Need IT Solutions But Don’t Have a Help Desk? Google Has The Answers!

Most solo business owners struggle with IT problems. When you work by yourself it can be very difficult to work out how to use software properly, and how to get help when your software or hardware isn’t working properly. This is especially frustrating for business owners who have come from a corporate world and are used to calling the IT help desk and handing over the problem.

So, what can you do when  you are working on your own and you have no idea how to solve your IT issue? The three things I always recommend to my clients are Google, YouTube and Live Chat, and these generally result in positive outcomes. Continue Reading →

Technology Isn’t The Bad Guy

Many new business owners, don’t embrace technology.

I know that is a very general statement to make but when I talk technology so many of the clients I work with say things like “Oh that’s not me. I’m people orientated. I need to be with people and not online”.

And that’s fine if you want to limit your practice to your local community but if you really want to grow your business you need to start using technology such as Skype, social media, email, SMS, accepting credit card payments and so on to help you.

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Hobby or Business … It’s All in Your Attitude!

Does it seem as though others see your business as a hobby?

If you dig deep down in to your subconscious and are really honest with yourself, do you see your business as more like a hobby than a ‘proper job’?

Struggling to persuade yourself and others that your business is a ‘real’ business and deserves respect is a common problem for new business owners but if you want to be successful it is essential to get out of the hobbyist mindset.

Many of us tend to be focused on helping people, rather than financial gain, yet it’s important to recognise that you can still help people and make money from your work.

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Staying on track in your business

Do you find it difficult to work out which business opportunities are good ones and which opportunities are just going to sap your time without giving any real return?

Staying on track is a common problem for small business owners as we often choose to pick up every new idea or proposal that comes to us. But then we find ourselves completely off track and wondering “how did I end up over here, when where I really wanted to be was over there?”.

So, what can you do to make sure your business stays on the path you have chosen?

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Why investing in your business is worth the money

One of the hardest things to get your head around when you start a new business, or want to expand your existing one, is spending money to make money.

I don’t mean spending money on things like a printer or a mobile phone. I mean investing in less tangible things, things like mentoring, networking , business development or perhaps even administration staff so you can have more time to build your core business.

Often expensive, this kind of investment can feel very hard to justify because you are spending the money BEFORE you see the return.

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Wondering how much to charge? Ask what you are worth

How much should you charge your clients?

Most wellness practitioners don’t know how much they are worth, not just in financial terms but in what they deliver to their clients and so they have no idea how much they should be charging.

Value = self esteem.

Think about that equation for a second.

Are you proud of the amount you charge or do you resent your clients because you don’t feel you are being paid what you are worth?

Does the amount you charge for your service match your self esteem?

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