5 Ways to be More Productive

This week we talked about the easiest way to free up time by delegating tasks to a virtual assistant. However, while we wait for you to get your LaBlaq Creativ freelancer let’s talk about 5 things you can do now as an entrepreneur to be more productive.

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1. Get up early

The  earlier, the better. The beginning of the day is when you have the most control over it. Once clients, spouses, and kids are up it’s a race against the clock. Many new entrepreneurs are excited about setting their own schedule. Avoid the temptation to sleep in simply because you can. If you are finishing your client work early, great!

 

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2. Eat the Frog

No, not literally. This phrase simply means there is a task you know you need to do. It’s been sitting in the back of your mind since you went to sleep. The task that you don’t want to do is the task you NEED to do first. It’s gross, it’s icky, but push through and EAT THAT FROG. The sooner you get through the unwanted task(s) the less time wasted avoiding it.

 

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3. Plan your day

This seems really obvious. However, due to the nature of entrepreneurship it is surprisingly easy to get sucked into the world of the unorganized. Mapping out your day will help you focus on what is important. It will also help you prioritize your success.

 

 

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4. Check your Email

This is a tad controversial. Many people suggest avoiding your inbox as long as possible due to the distractions it can cause. Set a timer, and check your email. Any email that requires more than a quick response, add to your to-do list!

 

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5. Personal Time

In the beginning it seems like personal time should be a reward. This is a recipe for a fast burn-out. You are a person outside your business. Stay connected to family/friends. Make your hobbies a priority for yourself. Personal time must be scheduled in or you’ll never take the time. Work-life balance is the “raison d’etre” for many entrepreneurs. This is a lofty and elusive goal, but you can ensure you have some semblance of a life if you schedule mandatory personal time.

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This Week: Persuasion

I want to continue to talk about the art of persuasion. Persuasion is important when it comes to landing business deals. There are 6 aspects of persuasion:

  1. Reciprocity
  2. Scarcity
  3. Authority
  4. Consistency
  5. Social proof
  6. Liking

Today we are going to talk about Authority & Consistency

I believe Authority and Consistency go hand in hand when it comes to the power of persuasion. You can’t be an authority or expert in your craft without generating consistent results.

When it comes to convincing potential clients to do business with you they want to be sure you know your services inside out and that you have the proof to back it up. If you are just getting started you can build your brand by doing one simple thing:

Build a portfolio!

Don’t be intimidated by this very easy task. Do you have pictures of your work, a client testimonial on Facebook, something you built for free you’re proud of? These are all artifacts that should go into your portfolio!

Homework: Apply Authority & Consistency

Build your portfolio! If you don’t have one to give your potential clients you are behind the times.

Where can you use authority and consistency in your business? Have you streamlined your business? If you need any help with building your portfolio, contact us!

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What Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg Can Teach Us About Choosing a Co-Founder

Hey fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners check out this amazing article written by John White, CMO at beBee .

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Written by John White

VH1’s new hit show, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” pairs Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg in a celebrity cooking show, which on the surface appears to be a very strange choice.

However, if you ask the show’s producer, SallyAnn Salsano, the pairing is far from random. In fact, she believes the move is actually brilliant.

“It just made sense,” said Salsano. “It’s like they are a unit. They exist. It’s not fake. It’s not put on. It’s just what it is. That’s why I think it feels so good because you have two people that genuinely love each other and respect each other, for real.”

It’s hard to argue with the results thus far. VH1 has already announced that they will be bringing them back for a second season.

It turns out the odd couple is working out quite well. In fact, I believe there is something that those who are seeking a co-founder for their startup can learn from this unique pairing.

Different Skill Sets

Clearly, Martha and Snoop bring different skills to the table. Martha has the operational background of being an amazing cook and having her own show in the past. Snoop can’t cook, but he is a raw entertainer that can make the crowd laugh and keep them engaged.

It’s important that co-founders choose someone whose skill set can help them bridge the gap of their own deficiencies. Choosing someone with a similar skill set weakens the business as additional money must be spent to bring on someone else that has the skills the co-founders lack.

If your skills are in marketing and business development, clearly you’re going to need someone on the product and technical side. So your priority should be to find someone with those skills, not partnering with another marketer.

Check out the full article here!

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