business success

Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? Don't be too hasty.

Personally, I'm not really a big fan of New Year's resolutions because most people don't follow them through. And that can be much worse than not making any at all. But there are ways to use them to good effect.

Read on to find out 4 steps you must do if you're serious about having greater success in 2017.

It's been said that "Relationships make the world go round". As business owners, relationships are at the core of our business  and our abillity to develop strong relationships is key to our success.  That includes relationships with our customers and clients, with our suppliers, our referral partners and all those people we network with year in and year out.
 

One of my favorite sayings is "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."  Since it's St. Patrick's Day today, I wish that quote had been by someone Irish, but it's in fact by Seneca, a Roman philosopher who lived in the first century AD.

Do you find yourself frequently thinking or say "I know that"?  If you do, you may want to pause and ask yourself... Is that really true? 
 
December is an interesting month for business. Many of my clients find that sales soften and slow down - some industries more so than others. I frequently hear the comment that now is not a good time for business. 
 
As we take down one calendar and put up our new shiny 2014 calendar, I find it valuable to stop and reflect over the past year. I like to call it a "post mortem". A time to contemplate the successes and failures of the past year - a look back to count your blessings, think about the lessons learned and new insights gained.
 

Many small business owners tell me they just don't have enough time for marketing. 

Often with all the demands of a business it can feel like you're being pushed & pulled between a long list of things to do. You barely have enough time to take care of your current clients and complete the ever growing list of things to do that often marketing goes by the wayside. 

summer off It's Labor Day weekend, and I hope you're celebrating the holiday by enjoying barbecue with your loved ones.  It's also a day to reflect on our chosen work... and so I decided to do some reflecting myself and share it with you...

Frequently I hear clients comment on how they just never have enough time to do much marketing. Perhaps you too feel you barely have enough time to service your current clients, much less spend time marketing for new ones. 
 
Unfortunately, most of us have experienced what happens when we stop marketing and get caught up in service delivery - we end up in the feast / famine cycle. 
In coaching a wide range of entrepreneurs I frequently, see ways that people hold themselves back from their success and have experienced many myself. I'm sure we've all heard the phrase of "getting out of our own way", well, here are 6 ways that you might be sabotaging your success. 
 
Have a read through and see what your favorite is.