Thursday , 18 September 2014
First off, how do you feel about change? Personally, I love it, though I know how uncomfortable it can be. Change can break hearts, cause grief, make you hurt, and induce fear and anxiety.

5 Days to Build a Better Business: Day 2

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5 Days to Build a Better Business: Day 2

Part 1

Welcome to Day 2 of this 5-Day Series! I’m building my best business in 2013, and in keeping with that intention, I’ll be teaming up with Tim here of Handmadeology to lead a course to help you do the same. It’s launching in February, and details are coming soon! In addition, I’m giving away one free pass to our course in my Build a Better Creative Business Give-Away (the grand prize is valued at more than $1,400, so be sure to enter!).

What don’t you currently like about your business?

First off, how do you feel about change? Personally, I love it, though I know how uncomfortable it can be. Change can break hearts, cause grief, make you hurt, and induce fear and anxiety. Sometimes it’s blunt and traumatic, and you’re left in the wake of change trying to piece yourself back together.

At other times, change is so subtle and gently that it happens without your knowing. Suddenly, you feel the urge to dream up a new design, create a new line of products, or even break-out into a new career. The instinct to change pushes you to revamp your plans, clean up your unfinished business, and reorganize your life. It seems to bloom in rhythm with the seasons.

Change in any area of your life is born of your desire to grow as a human building. It’s part of evolution. It happens regularly as you shed who you were and open up to whom you are meant to be. Successful change is about releasing what-is and embracing what-is-becoming. It’s a beautiful thing!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Write down everything you don’t like about your business and the way it operates. Naming your dislikes is the quickest, easiest way to discover what needs to change in order for you to succeed. I’ll give you a few potential examples to get you started:

I’m not making any real profit

I feel unorganized

I feel lost in a crowded marketplace

I’m getting views and fans, but no sales or income

I’m struggling to be recognized in my field

I’m sitting on a mountain of unfinished business

I feel uncertain

I can’t figure out what’s missing? Why is this working for other people, but not for me?

I want more exposure, and I don’t know where to find it

I don’t understand important aspects of my online business, such as, SEO, copywriting, pricing, press kits + releases, etc.

For now, spend the day recording and considering those things you don’t like. Next, welcome the idea that all of these items can be changed. That’s the first step in making it happen, and I’ll follow-up soon! Meet me back here for Day 3. Until then!

{This content is adapted from a report I wrote and offer on Marketing Creativity titled, The Success Series}

P.S. Mark your calendars! You’re invited to a FREE webinar hosted by Timothy Adam and Lisa Jacobs on  January 29! Lisa is discussing how to build a solid foundation for your shop, and Tim offers his expertise on social media and promotion in this exclusive, complimentary session. Join us: Tuesday, January 29 at 7PM EST. Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today!  CLICK HERE to sign register.

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11 comments

  1. I’m continually frustrated with the bookkeeping necesssary for sales tax business taxes and income taxes. Each entity wants different information. The more places we sell, the more variability of fees, charges, etc. I’d rather be in my workshop!

  2. *sigh* I’m hoping that writing down all of the things that I don’t like won’t be totally demoralizing.

  3. Ok…I’m welcoming the idea that each of the things I don’t like can be changed. Also, I love lists.

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