Nourish Yourself With Inspiration

One of the most important things you can do to help your business grow is a somewhat indirect action. And that is to keep your heart and soul nourished with inspiration…. Inspiration to keep taking action to move your business forward every day. Inspiration to try again when the first attempt didn’t work out quite as well as you had hoped. Inspiration to persist in the face of difficulties and even failures that are an inevitable part of running a business. Inspiration to dream bigger and to take action on those dreams even when you are not yet sure how … {Continue Reading… }

Reach Out To A Business Colleague To Ask for, or To Offer Help or Support

One of the challenges of running a small business can be a bit of isolation. This is especially true if you work from home. When challenges or just a low moment happens, it can really help to reach out to ask for help or support. Or to offer help and support if you know that a colleague is experiencing a tough time. A smart strategy is to develop relationships with a few business friends that you can call when you need that extra word of encouragement or a caring ear to listen. And of course it is good to return … {Continue Reading… }

Grow Your Business By Setting Your Priorities

This week I had a couple of family priorities that required my time….things that required appointments during the regular “work day” hours.  So that meant juggling my business commitments to fit around these appointments. Do you find that this happens to you sometimes too?  A lot of us who work from home have family commitments that are important.  In fact, that may be one of the big reasons that you are self-employed…so that you have the freedom to flex your schedule to meet your family’s needs, sometimes on short notice! The secret to making this work is to set clear … {Continue Reading… }

Grow Your Business Now–Find a Business Buddy

As we continue our series about great techniques to grow your business, I’d like to encourage you to use the technique of finding a business buddy.  Let me explain what I mean.  A business buddy is another business person who wants to grow their business too.  The basic idea is to plan ways to work together to grow their business as well as yours.  One easy way to do this is to set up an accountability check-in process.  This can be a quick phone call during which each of you states what your top actions or priorities are for the day.  … {Continue Reading… }

Take a Day Off–To Grow Your Business

Believe it or not, taking a day off is a great way to grow your business.  When you own a business it can be easy to fall into the trap of working every single day because there is always work to be done.    On top of this, when you run your business from your home, the temptation to work every day can be even greater because your office is right there all the time.  It’s easy to think you’ll just check the email, or pull out a file, or work a little bit on that big project. But all … {Continue Reading… }