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The Difference Between a Business Coach and a Business Mentor

Do you know the difference between a business mentor and a business coach?

It is easy to get them confused or to think they are the same thing as the differences can seem too subtle to distinguish by many.

 

A mentor is someone who has been successful in their own
business and can give you a blueprint of how they did it.  They teach you what you need to know if you are just starting a business.  A step one, step two approach.   When starting a new business, a mentor is a great person to have in your corner.  These people can help you build a business or get the one you have on solid ground.

 

Again, they give you a blueprint of what they have done to build their own successful business.

 

You pay for their advice, they give it and you can take it or leave it.  The concept is that is you follow their blueprint you too will be successful in your business.  It does work.

 

When you are ready to move your business to something that
is truly your own with your brand on it, a coach may be just what you need.

 

A coach can help you take your established business to a
different level, help you make the business your own; help you personalize your business so it is truly you.  Coaches help
you in so many ways: emotionally, spiritually, and even with your processes.  Coaches are focused on your performance in
business and understand the holistic approach brings more personalized results, which is generally what you are looking for when hiring a coach.

 

Many people start with a business mentor and move to a coach
when they feel their business is solid and want to move to the next level.

 

The important part is that partnering with someone is more
helpful than going it alone.  Everyone can use guidance at one time or another in their business.

 

Most successful people will tell you that the years spent in
corporate America have not prepared them for their internet business.

 

There is no need for all of us to be pioneers when it comes
to having our own business.  Learn from others.

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Has Your Business Been Blessed by the Google Fairy?

 

Decisions, Decisions.  Is a Business blog really what you need for your business?

Deciding to write a blog sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Almost every blog that writes about business says you need a blog for your company.  The reasons, according to the experts are:  You can target potential clients; A business blog can give you more online traffic;  It can help you create valuable person-to-person connection (please); or it can help you create a community.  Do these sound like valid reasons to you as an entrepreneur?

What your company will become

The business bloggers say, it makes your company more successful. They also say that if you don’t blog enough, you are losing customers.  What is enough?  According to the experts, you need to be blogging 3-5 times a week.

Time involved

If you decide to blog, know that the endeavor will take a chunk of time to write blog posts.  Ask anyone that does it.   The expressed opinion online has been that many of the well-known and followed people who blog find they run out of ideas, time, or motivation on the blog content at one time or another. 

How often

It is tough to come up with three blog posts a week and not run out of ideas or motivation within a 6-12 month timeframe.  Even the most creative minds have trouble coming up with that many ideas that quickly.

Most people start blogs and find that they can’t dedicate the time needed to post as often as the experts suggest.  A variety of people get hung up on the stats and if they don’t reach their intended goal soon enough, they quit.  Many of the popular blogs are outsourced to freelance writers or guest bloggers.  Virtual assistants do a fair share of blogging for companies also.

Your company may be different

As an entrepreneur, you need to stop listening to the “should” advice and listen to your own inner voice.  After all, you didn’t start your own business to listen to others, did you?  Do these business bloggers know you or your business?  No, they don’t.  It is good to listen to others that have gone before you but listening and doing something that completely go against your principles or goals is not really what your company is all about, is it? 

Focus your efforts

If you do decide to blog, focus your efforts on great content instead of how many times you post in a week or month.  Keep an eye on your stats but don’t get obsessed with them. 

You will easily see when you get indexed by the Google fairy and you are blessed with the ranking dust.  You will have more than a silent fart of traffic. 

Millions of blogs 

 There are millions of bloggers online.  One less for a few weeks or a few months won’t matter.  Your survival is much more important than your Google rating.  When you have taken the time you need to nurture yourself, you can decide to jump back in or let blogging be a thing of the past.    

Not always successful

Jon Morrow, Associate editor of Copyblogger admits that he stopped blogging completely four years ago and wrote a post about it.  Here is the link to his story:  http://guestblogging.com/quit-blogging/

It’s Your Business; You decide 

Remember, nothing is written in stone and having a plan B and C are helpful…but if you enjoy not having a plan that is perfectly okay too.  As an entrepreneur, you will be able to see if something is working or not working and adjust quickly.   If you decide to blog, know that your blog will change focus many times in the first year.  Your audience will change too.

Small Business: 5 Simple Timesavers

Everyone that owns a small business struggles with time constraints. Here a few ways to help you business owner’s that are struggling with this issue.

  1. Improve customer satisfaction:  If there is a problem, fix it quickly.  Generally, the customer will know what will satisfy them.  Do everything possible to accommodate that request and the customer will buy from you again.  If you don’t, it may cost you more customers than one.  If your customers are on-line, make sure you are timely in your response to issues.  Your business depends on happy satisfied customers.   They are crucial to your business. 
  2. Reduce unproductive travel time:  Having to be at the airport 75 minutes before your flight can be a good time to catch up on calls for the entrepreneur.  You can also use the time for a 15 minute training session.  Don’t lose valuable time because you are traveling.
  3. Make it easy to work together:  Smooth collaboration between partners, suppliers, and customers is a definite way to boost efficiency and reduce costs. Ensure that calendars are linked to avoid miscommunications and scheduling disasters.  
  4. Streamline communications:  Delivering fast, knowledgeable service is the best way to keep customers satisfied.  If you are a solopreneur, it is more important that communication technology work well for you. It saves you time.   Autoresponders are a great way to save you time with follow-up.  You might also want to put a Q&A section on the website to take care of routine issues.
  5. Develop a long-term technology plan:   Find a way to replace technology that is obsolete.  Don’t think that just because you don’t have the latest and greatest, things need replacing.  If what you are using is working well, put your money where it will give you the most return. Technology is priceless but it can’t work 24/7 without a glitch sometime. Have a plan B for emergencies.  If your website goes down and that is where people find you, it can potentially dig into your income for the day/week/month.

Challenging Your Own Beliefs – Your Responsibility

It is an uphill battle

Challenging Your Own Beliefs – Your Responsibility

A man is what he thinks about all day

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Each day, we go about out day in the same general way.  We give little thought to what goes into our brains.  Our thoughts are what program our subconscious mind.  Our subconscious mind is the center of all our emotions.  When our subconscious accepts an idea, it immediately begins to execute it.  And then our subconscious uses our ideas, knowledge, energy and wisdom to find a solution.  Sometimes, that can occur in an instant, sometimes, it may take days, weeks, or even months to find a solution.  Your mind will continue to work on finding a solution.

What we think programs our mind.  Our subconscious mind will always accept what we program it to think.  Bottom line is that we are what we think about and we have the power to choose what we think.

Ask yourself these questions:  What is my dominate thought?  What specific thoughts should I deliberately place in my mind?  What thoughts are sabotaging my success?  How can I encourage actions to happen from my thoughts?  How can my rational, conscious thought come together with my emotions to complement and strengthen one another?

Closely related to directing our thoughts is our belief system.  Just as airplanes have guidance systems to direct them; we have systems guiding and shaping what we think, believe and do.

What many of us don’t realize is that we are tuned into multiple control systems at the same time.  For instance, many of your beliefs have come from your parents, spouse, and close friends, and the rules of the community, society, and even religion.  Many of these influences may conflict with one another, so we have to prioritize who or what dictates our belief system.  Without synchronizing these influences, we wander through life, always missing the target.

Here are examples of some general conflicts of interest:

The pursuit of wealth         Money is the root of all evil

Job Security                          Entrepreneurial Freedom

Spontaneous                          Planned

You only live once               Plan for the future

Spiritual                                 Grounded

Can you identify conflicts of interest in your life?  After you identify which beliefs contribute to your life, your next step is to determine which beliefs are personal truths for you and which ones may be left over, unresolved beliefs of others.

In order to truly change, grow and prosper, we need to be consciously aware of the rules we’ve made for ourselves, where they have come from, and what they’re based on.  Do they all serve your purpose? Are they sabotaging you and what you want for your life?  It is time to throw out what isn’t working for you and take ownership of YOUR beliefs.

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