Motivation

Sometimes, we all can get a little stagnant in our business. Things get shaking and moving, and you may get to a resting point and kind of just stay there. Whenever I feel like I’ve been in these little resting ruts a little too long, I try to read a few quotes that get me motivated to keep learning, keep pushing and growing my business and to just give me a little boost.

 

Here are a few I really like. 78182fb3f390fd8c70c953c7e039aaff

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What to do When You Have a Tiny Computer Disaster

Tuesday of this past week, I was oh so fortunate to wake up to a mini disaster.

I started the morning normal- fed the dogs, fed the cats, fed the chickens, made coffee and started my morning ritual of obsessing over all of the accounts I manage. Which one got a retweet or a new follower? Comments on that post- sweet! Who can we network with today? Savannah is a social butterfly town off and on the internet.

After a solid 30 minutes… frozen wasteland appears on my screen. Can’t click. Can’t move the mouse. I got nothing. Surprisingly, the freeze was the least of my worries. Oh noooo. The continuous beep beep beep pause beep beep beep pause…. that noise indicted this was no small issue.

Fortunately for me, I possess half of Apple’s products (not literally) so turning to my phone, I googled ‘frozen macbook beeping.’ Can someone please explain to me why my 3-year-old Macbook Pro that wasn’t exactly a cheap purchase is malfunctioning?? It’s had such a short life. My first Macbook from 2008 is still going strong. Why is this newer, sleeker silver one that controls my productivity on a daily basis not showing up to the job today?

That could be a RAM problem. Or a logic board. Basically the whole insides. Whatever the answers were, there was a hefty price tag to each resolution some reaching near the $1,000 mark. Um… no thanks.

Did you know that you can buy a whole new laptop for that amount of money? Here’s where my title plays in (finally!).

Don’t freak out. Yes, you have been thrown a very large, very sad curveball. You and your computer have many memories together. My Macbook Pro and I did work all over the University of Georgia campus. We’ve job searched. We’ve started a business together for goodness sakes. It was like family! So I repeat- don’t freak out. 

Prepare Prepare Prepare. You must have a back-up hard drive that you regularly use. Back-up your information. It’s valuable no matter what it is. Luckily this time, I was able to avoid the frozen beeping just long enough by putting it on a flat surface to back mine up one last time.

Make the Purchase, and FAST! Goodbye favorite laptop. Hello Macbook Air. I just started this business, I can tell you I don’t have the funds to drop on a brand new laptop, but it had to be done. It was actually pretty painless. Apple has financing available for businesses. Even got to start an Apple business account. I ordered a refurbished Macbook Air for less than $1,000. It is definitely up to the job. I can’t even tell it is refurbished. All of my data- easily transferred. It’s like I didn’t even lose a laptop. Even my desktop image is the same. And, it only took two days for my new laptop to arrive. Crisis averted.

Don’t be upset. It’s bound to happen. The way I reasoned with myself- I bought the Macbook Pro in February 2011 for $1,100. That exactly three years. That’s $30.00/month. Not bad. It had seen its prime. Fingers crossed I get at least a 3-year life span on this one.

Thanks for reading my non-traditional, non-industry-related post, and I wish you luck with your next crisis!

When Launching a Company, Consider These 5 Things | Entrepreneur.com

When Launching a Company, Consider These 5 Things | Entrepreneur.com.

Entrepreneur.com has a massive content library that causes me to really think about my business and its direction. Entrepreneur.com is one of my inspiration sites. Like you, I also am a small business owner, so what do you think about these 5 things to consider?

1. Be passionate about what you do. 

It’s a simple question. Are you or are you not passionate about your start-up? One of the worst things you can do in business is get into a get-rich-quick scheme. First of all, it all takes time and effort. I’m sure you know the Steve Jobs story. Second of all, why would you get into something where you will spend a considerable amount of time if you’re not passionate about it?

It’s best to assume that business owners are passionate about their businesses.

2. Think big. 

BIG. How do you think big? You have an idea. You’ve started a business based on that idea. And then…. it could either take off quicker than you can keep up or you can have a lull… All businesses have their up’s and down’s, but there may be a time where you need to re-evaluate your direction. You have to make your business EPIC. Make it memorable. Think BIG.

3. Listen, but don’t obey. 

How many people told you you couldn’t make it? How many said that you’d lost your mind wanting to start a business? You did it anyway. Why would you start obeying what other people said now? It is imperative that you listen to your customers. After all, you’re in business for them in the end. But… you don’t always have to obey everything they say.

4. Done is better than perfect. 

I struggle with this one… I swear Entrepreneur.com writes articles with me in mind. You (I) can’t be perfect. It’s impossible. You can close. I strive to be close to perfect, but mistakes inadvertently happen. Set your business goals. Adapt your products/services and marketing strategies with them in mind. Realize that you will not perfectly reach every goal you set. You may complete some. Other’s may be an ongoing process. At least you have a direction.

5. Choose the right partners and mentors. 

You know the saying, “why re-invent the wheel?” It applies here. There are a million and one resources for you no matter what industry you are in. Utilize them. There’s no shame in reading to learn more or asking for advice. You’re not the only business owner out there. Someone you know might have experienced certain situations before you. Why not ask them how they handled them? (I’m currently doing this with business taxes… ugh.)

Overall, this article was a great reminder of some key points. Stay focused y’all. Owning a business is a continuous learning process or so it seems.

Happy New Year!

PassionHappy 2014 Y’all!! 

When you think back on your 2013, what do you think you did exceptionally well for your business? What actions would you change?

We all have our pros and cons and ups and downs for the year. The best part of ringing in a new year is the cleaning of the slate. All the mistakes you made in 2013 are gone and past. You also learned from each of your accomplishments.

Let’s look ahead to 2014 with excitement and willingness to reach our greatest potential, as individuals and businesses.

How can you better your business? How can you reach more customers/clients? What do you want to show them or tell them about your business? Why are you special? Why should they choose you? Re-evaluate yourself and your business. Are you on the path towards the 2013 goal that you set for yourself? Did you accomplish it? Or did you fall a little off-track?

We get busy. It’s easy to forget our goals and objectives. Set new ones. Not resolutions. Goals. Goals have a better accomplishment rate than resolutions. Do it for you, your business, your employees, your customers.

Passion is a driving force. Harness it. Organize it. And let 2014 bring you great things!

Wishing you a very happy new year and all the best with your upcoming ventures!