How to Stay Committed To Your Business

How to Stay Committed To Your Business

YES!When starting your own business it’s often easy to get yourself started, but a lot harder to keep yourself going when things get a bit more tough.  Here are ten tips to help you stay committed.

Set goals.  Without goals, there’s really not much reason for you to be in business.  If you want to stay connected to your business, it helps to make yourself realize why you’re in business to begin with.

Keep goals in mind.  You started your business for a reason.  You need to keep that in mind so you don’t get weighed down by the day-to-day of your work.  Keep little pictures or other memorabilia around that remind you of why you’re doing this is the first place.

Be flexible.  There’s not a one-size-fits-all method to success; you might have to try a lot of things before you find what’s right for you.  The key is to be flexible and willing to try new things when things aren’t working for you.

Be persistent. While you may want to change when things aren’t working, you can’t give up on everything so quickly.  You have to be willing to keep trying and keep going even if things don’t go well.

Make it fun.  We all want to do things that are fun, and shy away from things that aren’t.  Make sure the avenues you pursue are not only profitable, but enjoyable to you.  If you have stuff you need to do that isn’t as fun, try turning it into a game, just like you probably do with your kids to get their chores done.

Find supportive people.  It’s a lot easier to stay committed to something if there are people on the sidelines cheering you on.  Take time to talk to people who are supportive of your business.  If you don’t have many, try finding people like you online and at local classes so you can encourage each other.

Get help.  If you’re like most people, you probably think you can get your business going on your own.  And if you’re like most people, you probably can’t.  Starting your own business is a big job, and it’s perfectly normal to need a little help or guidance.  Try to find a mentor who has already been successful in your area to guide you and give suggestions.  They will also be a constant reminder that what you’re

trying to do is achievable.

Review what you’ve done.  If you’re feeling like you want to give up or just feel beaten down, take out a pen and paper and write down what you’ve accomplished since you started your business.  Even if it’s just little stuff, write it down.  By the time you’re finished you’ll probably feel better realizing how much you’ve accomplished.  Then keep the list and review it and update it every so often to keep yourself going.

Expand yourself.  You’ve probably found that when you have a new idea or project, you get very excited about it.  Try to constantly expand yourself by going to seminars, reading ebooks, getting newsletters, and doing other things to keep yourself coming up with new ideas and getting new projects.  The more new things you do, the more excited you’ll be about just doing your work.

Stay positive.  A positive attitude goes a long way in keeping you motivated.  Take steps to keep yourself looking on the bright side of life and work and it will be easier to keep yourself going.

Rewarding Current Clients

Customer ServiceDon't you hate it when you see those commercials offering new customers huge discounts over what you are now paying as a long-term customer? Apartments, cell phone companies, and cable companies are especially guilty of this practice. This is why people often do not live in apartments long term, like to switch cell phone companies, and move back and forth between cable companies. They want the best deal.

Your customers are no different. If they see you offering new client deals often, but never any loyalty discounts or rewards to current clients, they might decide it's time to move on to someone who is offering new client rewards rather than stick with you. Thankfully, if you want to you can build in client rewards to your business model and keep your current clients happy.

You don't have to break the bank to reward your customers either. You can create simple reward programs that both value your time and your customers' loyalty.

* Create a VIP Program - Create a VIP program that is only open to current customers. You can actually charge a sign-up fee for your VIP program. Once someone is signed up they can earn valuable discounts, freebies and special access to customer care.

* Send Cards/Gifts Regularly - Current customers will love getting cards and thank you notes. If you send cards on their special days such as birthdays, anniversaries and more, they'll feel rewarded. Ensure that you've included a small discount on their special days or exclusive package deals just for them based on their preferences.

* Deliver Exceptional Service - You can reward your customers simply by giving them outstanding, exceptional customer service each and every time you deliver their product or service. Remember, you are here for them, not the other way around.

* Host a Free Webinar - Make this for customers only, and allow them to ask you questions that you answer live. You can do this on Google+ Hangout, or via a service like GoToWebinar.com. What's more you can record it, and then transcribe it to reuse later and perhaps add to your FAQ or knowledge base.

* Provide Advance Notification - If you're getting ready to launch a new product or service, always notify your current customers first, giving them an opportunity to grab the new items at a special discount before offering it to the general public.

* Offer Unannounced Premiums - When your customers put things in their shopping cart, it's always nice to throw in something they didn't expect for free. It doesn't cost you much to throw in a free eBook or eReport. If they spend enough, even sending them a free T-shirt is a small price to pay to make them feel appreciated.

The main thing to keep in mind is that customer acquisition is very expensive compared to customer retention. Any small thing you can do to up their perception of your value will be something they won't soon forget, especially in this age of rewarding new clients over current. Be different, stand out, reward current clients first.