I came across two interesting businesses that are new for the 21st century
The personal concierge
A personal concierge service runs on the most basic of premises. People want things done but don’t have the time to do them. This works extremely well with tourism. Picture yourself in a strange town knowing no one and this service is on offer! Concierges are finding their services are needed more than ever. People are more and more comfortable with the concept of passing along their errands to personal concierges.
Services to Offer
With the industry growing and developing the way it is, it’s impossible to give a complete list of services personal concierges provide. Who knows what new service might be offered next week? But this list of some of the services personal concierges can offer might help you come up with a few ideas for services you can provide to your clients:
Car repairs, oil change, car wash
Running miscellaneous errands
Making travel arrangements
Meal pickup; some chef services
Concert/movie reservations, etc.
Locating hard-to-find items and collectibles
These people charge by the kilometer and walk with the client giving them information about the walk, listening and chatting. There are many reasons why someone would want this service as we all know that walking alone is ok sometimes but generally works better with someone. This also leans its self towards tourism as well.
The Kairos Effect. Have ever had that moment of synchronicity when your hairs on the back of the neck rise or your body feel a warmth or gut starts murmuring and you know the situation you are in is familiar to you in that you have experienced it before! A feeling cloaks you with joy and happiness and occasionally trepidation! The ancient Greeks had a word for this the Kairos moment e.g. word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. Body balance is all about getting your mind body and soul aligned and that Kairos moment is seen by some as the presence of the soul! The ancient Tibetans showed that by aligning the energy centers of the body that enlightenment, by way of freeing the mind and body from distractions, could be given a chance to develop. It seems the body has centers where emotions and behaviors are manifest. This phenomenon when developed allows us to listen to our body and mind to see the presence of the soul! 15th-century Gregorian monks used chanting to connect with there source and analysis of the notes match with charka tones used to clear the chakras. The Kairos moments then have a chance to develop and that wondrous ability to know if by instinct that you are on the right track or opportunity has arisen. In recent times there has been a resurgence in finding that source.
So next time you have a Kairos effect moment remember the possibilities!
Are you celebrating your successes? If you are not then you are probably not setting any goals. Here are my 3 top tips for successfully planning your day and feeling like you have achieved something.
Plan to do your top 3 tasks
Every morning, make a list of the top 3 things you want to achieve that day. You may have a bigger “to do list” and that’s good but you need to prioritise them. Select 1 big one and 2 small easy ones. Ideally the 2 smaller ones can be knocked off in one day. With the big one you will need to have several sub goal because it is so big. See my blog on Planning a Successful Year to help with this. It is important to set yourself up to have a good day and feel you have achieved something. If you don’t plan to achieve anything you will constantly feel like you never achieve anything. Logical right? So many people just get up and look at all the tasks and try to get as much done as they can. Stop doing this. You need to see progress.
For me the small tasks are things like – get out todays orders or get out 10 orders in 2 hours or spend 2 hours answering emails. If you just sit at your computer an answer all your emails or fill every order you may never get to anything else. You may need to set up an auto email response to say you aim to answer all emails within 2 working days. You may need a similar one for orders that state when an order will be filled. If you can do better than your stated response time you will and this will make the customer happy but they knew not to expect anything else.
Work on one important task for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. Refocus, start a fresh and get back to your to-do list (see point 1). During this 10 minute break I recommend:
you don’t just have coffee during this break. Do something physical like stretching or go for a quick walk around the house or garden.
you make sure you have plenty of water to sip on during the day and reduce your coffee in take to 2-3 cups a day.
Use a diary
You might use a paper diary or a digital diary but if you don’t use it well you will not feel you are on top of things. I use google calendar on my phone and this syncs with my online calendar in google. When I first started using my digital diary I also used a paper diary as I like to see things on paper. It might take you a while to let go of your paper diary too. Find something that works for you. The thing I found hardest was talking to clients and booking the appointment at the same time. I eventually found a way to fix that. What I did was to have an online booking system with set times I was available. This sent them a reminder too which helped with no shows. There are lots of online booking systems and the free ones don’t have reminders. I found it was worth paying for it.
You can invite clients to an appointment on google calendar and hope it ends up in their calendar. That’s free. This relies on you to take the booking and set it up. If you pay for a system you put in your time slots and clients choose a time. This saves heaps of time if you are looking for time savings.
Let me know how you are going with these. Give us your feedback on Facebook or here in the comments.
When you are working the number one feeling is having a positive attitude.
Take yesterday, for example, a friend told me he would help re-roof the garage six months ago and arrived at 9.00am. I jumped at the opportunity and then spent the next eight hours stripping and putting on new iron. I got blisters on my hands and cut my fingers. It was a glorious situation when the weather forecast on the radio expected thunder and lightning later on in the day and we sped up work. I loved doing the work. We completed it and I then obtained the necessary supplies required when a friend puts in an effort and for the next hour sat admiring the work from the shelter of the porch as the heavens came down. I could feel my body in all sorts of places the yoga I do does not go. When I bid my farewells I drew a hot bath and scrubbed the rust and grim off, dried my self off and felt like a million bucks. I felt satisfied.
My attitude got me thru.
If you carry a positive attitude with love and passion for what you are doing it helps!
Motivation can take many forms. The best motivation I have found is one where I have feelings. Negative emotions make me make mistakes and I end up with costly rework when I am fired up with a passion for something I love my productivity goes thru the roof! So it was a no-brainer for me to pursue my passions and deal with the negative by acceptance or outsourcing! I also started to chip away at the negative by changing my mindset, allowing the diversity of opinion and using meditation to reinforce the acceptance of things that spurred negative emotion. I also used time management to get the daily routine into one where I was in control of my emotions.
owed me to be fired up
That allowed the love!
That allowed the passion!
That all and perform!
What are you doing to fire that passion 365 days a year? Motivation is required!
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As the weekend draws to a close and Monday looms ever closer, it’s time to step up and take action. Not over-the-top exhausting action; gentle action that will ease the dread of Sunday night and sweeten the start to your week. Who knows – adopt a few of these simple habits and Monday morning might start to look a whole lot brighter. Dare I say you may even begin to look forward to the start of the working week?
Brighten up your day
Make Sunday the day you change the sheets. Fresh, sun-dried sheets – linen if possible – can make climbing into bed of a Sunday night a pleasure. Reserving little joys like these for when you need a bit of a lift can make a surprising difference.
Dedicate Sundays to you-time
Action-packed weekends are fun, but if you get to Sunday night and feel like you need a weekend to recover from your weekend, it’s time for a rethink. An obligation-free day can give you the headspace you need to recharge for the week ahead. And you know what they say – the best ideas often pop into your head when they have the space to do so.Tip: Going out on Friday night is often better than on Saturday night, simply because you wake up on Saturday morning with the sense that the whole weekend is ahead of you. Wake up on Sunday, on the other hand, and the feeling is often one of dread – the weekend can seem like it’s almost over.
Get a bit organised
Spend 20 minutes paying bills, crossing items off your household to-do list and making a list for the week ahead. This will give you a sense of control over any chaos rattling around in your head, thus relieving any stress you’re unwittingly holding in the process.Tip: Try planning your meals for the week on Sunday – and order the ingredients online – to streamline your week and boost the chances you’ll eat healthily. You don’t have to be naturally organised to bring this routine to life – just think of it as freeing up energy. The more decision making you can reduce during the week, the more energy you’ll have to dedicate to more rewarding pursuits.
Make joy not war
Take the time to do something you really enjoy on Sunday – something that leaves you feeling nourished rather than depleted at the end of the day. Play your favourite tunes while you bake, roll out your mat on the back deck and do a yoga session, get out your guitar and play some old favourites, play cards with your partner or invite a friend over to do the same.Tip: If you can give your eyes and brain a rest from screens one day during the week, this is the day to do it. A digital detox can be positively restorative.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the magnitude of what you have to accomplish in the week ahead, particularly if you have a stressful job or are juggling family and work demands. It’s also easy to focus on what you don’t have – enough time, enough money, enough fulfilment – rather than what you do have. Use Sundays to count your blessings. If you live alone, write down some of the great things in your life in a journal dedicated to the purpose. If you live with others, sit down together for dinner on Sunday night and make it a weekly ritual to go around the table, taking turns to answer the question: What are you grateful for?Tip: Avoid the temptation to judge someone on what they’re thankful for (or what they’ve forgotten to mention). If they make a joke of it, that’s OK too. The less pressure they feel, the more likely they’ll answer more authentically next time.
See your home in a new light
Look around your living space – does it make you happy to spend time there? If not, it might be time for a mini makeover. It needn’t be expensive – buy or create a new artwork to transform the space, wallpaper a feature wall, inject some fresh colour with cushions and throws, paint a chair and pop it in a corner, rearrange your bookshelves by colour, hang an oversized mirror, rearrange the furniture, add greenery with a fabulous new plant. Do whatever it takes to breathe fresh life into the room and you’re sure to feel invigorated every time you walk in.
Go easy on yourself
Either share the load when it comes to making dinner on Sunday night or throw some ingredients into the slow cooker on Sunday morning so your evening is relaxed and largely chore free.Tip: If this is the one night of the week you sit down as a family to have dinner, ensure it’s a meal everyone loves and give it a sense of occasion – the good glasses, a tablecloth if you have one and candles. It doesn’t take a lot of extra effort to make dinner special.
Decide how your week will go
There’s a reason athletes are taught to visualise winning the race, breaking that record and holding the championship cup over their head – it has a direct impact on their chances of success. The same tactic can be applied to your own life. Setting an intention for the week ahead is the first step, then visualise what will happen when that intention comes to fruition. Imagining how it feels to achieve your desired outcomes will have you bounding out of bed Monday morning, ready to take on the world. After coffee, of course. Your say
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I have been doing a lot of Facebook live posts about gathering a team around you when you work for yourself because its important you dont see working for yourself as working alone. Why is this important?
If you have come from a team based environment it can be hard to get used to working by yourself. There doesnt seem to be anyone to bounce ideas around with, no one to ask when you get stuck on that computer program or task you know someone else helped you out with, no one to have a coffee with or catch up on the weekend sport with. This is not the same as missing working for someone else. Its about loving the energy of working in a team.
Advice on money
It is possible to work in a team when you work for yourself. It involves gathering around you people who help you do what you do. Your accountant helps with the finances so it make sense that you seek advice and discuss ideas with your accountant around how you should spend or risk your money. Some accountants are very skilled business coaches too. They can help with business plans and financial coaching. If yours isnt helpful you need to find one who is. (Andrew is great if you need one email@example.com)
Maybe you have a friend or aquantance you have admired for their head for business. How about asking them to be a sounding board for you. You could approach you local business chamber or business development group to see if they have business mentors.
Having a business partner often makes good sense. You each should have strenghts the other values and have the abiltiy to share the work load and contribute to the business financially. Hey presto, you now have a person to share ideas, money, learning… everything.
Online business community
There are lots of great online learning forums that you a great community of people doing and learning just like you. Find one and start talking to people. When you get personal and share you will find lots of people come out of the woodwork and give.
It is great to have a business but having a mindful business appeals to more people than just a single focus on sales. The world can only be sustainable if you work with the world, and not against it. What will your great grandchildren think about the legacy you leave them?
Ultimately this is the responsible business! Are you planning to change?
I have always worked from home and have to mindful of energy, family life, breaks, the inclusion of all beliefs and abilities. I live in a very special place which wants its area preserved. I volunteer for community activities and participate to support the community. I consider my scorecard to always be a work in progress.
I spent a couple of hours after Topical cyclone Fehi cleaning up a beach area in my hometown of Greymouth after sea erosion had reopened a dump closed 25 years ago. The rubbished consisted of Styrofoam and plastic shopping bags. Now the smell was still pungent I got my gloves on and picked up my share of 5 large bags. Now I really understand that plastic just does not go away. These days a lot of plastic is recycled, but then a lot isn’t! In New Zealand, 69% is recycled and that leaves the other 31% for a legacy for our great-grandchildren. A way to reduce this is to eliminate plastic bags in your life! Buy some jute bags to take to the supermarket, insist on paper/cardboard coffee cups, even better drink out of China! It is not only plastic but the way we do business! When is the last time you cycled or walked to an appointment? I am lucky that on the West Coast of New Zealand 100% of our power comes from renewable energy, however if your energy comes from carbon sources start thinking about turning things off! In the end what legacy do you want to leave? Remember working from home in a digital environment cuts down on your energy use immensely!
The other office is required from time to time. Even in a digital business you still need face to face contact. I live in a remote part of the world where nature still rules supreme. The 1000-year-old trees have witnessed many things. In living here one has to be present and fully aware on the journey, as many surprising things can put up in more ways than one.
In the end, the personal contact for an hour or so cements the digital contact for the rest of the year in the meeting of minds that takes place. I saw the emotions of the book launch and the brisk sales as well as the dignitaries speeches while at the same time being in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Time is at a premium in all our lives, however, time management can produce time for you! The tools that are available today to work and earn money are amazing. Automation of sales funnels and virtual assistants can allow you to focus on driving your business to the next level by producing content that your tribe is interested in! There are some amazing loving people out around the world who can mentor and assist you gain that edge by seeing and learning the use of those tools! Would it not be great to be able to have that time to ground yourself on that beach, feeling the sand between your feet? With the right tools making the time to do that is achievable!
The net result is cultivating joy in your day and when you have that it will assist in rekindling the passion in your business!
We all at some time, look towards the future and have a moment of imagination and creativity as towards how we would like to feel in say 5 years time. I know that the new year is a time for reflation in my life. This is great provided we take stock of the here and now, the present! In my daily routine, I listen to what is around me and try and feel and my make sense of my feelings. I know that when I am laughing and smiling that I am enjoying what I am doing. I know also the signs of fear, that increasing heart rate and shortening of the breath! Specifically increasing the joyful aspects and minimizing the periods of fear has become a hallmark of my life. Yoga meditation and contemplation are part of my routine and allow me to focus on the important issues. Focus can overcome blocks to my learning and interaction with others. It also allows me to be driven by passion. Mapping out the day and undertaking tasks that will move me forward are the focus. I know when I am on the right track when I smile, laugh and feel the warmness dwell up through my spine and envelope my body! This all comes back down to that daily routine that is focused to maximize the opportunities! When I apply those lessons to business this allows me to get the tasks done in a fashion to move forward!
In summary, laying the groundwork for focussed daily routines might get you towards that 5-year objective by staying present in the here and now!’
When you are running a small operation sometimes you need to learn about different tasks and you think that you can’t afford them! This results in missing marketing opportunities as you are limited in what you know. Mentoring, peer support, outsourcing and collaboration can minimise risk those lost opportunities because you get the advice and support you need. Joining online forums and taking part in online learning should not be under-estimated because there are lots of people out there like you seeking answers and lots of people who have the answers. Ask, seek, learn, collaborate.
Planning your day to include networking and learning can make all the difference to your success.
Ask yourself what does your day look like? Today is a good day to start making room for your future success!
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The passion between two people is a powerful force! An even more important force is that love reserved for yourself! Without that love for yourself, we are sometimes lost in the power of other emotions and that feeling can be very draining! It is best sometimes to reserve some me time to get back in balance, to re-feel the passion for yourself and in turn, others see that passion. Without that time, we become an existence! Passion takes many forms but sometimes it is as simple as a change in mindset. An example of the types of exercises that you could nurture are affirmations, exercise, and self-care by way of yoga and massage! These simple things start back that desire and hence our external outlook! For more tips on mindset, follow the link!
If you are going to truely benefit from being in business for yourself and working from home you need to have a plan and set yourself some goals. Working from home should be taken as seriously as working for an employer. The only person you are accountable to is yourself and you need to take that seriously.
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Then next generation are shaping the nature of work and it is not as you know it.
If you think back 10, 20, 30 years and remember what you work life was like you’d have to agree that the way you do work is different. Not only that you probably thought about work differently then because your priorities were different.
30 years ago I was starting my first job. I was sold a job that would last me my life if I wanted it. I had to decide if I wanted to work there a long time and think about all the opportunities that employer would give me. I didnt think about what I would give them. I was looking for a career and money. In those days I worked for a bank. I saw centralisation then decentalisation, restructuring, take overs by other banks and finally I took redundancy and went overseas.
I changed careers and fought my way into a new job in a new city accross the ditch. I gained heaps of experience but I didnt have kids and I had a good income so I wasnt thinking beyond starting a family. After my family I was faced with another career change to work around my growing family. I didnt want to work full time anymore but employers dont get it. They dont have structures for working parents….I know there are some companies that do but I didnt work there. I couldnt understand why more companies didnt see the value I had to offer….just part time. I had to change again.
My definition of work has changed over the years and I am sure yours has too. Like me you may have changed jobs and careers many times already. Well I hate to tell you this but the idea of what work is and how it is presented is changing all the time. The sooner you get your head round it the better.
What did I do? I opened up a business working for myself. I now have 3 businesses, all working from home and the first biggest thing that I had to get used to was budgeting. These days I still hate the numbers stuff so I leave it to my accountant most of the time. I love being social though so I have upskilled on my social media marketing skills. I am reaching more people than ever before and learning and collaborating with poeple to change the way I work all the time. It takes work on your mindset too in order to roll with the punches. Be flexible and learn to keep ahead of the game. What is it you really want to do? Maybe it is time you called the shots and ran your own business? Running your own business could be offering a service. Packaging your skills up and selling them to businesses on contract. Maybe you have a hobby you want to start making money from.
Sounds like you need to change your mindset, find out more about what is possible and seek some advice or join a community to see what others are doing.
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A number of people have asked me what motivates me to be in home business. There are of course the benefits of spending time with my family and of course money, but the real reason is that it inspires me. In order to do this work, I had to change my attitude. It makes me think of a question someone asked me many years ago -what is more important aptitude or attitude? Here is what I said:(watch video)
This question helped me to find my reason for working from home and I strive to maintain my work/life balance. It made me think about what the most important thing to me was……. it was to spend time with my children and grand children and having that attitude was important! If you enjoyed the video you share this post!
The millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000 now entering employment in
very high numbers, will shape the world of work for years to come. Attracting the best of these millennial workers to your business, as an employee or consumer, is critical to the future of your business. Their career aspirations, attitudes about work, and knowledge of new technologies will define the culture of the 21st century workplace. Simon Sinek covers it well in the video above.
Why does it matter?
Millennials matter because they are not only different from those that have gone before, they are also more numerous than any since the soon-to-retire Baby Boomer generation – millennials already form 25% of the workforce in the US and account for over half of the population in India. By 2020, millennials will form 50% of the global workforce (always good to have the stats).
But although they will soon outnumber their Generation X predecessors (like me), they remain in short supply, particularly in parts of the world where birth rates have been lower. They will also be more valuable – this generation will work to support a significantly larger older generation as life expectancy increases.
How do millenials see “work”?
It’s clear that millennials will be a powerful generation of workers and that those with the right skills will be in high demand. Attracting and keeping younger workers is one of the biggest talent challenges for businesses employing them. They may be able to command not only creative reward packages by today’s standards, but also influence the way they work, where they work and how they operate in the workplace.
Are they that different to past generations? It’s true to say that some of the behaviour and attributes of millennials can be explained by their age and relative lack of responsibilities. Our behaviour and priorities change and adapt as we age, but to dismiss the issues entirely on that basis would be a mistake.
What sets them apart?
Millennials’ use of technology clearly sets them apart. One of the defining characteristics of the millennial generation is their affinity with the digital world. They have grown up with broadband, smartphones, laptops and social media being the norm and expect instant access to information. This is the first generation to enter the workplace with a better grasp of a key business tools than more senior workers.
It’s more than just the way they use technology its the way they behave too that makes today’s youth different. Their behaviour is coloured by their experience of the global economic crisis and they place much more emphasis on their personal needs than on those of the organisation.
Millennials tend to be uncomfortable with rigid corporate structures and turned off by information silos. They expect rapid progression, a varied and interesting career and constant feedback. In other words, millennials want a management style and corporate culture that is very different from anything that has gone before – that is, one that meets their needs.
The particular characteristics of millennials – such as their ambition and desire to keep learning and move quickly upwards through an organisation, as well as their willingness to move on quickly if their expectations are not being met – requires a focused response from employers. Millennials want a flexible approach to work, but very regular feedback and encouragement. They want to feel their work is worthwhile and that their efforts are being recognised. They value similar things in an employer brand as they do in a consumer brand. These are all characteristics that employers can actively address.
Businesses like Google and Apple have been successfully attracting talented millennials because they are naturally innovative employers who are never restrained by ‘how things used to be done’, their culture, management style and approach to recruitment and retention naturally appeal to the millennial generation. And because of that, they are able to take their pick of the best younger talent around.
Irrespective of your long-term aims and ambitions for your business, it will be your ability to attract and retain millennialtalent will be a vital step to the success of your business because they are not only your employees but your consumers.
Millennials want a flexible approach to work, regular feedback and encouragement, to feel their work is worthwhile and that their efforts are being recognised. They also value similar things in an employer brand as they do in a consumer brand. In other words if they buy your product they will want to work for you. If they like what you stand for, they will want to work for you. It will all be about what is in it for them. You need to learn now how to feed the machine that is here now. Interact with it (collaborate), develop a healthy mindset to working with it (mindset) and learn about how it works (learning).
Snack size communication is changing the way we communicate
Like a healthy diet, social interactions in our digital age should be balanced. Are you so caugh up in this digital age that you need to disconnect to reconnect with friends and family?
Did you know that according to the research by the food and dining industry, we are snacking much more frequently. In the United States, 90 percent of people are snacking multiple times a day and eating less during traditionally scheduled meals, sometimes foregoing them altogether.
Why is this important you might ask when I am talking about social media? Well, it seems we are also snacking on information, taking bit size chunks thoughout the day, more than we have ever done before too. It seems our attention spans are shorter, our desire to receive information is still there but we want it more quickly and in shorter chunks of time. Interestingly, this is called snackification (yes, that’s a real term).
So why is this technological trend toward briefer, more frequent, more casual interactions important to you? Because our communication to customers needs to be “snackified” too. At work and at home, there is a definite trend toward shorter, more frequent, more informal interactions while we are doing something else.
Snackification at Home
Have you noticed that your family and friends often send texts rather than call these days. They text what’s on their minds and then send those thoughts straight away in small bites of information. Have you noticed your partner sends lots of little texts during the day so you know they are thinking of you when before they might have thought it silly to just ring you to say the same thing. I used to have hour-long phone conversations with family and friends, but now I rarely have a telephone conversation lasting longer than a few minutes, and recently even these are being replaced by text messages. We are changing the way we maintain relationships aren’t we?
We also consume entertainment and news in bite-sized chunks. In our house we occasionally watching a movie together. But sometimes we spend time together while watching short videos, reading or listening to music tracks on tablets or phones individually: I call it being “alone together” on our couch.
A survey by OpenMarket from May 2016 reported that 75 percent of millennials actually prefer texting over talking. The research suggests that this has been a consistently growing trend for several years, indicating that this is not a fad. I know my son (11-years-old) only send texts to his friends (unless I force them to pick up the phone). In addition, millennials prefer texting because they say it’s less stressful since it doesn’t require them to come up with answers on the spot and allows them time to choose and edit their words.
Snackification at Work
In my own businesses I have noticed over the years, my clients began requesting shorter and shorter session times. If I am asked to do a presentation, more often than not I am asked to do a 10 minute opening followed by a Q &A session rather than a longer presentation going into more depth. Seems everyones busy. I have also noticed that emails are getting shorter, people are using bullet points and often opt to send 2 emails when in the past it would have all been in one long email.
In fact, snackification of communication is typical in most workplaces. Reports used to be long and detailed. Now many professionals consume and share information either in short, bulleted, slide presentation form or in multiple emails with text and video attachments. Meetings that used to last half a day are getting shorter or are eliminated. Interestingly, according to a 2014 survey, 43 percent of workers avoid spontaneous conversations in favor of email and myriad collaboration tools that enable them to have short “conversations” throughout the day.
What is the impact on your business
Since millennials are the next generation into the workforce I suggest if you are not one of them, you find out more about the way they are communicating in order to meet their needs as employees and connsumers.
Check out my next blog where I look at the pros and cons of “snackification” on our personal and business lives. I would love your comments.
In previous blogs we have discussed business planning particularly risk minimisation. When you go into business there are all sorts of risks. Another tool in your business tool-box is collaboration. What I mean by collaboration is to get together with others and share ideas. I see three distinct methods to collaborate that may benefit your business:
1. Form a board of advisors
2. Form alliances and allegiances
3. Realize that the task in too large for one and form a company with others
This first method involves the buying in of mentor, accountant, and solicitor to buy their advice and time to assist you in your business. These people are paid professionals and in some instances costly. The amount of time you get is subject to the amount of funds you have!
The second method is to form alliances and allegiances with others. These could be you joining professional clubs such as BNI, chamber of commerce organizations etc. This enables you to listen to others successes and failures and find empathy with being in business. Forming allegiances allows you leverage others in the organization that you mutually belong to gain the skills and knowledge for your business and build the business!
The third method is to realize that you cannot do it alone and need to find a like minded individual to join forces with! This is the hardest method, however, both parties must be open, honest and have complete trust! It can work with the right people! Tasks and then shared and you can get a certain amount of synergy!
Combinations of the above three methods also are common and it is important to realize that you don’t have to limited to those items. Collaboration might just save your business or it may be the difference between doing well and doing really well.
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