Things to consider before you give up and close your business!
There comes a time in every business owners journey when you question whether you should just close your business and get a “proper job”! Either it’s too hard, or you’re not making the money you hoped for, or there’s something else.
Bring self employed is hard at the best of times, but the last 18 months have added new pressures and challenges that we never could have imagined. We’re feeling it, and I know that many of you guys are too! So, today I’m taking a break from businessey stuff and instead we’re going to be looking after ourselves. I’ll be sharing my best tips for keeping positive, working smarter, and generally looking after yourself whilst managing a business, a family, and everything else you manage to pack into a standard day!
In 2018, Forbes were quite outspoken about the role of business coaches. With more and more coaches focusing on mindset and emotion, I can see their point. However, coaches do play an important role in our business lives. For me, it’s all about getting a healthy balance of both!
We’ve all had to deal with a copycat or two at some point in our business life. Maybe they “borrowed” a few of your pictures, or copied your designs. They might have even used a few or your ideas. Or maybe, they took a step further and they copied your entire identity or business model.
Whatever the extent, discovering you have a copycat is extremely stressful and upsetting for any small business owner. I know well enough, many people tried to copy my afternoon tea business. They copied my ideas and my business model. They even screenshot my images from Google and used them to advertise their own business – the idiots didn’t even bother to remove my logo from the picture!
As a dog behaviourist in Dundee, I love getting to the bottom of a problem and working out a solution with the owner that will actually solve the problem. I’m not a sticking plaster person. I look for a solution that will actually work in the long term, not a magic trick that might appear to work but is either not sustainable, or will lose it’s effectiveness over time. As a business advisor, I still hold on to this vital principle and assessment is a big part of this.
When people come to us they are often overwhelmed and frustrated. They have tried all kinds of strategies, and are either not getting the results they want, or worse, they are, but they don’t know which strategy is actually working, so the results aren’t even repeatable.
Starting a new business is exciting, and daunting.
As well as working on your product or service, there are many other things to consider. As business advisers and coaches, we’ll help you figure out what is important for your business, and get you on the right path to achieving your goals. Here are a few areas that we can help with, but this is not an exhaustive list. Your business will have its own unique needs and pain points so don’t worry, we’ll figure out the right direction for your business as we go.
Every small business is so different. Some are still at the exciting stage of putting ideas together, and some of you have been in business for years. For this reason, we will let you, and your needs, lead the direction of our 1-1’s, but typically it might look like this…
Our sessions will normally take place via zoom. But, if your business is local to Dundee then a face to face meeting might be possible.
What’s your business why? Most people think they know why they do what they do. You work for money, play for fun, run for fitness, holiday for relaxation, right? Actually, your purpose; your real purpose, is much, much more than that. It’s the reason you get out of bed every day, it’s at the heart of what makes you happiest, it’s right there in your core values, and it’s what you’re all about.
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