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Monday, March 21st, 2011
Ahhhhh! The joys of self-employment. No demanding bosses, office politics, or snooze-inducing meetings. You can dress how you want, go to the gym midday, and do business on YOUR terms. The flip side—you’re working16-hour days, trying to please everyone (especially clients), continuously running the hamster wheel, and ingesting the bad food that fuels it all. After all, you’re the President, the owner, the visionary and the worker at your company. You haven’t got time to slow down, right? Wrong. While research shows that self-employment has risen by 68% since 2008 (that’s a good thing!), the consequences for some entrepreneurs aren’t good–exhaustion, migraines, heart disease, depression, or worse. So if stress has become a 24/7 routine for you, it’s time to implement some of these strategies, courtesy of Entrepreneur magazine:
Step #1: Create a schedule. Enforce structure and stick to it.
Step #2: Implement daily rituals. Create signals for when it’s time to work (ie. end breakfast at 9am or eat lunch at the same time every day).
Step #3: Stay in the zone. Keep distractions at bay by separating home and work time.
Step #4: Define your workspace. Set yourself up in an office area that says “work.”
According to Fawn Fitter from Entrepreneur magazine, “starting a business is a little like having a baby: at the beginning, your life revolves around figuring out how to help it survive. Everything else–family, friends, health, hobbies, even sleep–takes second place. For first-time entrepreneurs with no previous practice in raising a business to maturity, the experience can be even more overwhelming.” She says, even if you are passionate about the company, don’t be afraid to step away for a break. You’ll be more productive, healthy, and proactive when you return.
This Holiday season, let go of business matters that rob you of joyous moments with family, friends, or relaxing time by yourself. Don’t be tied to your to-do list or demanding clients. Reclaim your boundaries and balance…..And take time to celebrate!
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Was your company on fire last year? Did you make record-breaking sales and take on new clients who reallyunderstood your product or service? Or did business fizzle out, slow down, or go into hibernation? Were you tired, blank, or financially concerned?
Some good news came last week from a survey (released by the Bank of Canada), of senior loan officers at the chartered banks. According to Diane Buckner, Small Business reporter for CBC News online, previous tight lending practices of the recession have loosened up. It’s now cheaper and easier for small companies to get financed. That’s one option. Another is to ramp things up and set aside some time (even an hour!) for 2011strategic planning.
Whether you warm up those leads that have gone cold, leverage your current client projects for new ones, or solicit new business, it’s time to kick-start the company! 2011could be YOUR year to break loose from the doldrums of being hit with the entrepreneurial “I NEED TO MAKE MORE MONEY!” virus!
Tips for getting YOUR business in shape for 2011:
- Get focussed. Review, analyze, and improve your product or service before you sell it. Make your company message clear and valuable for potential clients.
- Organize your leads: Make a list of your BOSS Connections, contacts from your social media networks (LinkedIn or Facebook), friends, and family who may need your service or product. Contact people you know first because the relationship is already there and there’s a good chance the trust is too.
- Budget your time. Schedule phone, Skype or in-person meetings no more than once or twice a week. Getting conversations started prepares you to fill up your client pipeline. Remember, all clients are ready to do business at different times.
- Be a marketer. Polish up and freshen up your marketing materials. Be a pumped up ambassador for your company. Potential clients latch onto business leaders who are passionate about what they do and usually do a great job.
Business always goes in cycles. But with some thought, planning, and proactive legwork, you’ll heat things up and once again celebrate the warmth of being your own boss.
Monday, November 1st, 2010
So you know networking is important for your small-medium sized business; but do you know how to network effectively?
Networking is key to promoting your business, finding leads, marketing yourself, and drawing referrals… yet most of the time it isn’t done correctly. I often hear people tell me “Nobody I met can use my services!” or “None of these people can help me” … what they fail to forget is NETWORKING IS NOT ONLY ABOUT YOU! It’s about each other, and developing a relationship that provides mutual benefits. The person you meet may not be able to help you right off the bat, but who knows when they’ll know someone that can help you.
Networking is like a marriage to some extent. You get to know each other, develop trust, gain credibility, and then support each other through thick and thin. When was the last time you met someone at one event and decided it was time to tie the knot? It’s a process!
So to help you in your journey in business networking & relationship marketing here are 10 Commandments I came across that can make you a better networker:
- Thou shalt drop the “what is in it for me?” attitude.
- Thou shalt listen.
- Thou shalt build a relationship.
- Thou shalt give the first referral.
- Thou shalt not tell others of the referral you require; thou shalt “show them” with a story.
- Thou shalt be specific of the type of referral.
- Thou shalt reciprocate when appropriate.
- Thou shalt participate in the network executive, functions, and network time.
- Thou shalt thank the person who gave a referral.
- Thou shalt follow up on the referral within 24 hours.
Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/bVzyKA
Tags: Building Relationships, Business Networking, Business Relationships, Commandments
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Monday, September 27th, 2010
BOSS Member: Bernie Schmidt
The Achievement: increased his revenue by $10,000 through BOSS Community
How it Happened: By being a BOSS Member for 4 months; through events and online platform
What Led to Success:
- - BOSS “Speed Power Networking” & “Triad Power Networking” sessions that gave him solid referrals and leads that converted to sales
- - Business Networking with quality business owners that were passionate about growing
- - Trusting Relationships that allowed members to confidently promote his services to people in their network
- - Establishing himself as an expert in his industry by sharing what he knew about SEO Optimization rather than what services he delivered
Bernie (BOSS Member) Says…
“It was the goodwill value of BOSS that has truly made all the difference. It’s created an environment where business owners have a “How can I help you?” attitude, and in the end everyone benefits.”
When asked which members used his services, he went on to tell me that, in addition to current membership, many leads have developed with people from the networks of other members. Through this extended relationship-building he has been able to generate $10,000 from the referral marketing of other BOSS Members!
Now that’s results. Business Networking through BOSSystem works. Congrats Bernie!
Breakfast with BOSS: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 REGISTER
BOSS Triad Power Networking: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 REGISTER
… or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve yourself a spot.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Earlier today 14 of our BOSS Members successfully completed the BOSSystem Orientation!
A group of our driven BOSS Members gathered at the Old Mill this morning to learn more about the online component of the BOSSystem. They learned how to navigate their member account, post announcements for other members to see, utilize the BOSS Directory, and most importantly how to send and receive referrals using the very unique BOSS Referral System.
What once were strangers from different areas of the city, became familiar faces over the course of the morning. Not only were they now part of an innovative business community and support network, but they were armed with a tool that can really take their business to the next level.
As always the power of BOSS shon through as members began to give each other leads and referrals that could potentially lead to business. Best of all, everyone was more than happy to pass on these leads since they know what goes around, comes around … Seven-fold!
Congratulations to Francisco, Laura, Roman, Robert, Anne, Mark, Jared, Ryan, Khusheu, Steve, Kyle, Don, David and Carolyn who are all officially BOSS Certified Members!
Stay tuned for our next BOSS Member Orientation coming up in the next few weeks!
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
More meetings were requested…SO…More meetings are being delivered!
As September 1st rolls around, summer may be winding down, but BOSS is ramping up… And ramping up in a BIG way!
We are holding 3 meetings this month – all of which are meant to…
1. Connect your business into our support network of business owners focused on growth and greater success
2. Give your business greater exposure
3. Provide you with business networking opportunities
Here’s a snapshot of the September schedule:
➢ BOSS Orientation & Networking Session
➢ BOSS Challenge Session & Networking Opportunity
Tuesday, September 14
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Canyon Creek – Airport (25 Carlson Court, Toronto, ON, M9W6A2)
*Space for 14 members*
➢ BOSS ‘Triad Power Networking’
Wednesday, September 22
3:30PM – 6:30PM
The Old Mill Inn
*Space for 75 members & guests
If you’re a BOSS member simply login to your member account and register while space is still available. And…don’t forget to check out all of the savings opportunities and referral system while you’re at it!
If you’re not a BOSS member yet – and are serious about your business – register for the BOSS 90 Day Challenge to experience the system and September activities for yourself! You will not be disappointed…
We stand by the value we provide…and challenge any serious business owner in any industry to put the BOSSystem to the test. We invite you to take the challenge & want to see you in September!
Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Last week, my colleague Jesse came into the office with a beaming smile on his face as though he had won the lottery…
Being a Business Owners Success System member entitles you to many advantages.
One of them is YOUR GROUP PROGRAM with belairdirect. It offers you preferred group rates on your car insurance along with special privileges and services you don’t want to miss.
Maybe it’s not the lottery, but who wouldn’t be smiling after saving close to $1000!!
Become a member now at http://www.bossystem.org/welcome/register
Monday, July 19th, 2010
Each of us has a gift of 24 hours every day to make our business better. No more, no less. As a business owner, the challenge is how to make the 24 hours available to us most effective? What I have learned is that to operate and grow a business successfully, a business owner must be spending most of their time doing something I call their ‘unique ability’.
Every entrepreneur has one (that’s why they started their business) and it is whatever you do better than most people. It could be giving presentations, fixing computers, building financial plans, creating marketing strategies, designing brand identities, developing websites, HR consulting, and the list goes on and on. The point is, regardless of what business you are in, you have a unique ability that causes your company to be successful. (more…)
Monday, July 12th, 2010
Monday, July 5th, 2010
We’re excited to unveil the first episode of BOSStv.
Join us as we take a look into BOSS Headquarters and talk to the team that is dedicated to changing the lives of business owners everyday!