Build Your Business Around Your Strengths!

Build Your Business Around Your Strengths!

Build Your Business Around Your Strengths!

Last week, I encouraged you to think about what you are really BAD at and the reason I did that is that with that insight (or reminder!), you will come to fully appreciate the importance of playing to your strengths when you have your own business.

So what is a STRENGTH?

Often, we think of our ‘strengths’ as being the things that we are good at.  However, a strength is not just something that you do well, a strength is something that you do well AND that you enjoy doing.  


A strength is something that, when you do it, it makes you feel STRONGER because it energises you.  That’s why it’s called a STRENGTH

  • So, what do you do in your business that you are both good at AND that you enjoy?
  • What have you done in your life that made you feel energised?
  • What could you talk about or do for hours without tiring?
  • And, what would you do even if you didn’t get paid?

These are your REAL strengths.

When you build a business around playing to your strengths, then your business really starts to move.

So why not take some time to answer the questions above and then come and share your strengths on the Business enACTers Group on Facebook?

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Who Could You Collaborate With?

Who Could You Collaborate With?

Who Could You Collaborate With?

We often talk about collaboration being a powerful way to grow and run a business.

Collaboration is key both from an internal and an external perspective

From an INTERNAL perspective, collaborating enables you to gain additional skills to be able to grow and run your business effectively, without having to develop them yourself!  

It also enables you to create your dream team, from the obvious accountant/bookkeeper, to your IT support, business mentor/coach and your social media or marketing expert.

From an EXTERNAL perspective, collaborating with others enables you to provide a more complete offering to your clients, so that they don’t experience the risk associated with working with a One-Man-Band and get a better solution in the process.

It also allows you stay within your capability and expertise, so that you play to your strengths and stay loyal to your offering.

At enACT, our members understand the power of collaboration and use our Collaboration Club to source collaboration partners and opportunities.

To find out about an enACT Accountability Group near you, get in touch!

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Is The Answer YES?

Is The Answer YES?

Is The Answer YES?

Accountability is essential when you run a small business as, without it, it’s easy to allow the important activities – the ones that will drive your business forward – to slip to the bottom of the list.

That’s why I suggest that you implement Accountability Measures in your business and very simply, an Accountability Measure is a measure that you implement which is designed to keep you focused and on track.

The first accountability measure I want to share with you is one that you can utilise every single hour (and sometimes more often than that!)  It’s called:

The Qualifier Question

Every single day, opportunities and possibilities present themselves to us and, whether we are aware of it or not, we expend energy each time making the decision about whether or not to pursue them.  Imagine your business is a conveyor belt and that those opportunities and possibilities pass by you every minute and hour on that belt…

What ONE question could you ask yourself EVERY time that would make it easy for you to make the decision about whether or not to pursue it?

It must be a question that can be answered with a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ and the key is that the answer must be YES in order for you to entertain it. If the answer is NO (or even MAYBE), you simply move on.

This is an incredibly powerful Accountability Measure and one that is completely free to implement!

So, what is YOUR Qualifier Question?

Go on, give it a go!

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What’s Your Default?

What’s Your Default?

What’s Your Default?


This week we are focusing on the second A of Accountability:  Activity.

So, what do I mean by Activity?  

Well, on one level, it’s obvious: if you’re going to make things happen in your business, you need to DO stuff!

But how do you ensure that you’re doing the RIGHT stuff?

You know what it’s like:

You set your goals with enthusiasm and good intent.

The first couple of items get done and that relieves the short term pressure, but somehow, the non-urgent, or non-interesting stuff just doesn’t get done.  The problem is that it is precisely these activities that will take your business forward!

Create a default diary!

I’ve talked about this before, but it’s so important to your activity that I’m reminding you again!  A Default Diary is a way of planning your recurring obligations and activities into your schedule so that you don’t have to worry about when you’ll get them done.  This includes paperwork and filing, marketing and social media, client follow-up and invoicing right through to your weekly chat with your mother if you want to!

Putting these into a Default Diary means that you can forget about having to plan for the basics each week and, instead, focus on activity that will grow your business.

So, what would you put into YOUR Default Diary?  Could you have a ‘Money Monday’, or a ‘Finance Friday’?  Could you have ‘Admin AM’s’?  You get the picture.

We operate a Default Diary here and wouldn’t be without it now!  Go on!  Give it a go!

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You Can’t Do It All!

You Can’t Do It All!

You Can’t Do It All!

Let’s face it, building and running a business can be tough.

You’ve got to be the prospector, and the marketeer.  You’ve got to go out networking, build the relationships, make the sales and follow them up.  

Then you’ve got to deliver the service and deal with the customers or clients.  

And, you’ve also got to do the numbers.

The fact is that none of us have the full toolkit required to run a business which is why we could all do with delegating some aspects of our business activity to an expert so that we can get on with doing the bits that we’re good at!

 

So, what could you delegate to someone else, either because you are so busy, or because you’re no good at it?

Write that down.

And who do you know in your network that is an expert in that area that you could delegate that activity to?

Write their name down.

Then why not get in touch with that person now and discuss how you might work together.

Have a great week and remember to pop along to our Business enACTers Group on Facebook and share how you are getting on!

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