As business owners we often think that to grow your business, you need more capital, bigger clients, media coverage and a great big break. But the truth is that small changes or habits can bring about major success in the long run.
Firstly, you have to network. You cannot build your multi-million rand empire while sitting in your PJs in the home office all day. Dress up and get out. If you cannot afford taking people out to lunch, then see them for a quick coffee. Don’t get stuck in your own little world. You have to step out of your comfort zone to create connections that will take you and your business to the next level. All the great opportunities are out there.
Take a road trip
It’s also scientifically proven, says investor and business advisor Tai Lopez that by traveling just 200 to 300 kilometres from your home at least once a month triggers massive creativity. Visit different locations, stay in cheap guesthouses and take along stacks of books and notepads to write down all your new ideas. “Even if you can only be away for two days because of other obligations, that’s enough time to impact the direction of your life and business,” he says.
Find someone to help
“Everybody thinks that scale is technology. But scale also comes in people; it’s a version that has been tried and true long before the internet came along. Most of us are grossly underestimating the impact of another human being,” says founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuck.
‘Nough said. Find the right people and don’t stop looking until you do. Also, don’t settle for less than what is the best fit for you.
Answer every phone call
This sounds like work and you have to wonder: is it really worthwhile? Many successful entrepreneurs admit that their success or big break came from answering an obscure call or voicemail. You never know what opportunities lie at the end of that line. Make a habit of answering every call and voicemail. It sounds easy, but don’t underestimate the impact of this little habit.
Be clear on what you want and ask for it
You’re thinking, that’s what I do. But we don’t. Serial entrepreneur Chris Plough states that when he started asking for what he wants, it changed everything. “We don’t ask for what we want; we ask for what we think is possible. We ask for what we feel we deserve. We ask for what we believe the market will be able to afford. We’re afraid that if we ask for what we want and don’t get it, that it means that we aren’t enough—so we settle.” Ask for it.
Keep on learning
Fill every empty moment with self-education. It is so important to stay on top of new developments in your industry. Be honest with yourself and find where you are lacking skills that might help you move your business forward. Sit down today and look for online or short courses that you can sign up for. Plan out a whole curriculum of skills you would like to add to your list of skills. An hour a day equates to 20 hours per month and 240 hours per year.