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’”

That glittering prize …

Living by the coast, I spend much of my spare time along the shore-line. The combination of energy by the sea, oxygen in abundance, space, the solitude and of course, the dog are a great combination for inspiration. I inadvertently scour the shoreline for washed-ashore treasure. Just fragments of colour glistening amongst the sand andContinue reading “That glittering prize …”

O, crystal ball tell me …

If only. With such a crowded business-scape, it can be mystifyingly difficult to find the magic fit, especially for the small business, then let alone understand what your target market actually wants just now. It’s times like now I sometimes wish I’d hung on to that crystal ball I pulled out of that lucky dipContinue reading “O, crystal ball tell me …”

Comfortable vs remarkable

‘Hey Charlie, I think I’m getting comfortable with this networking ‘thing’ now. I do understand when you say that it’s all about spending time, being familiar with the expectation, you’re right, it takes a while.’ Good things take time Ben … the key is to stay the course and following through. ‘Well, I’m managing the routineContinue reading “Comfortable vs remarkable”

Ready for the harvest

‘Busy connecting, that’s me Charlie … it’s looking good.’ Ben and I had been discussing his latest steps toward independence from business with mum and dad and now the conversation has moved to the new found sales network. With finance and the accountant now in place, Ben was happy to visualise how he could moveContinue reading “Ready for the harvest”

Refer or not?

Would you refer me? It makes all the difference. I like the fact that amongst my network colleagues there are those who are prepared to go the extra mile. It makes me feel very lucky and grateful for the resource we have. Not only does it qualify who I could refer but I learn to understandContinue reading “Refer or not?”

Assume, you could be right

A quarter of the year almost gone and micro-business Dave was asking me what he had to do to gain more clients. Here’s a starter check-list for you Dave … Have you approached prospects with your offer? ‘Offer?’ Came the reply. ‘I’ve a website Charlie and I’ve made sure I’ve covered my social media outletsContinue reading “Assume, you could be right”

Clarity, commitment, trust

The lid of the laptop came down. ‘Snapchat’ now terminated … ‘Ok, so I get it, I need to be seen to be considered ‘worthy,’ is that it? Well, yes you could be right there Ben, it’s the ‘people buy from people’ thing, when people make those significant buying decisions they’ll want to meet up withContinue reading “Clarity, commitment, trust”

Commited. Entrepreneur In or out?

Those in the Network see it daily. Some who have it and some who do not. Building the business is not simply about ‘showing up,’ it’s more about being there to set course and follow through to destination. Commitment. There is no middle road for the commited entrepreneur, see if you recognise some of theContinue reading “Commited. Entrepreneur In or out?”

Vision through friends

The coffee was cold, cake a memory and as I prepared to leave the office the mobile sprang to life with text: ‘Just sent you an email, come back to me!’ The number was familiar although ‘nothing current.’ Being curious, I did of course proceed as instructed and checked ‘mail’ anyway. Hey Charlie, it’s JackieContinue reading “Vision through friends”