5 Ways To Turn Up The Heat In Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
March 27, 2015
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We are nearing the end of Q1. How are your sales to date? Are you hitting your numbers? Are you building the infrastructure you need to sustain business growth? Are you building your community on a daily basis? Are you owning your time? If you answered NO to any of the above questions – it’s time to Turn Up The Heat In Your Business. How? Easy. Here are 5 Ways To Turn Up The Heat In Your Business 1. Set Your Goal If you are still flying by the seat of your pants, please land. Your pants aren’t going to hold you up much longer. You need a plan. And a plan starts with definitive goals. If you don’t know how, or are struggling to set your goals – go back and read Goal Setting for Success in 2015. Once you are clear on WHAT you are working towards, or how … Continued

The Secret To A Strong Business

Shelagh Cummins
March 22, 2015
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We live in the Information Age. There is so much free, accessible information out there, it can be overwhelming. And as long it is “out there” it remains just that… information. When you step up, decipher which information will be serve you, then apply that information to your business – this is how knowledge is formed. And…  Knowledge is Power. Being the most knowledgeable business owner you can be will help you have the most impact on our world, and leave the biggest legacy to those who need you the most. We provide our kids endless enrichment: academic, athletic, and artistic experiences – we need to be doing the same for ourselves. We put so much into our kids, making them more knowledgeable, yet we forget about our own development and enrichment. Part of my mission is to make you the most knowledgeable business owner you can be (or want to be). … Continued

5 Simple Steps to Take a Vacation From Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
March 12, 2015
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You need it. I know how hard you work. I know how many hours you are pouring into your business. I know how much of your blood, sweat and tears is in your business. You deserve a break. Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Take a vacation. Those 3 words can either elicit euphoria OR stress. If it’s stress, then that is even more reason you need to take a break. How? Easy! Here are 5 Simple Steps to Help You Take a Vacation From Your Business 1. Give Yourself Permission to Step Away It’s time to put the martyr suit in the closet. Shut the door, lock it and throw away the key. You are not put on this earth to be at the mercy and beck and call of your customers. You provide service and products to solve a problem. And if you are going to do so effectively for years … Continued

5 Ways To Bring The Love Back To Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
February 18, 2015
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  When people like you, high achieving entrepreneurs committed to huge business success, turn to me for help to Grow Their Business, it’s usually because your business no longer fits… something is out of alignment – the love for your business is lost. Perhaps you’ve lost the drive to tackle the elements of your business that drain your energy, or make you feel incompetent, or you’re exhausted from not working within your zone of genius – that place where you shine and where people pay you money – you ain’t Shaking Your MoneymakerTM. Here are 5 Ways to Bring The Love Back To Your Business   1. Re-establish Your Why Above and beyond everything else, remembering and leading with your why is key. Your why is your mission. It fuels your Mission Statement in your business plan. If you’re in business you solve a problem for someone who needs you. Understanding what problem you solve … Continued

Implement Systems to Grow Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
February 5, 2015
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Implement A Systems Framework to Grow Your Business sys·tem ˈsistəm/ noun a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole, in particular. a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. plural noun: systems “the state railroad system” synonyms: structure, organization, arrangement, complex, network; informalsetup “a system of canals” It may seem, especially when your business is small, that defining and creating systems in your business is a waste of time. You’re the only one doing the work, or you have a partner or a very small team that work together well and you don’t feel like you need to complicate that. Part of my mission is to save you time, money, and heartache down the road. There will likely come a day when you want to delegate, spin off some of your responsibilities into a new position, or maybe even sell your company. If you have a … Continued

Know Your Number to Grow Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
January 29, 2015
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What’s Your Number for 2015? If you want to be a true profitable entrepreneur, own your time, grow your business and make the money you want this year, you’re going to have to sit down and figure out your number for 2015. Your number is how much revenue you want to earn this year. How much revenue do you want to earn in 2015? The first step to earning Your Number is to set your premium price. In that past, how have you set up your pricing scale for your business? Did you copycat your competitors’ pricing? Just give it a shot in the dark? To set your value at a premium rate, you want to find the sweet spot where you’re in range of what your customers will pay, while creating the demand you need to meet that cost. Download this tool I created to help you set your price:  … Continued

Goal Setting for Success in 2015

Shelagh Cummins
December 15, 2014
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Goal Setting for Success in 2015 Click here to download your printable worksheet to help with your Goal Setting for Success in 2015 You can’t start off the new year still hanging on to last year. No matter how much you succeeded or failed in the goals you set for yourself in 2014, you have to assess, plan, and move on for 2015. To help you start the new year with a clean slate and set up for success, download this short worksheet to guide you through this exercise. Step 1: Look back at 2014. Think about the goals you set for yourself. Whether or not you achieved them is NOT what we’re interested in today. What we want to do is understand WHY you did or did not meet them. Were they unrealistic? Were they specific enough? Did you even set the right goals? Once you have given those a little … Continued

5 Strategies to Annihilate Your Business Competition in 2015

Shelagh Cummins
December 6, 2014
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Competition in business is a blessing, for without it, we wouldn’t be motivated to improve. - Nabil M Jamal Business competition is a guarantee – especially once you start meeting with success. You have two choices when competitors start nipping at your heels – either focus and obsess over it, or focus on you – and being the best you that you can be. Here are 5 Strategies To Annihilate Your Business Competition on 2015 1. Be First I remember talking to Julie Cole from Mabels Labels a few years back – I asked how they had so successfully risen above their competition, time and time again. She said it straight. You have to be first to market. I have hung onto those words ever since. It’s important to know what your competitors are up to, but it’s up to you to be innovative, to be different, to be the first to launch a … Continued

Earn More, Work Less: Summer Sanity Savers

Shelagh Cummins
August 18, 2014
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  Are you surviving the summer months? Let’s face it – the minute our kids’ schedules change, our schedules change too. So how can we keep our businesses humming and continue bringing in income without having to be as connected and as hands-on as we are throughout the school year? Here are three key strategies to help you earn more, work less and stay sane this summer.  1.  Set Goals.  Since we’re talking about only a two to three month period of time, let’s set some micro-goals for our businesses. What do you absolutely need to have happen over the summer?  Get specific and stay focused.  If you’re concentrating on sales, how much do you need sales to increase by, or to maintain, to keep your lights on?  Once you have your goal in mind—that small micro-goal—break that down into two or three milestones to get you there.  If boosting your marketing efforts … Continued

3 Reasons Your Team Isn’t Working Out

Shelagh Cummins
July 23, 2014
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  So you hire somebody, and after a few weeks you get the feeling it’s just not working out.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the problem is, but you know something is off.  Learning these three C’s was such an “Aha!” moment for me.  They really enabled me to quickly and accurately evaluate the situation so I could get things back on track and headed toward success.  I hope they’re as helpful and powerful for you as they were—and still are—for me.  I take no credit for this – I was working Shawn Driscoll, a fabulous business coach, when she helped me see the light about leading a team. These are her teachings. The first C is CLARITY.  Remember, the people you hire are not mind readers, and they may be delivering exactly what you’ve asked for but in a different way than you would do it yourself.  Are … Continued