- Are you wearing "too many hats" as your business develops?
- Looking for the right shortcuts to grow your business fast, AND achieve lasting success?
- Wondering how to pace yourself so you don't burn out?
Business owners work with me in any of the following areas, depending on your goals and what is going on in your business.
Defining Your Mission
Entrepreneurs appreciate the way we define your purpose and objectives, clearly and crisply:
- Why you're in business
- Who you want to reach
- What exactly you aim to accomplish
Self-Care and Stewardship for the Business Owner
The concept of sustainability has become very popular; just as it is unthinkable to continue with environmental practices that are other-than-sustainable, we want to build a business that is sustainable too. If your enterprise doesn’t last, why go through all this work?
Leadership and decision-making are daily responsibilities of entrepreneurs, which can take their toll on your energy and even your health. Along with everything else you do, you must take responsibility for maintaining your own well-being. It may sound trivial, but making time for exercise and enjoying life can make the difference between being a burnout case whose business falls apart, and being a successful and energetic entrepreneur who feels and looks great.
Part of the fun of self-employment is that you get to take control of pursuing your own continuing skill development, and updating yourself on information about your particular field and your business, a different way of taking care of your needs and interests. Most people who become entrepreneurs love to learn!
Skills for understanding and managing cash flow may seem mystifying, but we can make it approachable and even interesting. After all, this is the future of your business we’re talking about! Reflecting on your attitudes and beliefs about money can be vital to growing your business. We also make sure you are appropriately valuing and pricing the skills, craft or service you provide, with whatever coaching or support you need on setting fees and using suitable sales techniques that fit who you are as a person.
Getting and Keeping the Right Help
At a certain point, it becomes much more efficient to hire help so you are not trying to do everything yourself. Whatever your needs and the stage of your business development, we can tune up your skills on
- How to hire the right people
- Delegating tasks and organizing work
- Orienting and supervising
- Morale and motivation
- Dealing with employee performance problems, conflict and poor fit
I hold Certification in Mediation and Negotiation and am very experienced with turning unproductive conflict into meaningful and satisfying conversation that meets the needs of all parties. I often coach business owners on skill development in this aspect of management.
Marketing and Networking
Business owners are often amazed at how much we are able to increase the effectiveness and reliability of their marketing strategies, particularly through building networks based on relationships with people who have similar values and who care about business’s contribution to community and the world.
Creating Organizational Systems and Routines
Coaching often includes refining the business owner’s day-to-day habits. Much of an entrepreneur’s success and profitability depends on developing structures for increasingly effective use of the owner’s time and skills.
Business Vision and Strategic Planning
Business planning and strategizing are the foundation for keeping your business healthy, and staying current with marketplace trends and changes. The words may sound like something out of a textbook but applying these concepts is extremely dynamic and energizing. It’s about taking the reins of your business, and putting your energy and attention where it really matters most.
The investment business owners make in my services typically yields 20 to 30% increased profit within a year. The freedom of self-employment is one of the greatest joys I have found in life and I have a missionary zeal about helping business owners achieve their potential. I've built two very successful businesses in the last 10 years. (I did this while raising two kids on my own, who are now happy and successful teenagers.)
Now is your chance to benefit from the thousands of dollars and hours I’ve spent learning what works, and what doesn't, so you can create the life you want for yourself as an entrepreneur. If you'd like to:
- Cut to the chase on marketing-skip the hype and get results
- Offload the tasks you dread, and still hang onto staff who love working for you
- Hire for keeps, and avoid staff training pitfalls
- Make masterful and confident decisions
- Savor the free time and generous income you deserve