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  1. If you want to experience success you need to focus on where you aim. A good shot is someone who reviews and adjusts their aim constantly.  <blog_break>

    This piece of art is from Kettle Courtyard that you can find HERE on Etsy 

    Back to your aim, do you know exactly what you are aiming for?

    I think this can be really hard to get specific about your aims and targets. Your desires and aspirations are important and it can sometimes be hard to put the emotional side of how you want to feel into words. It takes time for reflection and examining where you are now and where you would ove to be. Maybe you have grown up not to expect every thing you want. 
    Remember being told "I want never gets" ? It can lead to feeling like you dare not decide or say what you really want or else it will never happen.

    You can get past this stage, you really can. Let's do it together.

  2. engaged!

    As part of my work with other businesses I spend a lot of time on social media. It is such a wonderful resource for the small business, to help them spread the word about their wonderful products. 

    For me social media is away a small business can be suddenly visible in a mass market world. So I have as passion for seeing small businesses use it to the best without spending their whole life posting.

    This last week I have seen far to many post from small businesses which just send their tribe to somewhere else, someone elses website! No it is true, people are posting links to other people website. Now I don't mind the sharing kind of post where people spread the word about another small business and maybe get a reciprocal mention. I mean the  post where I sent off to some big website somewhere else often selling the same product as the person that posted.

    Posting on social media can eat your time, but I would say you are better to post less often and post something that sends people to YOUR website than post everyday a post that does not serve you. 

    If you are finding this hard get some help. I am happy to help you create a content stream that sends people where YOU want the to go!

  3. I know my husband, my son, my postman, my optician are not people who are likely to buy my stamps. This is just the same as being at a business network. But they say the average person knows a 100 people. So every person you meet every day know a hundred other people who might buy what you sell.

    So am I saying every person you meet has to understand the minutest detail of what you do? of course not, but would be great if they know what you do in general terms and know how to contact you, have you made that easy?  

    I wrote the above post several years ago, but it is still true today. How can you make it easy for people to refer their friends to you. Do you always have business cards with you? on your personal Facebook page are you listed as working at your business page so people can click through easily? 

    Each person you meet every day may know someone who needs your help. On Saturday I was doing a quick dash for food in my local supermarket before going to a Macmillian Coffee morning. As I came out of the store I walked into a lovely group of people setting up a stand for  local support group for people with diabetes, I stopped to pick up some information and wondered why I didn't know all this when I was diagnosed. I came home and looked at their flyer, it wasn't brilliant. I put the food away with my son and we decided I could very quickly use the same words that they had used and just present them a whole lot better. So I went up to my office and did just that. I printed a 200 copies and trimmed them up, packed them in a box and took them back to the lovely man who had spoken to me earlier in the day. I had a buisness card for him so that he can ask me next time he needs a flyer. I am happy to donate a little time doing what I do daily to help a local group who are trying to support so many people. Watch this space because I am going to be shouting more about this group. Who could you easily help with your skills