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Will Your Own Business Be a Huge Success? These 8 Predictors Can Tell the Answer

Will Your Own Business Be a Huge Success? These 8 Predictors Can Tell the Answer

Business success is defined by starting with selling every unit with a gross margin of 50 percent or maybe more, building a patent and other intellectual property, and continuous product improvement.

What Are Critical Success Factors (CSF) and How They Can Make Your Business Success Measurable

Critical success factors are usually known as common to many entrepreneurs or businessmen that assist management in measuring whether they are on course in achieving their goals.

With services, running the business often suggests cloning yourself, since you would be the intellectual property and the competitive advantage. You have no shelf life, so you can’t generate income while you sleep. Recently, I read a post published by Deborah A. Bailey saying 5 questions you should ask yourself before going into business.[1] It is pertinent to answer these questions before rushing into any venture.

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Little business owners and professionals desire a way of gauging their success, but the benchmarks for one business type may be different from another type of business. In addition, critical success factors are common to most businesses that assist management in measuring whether they are not deviating from the set goals.

Let’s discuss the factors which can make contributions massive to your success.

Monetary Success Factors

Most business owners will first measure success in conditions of financial factors. But, while a business needs to generate income to survive, if the right technology and workforce are certainly not in place, profits will be more elusive. Using the monetary factor, according to Tribal Lending Company[2] which says making profits are a vital measure of success along with positive cash flow, variable costs and other miscellaneous but financial success indicators can also be different from one industry to another.

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Technology Utilization

Avoid keeping up-to-date with technology at the own peril. The company which utilizes technology to open up new markets, provide customers, increase efficiency and new product and service development has the better chance of besting competition. This success factor, along with your motivated staff, can also help you weather business downturns.

Employee Attitudes

Attitudes drive behaviours that cause change. If your employees do not take initiative, make suggestions, happily stay overdue when necessary and attempt to do their best work all the time, your business will certainly stagnate. A key business success factor is a motivated and committed labor force. Without that, no amount of vision and planning will provide the construction for growth and wealth.

Marketing Consistency

Many organizations make the mistake of not carefully supervising their marketing message. They have different messages venturing out to the same audience at the same time which confuses potential and current prospects. Companies with a constant message across all media platforms, such as websites, paid media and other kinds of marketing security, are the more successful marketers. Let me borrow from the powerful words of one social marketer who believes Instagram marketing [3] and twitter marketing have been effective in this current 21st century of ours. He says, marketing consistency is profitable factor that any company should never overlook.

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Here are the some other factors of business success that are crucial in services we are offering;

Love Your Service

A successful services business, more than a product business, comes from a skill or insight that you have honed from experience. If you don’t have a high level of commitment and passion, you customers won’t seek you out. Now all you have to do is pass it to the many newbies as you grow your team.

Employ Right Personnel

Clients won’t pay to see your new employees learning on the job, and outsourcing the true work to a cheap labour source is a recipe for disaster. Make sure they bring solid base skills, so your training can concentrate on the ground breaking and unique elements that your service brings to the arena.

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Maximize Your Service’s Exposure

Customers can touch and see a great product, but services are a little bit ethereal. You have to communicate how your service is the best to your own team as well as to customers. In case you deliver a great service, but no person knows it, your business will suffer. Help to make sure everyone understands your vision and values.

Ensure Favourable Customers’ Experience

Product companies sometimes equate customer satisfaction with customer service, but it’s more than that, especially with services. Produce sure that every interaction with every customer is positive, the service delivered is exemplary, and always follow up for reference and repeat business.

As entrepreneurs or businessmen who wish to attract investors, they should know that professional investors almost never buy a services-only company. The buyer perspective is that no manufacturing or inventory implies a minimal need for capital up front. They notify these entrepreneurs to sell themselves, execute well and increase organically.

Your services business success totally will depend on you, your skills and resources, and your ability to bring customers to the table.

Reference

[1] Sabtrends: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Go Into Business For Yourself
[2] TribalInstallmentLoans: Home
[3] InstaTopGram: Buy Likes

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

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