Things to avoid
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While enjoying a cup of coffee at my favorite watering hole (coffee shop), I was asked what three things would you tell a new entrepreneur to avoid. Because this is such a broad topic, the need to get more specific. Did you need to know about financial items to avoid? Did you need to know clients to avoid? Or did you need to know what underlying elements to avoid?
Not wanting to talk about finances, or client…I will focus on elements, which all business owners need to avoid. UNDERVALUE OF SELF. SUBPAR SERVICES. FEELING UNTOUCHABLE (KNOW IT ALL).
There is something about a confident business owners. Someone who is willing to lose a project because the client does not see the value of your services. Having the ability to tell a client, my services cost thousands…while my competitors are willing to charge you hundreds. But all the services, which you are offering…your competitors are not trying to build long term relationship.
“Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them. People are either motivated or they are not. Unless you give motivated people something to believe in, something bigger than their job to work toward, they will motivate themselves to find a new job and you’ll be stuck with whoever’s left.”
Believing motivation comes from experience and knowledge, one of the first thing you need to do…is work on many projects and read about your craft, do it yourself books, motivation and inspiration, and anything that you enjoying. The power of learning is the key to learning to value yourself.
One thing you must avoid is creating sub par service or products. What you promise, you must deliver. If it takes your more time to complete, then put in the work. If you have an difficult client, then tune them out and push forward and finish the project. However, only complete what you have promised (contractual). Boundaries pushing clients does not mean sub par services. Boundaries pushing clients are an example of bad clients.
Review what you have promised to your client. Make sure you cross off all the lines of the project. And work hard on presenting a service or project, which you would be proud to showcase to others. Make sure you provide a little surprise, something that your client might not know about…but you know that surprise is something that is needed to take the project to the next level.
Having a good support staff is something most of us need, and we need to not avoid. Look for someone, who has been in your situation before. Someone, who realize that your success also helps them to be more successful. While mentoring many newbies, I know the conversations which we discuss helps me as much as it helps them.
You need to always feel touchable. Once we allow confidence to become arrogance, then you become the worst business owners. No one is able to discuss shortcoming. No one is able to discuss corrections. You will feel that you are always correct and never wrong. One of my secrets, is at least one a month, I will go to a mastermind…to only listen. Sometimes when we are talking, we forget to listen. At this mastermind is some incredible business owners…and listening to their stories makes me a better business owners and more important better person.
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