Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. Check. Check. Double check!
As I sit here preparing for Jersey’s first big snow, I reflect on how much and how fast things have shifted in my business.
Not long ago, my business was running me, instead of the other way around. I recognized that it wasn’t feeling totally aligned and made adjustments to create swift change.
The funny thing is, I didn’t “do” anything different. I didn’t implement any new strategies or tactics. Instead I focused on shifting my mind from hustler to CEO. From busy bee to BOSS.
I realized, that even though I was making money, I wasn’t really a successful coach until I decided to start thinking like one. A simple shift in the way you think can take you from struggling to thriving. Here are some things to consider if you’re ready to turn your small biz into an empire.
- Longevity – Look at the bigger picture and build a business that’s going to last. So many entrepreneurs I see focus on the short term with no long term strategy. It’s the reason why so many struggle with feast or famine. They spend all their time and energy in getting that windfall of clients, then spend all their time with those clients and when those contracts come to an end, there’s nada in the pipeline. Then it’s back to the rat race and the hustle. What do you want your business to look like in 2 years? 5 years? Think about the long term vision and how you can create a stable business foundation that supports it.
- Legacy – What do you want to be known for? What legacy do you want to leave for your family, children, grand children? Remember, this is no longer a hobby or just a dream. You’re building a business, that can hopefully be passed down or possibly even sold in the future. How will you create a legacy that will be remembered for years to come? What impact will you make through your business?
- Growth – If you’re good at what you do and have a strategy in place, it’s inevitable that your business will grow (sometimes really fast, like it did for me). As profits increase, so will expenses. Don’t get caught off guard and have a growth plan in place. Who will you hire? Will you connect with partners and affiliates? Does your business model support long term growth? Oh and don’t forget about taxes and legal.
- Boundaries – Every savvy business woman sets and stands by their own set of personal standards. Creating and committing to boundaries in business (and life for that matter), will set you up for success. Don’t wait until things start to get out of control, to set boundaries. This will only set you up to feel guilty. Stick to your guns. That way, if anything comes your way that compromises those boundaries, you know exactly how to handle it.
Business doesn’t have to be difficult, but it should be well thought out for long term growth. Most times we overcomplicate and just “think” it needs to take long or has to be hard in order for it to count. I’m all about simplification these days. Admittedly, I “hustled” my way to six figures- that’s no secret. But now that I have my system down, I intend to flow right into seven with ease.
The system I’ve implemented has become a staple in my business and is a repeatable process I can implement at any time to create results and profits. Having this in place has made growing and marketing my business seamless and predictable. I just wash, rinse and repeat. How would you like to have a step by step proven process to generate consistent cash flow in your business? I must say, it’s pretty darn rad, and I’ll be sharing more about it really soon.