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The greatest entrepreneurs of our time know where they are weak and use other people's strengths and abilities to create desired outcomes.
By leveraging your time, you can free yourself up to focus on what you do best.
I considered learning how to create and manage my own web site then realized my time could be better spent focusing on my overall vision and mission.
I could have spent days learning a software program and designing a site, but that would have taken me miles away from my vision.
I would have been working in my business and not on my business.
Keep this in mind for yourself. You are visionary of your business. You need to remain focused on big picture. If you have time consuming tasks that can be better handled by others, hand over reigns. Know that you are rewarded for results you create, not for how many hours you had to sweat and toil to create them.
6. Mastermind Groups and Support Systems
You cannot do it alone and you do not know it all.
Growth and prosperity are accelerated when you have a strong support system in place.
By having a mastermind group and support system in place, you will have a continual source of information, a direct link to hundreds of resources, encouragement, and a means of accountability.
These partners will help you remain focused and on track with your business while being good to yourself.
7. Maintain Strong Client Relationships
It requires 16 times more effort to acquire a new client than it does to keep an existing one.
Treat your clients like gold. Nurture your relationships with them and go extra mile to make them feel valued and appreciated. Imagine every client as a million dollar client and treat him as such.
If you had a million dollars in your hand, you wouldn't throw it away would you? You would protect it and treat it with care.
If your client feels valued and appreciated, he will go out of his way to share his gratitude with others.
Strong relationships will grow your business. People will seek you out. Focus on relationships you build and profits will follow.
8. Never Stop Learning
If you decide one day that you have achieved absolute wisdom and there is no more room for improvement, your business will start to wither.
Human beings evolve. Entrepreneurs evolve. There is no absolute perfection. Make continuing education mandatory.
Fill yourself with information about selling, marketing, your industry, your competition, your client demographics and psychographics, copywriting, economic trends, new product development, etc.
By using these strategies you will create breakthroughs for yourself and your business.
Take some time in next couple of days to find a quiet place for yourself to sit and write down your vision and goals.
Put these strategies into place.
Revisit your notes every week and see how you are doing. What results have you experienced so far? Where do you need to make adjustments? Have you implemented all of strategies?
Some home-based business owners are so excited about possibilities that lie ahead they jump right in to building a business without creating any structure or implementing any strategies.
Many small and home-based business owners fail due to inconsistency, lack of focus, poor structure, ineffective strategies, and eventual burnout.
Invest time and energy necessary to ensure your success.
Discipline yourself, create structure, implement above strategies, and you will be amazed by results you create.
Laurie Hayes is a Life Strategy/Small Business Coach and founder of Where the Heart Is Life Coaching.
Laurie specializes in assisting home-based business owners who face the challenges that come with working from home. She is the author of numerous articles and a bi-weekly newsletter, "The Heart of Living."
To subscribe to her free newsletter and learn more about coaching, visit www.wheretheheartis-lifecoaching.com