As a business owner, we often feel overwhelmed by the multitude of big issues that are impacting the business climate, our client’s worlds, human resources rules, laws, and attitudes that could so quickly affect our teams and create problems. Then there are the changes and issues that impact the technical aspects of the work we do to actually serve our clients! We all want to serve our clients REALLY well – but it seems roadblocks keep jumping in our way!
Fake it till you make it.
Don’t show them you are nervous!
The first one to say something loses.
Some familiar mantras for many of us – as we started out in the world of ‘being’ a professional. To top it off- we have ‘practices’. What the heck is that about?
January is a QUEST MONTH — for the Planner that meets your needs and have it helping you by the end of the month.
In a world of technology, a paper planner is still a great way to keep it simple and use all the triggers that keep your brain organized. The act of writing and reading by turning pages triggers memory activities that increase your natural storage of information and processing of it. So work WITH your natural inclinations instead of fighting them.
Yes - 2020 has been different! And guess what? That is GOOD!
Different gets us out of our comfort zone. Different opens doors to our thinking 'outside the box.' Different shakes us up a bit. Different for just a little bit can be a surprise that we try to just wait out, until 'things get back to normal'. But 2020 has even been a different kind of different.
Decisions! How do they affect us? Why can we make decisions so well on some things and so poorly (or not at all) on other things?
Sometimes we think we are making decisions, and instead we are just letting life make them for us.
Big decisions, little decisions — are you super decisive? Do you make all decisions the same way?
Do all decisions affect us the same way?
I grew up with a dad who was always working on something – a tinkerer and a doer! Having the right tool for the job was always preferable, but sometimes you had to be a bit of McGyver and jury-rig to get the job done. For him, that was never a deterrent, just a challenge. But he was always so grateful when he had the right tool. It made things go easier, quicker and often with a better outcome.
Nothing like a new opportunity to create excitement, and at the same time cause you to panic a little—are you up to date and can you handle this new opportunity?
Last month, a really great opportunity for a challenging project dropped in my lap. You know the kind—the one you have to at least TRY for, even though you know some super creative rearranging will have to happen to your schedule to adjust things if you do get the project. In the process of going for it, some of my villains started playing games with my mind and of course my schedule and activities suddenly got complicated. But ... I found out something REALLY FANTASTIC!
A few weeks ago I posted an article about branding — what it is and why it’s important to your business. Now we’re going to talk about creating that brand. If you haven’t read the first article, I highly recommend you jump back there and do that and work through the getting started exercises — these next steps will make a lot more sense.
With the business “pause” in the first half of 2020, one of my projects has been to research branding. I wanted to learn how to develop a brand and what branding really means – for my own business and the businesses I work with. I want to share some of the basics with you so you can begin to work on your own brand, too.
Getting back to some semblance of normalcy requires taking control of your life and your business. You can’t just sit back and wait for things to happen — because no one knows how things are going.
At this point it seems hard — because the money situation is getting tense. Expenses are still happening, but clients and customers aren’t paying old bills, let alone putting out new $$ since they don’t know how long this is going on. It looks like we are getting back to work in May or June, but the time lag between getting started and actually having things flowing is less defined.
Being a business owner is nothing less than courageous. So much can go wrong and at least 60% of the time we really don’t know what we are doing — even when the curveball of COVID-19 isn’t raising havoc. We are winging it. No one has ever walked in your footsteps before. No one has been YOU in the time and place you are in, with the clients and projects that are surrounding you, with the challenges that face YOU.
It never hurts to do some actual CLEANING and bring in some fresh air! In business, that may mean tossing some old stuff that isn't getting used or is obsolete and bringing in some fresh ideas. So here we go with some ideas to do just that.