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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 5:44 pm on August 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: business location, , , location, proximity, real estate, , time   

    Location, Location, Location: Your Business Proximity Matters 

    Out of all of the many business decisions that you’ll make, your business location & proximity should be at the top of your list. It’s a big part of the strategic planning of your business. When you strategically plan, do your research and talk to business development professionals then that could help you to better Ebook: Gain Business Success In A Recessiondecide on your business location and proximity of your needed resources or customers.

    You can gain more clients/ customers by showing them that you can meet their location needs. Whether you’re online, offline or both. The proximity of your business is not a guarantee of success but it’s good enough insurance against real quality problems. If you are trying to sell your business, then location & proximity of your business plays a big part in your success.

    Identifying the needs of your business is very important. When you know and understand how your services or products affect your customers/ clients, it helps to avoid bigger problems down the road. Choosing the right location for your business is a balancing act.

    • Are you in the right location for the right people?
    • Is it time to relocate or expand?
    • Should I be online, offline or both?

    Cost can be a concern but it’s not the only concern. When it comes to the location of your business weigh your options carefully. Sometimes you may have to commute and get outside of your area. The type of business that you operate will determine if you need a business online, offline or both.

    Many times, the location of your brick n’ mortar operation can make or break your business. Checking out the demographics of your business can be as simple or complex as you make it. Get a demographic overview of the area that you may be looking into; such as age, households, income etc… When you know the type of customers that you want to sell to then you need to select locations centered on that.

    Doing your research and the strategic planning of your business can help you to determine if you need a business in the city downtown area, a place out in the suburbs or the country. Include in your research & strategic planning a competitive analysis. Doing a competitive analysis before opening a business location can give you an idea as to whether or not you should be near your competitors.

    Sometimes being near your competitor can have its advantages. For example just take a look at your local mall, many of them have similar stores all in one building and many of them do quite well. On the other hand being too close to your competitors can be deadly for your business. For example if you have a cake shop in the same neighborhood as other cake shops, you may have a hard time bringing in business. But if you have top quality services & products you can bring in a lot of business in the same neighborhood.

    You need to size up the demographics and get the help that you need. Don’t go at it alone, ‘cause you want to avoid costly mistakes at the beginning & during your business.

    So talk to some professionals in business development, business consulting, business real estate etc… Once you’ve made your plans, you have them down packed and you’ve talked to a professional then you just may be ready to begin business.

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 6:48 pm on August 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: essence, , it, manage, , , , time, ,   

    Time Is Of The Essence: Manage It Wisely 

    There is a lot that can be said about the way that you do things in addition to why and when they get done. What does & doesn’t get done in relation to performance & time management, can be critical in business. Performance, productivity & time management go hand in hand, which equates to “time is of the essence”. Your performance stems from your motivation, productivity, time management and behavior. Many times performance n’ time management determine how well your operations are run.

    In dealing with time management; you and/or your team, should strategically plan your time and activities throughout your organization. It’s not just what you’re doing for today. It’s also for the days, weeks and months ahead.

    You do have a strategic plan don’t you?

    Strategic planning & implementation helps to get the job done, improve your performance, your productivity and maintain a better business. Proper performance is imperative in relation to organizational outcomes and success.

    Depending on how you define effective performance; your job or business performance can be a poorly defined term. Your performance and your business performance are two different variables. What you do with your time & how you manage it, can be important towards what you want to achieve. It has a lot to do with how well you strategically plan your activities. What you do within an organization leads to better business performance. Sometimes how well you or your team strategically plan and implement your activities, determines what will and won’t get done and your level of success. Which can lead to the failure or success of a business or project.

    Performance management isn’t just for employees; it’s for managers, supervisors, ceo’s, entrepreneurs etc… You need to have yourself in check before you correct others. Many times your performance stems from your behavior & motivation. Which leads to proper or improper performance and time management of your daily activities which determines your outcomes/ results.

    Outcomes are the results of an individual’s performance & influences. There are more factors that determine outcomes than just behaviors and actions. Performance is more than the observable actions of an individual. It can consist of mental productions such as answers or decisions.

    First of all, you need to lay out a strategic plan for the daily,weekly or monthly activities. You can plan this with your team, co-workers or an outside strategy consultant.

    Once you have your plans laid out, then there’s the implementation. Within an organization there needs to be effective collaboration to help proceed with effective implementation of your set strategic plans. If you are working by yourself then you have to hold yourself accountable or seek a partner for support. If not, your plans may fall through with little to nothing getting accomplished which leads to little to no success in your business or projects.

    If a business or project succeeds or fails, it can be determined by a lot of factors. But your performance and time management plays a big part in the outcomes. But how effective is your performance? First you have performance and second effectiveness; effectiveness of that performance.

    Effectiveness is the ratio of outputs to inputs- those inputs being effort, monetary costs, resources, etc… You get what you put in. Your performance should be goal relevant, kept on schedule and directed towards overall business or project goals.~Clerical Business Solutions

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 5:14 pm on June 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: effort, , , , overstressed, , pay for, tasks, time, , what,   

    You Get What You Pay For 

    In any economy people want to get more bang for their buck and finding the right service or products to fulfill those needs can be time consuming & costly. You could end up switching from service to service which will waste your time and energy.                                                            300_56091

    Well cheaper doesn’t always mean better. Many seem to feel that they can get a great service done for cheaper, save money and time but that’s quite the contrary. Usually when you go for cheaper price you get cheaper service in terms of quality and dependability. You want top value and top quality.

    Many businesses have solutions to problems and sometimes when prices are too low they can be too good to be true. When you are looking for a service to fulfill your needs concentrate on value more than pricing. Many times it could be better to pay a service provider or consultant a higher price for a 1 hour session or service and get top value and benefits from that service than to pay a lesser price to someone or a business who will give you less than what you deserve or want. 

    With cheaper services or products you could end up with lack of communication skills, inferior service with little to no benefits for you or your business. Look at it this way; don’t get too caught up in the numbers~price is what you pay value is what you get. Most of us worry about money — how to earn it, how to save it, how to manage it, how to get as much as we can while spending as little as possible.

    Many people want information, a product or service provider who is fueled by their passion, drive and dedication to help you succeed in your business or projects. Sometimes price is a reflection of that. Many may disagree but only time will tell when you invest time and money into a business that you want or need to provide a serivce for you.

    Often, the most straight-forward and simple money-saving tricks work well but, at some point, the “just spend less money” approach isn’t helpful advice or a sound business practice. Yes, sometimes a business needs to look at ways to cut costs, save money & still operate efficiently, but you have to be careful where you decide to cut costs.

    It will likely cost you more money at the end of day when contrasted with true professionals.

    Money is one of the greatest tools in life. It can buy convenience, freedom, fun experiences, memorable events, and all sorts of things that make life more comfortable. But money can also be frittered away, scattered on a pile of small things that have little impact on your life or business or spent on big-ticket items that have small-ticket results.

    Many times many businesses will overhype and under deliver. When deciding on your next service provider, take time out to look at the value that you’d receive for your time and money. If you want value, measurable, sustainable results & solutions for your business, projects, time and money take a look into many of the options that are available to fulfill your needs.

    ~The Author~

    Clerical Business Solutions  ~Business Strategy Consulting Services & Virtual Assistance Services. Providing business consulting & outsourcing services such as administrative support/ business management, project support etc…

    Consulting with you on strategy/ strategic planning, goal setting etc… to start-ups, business owners, managers & professionals who may need some beneficial guidance, business support and/ or too busy to handle their workload themselves, those who may want to offload & outsource or just need beneficial business consulting advice along their business journey. Contact today: http://WWW.CLERICALSOLUTIONSINC.NET   


    • Casper Cole 1:23 pm on June 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i feel exactly the same way. if a product or service is available cheap, there always has to be a catch. Especially when choosing any particular service you have to be very careful and take your time and research everything and never dive into anything you would regret.


      • Clerical Business Solutions 2:06 pm on June 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Casper,

        It’s always good for anyone to be mindful of the things that they purchase, especially if they are looking for long term investments in a product or service. Sometimes price is an indicator of that. By just taking a look at what you’d get for your money can help a lot.

        Clerical Business Solutions~
        Business Consulting & Project Management (Virtual Assistant Services), Outsourcing

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