Really great guest post from Sarah at Bristol Hypnotherapy.
Mindset is everything! Whether we’re making changes to our lifestyle, embarking on a new course of study, or starting up a business, our mindset can determine whether we succeed or fail.
Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The Psychology of Success, coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the beliefs people hold about their ability to learn and develop. Her research upon students found that when they believed that they could become smarter, they put extra time and effort into their learning and development. As a result...
Often, small and micro business owners think that many of the traditional business tips and strategies don't apply to them because they are so small. Do any of the following sound familiar?
Oh, I don't need a sales script because ...
I know I should plan my week but ...
There's no point measuring my conversion rates. I know where everyone comes from.
Marketing strategies are for bigger companies.
I don't need an SLA (service level agreement)
And so the list goes on!
We use the excuse that this stuff is not relevant to us. But it is. If you treat your business like a hobby, don't be surprised if it only pays you pocket money. If you want a proper income from your business - give it the respect it deserves and treat it like one!
Do a marketing plan; practice your scripts; get organised. If you don't know how - learn.
I honestly believe that everyone is capable of far more than they realise. I also believe that we all deserve to live happy, more fulfilled lives. Unfortunately, most people will go through life believing that this is just not true for them. They settle. They justify. And give up on their dreams.
I challenge you to start dreaming again.
What would you like to be different in your life? If failure wasn’t an option, what would you do? If you could wake up tomorrow in your dream life, what would be different? Would you be in the same job or business? Same relationship? Same weight or fitness level?
Does anyone actually like doing follow-up calls? I don't think I've met anyone who actually enjoys this process, mainly due to good old "fear of rejection". (see Tip 86 Sales Beliefs) I believe that the energy you generate when you are pitching your business or following up your prospects has a huge influence on your results. Being focused and upbeat with good positive energy will bring you far more clients than if you are anxious and worried about making the call. Your prospect will sense it a mile away. We want to be around positive and upbeat people and are naturally drawn to them.
Our clients contact us at various stages of their business journey, some just starting out, full of excitement, nerves and awesome ideas, and some at a bit of a mid-point, feeling a bit stuck, the next step not as clear as they had hoped.
It’s not uncommon to have worries when you run your own business. It means that you are passionate about your company and you want it to succeed! But, if you are feeling a bit stuck and overwhelmed, we’ve got some tips for how to get your confidence back and continue merrily on your business journey.
One Step at a Time - Guest Post by Elizabeth Withers.
Overthinking is Exhausting E Withers Cleaning was born in August 2017 with no idea of where to start and faced with the anxieties of going it alone. I kept it simple, locally based and prepared for little or no money coming in to begin with.
We are a small cleaning business based in Bristol catering for domestic regular, end of tenancy/one off cleans and office cleaning.
Starting a new business, even just the first thoughts of going it alone, can be very daunting. Trust me, I know - I’ve done it. Starting a new career in my mid 30s, I thought I must be mad, but I went for it and I’m loving it.