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Power Biz Tips | discoveryourpowerteam.com - Part 2

Archive for the Power Biz Tips

Often when speaking with business owners and solopreneurs, the topic turns to their teams.  This is not surprising given that it is my area of expertise and that I am so passionate about helping people team with individuals who are in their element and who inspire and empower them.

Many entrepreneurs who have been in business for several years have come to the realization that if they want to continue growing their business, they require a team.  While I will address the topic of business growth through teams in a future post, what concerns me is how entrepreneurs go about hiring their staff.

You wouldn’t believe the number of times business owners confide that they have hired their friends, family members, a friend of a friend of a friend who is out of work and needs the money, an acquaintance who is on sick leave and is trying to make ends meet.  I understand that these situations pull at your heart strings. 

Anyone who knows me personally, i.e. close friends and family know that I wear my heart on my sleeve, but as I told one of my mentors recently, in business, I wear long sleeves and make business decisions first with my head, and then run it by my heart. 

Does this mean that you should not hire someone who is in need or that you should not partner with a friend or relative?  That is not at all what I am saying. What I am saying is use logic first. 

When hiring an individual for your team:

  • determine what you want to accomplish and where you need help
  • identify what tasks you want to outsource
  • identify the type of people you work with best
  • identify the requirements: skills, knowledge, experience and personality traits the individual requires
  • recruit the individual who meets or exceeds  those requirements

Getting back to your family member or friend of a friend of a friend, does this individual have the skills, knowledge, experience and personality traits that you require?  Setting aside their relationship to you or to others around you and setting aside their personal situation, ask yourself if they truly are the most qualified candidate.  If so and you feel you could maintain a business relationship with them, go ahead and hire them.  If not, do NOT hire them. 

Never forget that you are running a business.  As a business owner, you must do what is right for you AND your business, even if it causes some ill feelings in your surroundings.  Hiring the wrong person for the job will not only result in their feeling miserable, but it will also mean more work for you, more stress for you and more time spent on working in your business instead of on your business. 

When hiring, you can roll up your sleeves, but don’t forget to put your business owner hat on!

priority number one self care solopreneurHappy Wednesday! The middle of the week is a good time to pause to reflect on how things are going. Have you accomplished everything you wanted so far this week? Were you able to remain focused? Have you established your priorities for the rest of the week? Have you scheduled some YOU time? Yes, you read correctly…..YOU time!

 

As Solopreneurs, coaches, consultants, speakers, we have a tendency to place ourselves at the bottom of the priority list. Heck…often we don’t even make it on the list at all!  Let’s face it, how many of you actually schedule time during the week for downtime, for self care, to do something that rejuvenates you?  If you do, I applaud you and encourage you to continue.  What I do know, however is that most of you do not!

 

Tell me if this sounds familiar:  it’s 6:00 a.m. Monday morning, you get up, get the kids ready for daycare or school, have breakfast, shower, go to your home office and start working on your business.  Throughout the day, lunch, bio breaks or any other kind of break for that matter, become optional. Continue reading!

easy and hardMy father used to say about me that if I needed to get from A to B, I would go from A to T to F to Q and then back up to B.  It’s not that I was distracted or that it took me more time; in fact, I was able to accomplish it in the time it took someone to get from A to B.  It’s just that for me, taking the easy road felt like a cop out.  Challenge was my middle name and if something appeared simple, I just wasn’t interested!  I’d reach higher!

 

Want an example?  Well growing up, Mom spoke French to us and Dad spoke English, so I never felt like I had to learn a language…not like my uni-lingual friends who struggled through English or French classes in school.  You would think that I would just thank my lucky stars; nope, not me. I decided to learn German!  I did not know anyone who spoke German. I did not have any immediate plans to go to Germany; however it was the most difficult language offered at the time, so I signed up!

 

After school, came a corporate career filled with trials, tribulations, amazing learning opportunities and incredible challenges.  At point, I remember taking on four different roles…at one time!  You would not have wanted to see my business card, complete with titles in English and French!  Once again, the famous “Simple” button was nowhere to be found.  Or was it…and did I just not see it? 

 

I have since left the corporate world and started my own business.  I don’t have to tell you that becoming an entrepreneur, doing business online does not come with its step by step guide nicely bundled with ribbon, bow and a “Simple” button.  So why this fascination with all that is complex?  Does it make us more worthy if success is attained by doing something complex rather than completing something easy? Not necessarily.  But what I can now tell you is that simple does not equal lazy, and simple is O.K.  In fact, it is better than O.K.!

 

As we head into the 2nd quarter of 2010, I challenge you to simplify!  Simplify how you live your life; simplify how you work.  As a colleague, Perry Lawrence from AskMrVideo.com likes to say, “Remember the KISS principle – Keep It Simple Sweetheart.”  Here are a few tips to help you simplify:red simplify button

  • feeling overwhelmed; so much to do and don’t know where to start?  Simplify!  Stop, make a list of all the things floating around in your head, and tackle one thing at a time – from start to finish! 
  •  if you know there are certain hours of the day when you are more creative, block off that time of the day, every day and use that time to work on service or product creation
  • can’t remember which bridge line you are running your meeting from?  Simplify.  Establish one bridge number and use that same number for all of your meetings and coaching/client calls
  • doing something for the first time?  Don’t spend hours and hours trying to figure out how to do it, i.e. scheduling your first teleseminar; speak to someone you know who has experience with this task and ask them to walk you through the process; document it and you will have your roadmap for next time
  • getting ready to work on something that requires your complete attention?  Simplify!  Shut down Twitter, sign out of email, forward your phone to voice mail and shut the door.  Allow yourself some real focus time, and you will not only achieve your desired outcome, but also do so more efficiently than you would ever have imagined possible.

The next time things seem to be getting a little too complicated, call a timeout, hit the simplify button and challenge yourself to find an easier way!

Are you a Solopreneur who is feeling overwhelmed? Maybe you realize that with so much to do, things are falling off of your plate. Heck, your may have already upgraded to a platter or even a tray, and still can’t contain everything. If this resonates with you, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone! Let’s look at how this came to be, and how to regain some control and sanity!

overwhelmed and exhausted solopreneur

Many entrepreneurs, such as you, go into business to be their own boss. Why did you start your business? Did you envision making a living doing what you are passionate about? Were you excited by the new adventure you were embarking on? Many are until…they realize that they have to run the business that they own.

Starting out, business owners cannot wait to secure their first client! Do you remember that moment? I certainly do! It was exciting, exhilarating! It gave me a sense of purpose and made my business “real”. Many business owners I have worked with tell me that the honeymoon stage was magnificent!  This is the stage where the phone starts ringing off the hook and there is a regular influx of email, from clients looking to hire you to help them solve their issue or problem. 

You the business owner, suddenly find yourself responding to emails and phone calls, scheduling appointments, creating contracts with terms of payment, actually delivering the product or service to the client, while attempting to market your business, have a social media presence, manage the books, order supplies and so much more!  Who would not be overwhelmed?  If this is you, here are a few tips I urge you to apply immediately! Continue reading!