Everything you put out into the world with your name / your business name on it is a reflection of the work you do. Even if that bit is not something you do for business - it’s an expression of you and your business. An an amateur photo? It makes you look - quite literally - like an amateur.
We all know, intellectually if not emotionally, that delegating increases productivity and profitability. It makes sense: if you can charge more for your expertise than it costs to pay your staff, then your focus should be on delegating as much as possible, and having your assistant boost your billable hours by coordinating your time.
Since all that dust settled in September, what have you been working on? If you're still chasing dust mites, feeling like you're constantly in "catch up" mode, putting out fires and looking backwards - you aren't alone. Many business owners say they're too busy fixing broken things and managing crises to lift their heads and actually propel their businesses forward.
September is almost over. Where did this month go? If you're like a lot of business owners, you've been working your tail off, both personally and professionally, over the past month. It may feel like the last few weeks have simply been a whirlwind, and you're somehow in need of a vacation - already.
I used to hate CRMs. Every financial organization has one embedded in their programs and I always felt beholden to them. I used daytimers, lists, and Outlook calendar reminders. It worked better, faster, and more personally than any CRM system my former employers had implemented. But when I launched my own financial planning firm, a CRM was one of the first things we set up.
We hope you are feeling rested and rejuvenated, and if you're not, that you have some plans to get yourself a little downtime. In either case, now is a great time get some thoughtful planning in place, especially if you or your company gets slower this time of year. Wouldn't you know it: we have just the tools to help you calmly think your way into the last stretch of the year.
Many entrepreneurs have no plan at all for how they’re going to achieve the nebulous goal of “growing the business” because very few of them have even thought through what that means. So, if they achieve growth, they don’t know why they succeeded, or what activities generated the best returns. That’s fine if you’re more concerned about earning money today than having a sustainable business tomorrow. But most of us are dreaming bigger than that.
Each year, Admin Slayer’s team likes to get together for a real, live, in-person retreat. We started doing this in the summer of 2016 and found that it made such a massive difference to our internal community that we wanted to keep it up, every single year. This year, we made our retreat a weekend getaway on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, in the small town of Sechelt, BC.
This article isn’t meant to diagnose or treat any condition, including ADD. But if any of it resonates with you, you might find my 10 tips to be helpful. Ultimately, the goal is to understand yourself and outsource the things you will probably never excel at, so you can hyper-focus on the important, interesting, and profitable stuff.