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Home Based Business Success Tips From Finding Nemo

Posted on June 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

Lessons for creating a successful home-based business sometimes come from the most unexpected places. I was watching “Finding Nemo” the other day with my son and husband (yes, we still enjoy Disney movies even though my son is 17 years old!) and I recognized some great success tips I wanted to share.

Finding Nemo Success Tip #1: Adopt a little Short Term Memory Loss

Remember Dory, the little blue fish brought to life by Ellen DeGeneres? Well Dory suffers from short term memory loss and as a result finds herself constantly living in the moment, because she often doesn’t remember what just happened.

We laugh in the movie as Dory keeps repeating herself, however the underlying lesson there is to notice how much fun Dory always seems to be having because she is so present to what is happening NOW. Even when Dory and Marlon are swallowed by the whale, Dory spends her time riding the “waves” and having fun, while Marlon frets about trying to find a way out. In the end Dory “listens” to the whale and they escape easily out of his blow hole. Hmmm, how could you apply this lesson to your life and business?

Finding Nemo Success Tip #2: Just Keep Swimming

I often say the only way to fail is to give up. I believe that “tenacity trumps talent” when it comes to building a successful home-based business, and that those who keep getting back up after they’ve been knocked down are the ones who succeed.

I love the scene in Finding Nemo when Dory in her sing-song voice tells Marlon to “just keep swimming … just keep swimming” because it’s such great advice. No matter what happens, just keep swimming and you will succeed.

Finding Nemo Success #3: The Power of a Team

Does Marlin set out to find Nemo on this own? Well, at first he does, but he quickly teams up with Dory. Then Marlin shares the story of how Nemo was taken by the diver with the other fish in the sea, who pass the word along, until it finally gets to the pelican in Australia. Eventually the pelican is the one who reunites Marlin and Nemo. Could Marlin have found Nemo this quickly on his own – I doubt it!

Remember this the next time you’re playing lone ranger, and ask yourself how would the power of a team (even if right now that means just one more person helping you) enable you to get the job done quicker?

Finding Nemo Success Tip #4: Let Go and Go with the Flow

As home-based business owners, we often work very hard to get results in our business. We think we have to figure out how to do everything, and we just expect that hard work is what it takes to succeed. The reality is, when we learn to let go, and be open to inspired ideas, and then take action on them, success comes much easier and more quickly. But we have to let go for that to happen. We have to be willing to get out of our own way and “go with the flow” so to speak, which can be scary for some of us.

Remember Crush and sea turtles riding the EAC (Eastern Australian Current)? Not only are they having fun riding the current – going with the flow! – but they get where they’re going quickly and easily! Even Squirt, the baby sea turtle, gets a short lesson in letting go and riding on his own. Marlin – who has a lot of mindset issues! – is worried, but Crush encourages Marlin to just let Squirt experience it. The result? Squirt learns how to ride the EAC and he has a blast doing it!

What are you working too hard to make happen right now? And how could you let go and go with the flow?

Finding Nemo Success Tip #5: The Power of the Mastermind

Yes, there is a great example of masterminding in Finding Nemo. When Nemo ends up in the fish tank in the dentist office, all the fish put their heads together to find a way to get Nemo out of the tank and back to the sea. They work together toward the common goal of freeing Nemo. And together they succeed. At the very end of the movie, they even succeed at getting themselves out of the tank and into the sea! Although they’re a bit stumped about what to do next! However, I have no doubt, they’ll figure that out too, together.

Just because these success tips come from a cartoon, does not make them any less valid. In fact, these are the very same strategies I’ve used to build successful business after successful business. I encourage you to give them a try. And if you haven’t seen Finding Nemo in a while, fire up the DVD player and enjoy a family movie night. Your kids will enjoy the show, and you’ll be getting some great business advice!

(C) 2009 Debbie LaChusa

Business Success Tips That Your Competitors Do Not Know

Posted on June 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

People buy into marketing strategies and not products. I have stated earlier in most of my business forums that it is not for you to show how of quality your products are, leave that to your customers. Your sole duty is to present your products in the most attractive way and let your customers to decide whether their quality satisfies them or not. But it will be a precarious mistake if you attract many people for goods or services of poor quality. This means that quality must not be compromised to ensure business success and profitability.

Presenting your goods and services in a proper way means making your potential customers fall in love with them; by the time they are giving you money, they will be buying the products as well as the marketing experience they got from you.

Remember that clients are looking for solutions and value. It looks very unfortunate when businesses try to compete against each other and forget that they target is customers. This means that you should stop looking at your competitor and concentrate on your target consumers. You must understand that every business has a target population. Therefore identify the people who your products will serve. It is almost impossible to remove other people out of business, so focus on prospective buyers.

It pays to stop looking around at what other are doing and looking for ways of solving your customers’ problems. This is the best way to beat your competitors. This is because consumers do not care about where they get their products but how much value they derive from them.

Business Success Tips – Top Mistakes You Need to Avoid in Your Business

Posted on June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

Running a business today can be so stressful. And no matter how many years you have been in business, things happen that can really challenge your business success. Fortunately, the longer you have been in business, the more prepared you are to take quick action and resolve any dilemma that comes your way. And with so much information readily available today via social media and the internet, it’s never been easier to face those challenges, fix those problem areas you might not even have known existed, and do more of the right things to run your business more effectively.

To help you get there, here are a few top mistakes and how to avoid them in your business:

Not Having a Call to Action – You know what you want your target audience to do, but are you telling them? Are you asking them to connect with you, call you, email you, sign up for your newsletter, and so forth? If not, you are missing out on big opportunities for business growth. It’s important in all areas of your business to be clear and connect all the dots with a clear call to action. Your potential clients won’t hire you unless you do. They won’t sign up for your newsletter unless you make it easy and point them in the right direction. And they won’t be spreading the word about your services unless you have given them permission by asking them to. Think of all the opportunities you might be missing out on.

Therefore, be clear on your website, social media, blogs, and even your own newsletter. Direct your audience to exactly what you want them to do. Be specific-I want you to do the following- and then show them how to do it. Take time now to review what you have done to date. Does your website lead people to you? Does your autoresponder series have a call to action notice at the end of each one so they can connect each time they open one? If not, get working on it. It will be so worth the time and effort you put into it.

Not Communicating Effectively – Have you had those times where you send off an email and relax thinking it’s all taken care of, only to realize a few days later when you get the returned product that it’s all wrong and worst yet, the deadline looms? Yikes! Yes, this happens to the best of us; however, you can take steps initially to prevent it. The first thing you need to do is clarify exactly what you want. Reread your message several times to make sure you have all the key components spelled out correctly. Think of the message from the recipient’s perspective, not from yours as you wrote it. If you received this message, would you understand what is needed? And if you are on the receiving end of this kind of message, you can also prevent miscommunication by asking questions when you first receive it. If something doesn’t quite make sense, don’t wait; ask now.

Or speakers, have you ever booked a big event only to panic when the realization comes that this is the same weekend as your parent’s 50th wedding anniversary? These things happen and it can cause major chaos in your business. However, you can take steps to minimize it.

The main thing you need to do is have systems in place right from the beginning. Utilize an online calendaring system, and consider hiring an online support specialist to keep it updated and maintained. Most importantly, take your time with everything you do. Rushing from task to task is one of the primary causes of problems in the daily operations of business. You get too busy to focus on doing things right. Slow down and prioritize. You’ll be amazed at how much more smoothly things can go if you simply stop long enough to take the time to think it through completely before going forward with something.

These simple things can make a big difference in your business success. One final note is to learn from your mistakes. Mistakes happen, but if you can grow and learn how to do better the next time, your business will thrive.