The 9 Hour Small Business Tune-Up
Before Starting A few Notes:
You are just 9 steps away from better, stronger business! If you are reading this, you have made the decision to improve your business. Congratulations! Make the honest effort to complete all the exercises in this program and it will prove to be a mind opening experience for you.
Running your business can be compared to raising a child. Take care of it, nourish, understand, and love it, and build a strong relationship with it and it will love and cherish you in return. When it becomes self-sufficient, it won’t forget you.
It takes as much effort to run a business poorly as it does to run it successfully and profitably. It only requires a different way of thinking and doing things. Your participation in this program is proof that you want to improve your business. I promise you that after completing all the steps you’ll say to yourself, “It was worth it.”
Here are some tips for using this program:
Completing this business tune-up will reveal your business habits, strengths, and weaknesses. It will give you a clear-cut plan and motivate you, as well as give your business the tune-up it needs.
Use this business optimizer in sequence, starting with hour number one. Nine hours may seem like a great deal of time to invest, but your business deserves this effort on your part. If you complete all the exercises, you will be pleased with the results.
Everyone works at a different speed, so the time it takes to complete each exercise may vary. The times listed are averages. It is not important how long it takes to complete the steps, but it is important that all the steps be completed.
A note about brainstorming:
In this program, you’ll find many exercises that require you to make lists. They are designed to tap into your inner self and help you come up with ideas that you may not have considered before.
The best way to effectively complete an exercise is to think a for a few minutes about the subject. Once you’re ready to start writing, don’t stop for at least five minutes.
This will give you momentum, and you’ll that find once you get going it’s hard to stop. List everything you can think of. It doesn’t matter how small, silly, or unimportant it may seem. Writing in casual, uncensored manner brings out ideas. After you are done with your list, choose the most important concepts.
Best of luck, and enjoy your new revised business!
Hour 1 – Ensuring You Are In Business For The Right Reasons
You are the primary factor in the success of your business! It all depends on you!
Your business needs your direction, ideas, creativity, and expertise. It is a reflection of you, and without your input, your business will take on a different form and direction than you intend.
You and your business should be a perfect, harmonious match. After completing this 9 Hour Business Tune-Up you will be aware of aspects of your business that you had never noticed before, and you will have a clear-cut plan for increased success.
Let’s get started.
Run Your Business for the Right Reasons:
Most business people find that success comes much easier when they are running a business that they love. They don’t mind putting in extra hours and going the extra mile if they are interested in the work that they do.
They stay optimistic. When a problem arises they concentrate on a solution rather than focusing on the problem. Their business is their life and they have a drive that keeps them going during good and bad times. On the other hand, people who are in the wrong business might think they love it but be wrong.
They are in their business for the wrong reasons. When conflicts arise, they concentrate on the negative, and instead of looking for a solution, they look for the exit. Their mind may be in it, but their heart isn’t. To ensure the success of your business, make sure you are passionate about it.
To help you better understand how you feel about your business, read the following and choose which of the two scenarios best applies to you.
My business feels like a job.
I like what I do because of the money I make.
When problems come up, I wish I were doing something else.
I would rather work eight hours a day and come home with no problems.
Most of the time I would rather be doing something else.
I can’t afford to leave my business because I don’t think I can make it in any other business.
I want my business to be successful so I can sell it for a hefty profit and try something else.
I like my business as long as everything is going smoothly.
I look forward to getting up in the morning just to work on my business.
It doesn’t matter if I’m not making money all of the time. I just love being there.
If I had all the money I’ve ever wanted, I would do the same thing without pay.
I constantly think of new, innovative ways to improve my business.
If I could do anything I ever wanted, it would be related in some way or another to my current business.
I find it hard to stop thinking about my business even when I am finished working.
Sometimes it seems as though all I talk about or have any interest in during a social engagement is my business.
Which scenario best applies to you? Scenario A or Scenario B?
If You Choose Scenario A:
Scenario A: That suggests that you would do better if you were running a business that you loved.
Evaluating Your Business Preferences:
Some people are better off doing something else if they have no emotional attachment to their business.
You may be a success now, but how much more successful would you be if you were running a business that you loved? Deciding to make a change takes time, planning, and a lot of soul-searching. Only you can make such an important decision.
Perhaps you are in a business that makes a lot of money. It may seem impossible to make the same amount of money in the type of business you really want.
One solution is to find different ways to make money in a business you enjoy. Think out of the box and come up with ideas to make it work. For example, suppose you’d like to start a company that specializes in computer programming for businesses, but the market is saturated, and it would take years to develop the necessary software and reputation.
Instead, you might consider going into consulting for businesses, helping people to obtain the right software, training them, and adding some of your own programs to enhance or fill in the gaps for your clients.
Altering your approach could make all the difference. You could be doing what you love. Just find a quicker, more profitable way to do it.
Are You Sure It’s the Business That’s the Problem?
At times you may love your business but dislike the atmosphere. For example, you and a partner are running your dream business together, but you’re not happy. You are always arguing and you feel you have no control. The tension causes you to become upset over little things. The problem is not the business. It’s your relationship with your partner.
Problem areas to consider include business relationships, high overhead, work overload, and undesirable working conditions. The more specifically you identify the problem, the easier it will be to find solutions.
Exercise 1: List Your Business Dislikes:
Make a list everything you dislike about your business.
Exercise 2: Solving Your Business Problems:
List some possible solutions to each problem listed above.
Here’s an example of how you might list your solutions:
Problem: Work overload
Focus on what’s important.
Set priorities and eliminate nonessential functions.
Eliminate wasted time and develop a time management strategy.
Get an assistant to perform certain functions.
Make your own list below like the example above.
If You Choose Scenario B:
Scenario B: Suggests you are enjoying what you’re doing, so you’re on the right track.
This section will focus on simple but effective management and physiological techniques to heighten your awareness, fill in the gaps, and eliminate unwanted interferences.
Know What You Want From Your Business:
It is important to know what you want from your business because then it will be easier to stay focused and operate effectively. This knowledge will also help you to increase profits and eliminate unimportant practices that run counter to your goals.
Writing down exactly what you want from your business is a good way to remember your goals and reach them.
Examples of Possible Business Desires Include:
Wanting to pay off all personal and professional debts and achieve financial freedom.
Wanting your business to be successful so you can become a leader in your industry.
Wanting your business to become stable and highly profitable because you enjoy running it and you don’t want to do anything else.
Wanting your business to become famous.
Wanting to have your business run on autopilot so you can be successful and still enjoy life.
Wanting to run your business in a way that allows you to set your own hours and be your own boss.
Exercise 1: Your Business Goals:
List everything you would like from your businesses and then highlight your primary goal.
Exercise 2: Roadblocks:
List everything that interferes with getting what you want from your business.
Exercise 3: Mapping Out a Plan:
Create a brief plan that identifies the steps required to reach the main goal that you identified above.