ShareTweet Well if you have followed this programme with me over the last year… thank you for your support. What Have You Achieved in Your Business in the Last Year? If you have genuinely asked yourself the questions over the last year you will have covered setting a vision for your business and why you are in business in the [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #52 What Have You Achieved In the Last Year?
ShareTweet Are you spending many hours on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn not to mention Youtube or Google plus ? Do you have a Facebook page and are you sending out autoresponders using a system such as Mailchimp ( which a very dear friend of mine who isn’t very technical insists on calling chipmunk)? And how [...] . . . → Read More: 52 questions #40 How Sociable Is Your Business?
ShareTweet Having spent a day at BestofBristol exhibition on Tuesday it was interesting to see how many people I knew there… either as stallholders or as attendees, all business people and most I’ve met through membership of a number of networking groups. Why do you go to networking groups? Is it the breakfast? No not really … unless you [...] . . . → Read More: 52 questions #39 Who Are You Hanging Out With?
ShareTweet In the start up phase of your business, your key job is selling and getting your product or service to market as quickly and efficiently as possible. Until you have made your first sale you can’t honestly say that you are in business and then you need to repeat that as often as you can [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #37 What Can Only You Do In Your Business?
ShareTweet What is the biggest problem of working for yourself? Not spending your time on non-income generating activities. What do I mean by that? I’m not just talking about time management, I am also talking about poor use of time. Spending lots of time on giveaways that lead nowhere and with no goal in mind. It is so [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #36 How Are You Spending Your Time?
ShareTweet If you have conflicts within your team, whether those are expressed - or not – then your business will suffer. For business success you need a fully motivated cohesive team who have a process for dealing with conflict. This is so easy to say but can be quite tricky to deal with in reality. Sometimes [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #35 How Do You Deal With Team Conflict?
ShareTweet Even if you are alone in your business you work with other people and need to persuade them to do things, whether that is providing you with an outsourced service, or bookkeeping. Do you have the right mix of talents in your team in your business? The key word there is mix. As part of my midlife crisis [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #34 Do You Have All Stars In Your Business?
ShareTweet As the owner of the business do you have clear control and leadership of your business? Are you clear in communication and decisive and engage others into your vision? If you don’t have any employees, do you use the services of other people ( such as bookkeepers, suppliers, outsourced employees)? If so the same thing [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #33 Do You Have Control?
ShareTweet “What relationship with the suppliers?” you may be asking, “You mean the suppliers that I can delight in making difficult demands?” Yes I do mean your suppliers. The days of giving your suppliers a hard time for sport are gone. In the past I witnessed a large UK cash-rich manufacturing company “playing games” with their suppliers quibbling [...] . . . → Read More: 52 questions #32 How Are Your Supplier Relationships?
ShareTweet Yesterday, I had an interesting example of customer relations and how not to do it.. I was phoned up by a local newspaper I have advertised in in the past. The guy, Wayne was quite pushy, offering me twice the space at my usual price on the right hand side etc etc so I replied that I [...] . . . → Read More: 52 Questions #31 How Do You Rate Your Customer Relationship?