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Holiday Lessons for Life and Business Planning Part One

Planning Your Holiday, Life and Business Planning are Really Similar

Well the weather has been awesome recently, However there does seem to be a the usual mass exodus of people going abroad looking

The Importance of Business Planning

My Plan Got me on Holiday

for the bright shiny, glowing orb thing that seems always seems brighter in foreign locations.

However we can all learn from how we book our holidays, nobody, decides one day to pack their bags, rocks up to an airport, points at a plane and says “I’ll go on that one” you could end up at some completely disastrous destinations and depending upon what you packed, completely unprepared for the location, a bikini in the Artic won’t be of much use.

However a lot of people spend more time planning their holidays than they do with their life’s, or doing the business planning which is absolutely crazy way to live, but the process for a successful life, holiday or business is exactly the same.

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In Business Be Prepared for the Odd Hiccup

Well we’re into the second half of 2014 now and it’s been a great year so far. I’m one of just a handful of coaches in the region to be

Make Sure you Have Systems in Your Business

Make Sure you Have Systems in Your Business

registered and approved for the Growth Accelerator Programme,  meaning that I can help SME businesses access government support. If you’re looking to grow over the next few years, this is definitely worth looking into.

However there have been a couple hiccups in my plans for the first part of the year too. I managed to get flu, which seemed to knock me out for a week, but a speedy recovery saw me snowboarding a week later (Happy Days) but when I returned, I’d picked up some sort of chest infection. I still managed to run some training s I’d Read More »

Do You Know Who Your Best Customers are?

Knowing Who Your Best Customers Are is Essential

If you’re in business then you have customers. You might have a few, or a few thousand, but understanding who your customers are

Who Are Your Best Customers?

Who Are Your Best and Worst Customer?

– and especially who your best customers are – is absolutely essential and allows you to target new business too. Think about your ideal customers and even make up an avatar for them. Think about where they live, what they read, what kind of hobbies and sports they have, where they shop, and what frustrations they have.

Then Work Out How to Get in Front of Your Best Customers

Once you have all of this noted down, you can start to think about ways to get your business in front of them and ways to encourage them to take some sort of action, whether that be to pick up the phone and call you, download a free guide, or request a visit or an estimate.Also, look at how can you educate your customers.

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What Excuses In Business Do You Hear?

What Excuses in Business do You Hear?

Excuses in Business

Your Believes Can Sometimes be The Only Thing Holding You Back

It’s interesting sometimes to listen to the excuses people come up with for *not* doing something, especially the excuses in business, it’s the economy, my staff aren’t good enough, I can’t get the people with the skills around here, people just wont pay the high prices, that wouldn’t work here, its OK for them, they got in early.

Have You Heard Any of These Excuses in Business?

We all have fears, not being good enough being one of them, so a lot of the time rather than taking full responsibility for whats going on, we make excuses, the funny thing is as soon as we make excuses, we give the power away to be able to do anything about the situation, taking responsibility puts the power in your hands.

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Know Where Your Business is Going?

I always like asking business owners, what they really want to achieve in life – is it having more time to spend with the children,

Planning Your Life so Everything Fits Together

Planning Your Life so Everything Fits Together

Working three day weeks, jetting off on well-deserved luxury holidays throughout the year or even property abroad?

Once that’s established, we can then put a plan in place outlining how you’re actually going to achieve it – do you need to take on additional staff? Do you need to give junior staff the training needed to take on your role? What clients do you need, how big are they? You get the picture.

Think of it as similar to when you go on holiday – you don’t just turn up at the airport, choose a plane at random, and then jump on board. You decide where you really want to go first, and then work out the best way to make it happen. Read More »

The Secret to Business Growth

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The Secret To Growing Your Business

Don’t Tell Your Competitors

Breaking news, there is no silver bullet for your business.

You’ll sometimes hear people saying “if only this would happen” or “if only that would happen, we’d be made”. Well, in my experience there is no silver bullet within business. No if only and no one single answer or action to building a great business. It’s about small changes across every area of the business, so let’s look at these and give a worked example…

What we are going to is look at how working in each area of our business can have a huge impact on turnover, so first we need to consider the number of your:

Past Customers

This is anyone that has ever bought from you, and if you’ve been going for a while you’re going to have to consider how far back you are able or prepared to go. Do you have a database? If not, perhaps old invoices can provide this information and you could transfer it to a data base? Trust me when I say that this is one area you don’t want to fall down on – your financial future depends on having an up-to-date database of anyone that you’ve ever come into contact with. Read More »