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Business 101: How Not To Lose Your First Client

Business 101: How Not To Lose Your First Client

Most business owners, especially the SME’s (Small and Medium Enterprise), often neglect their first customer. When they lose them, they think that maybe it’s because they didn’t completely comprehend what the deal was, or perhaps they’d had a change of heart overnight. Sadly, as a rule, that is rarely the case.

Indeed, when you give customers the attention they deserve, it turns out to be anything but difficult to know when they’re despondent about something — regardless of the possibility that you don’t comprehend what that is. How? By building and keeping up associations with your clients. First clients are called the test runners.

Who Are The Test Runners?

Test runners are those set people that are used to start a business or test a product that is just launching. Most mistakes that lead to the loss of customer(s) are made at this point. In this article, we’ll be talking about ways in which you can prevent the loss of your clients and also build your clientele from one loyal client to numerous loyal clients.

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Loyal customers are at the core of every business’ success. Most businesses have a 60 percent chance of selling to a current client, while the chance of selling to a new customer is only 5 to 20 percent. Sustaining customer relationships is no easy job, but if done right, it can help set your company apart from your competitors.

Let us consider a basic case of having your first client. You have to do certain things to ensure you don’t lose them. Here, we’ll address some of the factors that can help us hold on to this important first client.

1. Build An Effective Work Outline

When you get a brief or are requested to draw up a quote, it is important that you set up a reasonable blueprint of the venture. Possibly your customer will give a precise set of specifications, or maybe they will be somewhat obscure in what they expect. Whatever the case may be, the sooner you establish a project outline, the sooner both parties can see how the work will unfold.

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2. Be 100% Honest

Clients can recognize a fake from a distance, and the last thing you need for your organization is a reputation for being phony. The same goes for how you speak to your clients online or offline. Being genuine with your clients goes far with regards to keeping up client connections. For instance, if your customers are having issues with your item, give a fair answer and don’t make guarantees you can’t keep to. An awful thing you can do in business is to make false guarantees rather than a compelling client solution.

3. Timely Delivery

Getting work finished well and on time is fundamental to keeping up good client relationships. If you have arranged the project timeline reasonably, fitting it into your general work and life plan, then this shouldn’t be an issue.

4. Get Feedback From Clients

Client success is an essential center point for organizations. If you give support to your clients, they will compensate you with loyalty and useful feedback.

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This could begin little. For instance, by entrusting somebody in your group with client support obligations. This will help you keep up client connections and set up your business as one which makes addressing clients’ needs a top priority.

5. Always, Always Follow Up

This is the most important factor most freelancers and business owners lack. Just like sustaining friendships, to maintain customer relationships you have to keep in touch. And for businesses, this can be presented in the form of holiday cards, birthday greetings, or a quarterly email reminding your clients that you’re there for them always if they need you. And by always keeping in touch with your customers, you’ll stay “top of mind” — this is the key to ensuring your customers don’t leave you for someone else or forget about you.

Once you have established the buyer as a client, don’t let the relationship end there. It’s now time to take it to the next level and to keep clients as happy as possible at all times. This is not only making sure the service you deliver is outstanding, but by keeping in touch with them after the contract is finished. Offer necessary support to them throughout the year, send them articles they might be interested in, try to call them once a quarter to check in, or send them gifts marking their anniversary with you as a client. The more you remain in front of someone, the more likely you are to be on their mind and to be called on when a new need arises. Also, they’re more liable to refer you to others — then there is a ripple effect on your clientele.

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Never underestimate the power of a happy customer and word of mouth. Client relationships — both good and bad — impact the success or failure of your business.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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