Today, I have 5 powerful questions to help you and your business thrive. Each question comes with a suggestion, to point you in the right direction.
1. Are you earning trust by setting self-imposed deadlines?
A great way to build trust is to deliver on a promise.
Think about it: Telling a client that their project will be ready “by the end of the week”, is way less powerful, than telling them it will be ready, “by 9am Thursday”.
Tip: Set deadlines and then deliver. When a client trusts you to deliver on your promises, they are extremely unlikely to seek out another provider. They are also massively more likely to recommend you to their friends. I wrote about this here.
2. Are you taking business advice from a proven expert?
Never take business advice from someone, who hasn’t already achieved what you want to achieve.
For example, avoid marketing consultants who have to attend networking groups, because their own marketing doesn’t generate enough leads. There’s a powerful signal there. Avoid SEO companies, who sell their services via email. It’s a sure sign THEIR OWN SEO isn’t generating enough inbound sales leads. They’re hardly the people to help you.
Tip: Before you take advice from anyone, check their credentials. Unless they can demonstrate that they’ve achieved what you need to achieve, avoid them. This includes free advice online. Incorrect, free advice can prove extremely expensive.
3. Are you attracting daily sales or client enquiries from your website?
If not, you’re needlessly missing out on a wonderful opportunity. My blog generates client enquiries multiple times every day. Your site can be a business generating machine too. However, it needs to have the right strategy behind it. Invest in getting this right or you’re leaving money on the table every day.
Tip: Don’t copy what you see other sites doing. Almost every small and medium sized business blog or website I see, is failing miserably.
4. Are you associating with the right people?
We tend to grow in the same direction as those we associate with. Mix with the wrong people and one day, everything they have will be yours.
Think about that for a moment.
Tip: Get intentional regarding the network of people around you. Choose to associate with those who have either achieved what you want to achieve, or who are committed to the same goals and aspirations as you.
5. Are you learning from past mistakes or repeating them?
For a lot of people reading this, 2017 is already looking a lot like 2016. You deserve better than that!
Tip: If you are facing the same old frustrations, it’s because you’re repeating the same old errors. For better results, you need a better strategy. Find someone with the skills to help you move your business forward. And remember point number 2; only take advice from someone who’s achieved what you want to achieve.
I hope you find these ideas useful. More importantly, I hope something here inspires you to take positive action.