Have you ever had a little voice in your head tell you 'you're not good enough', 'you're not clever enough', 'you're RUBBISH at business' or (in my case) 'you're a BAD mother'...?
If so, brace yourself – you’ve just been attacked by a mind monkey.
Mind monkeys are nasty little creatures that live in your head.
They love putting a stop to your plans. Their favourite thing is to put you off trying anything new or different or challenging - they want to keep you STUCK where you are and they will…
Sales is one of those things that makes us feel really wobbly. I mean, who wants to be described as ‘salesy’? *Shudder*
And heaven forbid, someone thought we were ‘pushy’ or a pest - talk about pushing our buttons. Eeek!
The thing is, though, sales are necessary. You HAVE to sell if you’re in business. You MUST bring money in or the business will fold. If you’re in business, you NEED to sell. So how do you magic up sales out of nowhere when you're not sure where to start?
Well, the secret is …
Ever been woken up by a text or phone call from a customer at the crack of dawn?
Ever agreed to a job from a demanding customer even though you knew you'd have to burn the midnight oil to get done?
Ever spend Christmas holidays working when you'd definitely rather have been with the family?
It's the fate of many a small business owner to spend our rare spare time working on the business while we build it but then there are some customers and clients for whom that's not enough.
So...you're chatting away to someone and the conversation is flowing beautifully. They love your business, they are talking about how they need what you sell when, in the next breath, they ask you your prices.
And the world stops, just for a second.
In that second your brain goes into mega-overdrive mode. In the space of that second the following questions and statements flash through your head, one after another:
"OMG what do I say?"
"She's going to be shocked when I tell her how much it is…
Hands up if your Facebook page feels like a ghost-town? You know what I mean, right? You ask a question or post a photo and you get…..nothing. It’s like your fans don’t exist. And then you wonder why you even bother (and usually start muttering about stupid Facebook under your breath).
The trouble is it’s a vicious circle. Facebook will show your page to more of your fans if you get lots of engagement (likes, shares, comments) on your posts. But you can’t get lots of engagement on your posts if…
You know how it is; you’re pootling along quite nicely in your business and then all of a sudden, out of the blue, BAM!
You’re stopped in your tracks and your perfectly HAPPY day becomes a BAD DAY.
More often than not, it’s something as simple as a snarky comment on your Facebook page or an email from a grumpy person or a snidey mum at the school gates.
It doesn’t take much to send your mood plummeting and send your mojo running to the hills.
The trouble is, once you’re on that slippery slop…
"When you turn down £500 cash (50% discount) in your hand today because they are not your super client!!!! ARGH!!! lol Off to lie down!"
I love this post!
A lady in one of my Facebook groups posted it and it started a big discussion that might not have gone the way you might expect. Instead of bemoaning the fact that she had 'lost' £500, everyone in the group was cheering her on and saying how well she had done!
And they were right!
She's a very talented photographer and puts a lot of work i…
Today I'm going to share something really personal and it's not pretty, so I feel a little nervous!
But I know if I felt like this then you might too, just don't judge me!!
Have you ever had a competitor drive you crazy?
You know what I mean, right? They seem to be EVERYWHERE - in the papers, all over social media, everywhere you look, they're there. It's infuriating!!
In the early days of my business there was one lady who used to frustrate the heck out of me. She was everywhere. People wer…
We all have times when, for one reason or another, we NEED to come up with some quick cash in our business - so how DO you create money when you need it?
I have some ideas for you. Some of these depend on what type of business you’ve got, not all of them will work for you, however, one might and then you’ll get some money quickly –YAY! These are NOT strategic business moves, they are one-off quick fixes that will dig you out of a hole. If you keep having to do this, you need to look at what you…
The biggest excuse I hear from business owners about why they're not sending regular e-newsletters is 'I don't know what to write about!'
E-newsletters seem to give us writer's block and make us feel like we have nothing to say, but actually, you have LOADS to say. There are lots of things your customers and potential customers would love to hear about from you, you just need to tap into your inner writer!
To give you a helping hand I’ve put together 17 ideas for things that you could include …