I keep a journal of quotes and ideas that I come across, and refer to it at times when I need insight (usually something I can’t quite put my finger on) or a reminder to keep myself grounded. This is from the book The Alchemist, and when I first heard it – because I was listening to this book on Audible.com – I bookmarked it and emailed myself a note to write it down.
Since then, I have read and re-read this idea, turning it over in my mind. Sometimes it feels like an epiphany, other times I question it against other ideas that I believe about how much or how little control we have over things.
Revv it up, Part 5: Your ACTION Plan Over the last several weeks we’ve been breaking down the 5 (simple) steps to plan for your best year in business. If you’re just joining us, take a look at what we’ve covered so far: Week 1: A year in review Week 2: Bigger...read more
Revv it up, Part 4: Money Talks Finally, that 10 gallon hat in the back of your closet has a purpose to serve. You’re going to cover it in glitter, mod podge some dollar bills and the loose change you found on the sidewalk, and put that puppy on. It’s time to talk...read more
Revv It Up, Part 3: Set specific goals If you’ve been in business a while and are working on growing, leveraging your time, or just getting A LOT busier next year then Revv It Up is your ticket. Here’s what we’ve covered so far: Revv It Up, Part 1: Review and assess...read more
Revv It Up, Part 2: Your vision - bigger thinking creates better results In Part 1, you hopped in the driver’s seat and firmly grasped the wheel so that you will be in charge of what happens with your business over the next year. [Crowd goes wild] You reviewed the...read more
Revv it up: 5 steps to create your best year in business Show of hands, who is excited that this year is almost over? Oh Lord, did the mild pressure in your chest just got a little tighter? I think they call that stress. I’m not a doctor, but I do know a thing or two...read more
Pricing, ugh. Why is it so difficult to figure out what to charge for things? Why is the learning curve so painful? There is a sweet spot for every business, that allows you to turn a profit and still deliver a greater value to your customer. But there are usually...read more
Roughly .0000013% of people in this world were born with "sales" skills in their blood. (Yeah, I totally made that number up) The rest of us fall somewhere on a scale from "nah" to "ewwww" in our definition of what being a salesperson means. And since I'm randomly...read more
When I was younger and working minimum wage in customer service, I encountered many times when the business motto "the customer is always right" did not apply. From food service to retail to office reception, sometimes it was simply unbearable to smile and nod while...read more
Most people don't start businesses because it seems like a fun way to spend their time. Often there is a very strong pull toward the business idea; a product that needs to be shared, a service that could be done better than it currently is. Sometimes the idea isn't...read more
Lesson: How to keep your business and marriage healthy Some people call their businesses their ‘baby’ - that’s a fine analogy since it’s something that takes a ton of time and care when you first get it going. But as a business ages, and you get more experienced as a...read more
Oh, humans. Such creatures of habit. Good, bad, utterly shameful habits - we've all got 'em. Most people are constantly trying to mitigate their bad habits, using every trick in the book (like publicly announcing that you are now a 6 am runner in hopes that you'll...read more
A topic on my mind lately - because we’re heading into Summer, because I’ve been traveling a lot this year, and because I have been at this long enough to know that I (frequently) have emotional “ups” and “downs” in my business - is motivation. How do you get work...read more