Article of unusual advice

Business owners get all kinds of advice. Some of it is good, and sometimes… let’s just say it’s well-meaning.

Here are some unusual but highly useful tips from successful entrepreneurs. Please add your own in the comments section!

  1. From Becky Duncan… set an alarm (like a beeping alarm on my phone) to remind me when it was time to meet a client for a call. I used to think this was crazy – I was so excited to have clients – how could I forget them?! Now, I’ve gotten so deep into blogging, emails, admin, etc. that beeping alarm has saved my bootie more times than I can count!
  2. From Mary Cravets… stop drinking water an hour before you do a webinar. I got this from a mentor who also suggested that the very last thing you do before starting the webinar is a last quick trip to the bathroom. Maybe not the most elegant or refined advice I’ve ever received, but certainly practical!
  3. From Lisa Crilley Mallis… celebrate business success with your partner and use a coach to work through the frustrations.Your spouse wants to protect you from disappointment and challenges, and thus his or her advice is based on trying to protect you. A coach’s advice is based on trying to help make your business stronger – often that is not the same thing. One way I celebrate is that each time I have a new VIP client, we go to dinner.
  4. From Julie Babcock-Hyde… make check lists for everything. This can be everything from launching a Zoom meeting to delivering your services. As your business grows, these checklists take a little stress off because it’s one less thing you have to remember. And when you add team members, these same checklists will help them start strong in your business.

What is the best advice you’ve gotten?

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Mary Cravets

Founder Mary Cravets started Simply Get Clients because she saw small business owners complicating growing their businesses. Or falling victim to the "build it and they will come" myth. So she developed the simple structure to cut through all the noise of social media, "experts", online funnels, advertising and more to focus on the central problem of business owners: getting more clients. And you know what? There is NOT a one-size-fits-all solution.

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  1. Adam Cravets says

    It’s not your client’s job to remember you. In most cases, if you didn’t know the client personally prior to the work you do for them, and even if you do a great job, they’ll forget your name within 7-months. So keep in touch at least once a month because that’s YOUR job.

  2. Karen Reinhold says

    Make sure you know your presentation well enough that you can deliver it effectively even if you’ve been up all night with a baby or have a migraine. That way, your clients get the information they need and you don’t add to your other stress by being unprepared.