Three Reasons Social Media Can Work for You!

Posted by chucktrautman on July 9, 2020

Social media has been around for several years in various forms, but in many ways it’s just getting started! There are endless opportunities to use it to help your business grow and prosper. So if you’re sitting on the fence and wondering whether this is something you want to try in your business, I suggest it’s time to stop wondering and start doing!

Here are three important reasons that should convince you to get off the bench and into the game!

1. It Proves You Care!

If your company has a social media presence, it’s easy for consumers to provide feedback and interact with you, which tells your customers that you care! In many cases a social media presence makes it much easier to answer customers’ questions and avoid any unpleasant problems that can arise from a perceived lack of communication.

2. You Are Global!

Whether you currently have a local business or an Internet-based business, social media affords the opportunity to be perceived as a national or international company, and that can pay huge dividends!

3. Marketing Muscles!

If you’re a shy person by nature, social media can give you “marketing muscle” because you can communicate with people all over the world from the comfort of your home or office! Now, I’m not suggesting that it’s a good idea to retreat to your office, never to meet face-to-face with customers. The ability to have instant and effective communication is not only convenient but also incredibly effective.

There’s No Time Like the Present

Posted by chucktrautman on July 2, 2020

So, will you be the next Bill Gates, Henry Luce, or Ted Turner? It’s certainly not impossible, and of course, you won’t know until you try, and now is certainly a great time to do just that.

Being a successful entrepreneur is not about having a huge idea; it’s about filling a need, solving a problem, and providing value. Your enterprise can certainly grow into something huge, but you don’t need a killer idea to start. Most businesses have morphed and evolved from where they started. The willingness to morph and evolve, always looking for ways to grow once you’ve launched is the sign of a true entrepreneur.

You may have colleagues or even family members who will question your decision to launch your business now; however, keep in mind that recessions are typically followed by periods of extraordinary growth. Since World War II, most of the recessions we’ve faced have lasted an average of ten months and those periods were followed by growth cycles that lasted an average of 50 months. While the most recent Great Recession exceeded the ten-month average, no one has a crystal ball that can predict how long the next growth cycle will last. Indicators are good that the worst part of the Great Recession is probably behind us. Employment statistics, the stock market, and the housing market are trending favorably.

Making the move and launching your business now is like investing in the stock market: you want to jump in and buy when stocks are low and starting to rise. You want to jump in and start your business before the next growth cycle really gets rolling.

Two Things No One Tells You about Being an Entrepreneur

Posted by chucktrautman on June 18, 2020

Those who dream of being an entrepreneur and controlling their own destinies might be just waiting for the right time to get started. One of the best things you can do as an entrepreneur, or wantrepreneur (someone wanting to start a business), is to hire an experienced business coach.

They will be able to help steer you away from the pitfalls that will slow your growth and can assist you in reaching your professional goals faster.

So, consider this article as a personal coaching session!

Number 1: You Have to Act Now

Here’s a tip: No matter what you may be pursuing in your life, if you wait for it to get easier, you are going to wait forever.

If you wait for it to get easier, you are never going to accomplish your goals. If you wait for it to get easier, time will pass you by, and years from now you’ll probably be in exactly the spot you are in now.

So stop waiting for it to get easier! It’s not going to.

Just get started and enjoy the inevitable twists and turns in the road!

Number 2: You Have to Get Comfortable Taking Risks

Generally speaking, in life and business, the greater the risk, the greater the potential reward. So when entrepreneurs want to play it safe and not risk being bold or investing in their future business, they also cannot expect to have the same size reward as someone who is willing to risk more.

When it comes to finances, you have to get comfortable with your relationship with money and, more specifically, with debt.

Instead of being so emotional about money, see it as merely a tool.

You’d be amazed at how a simple reframing of something can make a big difference. Anything worthwhile likely involves risk. Playing it “safe” may be the safe thing to do, but successful entrepreneurs are risk takers.

And to finish strong, you have to first get started!

So, get moving today to create the future you want; nobody else is going to do it for you!

Profit Booster: One More Degree

Posted by chucktrautman on June 11, 2020

Can you keep pushing with one more degree of strength or endure one more minute of hard, focused work? You sure can, and that one degree can make a world of difference. Improving by a single degree can be exactly what you need to explode your business and really accelerate your profits.

You might be on the verge of incredible success and profits, but unaware of it, so push it one more degree. Success often comes down to just that one, little bit more.

There are a number of things you can do to push your business just one more degree in order to be successful and really get what you want.

  • Can you add just a little more value to what your company already offers?
  • Can you answer your customers’ calls or emails a little quicker?
  • Can you deliver your product or service a little faster?
  • Can you donate a little more each week to a good cause?
  • Can you help or be nice to just one person each day of the week?

Make a commitment to yourself to start pushing one more degree—in your business, in your relationships, and in every area of your life. You will be amazed at the difference that it makes across the board. The return on every extra degree is incredible.

The small improvements you make will improve your business and bottom line, but most importantly, they’ll improve your life.

Two Powerful Questions to Ask Daily!

Posted by chucktrautman on June 4, 2020

Ask two questions every morning: “What am I going to do to move my business forward today?” And, “How am I going to add value for current clients and attract ten new clients this month?” The daily repetition will bring hyper clarity of mission and your powerful subconscious mind will feed you answers you didn’t even know you had!