On a recent episode of the No More Mondays Show my co-host Justin Lukasavige and I went through some very basic ideas if you’re starting a business.
Here’s the episode:
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Things To Do
1. Work for someone for free
Dave Ramsey gave this bit of advice on his show last week to a guy who was seriously depressed about his work life. The caller had a terrible work history and didn’t have good references. If you can work in your field of interest for free to prove your worth you’ll get on the job training and you may even prove you’re worth hiring full time.
2. Try to find successful people who want to be more successful
You don’t want to work with people who are on their last leg. You want to work with people who are on their way to being successful and working with you will help them get their faster. You won’t love all of your clients but from the beginning work to establish an ideal client then go find them!
3. Take care of the few people you have. Get your systems in place so you can scale later on
If you can’t help two people you can’t help 22. Paying attention to the clients in front of you is important if you want to get more of them. Every fire starts with a spark so focus on building your business consistently. If you pay attention to the details in the beginning you’ll scale more easily.
4. Keep it simple – find out what people want from people, not your own head
Rework is a great book to read about this topic. Planning is great but it doesn’t compare to learning from your customers. Taking too much time to “figure out what your customers want” becomes an excuse. The best way to learn what works is to do it and pay attention to the results. You can’t measure the success of your business without customers. You aren’t the measure of your effectiveness, they are. Get their feedback early and often and adjust accordingly.
Thing to not do:
1. Don’t be a burden when you’re helping someone.
Be professional and be present but don’t communicate the idea that you’ve got no boundaries or other clients. Be a help and don’t overstay your welcome.
2. Don’t take everyone who needs help
Set up boundaries on who you work with and how people can reach you. If your phone rings off the hook it’s because you gave people your phone number. I have found that those with the least to lose will take the most from you. Even if you are generously giving of yourself you can still put in boundaries so you can continue to take on clients that can afford to pay you your full wage.
3. Don’t be someone else because you’ll never win that game
God only made one of you. Stop trying to be like other people because they’re always going to be better at it than you are. Seek out your own voice, services and products. Develop yourself and use those heroes as inspiration. The world needs you, not a mini-version of your heroes.
Most of our work is done when no one is looking.
You have to be able to work with no applause if you want applause someday.
You must love what you do otherwise you’ll quit.
No one is paying attention right now, except you.
The world needs what you’re making and you need it too. That’s why God gave you the idea.
(I wrote this for myself but I thought you might relate.)
Can you relate?
Things you can aspire to do:
- Run a marathon (even a half marathon would count)
- Read the Bible in a year
- Quit your job and start your own business
- Drink your coffee black
Perhaps the last choice doesn’t carry the weight the others carry but today my choice to make my life different was to drink my coffee black. I want my life to be different so I’m looking for anything I can do differently. I like cream and sugar in my coffee but leaving them out means I think about change every time I raise the cup to my lips. Change will be on my mind 30 times in the next 45 minutes. That’s worth the $1.90 I paid.
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My friend Mary DeMuth has a new book called “Everything” and when she asked her fans/readers to submit a short video explaining when Jesus had become their everything I thought I was going to talk about when I was 15 and first became a Christian at a Young Life camp in New York called Lake Champion. I didn’t talk about that though because much more recently I think Jesus really became my everything.
You can pick up Mary’s book here