Entries tagged with “business organizing”.


Wise words via Sandra Yancey, eWomen Network on ways to be a “Quitter” in your business:

1.  Quit hanging around people who aren’t smarter than you –  surround yourself with the right people that will help you move forward

2.  Quit waiting for the perfect “launch” moment – don’t wait for the when – go for the pursuit of progress, not the pursuit of perfection

3.  Quit trying to figure it out by yourself – find your tribe and let them help you

4.  Quit trying to do it on the cheap –  it’s hard to steal second base and keep your foot on first base.  Sometimes you have to let go – jump and build your wings on the way down – why have wings if you’re never going to fly?

5.  Quit taking it personally – some will, some won’t…so what?

 

Get out of your own way and take your business to the next level!

 

Is there something you’ve been hoping to purchase for your business, but you can never seem to be able to afford it because you always seem to be spending your money on other things? This may seem very simplistic, but make it a point to set aside some money to pay for what you want.

Create a “phantom” account in QuickBooks and set an automatic transfer from your checking account to that account every week. If you need to, go to your bank and open a separate savings account and have them automatically transfer a small amount into it each week. Think of it like a layaway plan and earmark an amount to go specifically towards your goal purchase and nothing else. If you don’t “see” the amount in your checking account, you probably won’t be tempted to spend it.

If it’s really important to you, you’ll find a way. Whether you decide to deposit $10/week or $100/week, review your current spending and start setting aside a small portion of your earnings now and you’ll be on your way to being able to afford what you want.

All of us are guilty of putting off less desirable tasks at least once in a while. We live in a world with lots of deadlines. We put things off as a matter of good task management, but we wind up beating ourselves up and mistakenly attribute it to procrastination, when realistically we probably simply have put too many things on our plate.

Don’t beat yourself up. You’ll only get more frustrated and feel even less motivated. Try to focus on starting a project, not on finishing it. “I choose to start” is what you want to say to yourself, rather than “I have to finish” and you may be in a better frame of mind to tackle the job at hand.

12 Tips for Working

1. Write down your ideas. Do not trust your memory, no matter how good it may be!

2. Set down your priorities before the start of each day’s work.

3. Use your high-productivity hours for top-priority projects.

4. Tackle time-consuming projects in stages.

5. Do not over schedule. Leave some free time for yourself each day.

6. Concentrate on one item at a time.

7. Take breaks. Walk around. Stretch. Eat lunch away from your desk.

8. Establish a place for everything. Categorize, file, and store items nearby.

9. Keep paperwork moving.

10. Put limits on visits:

– Stack stuff on any extra chairs so uninvited visitors have to stand.

– When chatty people call, tell them you have only a few minutes to talk. Politely ask them the point of their call right away.

11. Remove unnecessary paperwork from your desk, This prevents lost or mixed-up papers.

12. Handle each piece of paper only once

(source: The Procrastinator’s Handbook: Mastering the art of doing it now)

Some great advice I received on branding your business:

Brand Your Business in 5 Easy Steps
By Patsy Foxworth, ActionCoach Business Coaching (http://www.actioncoach.com/)

Everyone talks of branding their business these days. Branding is what makes you stand out from all your competition in the market. What makes you different or unique? What is it about you or your business or your products that sets you apart from everyone else?

Once you zero in on your uniqueness, you can easily target who your market is. Who in the masses want what you have to offer, at the price you are offering it and from your location? Easy enough, right? Oh, the marketing geniuses think so.

Big corporations spend millions of dollars to survey their markets to establish who is purchasing their products…the demographics (age, male, female, and ethnicity), typical times and locations products are purchased; methods of payment; colors that are most popular; textures; shapes; sizes; smells; and of course the price range – it must fall into to hit the sweet spot for them.

If you could do all that for your business, would you? Some say yes, and others seem not to care. Branding helps a business establish what the owners of the business stand for. What they want to say to their end user/client/customer.

What does your business say about you?

  • High Quality
  • Low Quality
  • Cheap
  • Expensive
  • Accessible
  • Hard to get/find
  • Average
  • Classy
  • Mediocre

If you want to brand your business or yourself, consider these five easy steps to establishing yourself uniquely in the market:

Determine what it is that makes you or your business so special that you will not have to compete on price in the market.

Make sure every part of your business emulates this message – if it is quality of service or product etc. – maintain it all the way through.

Systematize your business so that you deliver to your customers expectations EVERY time.

Test and Measure your systems on a regular basis to audit yourself. Have no surprises – know what the expected outcomes are and continuously deliver.

Establish a Guarantee – one that you know you can deliver on – every time.

Use these points when creating copy for your website, too! Show your potential clients why they should come to you instead of the other guy!

I occasionally get someone calling to inquire about my services and the questions are centered solely around the overall cost of a new website.  When I provide a ballpark estimate for the product they are looking to get, they sometimes attempt to negotiate the price down or simply ask, “What can I get for $____?” (which can sometimes be less than half of the estimated ballpark cost).  Unfortunately, these actions are taken without any expectation that they would need to reduce the scope of the final product and get anything less that what they had originally requested.

The fact that someone is asking to use your skills at a discounted rate usually means that they either a) don’t value what you do and the talent you bring; or b) have been turned down previously by someone else who realizes the true value of their work.  On a rare occasion they are truly uninformed, and have no idea what you do and what you can bring to a project.  In this case, try to educate them, let them know what you do, what you charge and why.

For any product or service, there are low cost avenues out there.  The catch, however, is that it should require that the client do all of the work with little or no professional guidance.  As it should be…”you get what you pay for.”  Are you being fairly compensated?

Here’s a link to a funny video I saw that spoofs the sometimes touchy Vendor-Client relationship when it comes to pricing and payment:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2a8TRSgzZY