Want some tips from people who are running a business?

Drive the Network members (our Drive Tribe) are constantly learning about running a business and how to live a good life. They love to share what they learn.

The Index Card of Power is an idea from Adam Brooks, illustrated by Anne-Marie Miller.

Big thanks to Drive Tribe Members for their words of wisdom! What’s your favourite?

 

  • Don’t try to do everything in your business yourself.  This is guaranteed to stop you growing. Your business will be more effective if you delegate the tasks you’re not so good at to specialists in that field (you can always learn from them so it’s not ‘giving up’ in that area).
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help (look at the amazing help and contributions the Drive team give each other all the time.  Often something that seems huge and impossible to you is really no biggy for someone else, 
  • If you’re thinking of making an online course or any digital product, *start* with the marketing – make sure people will be prepared to pay for your course beforeyu write and record it. Really understand what they want. Even better, run it first as a series of webinars so you can listen to questions and incorporate the answers in the course. Also, with a webinar if nobody signs up you haven’t wasted much time.
  • All businesses need to be dynamic. It’s not enough to do what you’ve always done. Continuous improvement and changing with the times are the only way to guarantee success and longevity.
  • It´s impossible to succeed alone. Involve people in your business.
  • Listen to your clients. Listen to other people in business. Follow what’s happening in your area. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I don’t know’. And the Drive Tribe is an amazing resource. Check out the Learning Hub.
  • Quick fixes are like trying to put a band-aid on a broken leg, they often break more than they fix.
  • If you can’t work out what you’re doing, find someone who listens properly to explain the whole thing to. You’ll probably find it’s the process of explaining it that provides the insight you wanted, not the person you’re explaining to.
  • Never underestimate the power of self care, whatever that means to you. It might be a daily or weekly break or perhaps a bigger break less frequently. It might be for your body, mind or soul. Big, small. Expensive, free. Know what works for you and you’ll work a lot better.
  • Know your numbers. How much do you need to invoice to make it worth getting out of bed in the morning? Never discount. If you need more money put your prices UP – you’ll attract much better clients. And remember – you’re not running a charity!
  • Automate as much as you can, whether it’s using your accounts software’s repeating invoice functionality, or setting up rules to automatically file client emails in the right folder and add the task to your to do list. Just because things need to be done it doesn’t mean they need to be done by you (or even by a human!)
  • Make sure you have your payment terms and bank account details on your invoices. Sounds obvious, but make it as easy as possible for people to pay you!
  • Value yourself! Value your time, your health and your worth.
  • If you are happy to pay someone else for their services, ask yourself why you feel awkward charging people for your own!
  • Don’t sit down all day! Build regular movement into your day. Walk, stretch, workout, cycle, dance, play, do classes. Your health, wellbeing, creativity, productivity and business success depend on it. Do what feels right so that it revitalises you. Listen to your intuition.
  • People buy from people so spend time being interested and curious about other people even if they’re not your obvious market. You never know who other people know and if they like you they’ll recommend you. 
  • You get what you pay for.
  • From a ‘big picture’ perspective, move on from things that don’t work for you quickly, rather than holding on for too long. That doesn’t mean move on when things get difficult; but do so when you know they’re not for you.
  • While you can’t buy time, if you know your ‘worth’ per hour, you can automate, delegate & outsource tasks which ‘cost’ you less so you concentrate on what does make a difference to you and your business.
  • Be true to yourself…on every level, if something doesn’t feel right, it won’t be right. Identify what it is that makes you happy about the ‘work’ you do. As you develop your business sense check that the ‘happy’ factor still exists and fulfils you. If it doesn’t, make changes. Do it and do it quickly, politely and efficiently.
  • Don’t look back at the what if’s.
  • Remember to pat yourself and others on the back for all the things we have achieved this week – and to not just focus on the ones we haven’t!
  • A desire for control can turn negative when we feel helpless. By learning new skills, feeling worthwhile and coming up with effective strategies, we can move forward with a healthy level of control.
  • You really do get what you focus on. If you tell your brain that your focus is X it’ll quietly steer you in that direction. The flip side is that what you don’t focus on doesn’t get done.
  • Downloading tasks from your brain onto paper or an on-line tool will free up bandwidth for your brain to do its thing.
  • Some people either don’t want to listen or just want to give their opinion no matter what.
  • Learn to love selling because it’s about sharing what you offer rather than forcing people to buy something they don’t want!
  • If you surround yourself with and collaborate with awesome business people, then you can achieve great things!  It’s important to have a strong team – a virtual one is just as good – and a bank of experts you can call on in times of need.
  • “You have to prime the pump first”, which is to say don’t expect the good stuff to come up straight away, at the start of your endeavour. Get used to producing unusable stuff and don’t look at early attempts and assume you’re not up to the job! Keep going and keep getting better.
  • It’s all about who you know… sharing, helping, supporting and working with other like-minded people.  
  • Laughter and fun are just as important in your working day as anything else, sometimes more so.
  • Time and space are simple elements which we need to offer ourselves to step away from our busy minds and daily missions and use to reflect on other matters.