership

A partnership is when two or more people agree to give money or a skill set to a business. Both partners share the profits and losses of the business, and each partner is personally liable for the debts incurred in the business.

• Corporation

A corporation is an independent legal entity owned by shareholders. This means that the corporation is separate from its owners, and the corporation is liable for the actions and debts the business incurs.

3. Financing

Many financing options exist on the market today, and choosing the right one for your business can mean the difference between failing and succeeding. Though, you may look at certain organizations to help you with financing. Most government agencies do not provide loans directly. They guarantee the loans once you have met certain criteria.

It's a good idea to have other financing options available; bank loans, family or friends, refinancing or 401K plans.

To conclude, starting a minority owned business can be an intimidating process at times. However, following these basic steps will give you the confidence and courage on the path to entrepreneurship.

Andrea Wigfall

By Andrea Wigfall

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Importance of Working ON Your Business - 7 Steps to Making Your Business Soar

Michael Gerber in The E-Myth Revisited, talks about the importance of working ON your business, as opposed to working IN your business. The working in is the delivering of your business's services or products: providing the service, fulfilling the product, writing the proposal, giving the class, hiring the vendors, firing the contractors, sending the reports to the CPA, ordering supplies. Working on your business is far different; it's looking at the big picture, designing the marketing strategy for the next year, creating new products, deciding to expand, defining new roles and descriptions, professional development.

Honestly, most entrepreneurs don't spend enough time working ON the business. They're much too caught up on the working IN side. Take a look at your to-do list; what's on it? I bet it's a lot of those Working IN tasks.

The problem is that Working ON the biz isn't an item on your to-do list that you can cross off. ("Oh, thank goodness that working ON the business is done!") It's time you need to take away from the day-to-day to focus on the bigger picture and the deeper why of your business.

What you need to do:

  1. Schedule regular Working ON the business time. Call it whatever you want. My favorite is Business Development or Business Dreaming Time.

  2. Block off at least a half day a month. A full day is better.

  3. Don't mix IN with ON. In other words, you're not going to efficiently go from ordering supplies, following up with prospective clients, and answering emails to big-picture planning and product development. Keep the activities separate. More concretely, that means when you have scheduled your business development time, do not have any other Working IN to-do's for that day.

  4. Have lovely blocks of free time in your regular schedule. While this isn't Working ON your business, per se, it helps replenish your fuel, center and ground you, and let your mind dream. You're priming the pump for your regularly scheduled business development time (see #1).

  5. Have a way to record all your ideas, dreams, plans, and goals. Put them in one place. My favorite is a Sacred Space for Ideas document. That way, whenever you have a great idea, capture it, and then it's there for your Business Development time.

  6. Find one (I'm just asking for one) week a year where you don't have any Working IN the business tasks. No email to return, no client work, no marketing, no phone appointments, no networking, no meetings, no social media. And use some of that week to think REALLY BIG for your business.

  7. Delegate to a team (if you don't have one, you need one... no arguments). Get rid of as much of the Working IN your business as you can so that you can bring some of those big dreams to fruition.

Imagine what your business could look like if you nurtured it with love, attention, and the business equivalent of vitamins and minerals.

It would soar.

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By Dawn Goldberg Shuler