Have you ever watched those TV programs like Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Supernanny, etc.
All these TV shows are based on the premise of an expert telling others what they are doing wrong, even though the people doing the parenting or the owners of the restaurant are working full-time on what they do and desperate to succeed.
It seems incredible at times, when you have a restaurant owner whose kitchen is dirty and staff are incompetent or a parent who feeds a kid tons of sugar and can’t get them to go to sleep, yet they cannot see what the problem is.
The thing is, to a lesser or greater extent, most business owners/freelancers are actually guilty of the same thing. They believe that the way they are doing things is correct and that the problem is being caused by someone else. Of course, some outside forces can affect us all such as recessions, spiraling costs etc but in the case of most businesses I have worked with, the problems were internal and improvements could actually be made with a few simple changes or additions.
This is my challenge to you today.
Look at your own business, whether you are full time or part time on Fiverr or as a freelancer and ask yourself, what 3 things do I do in my business that I could improve on?
If you cannot think of 3 then you are either not looking hard enough or you are not being honest with yourself. We can all improve on things and we all have quirks and habits that affect our businesses negatively. Identifying and fixing these things will enable your business to grow and it is well worth taking the time to do it.
If you are brave, perhaps share them in the comments and perhaps others can help you.
- Lack of communication
- Too much chat/communication
- Expecting too much from your clients - if they don’t understand what you do then you need to explain it.
- Outdated systems - there may be better ways for you to do things
- Outdated technology - Is a slow computer/internet slowing you down? Is there a better software to use?
- No time for… eg. marketing, expanding knowledge/skills, analyzing your performance etc.
- Taking advice/instruction from the wrong people
Remember: “This is how I always did it” is the worst reason for choosing a way of doing things.
I could go on and on about this topic but it will be better to have this as a discussion rather than a lecture so share your thoughts and questions in the comments.
This post is one of a series of posts I am doing which are aimed at helping sellers to Up Their Game and begin to earn more from their work, gain new clients and make the most of being a freelancer. The posts will be based on This Poll which is still open so if you haven’t made your voice heard, please do so as the more that vote on an issue in that poll, the more likely I am to post about that issue.
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