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Grow Your Business – Avoid These Business Owner Mistakes

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Grow Your Business – Avoid These Business Owner Mistakes

There are certain things that we may not be aware of that could be hurting our business. Here are a few tips to help you along the way. I wouldn’t say that being a business owner is hard work as much as I would say it can be challenging. As we all know if you love what you do and you do what you love it’s never “work” But I can certainly take a lot out of you. Nevertheless, there are certain things I can get in the way of your progress some of which can literally make you not want to work for the rest of the day But on the other end of that spectrum there are things that we do that we’re not aware of the make people not want to work with us. There are certain things that you should avoid and At the same time, Should not allow others to do when it affects business On both sides. But Let’s focus on you And your business for the story – Here are some tips that I’ve learned over the years that can make your business run a lot smoother her and hoping steps help.

Don’t bring an assistant to a business meeting without telling the other party

I’ve had this happen on a couple of occasions and while others may not mind I find it to be very rude and inconsiderate. If you’re going to bring someone else to a lunch meeting or dinner meeting be considerate enough to let the other business person know.

They may want to discuss something with you that is not privy to other people or they may have questions for you. As you sit at the table with another business person as an equal it is disrespectful and off-putting to bring your assistant or someone else to take notes or to join in on the conversation as an equal.  The bottom line is at least give the other person the option to say no I want to talk to you alone by letting them know in advance. It comes off as grandstanding and very diva-like. Nobody is that busy and if you are you shouldn’t have lunch with another businessperson.

Don’t ask for free or discount services

What I find most amazing about people who ask for discounts is that they are also often the same ones that overcharge other people When it comes to their own services and they want premium rates but they want to pay everybody else peanuts. It is incredibly selfish to ask somebody who works hard for what they have to cut their rates for you and try to make them feel obligated like they owe you something. In the black community, which is what I most experience with, we have this thing with entitlement when it comes to business that says you’re supposed to hook me up. No matter how you look at it, that’s exactly the way it comes off. If I work hard for what I have and I’m providing a great service then you need to PAY the price like everybody else and shut the hell up. Know that if you allow someone a discount or free service, it is absolutely very possible they’re going to tell other people. Which in essence is going to destroy your business and make YOU ask for discounts and hookups in order to pay your own bills. You will never grow in a circle that continues subtracting from each other’s business esteem. Once you get corporate clients and you see that they’re willing to pay for your services full price, it’s very hard to go back to doing welfare business and offering discounts or giving your services away for free. There is just some business that you need to walk away from free and clear. In order to grow you have to let some things GO.

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