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Do You Know Where Your Business Sits?

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So, within your marketplace what is your product or service offering, who is your target market, what turnover do you need to generate to get you the profit and lifestyle you want, and what are the time scales for you building this?

You have to completely understand the marketplace you’re in, so consider what your key features are and how you compare to your competitors in terms of market share, quality and price. What are the main differences between you and your competitors? This will all give you a feel of how best to understand your position within the marketplace. As an example, I’ve included a graph of car manufacturers (this above is in no way is gospal but gives you an idea) … Read More »

Have You Created a Battle Plan for Your Business?

Creating a plan for battle is essential. No army would ever engage in a battle without knowing as much as they possibly could about their supply lines, the terrain, and the opposing forces they faced.

Once they’d gathered, or even guessed at the information that they didn’t have, they could draw up a plan for battle and how they were going to win.

The plan would take into account their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and only then would they be ready. Of course plans rarely survive intact after the first contact with the enemy.

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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What We can Learn From Lobsters

We can learn from the behaviour of a lobster. I’m serious – bear with me.

You may already know that the most common way of cooking a lobster is by placing it live into boiling water.

So, when you’re in a restaurant and you’ve chosen the lobster you’d like to eat, the chef will dunk the living lobster into a pan of boiling water in order to kill it and cook it. Sounds pretty grim so far doesn’t it!

Now, because the water’s very hot the lobster tries to escape from the boiling pan by clawing its way up the sides. So, the chef puts a lid on it to make sure it can’t get away. All makes sense.

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Here’s Where Most Businesses Go Wrong

Here’s something to get your brain cells churning. It’s a biggie.

The number 1 mistake that most people know but don’t do.

It’s not about money. People who’ve got money to spend make the exact same mistake. It’s a mental mistake that has to be fixed in the way that you think.

Most businesses try and get their clients as cheaply as they possibly can. That’s their mission. They are easily attracted to what looks like the cheapest thing to do. Like moths to a flame – they’re stupid.

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As a Business Owner Are You Living The Dream?

You see, everyone needs to get away every now and then.  No matter how much you enjoy the things you do on a daily basis, you need to make sure you’re getting enough ‘down time’ too – it is so important for your own wellbeing and also for that of your business.   

I’ve had some of my most successful and inspired ideas while I’ve been away relaxing.

Me and Fliss had a few days away in Ludlow not long ago, the room we booked had a terrace and a hot tub, it was great to just get away and just chill out.

When was the last time you had a change of scenery and took some time out?  When was the last time you really felt as though you were ‘living the dream’?

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The Importance of Responding to Changing Markets

Let’s be honest. Sometimes as business owners we can get a bit comfortable with the current status quo and not responding to changing marketsreally pay attention to changing trends, new technology, updated legislation and a whole host of other things that are potential opportunities or challenges.

Take Webber Carburettors as an example. In my late teens I owned a Mark 1 Escort (I loved that car!) and the company was extremely well-known, and were *the* leading performance carburettor manufacturers.

So, of course, practically every young male including me wanted one of its kits on their car. However, following a hugely successful period for the business, the market began evolving. Technology and stricter emission requirements meant carburettors were unable to compete, and were replaced by fuel injectors.

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How You Deal With Bad Luck Will determine Your Success

I was listening to somebody complaining about their bad luck yesterday. If I’m honest, they had had a tough time, Welsh Guards Ken Adamsbut – like most things – their perception of it all made it ten times worse.

They could have chosen to see their challenge as an opportunity but instead it reinforced their view that the world was a tough place, which got me thinking about how some people really roll with the punches while others get KOd first time.

Often it’s the challenges we face which turn out to be the very best things to happen to us – personally as well as professionally. Divorced? It leaves you open to meet someone more perfect for you. Bankrupt? Tough lesson, but you get to start over with a hell of a lot more wisdom. Redundancy? Take the cash, and the time, to reinvent your career… You get the picture.

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Are You Sure You’re Charging Enough?

Where your pricing sits is an indicator of how good you are, average pricing? You’re are average, well you’re Price Increaseprobably not but that’s what people perception will be, and price perception is key.A recent story showed that the majority of people can’t tell the difference between expensive and cheap bottles of wine.

In an episode of ‘Observatory’ on the hit YouTube channel ‘Vox’, 100 people tasted three bottles of wine priced at $8, $14 and $43 respectively.After a series of questions, tasters rated the least expensive and the most expensive exactly the same. Which begs the question, what’s the point in buying expensive wine when, taste-wise, you’re likely to get a similar experience to cheaper alternatives?

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Principle Number Two To Getting Better Results

LikingGetting people to like you is another way of building relationships, the activators for liking are similarity, praise and cooperation.

There’s a story about a large US company who were acquiring a lot of the businesses through purchase, this required the CEO of the company to negotiate with the owners of the companies he was buying. The chairman of the CEO thought that the negotiation processes were taking a bit long and suspected that the CEO was the issue.

Robert Cialdini was called in by the chairman to see if he could do anything to speed up the process, Cialdini watched some videos of the CEO in the negotiation process.It became apparent that he was a bit aloof and not very engaging with the person he was buying the business from.

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Principle Number Four To Getting Better Results

ConsensusAnother principal for overcoming uncertainty is consensus.

People look for what other people feel think and do, and the amplifiers for this are many others doing it or similar others doing it. This is why it’s so important to get testimonials from your clients and put those testimonials in front of people like them, think about trip advisor, reviews remove uncertainty.

Shopping channels in America are big business, and one fitness device broke all sales records selling nearly a quarter of a million units, a big part of the success was switching how they encourage people to call in.

Instead of saying the usual are operators are waiting for your calls, they switched it to if the lines are busy please call back, insinuating that lots of other people were calling in.

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