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Email Marketing Delivers Returns

Social media marketing may be sexy but email marketing is likely to get you more bang for your... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely a helpful article.
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Get clear on your business journey

Your business is a journey. And it should be an enjoyable one. Too many people create businesses... read more

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Paul FarinaOwner at Fresh Eye Solutions
As a coach I see a lot of value in these steps - thanks Sandy!
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This definitely helped fill my inspiration and motivation tank. Thank you.
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Have you hired a business coach/consultant before and was it value for money?

Paul FarinaOwner at Fresh Eye Solutions
I am a business coach and facilitator. It sounds weird, but it took me a couple of years to find a coach as I needed direction, validation, and accountability like anyone working for themselves. I am also very careful with any business expenses. It is important to find someone that clicks with you and your business so be picky, and get plenty of quotes, referrals, etc. For me, I am a coaching advocate. PLC CEO's have coaches, Olympic Athletes have coaches, and our children have coaches. Coaching is a critical part of everyone's existence. My coach has helped me achieve more in a few months than what I did in a few years. The advantage of coaching is that you do the learning and the "doing", meaning that results are sustainable. You increase your capacity to grow.I have consulted before, and in short - it doesn't work for small business. It is expensive (as it takes a lot of the consultant's time), and having someone give you answers does not give you buy-in. Reports and recommendations are made, but rarely is there lasting change.Find a coach to help you crack the obstacles. It may be from a government body, or an independent - whatever works for you. I hope that is helpful!
Hamish AndersonFounder and Director at Mesh Consulting
I know I am late to the party on this one, but absolutely. I have worked with two different people/organisations for different reasons and felt that there has been great outcomes as a result. They pushed me to learn things about myself I was not going to by myself and made me realise there were strengths I had I was not taking advantage of. If you need names, let me know. Hamish
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Performance Improvement: Managing Organisational Politics.

  Organisational politics is the elephant in the room for many companies. But rather than fuelling... read more

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If you were thinking of working with a business coach, what questions would you ask yourself, the coach and others?

And if you are a coach, what questions have you been asked frequently? read more

Hi Suzanne, us business coaches come with many different skills sets and some will have different specialities to others so it's important for you first to get really clear on for what purpose you would like help from a business coach. Ask yourself what gaps do I have that I need to fill? Maybe it's marketing or mindset or your financials or business planning or improving profitability or systemising your business or none of these. Then look for a business coach that has experience in those areas. Ask them about their experience, ask them if you can chat to a couple of their clients. Chat to a few and find one that you feel comfortable with but that will stretch you at the same time. We often need different coaches at different evolutional stages in our business so find one that can help you focus on getting you to the next stage right now. Good luck with your search. Cheers Claire.
Hitesh MohanlalDirector at WOW! Advisors & Business Accountants
As a business coach myself the questions i ask are really about my client. If you want business growth then my questions are going to be different than if the business owner is working 90 hours a week and wants to reduce time. They cannot really be written down as all my questions are generated on the spot. It is all about the business owner and what they want. What the coach wants is actually irrelevant and it is sometimes difficult not to judge. If you are looking to take on a coach you need to discus with them in detail what you want and what you are after. Trust your gut and only take them on if you feel comfortable. If they promise you grow and profit ask them exactly how much? If they cannot answer they are not for you. If you want to reduce hours ask them how many hours they will reduce for you. If you do not do this your coach is not accountable. Generally i always say that a coach should help you grow your business by at least $100,000 a year.
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Do you think there are benefits with working with a business coach?

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If a business coach can't quantify the benefits for you then they are obviously not the coach for you. A coach is a catalyst to help you achieve your goals faster and with less resistance, to challenge your beliefs and patterns of thinking and help you make decisions and move forward with confidence in your business.This being said, getting results comes down to your willingness to keep your commitments, implement the agreed upon strategies and put the effort in. Coaching is not a magic pill, however it is essential for any business or sporting professional who wants to perform at the top of their game.
The very fact that you asked this question Ben makes it's answer glaringly obvious! Find a good one with great credentials (and a little grey hair), make certain you keep away from any franchised perorations that push a coaching formula.
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How would you choose a coach?

I want to start coaching program for entrepreneurs. I have two ideas on mind. One is to help... read more

Edward PlantStrategic Leader at Lead a Better Business
Hi Sandra,I think there was a secondary question behind your main question, however I will address your main question: "How would you choose a coach?"I would look at three initial key areas:1. What do you want out of it?2. What can the coach do for me?3. Do I trust this person and do I believe they can support em get the results I want?There are many more things to consider, however this is a good starting point for you to consider.
Greg RogersFounder and CEO at REthink HQ
Hi Sandra, My feedback is this. Both of the streams are starting to move into 'niche' territory which is something you are going to need as the field of 'coaching programs for entrepreneurs' is quite expansive!It might be best to identify which niche would give you more traction in the first instance and which one you feel more comfortable in. One is very personal, the other clearly more business related. As you might do for a client it would seem you need to do some more work on your why, how and what. If you can define those then you are a long way down the road to getting it right.Here is an excerpt from an article that nails it really succinctly, it is primarily based on a TED talk by Simon Sinek."People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.If this is true, that means “why” is extremely important to someone’s buying decision. Their choice to buy from you says as much about them and their beliefs as it does about you.The most successful companies and people market starting with “Why” they exist. Then they move to “How” they do what they do. Lastly they talk about “What” it is they are selling."Hope this helps. Cheers
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Hiring Before Firing

Understanding the challenges in creating a workplace of choice and a business that customers will... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Very well written piece with a wealth of information. It is definitely worth the upfront effort to think about how a new person will fit in long term (and not grabbing the first person even if they are qualified). I also believe the opposite is true (as I've gone through this myself). Don't drag out the hiring process to the point where you are losing interested and qualified potential hires. You can't expect a gifted candidate to pass on other opportunities as you continue to spin your wheels. Be honest and transparent about estimated time for the process. Also something to keep in mind is look to hire people that are willing to work their way out of the current position. Meaning, someone that will grow into a new position and help you fill their existing role with the next qualified person. Passion and leadership are both things that feed off of themselves and grow from being around other individuals with those tendencies. Notice that I specifically call out "tendencies". When you first bring someone on, it may not be a leadership role, but they should still have opportunities to explore their interest but as career development or just mentoring or cross-training other employees with their knowledge base.
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Does 2016 need to be the same as 2015? 3 tips on how to focus on future growth potential

As 2015 comes to a close and many of our clients start to wind down to a well earned break, it is... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great article. Always focus on adapting. I try to review my list of ideas monthly, quarterly and annually at the minimum. Not missing out on breakthrough ideas can only be done through action.
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My Story: Almost Losing My Life, Starting a Business, and Finding Myself Along The Way

I literally was a girl waking up from a coma trying to find her place in a big world. I didn't... read more

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Phil SealyOwner at Pro Leaders Academy
Great story and it is an inspiration to others that hope and the mind are amazing things that can make all the difference in a persons life. Thank you for sharing and inspiring others with the talents you have.
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My Story: Learning to Get Over Myself and Wake Up to The Opportunities Ahead

I never really thought of myself as a business woman. It didn't really occur to me that I was... read more

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Hi Jef, Well thank you kindly! You've made my sleep deprived day brighter :D
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Very inspiring, keep pressing forward!
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7 Steps to Managing a Work-Free Weekend

What are your weekends like? Are they filled with fluffy clouds, pool splashing friends and family... read more

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Yes, I find that by 8pm most nights I am done and dusted on anything intellectual, so I tend to keep most evenings free for unplanned activities. I figure if I work my butt off during the day when I have the energy and motivation to do it, I'll eventually achieve the goals! And spouse time - oh my goodness, so very important! I think the best part about working for myself is that I can chose how much or how little to get through each day and this helps especially since my other half works for himself as well. Without the flexibility we would probably struggle a lot more!
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Because of my multiple venture approach, I also try to take one week night each week (not always the same night) and work on nothing work related or even work related to my side projects. I just watch some tv or movies, enjoy a good meal, maybe play video games for a short bit or do some reading. I also use it to give my spouse some undivided attention.
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Stop Making Excuses

I'm full of them...excuses, that is. I have medals for procrastination lining my virtual walls... read more

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Keeping Your Business: Reinvigorate Your Passion

With the change of seasons and the recent Super Moon overhead, are you as passionate about your... read more

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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
So nice to read this - can't forget how vital passion is no matter what your business (or job) happens to be! Great tips on how to get back on track if you feel you're losing that excitement for what you do, I especially like the idea of getting engaged with the community, it's all too easy to become too focused on yourself when you're trying to get inspired.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I really enjoyed this article. There are many great points to consider for further thought and action.
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What's the Difference Between My Goals, My Objectives, My Strategies and My Tactics?

In working with business owners and start ups, I have experienced that we need to differentiate... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
You are correct that keeping the hierarchy in mind is important for clear communication. Also rightly communicated, each role or team member may handle or see things from a different perspective. The best way to keep alignment is clear and ongoing communication with your entire team. As a status check, make time to allow team members to ask questions for clarification.
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5 Revenue Streams You Can Add to Your Business Today

One problem experienced by many service based businesses is that they only have a single revenue... read more

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Jenny TseOwner at Licence to Bill™
@Jef Lippiatt - Great to hear Jef. Good work takes time. Best of luck.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
@Jenny Tse - I still have a handful of chapters to write, and then the editing process will begin. I know that editing will take some time, because I plan on rewriting a few of the chapters I've already written. My project is about educating others on how to take small steps toward full entrepreneurship while working a full-time job. I think (and hope) that others will find it interesting and helpful when all said and done.
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Drive Your Business To Olympic Gold

I went to an event with ICMI recently and saw Alisa Camplin speak. She blew me away with her... read more

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Business Lessons From the Festive Season

Business might be the furthest thing from your mind at this time of year, but as we all gather... read more

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Thanks for the feedback everyone, its great to see people are reading :-) Merry Christmas!
Hitesh MohanlalDirector at WOW! Advisors & Business Accountants
Excellent article. Thank you
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What is your Conflict Response Style?

When an argument breaks out, or tensions are simmering around you, how do you respond? Do you leap... read more

Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
Naturally, I avoid conflict. I prefer pushing away an issue, hoping it won't happen a second time so as to prolong the need to deal with it. This is especially true in my personal life and have yet to really overcome this.At work however, the stakes are much higher as the company and community will potentially suffer. Consequently, everything gets laid on the table. Honesty is the best policy. I find it incredibly hard to deal with people who are not upfront and honest, as this only builds up tension that will surface later. We make a point at SavvySME, to have a session once every month or so where every person in the team has to make one complimentary point, and one of criticism about every other person. The goal is to break down any facade or tendency to purely say what the other person wants to hear.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I typically take some time to weigh all the angles (not that it is a drawn out process, but it is dependent on the specific situation and the potential magnitude of consequences). After that I approach the situation head on, but I do try to remain flexible.
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5 Ways to Know If Burnout Is Creeping Up on You

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