Monthly Archive for March, 2020

The People That Can Help You Unlock Your Full Potential In Business

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Whether you’re in the process of launching your first business or have decades of experience under your belt, you can always achieve more. While only you can take responsibility for this task, it would be very foolish to ignore the support network around you. In truth, a variety of people can help you accomplish bigger and better things.

While it’s essential to avoid services and people that cause a hindrance, several people are worth your attention. Here are five of the best.

Psychologists

In business, as with many aspects of your life, you must learn to move to the beat of your own drum. Still, you do not need to face the journey alone. Whether using a psychologist, mental health expert, or life coach is up to you. Either way, the ability to compartmentalize your life and view business matters with a wise head can work wonders. A clear mind and increased confidence in your approach will increase productivity and reduce mistakes. For those reasons alone, experts are worthwhile investments.

Employees

Running a business is far too much work for one pair of hands. Besides, you probably won’t have the comprehensive skills to take care of all elements. Experts like Michael Page can help you assemble the strongest team. Their skills can be developed further via dedicated staff training and team building activities. When supported by outsourced services, success is assured. Better still, when you feel able to trust your employees, it’s far easier to focus on your individual work. It’s the least you deserve.

 

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Clients

Customers are the lifeblood of any business. Without them, you cannot achieve your goals. Aside from the direct sales, though, they can support the growth of your venture through influencing. They could be social media influencers or affiliates that bring new clients to your door for a small cost. Or you may simply leverage success from gaining positive client reviews. Either way, their ability to encourage others to use your business can be the greatest marketing tool at your disposal. Do not underestimate it.

Partners

Financial partners in business can take many forms. Investors can help your company raise the funds needed to operate and expand. On a personal level, specialists like Wingate Group can open the door to new revenue streams. Smarter investments in real estate and commodities can diversify and grow your wealth. And with exceptional results. When this can be achieved in a passive manner with very little personal input, it’s a win-win situation. Missing out on those opportunities would be very foolish indeed.

Accountants

Every business decision is a financial decision. Hiring a small business accountant seems like another expense. In reality, they can save you money by making suggestions on how to improve the efficiency of your spending. Likewise, they can take care of tax affairs in a far more confident manner. The savings gained through their in-depth understanding will cover their costs. It’s a route that also saves you many hours of stress and hard work. From a financial perspective, their influence on your venture is huge.

3 Reasons Why You Should Write All Your Plans and Projects down on Paper

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With so much of the world being run via the web and various digital tools and programs these days, it’s hardly surprising that many people choose to organise and structure their lives entirely via phone apps or cloud-based platforms.

For those who aren’t using those sorts of tools and systems, there’s a significant proportion – even of would-be entrepreneurs – who aren’t really organising their lives or keeping track of things in any significant way, whatsoever.

But whether your plans, goals, and projects for the future involve something straightforward like looking up roofing services to deal with an issue affecting your home, or whether they centre on a complex business plan; being organised and structured is essential.

More than that, though, there are specific benefits to writing all of your plans and projects down on paper. Here are a few reasons to do so.

Because it gives you time and space to reflect on things in an intentional and effective manner

If you keep your prospective future plans and ideas in the back of your mind and nowhere else, there’s a good chance that you’ll forget all about them, and even if you don’t, it’s very unlikely that those ideas will ever “mature” or come to fruition.

On the other hand, if you track those projects and ideas using a digital platform, it can be much too easy to forget about them altogether and to lose track – as they don’t take up any “space” in the world, and will likely be in a virtual pile of a thousand or more other notes.

Writing things down on paper – especially in a concise and organised notebook that you refer to regularly – puts things in a place where you will more readily be reminded of them, and where you can give them the time and space to “breathe.

You can, then, reflect on things in an intentional and effective manner over time, and make headway on those ideas when the time seems right.

Because it helps to solidify your various projects and obligations in your mind

Some interesting research has found that students who write down notes by hand retain more information and have a better understanding of the subject matter than students who type their notes out on a computer.

Something about writing things down by hand simply seems to activate the memory more effectively, and to make ideas and concepts seem more tangible.

Writing your various projects and obligations down on paper can help to establish them more effectively in your memory, and can therefore make you more organised by default.

Because it reduces the mental strain of trying to keep track of too many things at once

David Allen, creator of the famous “Getting Things Done” task and project management system – a system originally based on writing down notes in a Filofax or on paper – points out that the human mind is very good at generating ideas, but doesn’t do a great job of holding onto them.

Generally speaking, the more things you try to remember and keep track of in your mind, the greater the degree of mental strain, stress, and anxiety you will experience.

Writing things down on paper can be a very therapeutic experience – and it can certainly help you to escape from the stressful sensation that you are at risk of forgetting something important.

3 Ways to Use a Period of Self-Isolation to Prepare for Self-Reinvention

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As of this writing, much of the world’s population is undergoing self-isolation, in connection with the COVID-19 epidemic.

At first glance, a period of self-isolation may seem like an entirely detrimental thing. It likely interferes with your professional life in one way or another, it prevents you from socialising in the way you would usually do, and it presents a broad array of limits and obstacles of other sorts, too.

In fact, though, what at first seems to be a curse might in some sense be a blessing in disguise – because a period of seclusion can be an excellent way of initiating a process of self-reinvention, both personally and professionally.

Here are some tips on how to use a period of self-isolation to prepare for self-reinvention.

Refine your professional and personal goals for the future, and reflect on them a lot

You’ve probably heard words before, to the effect that: “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there.”

It might be more accurate to say: “if you don’t take control of the journey, you’ll likely end up somewhere you don’t want to be.”

Having professional and personal goals is essential for ensuring that your actions have coherence, and that they build on top of one another in a productive way, and lead you in a broadly positive direction.

That being said, many people – even entrepreneurs – frequently get into the habit of essentially stumbling forward either without any real goals, or with outdated goals that they haven’t refined and kept current in light of changing circumstances.

A period of self-isolation is the perfect opportunity for doing some serious contemplation on your personal and professional goals for the future. Clearly visualise what it is you want to achieve. Consider different contingencies. Articulate those goals as clearly as you can, and create broad outlines for action. Then, reflect on those goals more and more to refine them further and further.

Investigate the logistics of direct actions you can take in the near future

If you’re stuck at home, you will obviously be limited in the range of actions you can take right now in order to reinvent yourself either personally or professionally.

But, you can certainly investigate the logistics of various direct actions and strategies, and can plan accordingly, so that you’re ready to “explode forth” when things get back to normal.

Your research may involve finding reliable self storage solutions that may have a professional application. Or, it may involve a marketing action plan for generating new leads.

In any case, be primed and ready to go.

Organise your home environment, and spend a good deal of time in quiet contemplation

Keeping a broadly tidy and organised home environment is a great way of maintaining a sense of control and structure during otherwise uncertain times.

Beyond that, though, organising your home, and also finding a good deal of time for quiet contemplation, can help you to calm your thoughts, engage in meaningful “discussions” with yourself, refine your values, and get a clearer sense of the kind of person you want to be.

Busy day-to-day life often doesn’t allow much scope for silence and contemplation, meaning that we rarely practice the degree of healthy introspection we perhaps should. Now is a great time to change that.

How To Move To The Beat Of Your Own Drum In Business

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Innovation in business and industry takes courage and hard work. But it also takes the right mindset. If you want your business to be another version of a business that has gone before, then at best you will become mediocre and never enjoy true success. However, if you want to stand out and lead the way, you need to find your own groove and move to the beat of your own drum.

Here are some examples of the type of mindsets you should employ if you want your business to stand out from the crowd and be truly innovative and original.

If There Is A Problem, Find The Solution Yourself

If you hit a stumbling block on the road to getting your business off the ground, it can be very easy to turn to other companies that have come before to see how they have solved that same problem. And, while you may well come across the exact same problem, often you may only find similarities, instead of an exact match.

In order to solve a problem that is specific to your business model, you should not try to put a square peg into a round hole. If something works for someone else, it doesn’t mean that it will work for you. Use bespoke solutions that are innovative and deal directly with your own specific set of circumstances.

This might mean investing in enterprise software development in order to get software that your business can use. Instead of trying to use other people’s software that might not be the best fit for your needs.

Understand The Need Your Business Is Filling

So often businesses just exist as a means to make money and are driven by the profits. It may be that they were started with an aim and vision, but this might have quickly become diluted when they teamed up with the wrong investors. But it is important to understand exactly what the benefit of your business is.

You need to know why you are different from other companies that might offer something similar. What is it that your customers specifically need that they can only get from you? Your unique selling point should be central to your vision and you should make sure that you thoroughly capitalize on this fact. You should also protect your USP from intellectual property theft, and from the need to deliver on profits rather than on your companies vision.

See Long Term Success As Your Goal Rather Than Short Term Gains

A true visionary in business will always see the bigger picture. Do not be blindsided by the potential to make short terms gains. Businesses like Facebook, for example, held off from monetization during the first couple of years in operation, believing that their product had a wide reach. Once it had attracted their customer base and created a need that could not be found anywhere else, only then would it be time to actually start making money.