Here we are celebrating the 4th of July this weekend. Some us are drunk as a skunk by now, and some of us are having a second cup of coffee just enjoying the moment. Although as I sit here this morning. I look back at this last weeks work agenda wondering this same thing.
Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation…. Zig Ziglar
If you get into bed with the wrong dog, you’re sure to get fleas. And that’s what you need to remember about business partnerships. No matter how fantastic the wrapping, it’s what’s inside that counts, and it’s way too easy to get stuck with a dud. Here’s what you need to know to figure out if your partner is a nightmare dressed like a daydream.
You’re committed to networking. You’ve heard how much it can help your business. Not the type to half-step, you work to make sure everyone knows who you are and what you do. However, if you’re getting a lot of side eye and some less-than-enthusiastic responses, it may be you, not them. Here’s what you need to know to network without winning the title for Mr. or Mrs. Obnoxious.
An important part of networking is likability. People like being around genuine people and can’t wait to distance themselves from those who are obviously full of it. Which camp do you fit in? Are you a hoot or a toot? Here’s my definition of these two kinds of people: A Hoot is a person everyone likes, and most importantly, respects and wants to be around. A Toot is a person that people shy away from, just like you would if someone tooted in your presence. Read on to learn about this phenomenal theory:
You’re all about the Internet, and your online marketing gets results? That’s fine and dandy like a rose-colored Christmas, but don’t get too happy. You can get more exposure, more business, and more sales if you remember there’s life in the brick-and-mortar world too. Here’s how to incorporate offline efforts with online marketing:
Okay, maybe not shot. That’s a little on the extreme side, but a good butt kicking is in order, right? Here you are, giving them steady work and a pleasant work environment, and they have the nerve to steal from you. But, then again, what if it’s your fault? Have you ever tried to kick your own butt? It isn’t easy to do, let me tell you, though you might deserve it at times.
Why did you start your business? Is it because you had a certain skill? Or maybe a real passion for something? Probably you figured you had what it took to get your baby off the ground. But after you’d been at it for a while, you probably figured out that, wait a minute, you probably shouldn’t be wearing all the hats. This is when you figure out that your business needs more than just tender loving care. This is when you face the music that there are other skills you need to maintain and grow your business. And you don’t really have them.
Thought your days of hitting the books were over because you’re running a business like, well, a boss? You’re out of school and knee deep in running a business, but guess what? As the big dog of your enterprise you still need to read.
Okay, so you want the good news, right? Wait for it…
If you’re the big dog, or even the only dog, at your business, chances are good that you’re also the bank for your business. Now, if you’re asking yourself just what the heck that means, keep your pants on while I explain. Basically, it means you decide where the cash goes and when it gets there. And let’s face it, you probably invest a healthy portion of your personal money into the business as well.
So now that we’ve established that you are, in fact, the head honcho in charge of your company’s money rolls, let’s talk a little about mixing your personal and business funds. If you’ve read anything at all about running a business, you know you’re supposed to keep your personal and business funds entirely separate from each other. That looks pretty on paper, but any bootstrapper knows it’s harder to do in practice, especially in those first couple of years when you have a lot of your personal money feeding the business like a green IV line.