4 Ways to Stay Motivated Everyday

Note: I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners can access educational resources, read success stories from other business owners, engage with peers, and find tips to help businesses run more efficiently. Every month, the Page will introduce a new theme that will focus on a topic important to a small business owner.
Do you ever feel like a windup doll? That you have to wind yourself up every day? Well, you do! And if you don’t, who will? It takes discipline. Here are 4 tips for renewing your passion for your business:

1. Work up a sweat.

You know working out is good for you, but it’s also good for business. There is nothing like physical exercise to clear out the cobwebs, reduce stress, come up with a great idea and improve your morale. Do something every day, anything, that causes you to break a sweat. It could be as little as 10 minutes of running, brisk walking, climbing stairs, or a few sit-ups and planks in your office. When you most don’t feel like it…do it, because you will always be glad you did. You will never wish you hadn’t. […]

By |February 11th, 2014|Business Makeover, Employees, Making Sure, Running|1 Comment

Time to Update Your Business Plan?

I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners can access educational resources, read success stories from other business owners, engage with peers, and find tips to help businesses run more efficiently. Every month, the Page will introduce a new theme that will focus on a topic important to a small business owner’s success. For additional tips and advice, and information about Visa’s small business solutions, follow @VisaSmallBiz and visit http://visa.com/business.

“So, you two aren’t on the same page,” I offered, in an effort to soothe the raving woman on the other end of the phone line.

“The same page?” she shouted, “We aren’t even in the same book!  Last year, we agreed to expand the business.  Now that it is time to make a move, my husband is acting like he’s hearing about this for the first time! He actually said, ‘No need to rush into anything.  More trucks, more bills and more employees?  Sounds like more headaches.’  Can you believe it?  I’m ready to leave him, and this business.”

“How about a retreat instead?” I responded.  “Take a day or two to update your business plan.  Work together.  Write it up!  Then, refreshed and reunited, you can move forward.”

She settled down a bit.  That sounded better than getting divorced and looking for a new job.

How about you? […]

By |December 16th, 2013|Business Planning, Making Sure, Social Networking|0 Comments

Find The Love

“Tell me,” Ernie pleaded. “What am I doing wrong?”

Ernie had just closed the books for February and he had a loss for the month. He rattled off a laundry list of very good action items and projects that he was initiating to make sure March would be profitable. The problem, according to Ernie, is that nothing was working fast enough. He was also struggling with some family problems and health issues.

As I saw it, Ernie was doing a whole bunch of things right. He just had a bad month. He was in danger of escalating a bad month into a bad quarter. He was in serious danger of burning out. […]

By |March 25th, 2013|Business Planning, Consulting, Making Sure|3 Comments

Tips for Reputation Management and Marketing

A ranter is someone who tells dozens, maybe hundreds, maybe millions, of people rotten things about you.  Maybe you deserve the rotten tomatoes.  Maybe the ranter has you mixed up with someone else!  In any event, the power of word of mouth marketing has exploded.

You can turn a ranter into a raving fan.  Go all old school and call him up.  Stop by his shop.  Bring an olive branch and your refund check book.  Listen and apologize, if you should.  Do what it takes to make it all better.  If you can.  If you can find him. In person is best. On the phone is OK.  Email is a challenging form of communication for reducing upset.  (DO NOT start a posting war on Facebook.)  You are going to mess up now and then and it’s important to be able to play defense.  That means, be able to skillfully resolve a customer’s upset.  You want to play offense really well, so you don’t have to play defense very often. […]

By |February 27th, 2013|Making Sure, Marketing, Testimonials|3 Comments

How Inspiration Changed the Course of My Business

Plan… or be planned for. If you don’t craft your intention, you may fall into someone else’s plan. And what they have planned for you may not suit you. So consider what you want, and plan for it. Clarity simplifies your life and energizes your dreams. This is the basis of solid business – and life – planning.

That is what I believe. And I am a big on planning. I do it regularly, weekly, religiously.

So, how did I get so frustratingly busy? How come what I really really want is not on my calendar? Why am I dreading the New Year? How did I get…lost? […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Business Planning, Consulting, Making Sure, Running|1 Comment