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Angela Sutcliffe Business Consulting
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Business Lessons from a Smart Old Broad
Business Lessons from a Smart Old Broad

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We create businesses to do something for our customers - usually because it's something we passionately believe in. The problem however, is that to get beyond the "creation" point - or beyond the start up mindset - is that once we've created it, we have to switch into money-making mode. The money is a way of telling us whether we've been successful reaching the right people with our products. If you're not closing sales - or enough sales - then it's either the products, the reach or the marketplace. Narrow it down.

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When opportunity knocks, don't let fear hold you back. Open the door and embrace it for all you're worth!


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You always hear me say, know your numbers. But what does that mean? It means that you know if your activities are successful. You know that you're selling products and services for more money than it cost you to make them, you know that you're saying the right thing to the right people and most of all you know how many of those people you have to talk to to close a sale.

Understanding business is objective. It's based on statistics - and yet we run it as if it was our firstborn. How many of us don't want to hear anything bad about what we're doing. And yet, numbers don't lie. When you watch those numbers, and know your statistics, it's just feedback on what needs tweaking. And that's a much better feeling than thinking that you're a screw-up.

Know your numbers.

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At this time of year especially, I seem to be doing a lot of work with my clients around boundaries - or as we call them in business, systems and processes. Getting to the end of the year exhausted and hanging on by a thread is a signal that someone else has been running your business and your life - you are not in charge of you or your business. If you don't have a plan, this can happen. If you don't have a vision, this is the result. Time to change.

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What's up with that? All the hard up front work to get to your goal and then what? "I didn't have time", "I wasn't organized" - whatever the reason/excuse - you dropped the ball. Wonder why your business is on a roller coaster? Inconsistent input = inconsistent outcomes.

There, I said it!

When it comes to business have a plan and follow the plan. And if you don't have a plan, or you do and you're not following it, then talk to me. I have programs to keep you on track (and you'll thank me for it).

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I'm often asked to do a time management webinar. What's the point, I say. No matter how well you learn "time management techniques" the minute someone else wants your time or invades your space, "time management" goes out the window.

Time management starts with learning how to say no, or not right now. After all, if you have a plan for your day, then you know what you have to get done BEFORE you can let others steal your day.

It's all about the boundaries!
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When it comes to decisions that impact your life - or your business - do you have the financial clout you need to be heard, or does the "primary wage earner" in your family call the shots? In the years I've been a business coach, I've heard everything from "no you can't buy a new computer for your business" to "I'm telling you, it's time for you to stop playing and get a job".

Your freedom depends on your financial independence. Make sure your business is covering its expenses - and paying you a regular paycheque that covers your personal needs and commitments. It's called "voting rights".
It's all very well to have a "lifestyle business" and let someone else pick up the tab for your daily needs, but when it comes to making decisions when you have no financial say, you realize how much that "freedom" costs.

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It's all very well to have a "lifestyle business" and let someone else pick up the tab for your daily needs, but when it comes to making decisions when you have no financial say, you realize how much that "freedom" costs.

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