Work It Wednesday… Today in the Wealth And Abundance Today Productivity formula we ask you focus on work work work. Basically putting your nose to the grindstone and pounding it today. Wednesday is hump-day and people tend to begin to loose their motivation for the week here – by focusing on cleaning up and getting a lot of “tasks” completed you get to cross things off your list and gain momentum that carries you through the remainder of the week!
A Great Business Strategy is a Great Start!
Creating a business strategy is a must to a solid foundation for any business! Does this mean it will not change over time? NO But you need one to start. Look, great sports team don’t enter a big game without a great game strategy, great world leaders enter “conferences” or “face the nation” holding on to what they think is a great strategy, and great corporate icons don’t enter ANY business venture without a great business strategy. Why should you a small business owner be any different? This is a key to success, trust me.
Business Strategy – Business Plan Consultant… Work With One!
Working with a Business Consultant/Coach is an important step to not only your foundation but to your growth as well. Having a business consultant that can look at your business dream with objectivity and help lay out a business strategy with you and help create a solid business plan is vital. We as entrepreneurs tend to get a “great idea” sometimes a few an hour… and we are ready to go to the market with it – but if we sat back and flushed it out a bit would we really be able to make the return on investment with that new venture? Our rose colored glasses tell us a resounding YES, but if we had consulted a third party we would have had the tint taken off those glasses and we would be able to see it clearly.
Business Consultants Working With Your Business Strategy are NOT Dream Stealers!
On the contrary! Their goal is to help take YOUR dream and while working with you create a business strategy and a working business plan that is focused on your success and generating revenue, if generating revenue is one of your reasons for that business venture. They can be tough. They ask the hardest questions and you might not have the answers right at that moment but by the time you are done working with them you will have them!
Meet Stephanie Graziano… an Expert Business Coach
Stephanie is a successful entrepreneur, a successful multi-business owner AND a successful business coach. She is a trusted adviser to my two businesses and is wonderful to work with.
Stephanie Graziano has been helping Entrepreneurs create plans that explode their businesses for the past 8 years. Her own highly acclaimed company went from start up to over $10 million dollars of revenue in less than 5 years. She has been interviewed by the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Los Angeles Time Business Section, CNN, and The Daily News. She is a speaker and author, and enjoys working with passionate entrepreneurs to create unlimited success.
Stephanie will be kicking off the Productivity Experts Weekend Workshop, hosted by Wealth And Abundance Today February 18th and 19th. She will be working hands on with the attendees to come up with answers to some of the hard questions around the business strategy and business plan. She will be doing hands on activities to get a focus on what your end result really is – she has shared an article with us to help with 5 Steps To Building Your Business
5 Steps to Building Your Business
by Stephanie Graziano
Who Do You Know?
One of the greatest forms of financial leverage is your contact file. Who you know and who knows you can open doors for you that can save you years of hard work. The quality and quantity of your contacts and your relationship with them may have more to do with the success of your business than any other factor. In order to expand your contact file start with a list of the 20 people you feel it would be most useful for you to get to know. Create a strategy to get to meet everyone of them over the next 12 months. Then make a list of 20 more.
Network, Network, Network
Use every opportunity you can to network. Join business groups and trade associations. Attend meetings. Get involved. Volunteer for committees and trade shows. Get to know local business organizations. These are just some of the things you can do to double your business contacts and marketing efforts.
Volunteer – Be of Service
Getting involved in community service organizations is an essential part of successful business growth. The best people in every community, the people you should know and who should know you, are usually involved in public service and volunteerism in some way. Start by getting involved in a charity that you care about or that you’re interested in. You’ll be amazed at the quality of people that you’ll meet doing voluntary service.
Don’t Underestimate Your Creativity
One underestimated form of leverage is your creativity. Just one new idea is all you need to jump start a new product or marketing campaign. Everyone has the ability to come up with creative ideas and solutions if they look for them. All great fortunes begin with an idea. Creative ideas can come from the most unlikely situations, so keep your eyes and minds open. Being a part of a Mastermind Group is one way to leverage your creative as well as that of others.
Create Good Work Habits
Perhaps, the most powerful form of business leverage is good work habits. Good work habits can make all difference in a successful business. In a recent study, more than 100 CEO’s, they all agreed that the ability to set goals and priorities, and then get the job done well, were the qualities that most readily led to increased revenues. Good work habits bring you to the attention of the important people in your circle of influence. In the final analysis, you always get rewarded for your results. If you develop a reputation for being the person who gets the job done well and fast, that alone can put you onto the fast track in your business.