Do you get worried that by "selling" you are annoying or pushy? Does it feel "slimy" to try and help customers buy or buy more?
In this episode, I want to help you realize that you can sell in a humble yet clear way that actually helps the customer make decisions that will help better their lives. They may not realize they need that "push" and they may not realize they need the results you can give.
This, in fact, was something that happened to my son. He has a power-washing business and it’s been awesome watching him go through all the stages and things entrepreneurs normally do! He shared how he was quoting a driveway for a client and then he saw her sidewalk was dirty and felt bad asking if she wanted a quote on that too. He was worried he was being “pushy”. I explained that no - he was actually HELPING her by quoting it because in the end, she would be much happier with her home if it was all done. Plus, it would be cheaper to have him do it now, versus...
I heard a great saying the other day - and it hit me like a brick:
"You can't have what you aren't willing to become." Wow. Think about that for a minute. Think about it in terms of your life - AND business.
In today's episode, I share how you can create boundaries & parameters for what you are and aren't willing to do - because it matters big-time.
Let me repeat the saying again: “You can’t have what you aren’t willing to become.” Let it sink in….
It made me reflect on my process of seriously considering opening a facial spa in my town. After working through everything with the consultant…I soon realized what I WAS NOT willing to sacrifice to have that business.
I was not willing to risk all the money in a town that had many awesome businesses go out of business.
I was not willing to work 6 days a week until 7pm since 2 of my 3 kids are still home.
I was not willing to do ALL of that considering I am not the breadwinner of the...
Are you struggling personally, or in your business? Feeling anxious during this whole shift that is taken place in our world with the quarantine?
Realize that your struggle today is actually the process that you NEED to be going through to become the person you are truly meant to be!
I heard a story the other day that my pastor shared and I just had to share it here:
"The emperor moth is the most majestic species among all the moths. It has wide wings spanning out majestically when it flies. Before it can become a full-grown moth, it has to be a pupa in a cocoon. Now, the interesting fact about the moth’s cocoon is that the neck of the cocoon is very narrow.
In order that it becomes a moth, the pupa of the moth must squeeze its way out of the narrow neck. One day a man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. He sat and watched the moth struggling to force the body through that little hole. Then it seemed...
In last week's episode (23), I shared how why and how to start crafting your personal VISION statement. This week I share now how to take the next step and create your personal MISSION statement. Yes, they are 2 different things - and you need them both!
Whereas your vision statement is about your future self, your MISSION statement is about the actions you can take today to move towards your vision. Whereas your vision statement is your NORTH STAR, your mission statement is your COMPASS. So your mission statement is your over-arching action plan - not the specifics but the big-picture idea.
Here are the questions you want to answer in your mission statement:
What do I do?
Whom do I serve?
How will I serve them
Here is an example of a statement: To use my [skills or expertise] to inspire/lead [group of people] so that [ultimate goal].
As a bonus gift to yourself, go ahead and write out your top 5 values. This is part of who...
We all know businesses create vision statements, but what about you - have you created your own PERSONAL vision statement?
It’s time to create yours today if you have never taken the time. It can be your over-arching guide, GPS, north start, compass for everything you do. This will help ensure that you stay guided and on the path you have set out to take for your life.
Well, here are the reasons why you need to do it:
It forces you to know yourself better.
It clarifies the direction for your life.
It actually inspires you and gives you more joy in all that you are doing.
It motivates you on unproductive days.
It only has to be 1-2 sentences and can be something you memorize and keep top of mind every day! Get the 2-page Personal Vision Statement Guide below and get started on yours today!
Everyone's perspectives are different - from the way we see things in life and in our businesses.
With this Corona Virus, we all have a perspective on why it is happening, where it started, etc. And the sad part is, it's hurting many small businesses. And it completely breaks my heart. I know the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into building a business, and I pray this whole debacle ends soon.
But what perspective are you taking during this time? Doom & Gloom ...or do you see it as an opportunity to grow? Read more about how you can gut check your perspective on all this!
Starting & building your own business can be an emotional rollercoaster.
You think of your business idea and it feels amazing...then you realize there is work to be done to bring your vision to reality.
Then you start trying to plan everything and get excited about having something to sell, but you get stressed when you have to spend money to get things done.
You then open for business and it is the most wonderful feeling in the world - full of hope and excitement for what is to come! But then reality sets in that you have to market this business or no one will know about you.
But even with things like this, owning your own business is such a personally rewarding experience! When you get to impact your clients, it truly gives you a feeling like no other.
I know your business must mean so much to you - as mine have meant the world to me!
So, make sure you are taking...
Today I have a frank and deep talk with Mary Hodges of Abundantly Being
about how we all seem to think that we need to run and market our businesses like everyone else - and we don't.
It's time to question the rules and step back! Take some time to really decide what is authentic to you and create a plan around that.
In addition, we are so distracted that we aren't leaving time for creativity and real productive time to build our businesses authentically.
I'm so excited for you to hear the talk - and let me know if you agree! ___________________________________________________________________________
Abundantly Being with guest Mary Hodges- http://www.abundantlybeing.com - a community of women business owners rethinking the rules and living with more purpose.
Attn Ladies: I have a PRIVATE Facebook Group just for you! Yes, it's for small business starters & owners just like you trying to run your...
Many people describe themselves as ambitious, in fact my own husband has described me this way. However, after thinking this through, I would rather be considered committed instead of ambitious. Why? Because ambition sometimes doesn't have action associated with it or an actual mission behind it.
When you are committed, you are in it. You are doing everything it takes - for YOUR specific goals. You aren't just sitting around dreaming and stating that you want to do this or that. When you are committed, you are doing the things to move forward and make it happen.
Now, being committed doesn't mean that you want to have a billion-dollar business. It could mean you are committed to working enough to make $500/month, or $5000/month, or whatever it is. This simply means you are committed to taking steps, taking action and doing the things that need to be done. You aren't just sitting around saying you want this or that, you are actually doing the work.
Knowing your strengths is a crucial foundation for your business. It affects what tasks you personally perform each day, who you hire, how you “sell”, how you work with others, and many more reasons! Your strengths actually make up 1 of the 4 pillars that are the true foundation of your business (as discussed in Episode 1 about knowing your true business purpose.)
In this episode, I have Lindsay Preston as a guest discussing Solidifying Your Strengths. She is a life coach, podcast host, and even has her own course you can take to find your strengths. In addition, she helps women with mindset and relationships. She's fabulous! The info Lindsay provides will surely be valuable for business and life.
In addition, she has a crazy situation that happened to her years ago, which actually helped spur her desire to become a life coach. She found out her husband was living a double life. UGGHHHH. You can hear about it and how she overcame it.
I actually took her...