Get out of your way

Change often brings with it a sense of vulnerability, when we tend to be spending more time thinking of our own predicament, the lack of plenty that pervades and how we might be able to replace this void, provide more. In reality, challenges that we see now should not be seen as a time ofContinue reading “Get out of your way”

Now is the time

Working for yourself can be challenging, especially during a pandemic that threatens to ruin most of the prospective business you’ve been cultivating during the past few months. It’s definitely a challenge and for those in a position to do so, it can be the signal to close down the business completely, cease trading, shut upContinue reading “Now is the time”

A bit of a ‘tidy-up’

I’ve always found the month of January offers some great additional time, time for me to have a bit of a ‘tidy-up.’ From my desktop I look and consider the unsubscribe, the maintenance contracts/insurances, my own business offer plus of course the way forward in pursuit of our goals. The additional free time offers that greatestContinue reading “A bit of a ‘tidy-up’”

What’s on your mind?

I love what I do, my job. I enjoy helping friends move ahead in business through the fraternity. People like to do business with real people. It’s also one of the reasons why I’m enjoying the publishing industry a whole lot more these days. People are making themselves a much more accessible. Real people. It’sContinue reading “What’s on your mind?”

Let’s look after our mates …

Over the years I’ve discovered that success is powered by three things: The formula for success = your human capital (what you know) multiplied by your social capital (who you know) times your reputation (who trusts you.) You can take away all my money and even my customer list, but if I can keep my ‘smarts,’ my business relationships and reputation,Continue reading “Let’s look after our mates …”

What then?

  ‘What’s so good about networking Charlie?’ It’s been a few years since I started my blog and most of you have been extremely tolerant of my persistent business focus, thanks for that. I’m very happy that some of what I’ve shared has been useful as well and in answer to that question – ‘what’s soContinue reading “What then?”

WLTM … ROFL

Hear that? I’d been summoned, that familiar contraption by my side hails me. ‘Pinged’ again. I’d just been ‘messaged,’ ‘alerted,’ ‘distracted,’ with an enquiry through social media. The diversion had come from Murray, he was wanting to know a little more of what ‘it’ was all about. How he might share in this referral networkContinue reading “WLTM … ROFL”

All I’m looking for …

All I’m looking for is the same as everyone else Charlie. More business, I’m looking for more interest in what I have to offer. So what are you doing about that Ben? OK, I’m online, I’m so social it’s become anti-social! I’m taking pics with my right hand and posting with my left. Likes, retweets,Continue reading “All I’m looking for …”

Why choose one over another?

Remember? Why do clients choose one business over another? Here’s a valuable reminder … Consider the following research by The Forum Research Corp: After analysing 14 major service companies in terms of customer satisfaction, they were able to offer the following results: *15% of customers switched to another business because of poor quality *15% left because price wasContinue reading “Why choose one over another?”

Plant with care

Plant with care, weed with purpose Long ago I was advised I should be hanging on to those business cards … ‘you never know when it may come in useful.’ Trouble is, I’ve just taken a look at around 25yrs worth of hanging on to business cards and I’ve come to the conclusion that 60%Continue reading “Plant with care”