Increasing profits

August 4, 2017

You don’t get paid to sing in the shower…

Are you afraid of being too visible? I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs and often hear the following, “You know Heather, I don’t want to be a STAR, I just want to run my business.” I used to think, “Well, different strokes for different folks,” but I don’t feel that way any more. Now, I’m pretty much convinced that not wanting to be a star is simply fear masked as something else. Before you think I’m being judgmental, let me assure you, my belief comes from my own experience. You may think, based on my brand, that I am and have always been very comfortable being visible. However, internally there have been many times I’ve wanted to retreat and run for the hills. Those times usually look like the following: -My launch didn’t work so I feel embarrassed and want to hide. -I’m afraid IF I launch, no one will show up. -I’m afraid if I put myself out there and screw up, I’ll ruin my entire career. -I’m afraid I’m in over my head and people are going to see I’m just a poser. -I’m afraid I’ll say the wrong thing and offend someone. -I’m afraid people will see […]
July 2, 2016

Is Your Business Organized For Profits?

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a neat freak. Personally, I know it makes me feel calmer and more clear headed when I walk into a space that’s clean and tidy. There is also a lot of research to back up the physical and psychological benefits of keeping things organized. Here are just a few… You reduce stress. You are happier. You eat better. You have better relationships. You are more productive. You sleep better. You even reduce your risk of heart attack! However, there are also important financial reasons to being organized, especially in your business. When you have systems and structures in place, you create space, ease and flow for money to come into your life. Think about the physical space of your office. If it’s a mess, your mind is distracted every time your eyes fall on something that isn’t pertinent to your priorities. Distraction equals lost time, mental focus and creativity. How are you going to create the next amazing project if every time you walk in your office, you see piles of unfinished tasks. If you work online to any degree and even if you don’t, you also have to think about the flow of your business model. Is it […]
June 26, 2015

Structured For Profits

We all love the relaxed vibe of summer. We don’t have to rush everywhere. There’s no homework to get done, no carpooling to coordinate. Our schedules are less strict and life is easy-breezy. As much as we love the laid-back feel of summer, however, we still need structure in our business. A lot of us bristle at the idea of structure and organization because it feels rigid and constraining, but structure actually allows for massive creativity and improvisation. We often think of great artists as being spontaneous, riffing on sparks of inspiration. The truth is, talent must be cultivated first, brush strokes perfected, scales mastered before true freedom of expression is possible. You must learn the alphabet before you can write poetry. Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.–Pablo Picasso Think of a dam, it is put in place to harness the power of the water. It captures and leverages the flow of the current. Your personal energy needs to have direction as well. As entrepreneurs we have so many ideas, ideas for products, programs, partnerships, but what we don’t have is a PROCESS. You can have the greatest idea in the world, […]
August 7, 2014

How to Lose a $40,000 Deal in 10 Seconds.

How awesome would it be to have a client walk in your door ready to lay out $40,000 for your product or service?Now imagine how bad it would feel to lose that same client within seconds. That’s exactly what happened to several car salesmen last weekend. Our family is in the market for a new car. We’ve had the same mini-van for the past 9 years. Even though I’m a little nostalgic about getting rid of the car we brought our babies home in, I’m pretty psyched to be getting something that doesn’t have gummy bears lodged in the seats. For me, part of the fun of getting a new car is doing the research. I love watching the sleek marketing videos, imaging what it would be like to zip down the road in one of those shiny new rides.  My kids are a little bit older now, so maybe we can get away with something besides a mini-van. Maybe… Whatever we end up with, I want to be wowed. If it’s a mini-van, I want it to be decked-out so I don’t feel so much like Mommy-from-the-Block. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom. I just wish there […]
May 25, 2014

Are Sales Slipping Through Your Fingers?

There is one pretty clear rule in business, no sales equals no money. Ugg. Wouldn’t it be great if clients would just enroll themselves? You wouldn’t have to do those uncomfortable sales calls. Making sales calls is something a lot of entrepreneurs dread. In fact, a lot of entrepreneurs actually avoid making them which is a shame because by doing so they are leaving money on the table. I have to admit I used to be one of those people. The idea of picking up the phone to ask someone for egads, money, made my palms sweats. What was that rule again? Ah, yes, no sales=no money. There you have it, sales calls have to be done. But why does it seems so scary? A lot of it is wrapped up in self-worth. Have you ever had this thought “Who am I to ask for so much money?” Maybe you’ve never had that exact thought, but there are other gems we tell ourselves. Here are some you may recognize: -I don’t want to be seen as greedy. -I I don’t want to seem stuck-up. -I really am asking a lot of money for what I’m offering. -I don’t want to […]