Should you seek out a business coach?

Congratulations…you are now a proud business owner!!  Now, do you know how to stay alive as a newfound entrepreneur? All new business owners eventually become stagnant…showing no activity, having no flow! Don’t let this stop you from achieving your dream as a SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur. A business coach will dedicate their attention to YOU.  They will help you move from where you are in your business to where you want to be.  They do this by focusing on your goals. Don’t have a clear vision?  Not sure what you’re fully capable of?  You might need someone to push you outside your comfort zone.  Yes, a business coach will do that! Some reasons why you should consider a business coach: 1.  To help you develop long-term and short-term goals and strategies 2.  To improve your business in areas that you might have overlooked 3.  To help you grow the profit in your company 4.  To help you attract high performing team members 5.  To help you attract more new customers or have your existing customers spending more 6.  To teach you how to take a well-deserved break without worrying about the business when you’re gone. Whatever your goals are, a business coach can help!  Consider taking that leap and consult with a business coach to find out the possibilities for your success are endless! PJ's New Pic (smaller)  ActionCoach-logo
YOUR CHALLENGE:  Attend 1 local business coaching workshop this year.  Then consider working with a business coach to help build your business! If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.bestchicagobusinesscoach.com. Build a Business image 3 (small title) To register for our complimentary workshop, How to Build a Business you can Sell, visit www.workingonthebusiness.com. Let’s work together to help your business grow. 
 

Small Bucks for Small Business

Small money ideas that can help you get your small business started! You don’t need big bucks to start a business.  But, you do need to get the word out about your business.  And no, it doesn’t have to come with a huge cost.  Here are some small money ideas that can help you get started: Blogging:  You can create a blog for free.  And if you’re not good at writing, then perhaps someone on your team (or a friend) can help you out.   Website:  You can create a website for free too.  If you are not a professional coder, don’t worry.  There are many template websites you can create that look great! Ads:  Try using Facebook or Google Ads.  They can help boost your business on a small budget. Social Networks:  Twitter, Linkedin, and Pinterest are great for social networking.  And they’re free to use! Photography:  Make sure to use visual images.  Try to be unique or funny!  Stand out to get noticed! Offer a Freebie:  A free month of service will draw attention to anyone reading your ad. Referrals:  Word of mouth from friends and family can help you get started too. Partner Up:  You can always find another business professional that is in the same industry as you. Business Cards:  Make them colorful and snazzy and be sure to pass them out to everyone you come in contact with. These tips should not cost you an arm and a leg but they should help you get recognized and a give you a good start to your new business. PJ's New Pic (smaller)  ActionCoach-logo
YOUR CHALLENGE:  Make a list of the 9 ideas listed above.  Tackle one idea each week for the next 9 weeks.  How does it improve your new business? If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.bestchicagobusinesscoach.com. Build a Business image 3 (small title) To register for our complimentary workshop, How to Build a Business you can Sell, visit www.workingonthebusiness.com. Let’s work together to help your business grow. 

Time Management Tips

Because Entrepreneurs are extremely busy, we need to learn the art of time management. It’s not something we are all born with, but we sure can learn it.  Here are some helpful tips that may make your life a little bit easier:
  • Make out a daily schedule with all the activities that need to be done.  This way you can make the most of every hour and be more efficient throughout the day.
  • The most difficult task should be done in the morning.  That is the time you are at your best performance.  Accomplish this early and then put it behind you.
  • Organization is very important. Keep thing organized as you do them.  Don’t put them off or pile them up. This way you can go back and look them up which will save you time.
  • You can’t do everything whether you’re at the office or at home.  So you need to delegate some of these tasks to others whom you know and trust will get them done.
  • Technology is here to stay so you need to take advantage of this.  Use your smartphone to download applications or to put reminders in your calendar.  All of this is at your fingertips and easy to use.
  • Preparing for the next day should be done at night. This way you are not scrambling around or forgetting something important.
  • There are times where you’ll be somewhere other than work, and you’ll need to kill some time. Having your laptop handy will allow you to download documents or check/respond to emails.
  • Keep from getting distracted by shutting your door and telling everyone to respect your time because you need to focus on your tasks at hand.
  • Sometimes your time is demanded by others or by meetings. Ask for an agenda for the meetings. If it is not suitable for your business then politely decline the offer. This way you are not wasting your time or theirs.
  • Always keep focused on the task you are doing or at a meeting you are attending. This way you will never miss important information or overlook any details.
Remember, just changing some of the ways you manage your time can increase productivity at work (and at home)! PJ's New Pic (smaller)  ActionCoach-logo
YOUR CHALLENGE:  Change just one of the above items each week for a month.  How much more productive are you at work?  Relay these tips to your co-workers for even more workplace productivity. If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.bestchicagobusinesscoach.com. Build a Business image 3 (small title) To register for our complimentary workshop, How to Build a Business you can Sell, visit www.workingonthebusiness.com. Let’s work together to help your business grow. 

How to build a positive relationship with your employees

A professional may be in their work environment just as much, or even more than they are at home.  So, as a manager, you want your employees to feel comfortable and productive in their work environment. Open communication and getting to know your employees are strong factors for good productivity in the workplace.  Here are a few tips to ensure sound employer-employee relationships: 1.  Have a weekly meeting with your employees to discuss problems and solutions. 2.  Always welcome your employees’ feedback to encourage loyalty within the company. 3.  Support your employees and recognize their achievements to show appreciation. 4.  Take the time to know your employees personally. Ask about their personal life, their needs, and their goals. 5.  Be there for your employees and treat them the way you would want to be treated. A supportive manager will always have employees that are more productive and who enjoy their job and work surroundings.   Good employer-employee relationships are imperative for building a positive workplace.  PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
YOUR CHALLENGE:  Invite one employee in your office each day for the next week.  Ask them their goals as your employee.  Get to know them.  Then see how the work environment changes. Are your employees happier and more productive? If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.bestchicagobusinesscoach.com. Build a Business image 3 (small title) To register for our complimentary workshop, How to Build a Business you can Sell, visit www.workingonthebusiness.com. Let’s work together to help your business grow.