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5 ways experts can help to grow your business

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By Angela Morris

 

5 ways experts can help to grow your business

 

Running a small business has various challenges, however did you know that there are experts out there who can help grow your business?

I love working with people who know more than me! I do not see them as a threat, rather I seem them as my teachers who will help me go further and faster than I would have without them.

One of the common complaints I come across when talking to other small businesses is the fear that other people will steal your customers from you. All I can say about that is if you have made a healthy bond with your client they will remain loyal to you. If that is your reason for not collaborating or working with experts then it may take you a while to get your business up and running.   

attracting people in business

 

So what can experts do for you and your business? Here are 5 areas to consider:

  1. Social media- We all understand the need to keep on the frontline of social media for many of us this is how we keep a “presence” for potential customers. This can also be incredibly time consuming, so unless this is your money maker then maybe you could outsource it?
  2. Accounting- Why not remove the stress of having to get your finance and books straight (unless of course you a very good at this) and get some assistance with this?
  3. A Business Mentor- Go to someone you consider to be a trusted advisor (who won’t steal your clients or contacts) who can support you in keeping focused and not wandering off into unknown territory!
  4. Partnering or collaborating – this can be done for particular ventures or projects which you know you can deliver in part but not the whole thing. This could be very lucrative if you are prepared to take the risk and work with someone else.
  5. Marketing- getting together with an expert who knows their stuff and how you need to promote your particular service is like gold dust! You might just need to pay for a couple of sessions to get you off the ground.

All of this being said it is still your choice how you wish to grow your business however in my humble opinion getting support for the areas which are either too time consuming or not your strength is worth the investment. There are times to be protective over the growth of your business and there are times to attract people with strengths.

If you are a visionary leader or an entrepreneur, you will definitely need time and space to let your creativity flow (those of you in this category know exactly what I mean!) rather than getting bogged down in the nitty gritty of service delivery. Why? Because….

“Life’s Too Short!”

 

Further Reading: (which may help with your forward planning!)

Planning cartoon   

How outsourcing can help your business

What the experts have to say about business

5 reasons to stay motivated in business

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3 Reasons why collaborating in business can be good for you

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By Angela Morris

3 Reasons why collaborating in business can be good for you

Have you given any thought to collaborating in business? Did you know that this is an option you could consider if you need to give your business a boost?

              So what is “collaborating” in business all about?

A quick definition:  Collaboration enables individuals to work together to achieve a defined and common business purpose.

 

Here are 3 C’s for collaboration and how it could benefit  your business:

 

Invitation

C- Connecting. If you are able to connect with someone who has a business that compliments yours this can be helpful in terms of doing commission splits on referrals which work both ways. As a word of caution: only go with those people you feel comfortable with (irrespective of what they can offer)  and don’t be too diverse in your product/service spread. Remember this is about collaborating not feeling manipulated into doing something you are not really keen on!

C- Contribution. If you are working on a joint business venture (not the same as a legal business partnership) be clear about what each party is bringing to the party! Stay realistic. Do not offer the world, unless you really have the world to give! This will avoid any confusion or resentments when the money starts to come in. No one really complains about effort….until the pot starts filling up and then the word “effort” suddenly takes on a whole new meaning!

tug of war

 

C- Communication. Keep talking to each other. Even the best of relationships breakdown when no dialogue is taking place on a regular basis. As part of your collaborating, it is important that you take responsibility for keeping the other party informed of any important changes. Keep your expectations realistic too! This is also how you build trust between each other. Oh and if you do have “trust issues” then forget about being in business!

If you have not tried collaborating yet, why not look around for someone local who has complementary services to yours? Who knows a great collaboration may be born! Why? Because….

 

“Life’s Too Short!”

 

Further Reading

Further reading

 

 

/The12 habits of highly collaborative organizations

5 reasons why collaboration is essential in todays business-environment

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Whether you are in business or not. You need to vote!

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By Angela Morris

Whether you are in business or not. You need to vote!

The General Election is upon us and I believe that everyone who can vote, should!

Being a black female and a business woman, I have a lot of reasons to ensure that I do not take for granted the ability to impact change in our nation. How? By putting my “X” in the box when polling day comes on 7th May.

 

I watched the movie “Selma” which was all about black people being opposed for wanting to vote. Well here we are, people of colour!

The story of Emily Pankhurst fighting for the rights of women to vote. Well here we are, ladies!

At one time in Britain, only people who owned land could vote this was changed and…here we all are, citizens of Britain!

vote 1

 

NO EXCUSES!!!

Please do not use “I am busy with my business” as an excuse not to cast your vote as you may regret that apathy when the new prime minister is announced!

Don’t say “It doesn’t matter!” My response to that is to tap you on the shoulder and say “Excuse me, your ignorance is showing!”

Obviously, I am not going to tell you who you should be voting for, nor am I telling you who I am voting for (that’s my business!), what I will say is if you don’t vote then don’t complain about who is in power!

Looking back over history and the story of the vote, in my opinion, it would be a travesty not to maximise our opportunity of liberty and freedom to choose who we believe would be best to help us business owners, through the next few years.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 7TH OF MAY. WHY? BECAUSE…

Life’s Too Short!

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My meeting with a Business Woman of the Year!

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By Angela Morris

My meeting with a……

Businesswoman of the year!

Hi All! I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying myself as an entrepreneur. The fascinating people I meet on almost a daily basis constantly has me learning new things, getting great tips and making new business connections! My latest new “business” friend is Jackie Groundsell Founder and CEO of 1230 The Women’s Company, who last year won the coveted award of Beckenham Businesswoman Star Award of the year!

Award-winning Jackie, knows only too well the challenges and pressures faced by today’s business women; meeting various personal challenges in her own life has given her great empathy with the wonderfully inspiring business women she meets and supports. “I would say my can-do attitude and ability to talk are two of my greatest personal assets. I’m always up for a challenge!” Jackie continues to run her IT training company as well as public speaking and mentoring and is constantly inspired by the business women she meets through her networks.

As always, in my meeting with Jackie, I asked her to share some tips for those of us in the world of running our own business.

Here they are:

  1. Make use of the flexibility being your own boss gives you.
  2. Get some “me” time in there, no matter how small!
  3. Network! For support, advice, expertise – business growth
  4. Listen to gut reaction and enjoy!

How is that for good, practical advice? Behind these words lie a host of stories and experiences. I don’t want to miss out any further and now, I too am a member of her prestigious networking club: 1230 The Women’s Company. Why wouldn’t I want to? Because…

“Life’s too short!”

 Jackie and IJackie Groundsell

 

To find out more 1230 The Women’s Company visit her website: http://1230.co.uk/

My meeting with a Business Woman of the Year!

AM Total Business Solutions Ltd - www.angelarmorris.com

By Angela Morris

My meeting with a……

Businesswoman of the year!

Hi All! I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying myself as an entrepreneur. The fascinating people I meet on almost a daily basis constantly has me learning new things, getting great tips and making new business connections! My latest new “business” friend is Jackie Groundsell Founder and CEO of 1230 The Women’s Company, who last year won the coveted award of Beckenham Businesswoman Star Award of the year!

Award-winning Jackie, knows only too well the challenges and pressures faced by today’s business women; meeting various personal challenges in her own life has given her great empathy with the wonderfully inspiring business women she meets and supports. “I would say my can-do attitude and ability to talk are two of my greatest personal assets. I’m always up for a challenge!” Jackie continues to run her IT training company as well as public speaking and mentoring and is constantly inspired by the business women she meets through her networks.

As always, in my meeting with Jackie, I asked her to share some tips for those of us in the world of running our own business.

Here they are:

  1. Make use of the flexibility being your own boss gives you.
  2. Get some “me” time in there, no matter how small!
  3. Network! For support, advice, expertise – business growth
  4. Listen to gut reaction and enjoy!

How is that for good, practical advice? Behind these words lie a host of stories and experiences. I don’t want to miss out any further and now, I too am a member of her prestigious networking club: 1230 The Women’s Company. Why wouldn’t I want to? Because…

“Life’s too short!”

 Jackie and IJackie Groundsell

 

To find out more 1230 The Women’s Company visit her website: http://1230.co.uk/

My meeting with a Business Woman of the Year! was originally published on Angela R Morris – Total Business Solutions