Many of us in the service or helping industry don't understand
business. We think, "If we just do a good job, it will be enough."
I began my business with this very attitude. I was quickly dubbed
"Polyanna" and told I better learn quickly or I wouldn't make
it. While I still believe quality is the best business practice,
it is also a selling point. But to sell it, you must have clients.
We must not forget to learn and practice tried and true business
ideas. The excerpts here were contributed by successful business
leaders. Each is short, to the point, and easy to follow. If
you take some of this advice it can make a difference in you
and your professional life.
Top 7 Steps To The New You:
How To Create A New Identity
This can apply to both yourself personally, and/or your business.
1. Let's start out with: YOU ARE THE BRAND. Everything you say,
do, ask for, are a part of, and add value to, becomes part of
the markets perception of you.
2. If you don't like your name or the name of your company,
then change your name immediately. Millions of dollars are won
and lost over the power of your name. The name of the game here,
is to make it easy to convey WHO you are, and most of all: make
it EASY to remember you.
3. Sometimes all it takes is a decision to create a new identity
for yourself or your business. Often times, when a business
or product line fails publicly, you're better off creating a
new brand or division or even company name, if the failure is
bad enough, and re-introduce yourself with your new focus, new
energy, and new offer for the market.
4. It's not enough to have your new identity or new company
name or new personal name, as you must now have the next most
important step: Your USP (Unique Selling Proposition). This
is, in ONE sentence, what unique benefits you or your company
delivers, and it should be very easy to communicate, and very
easy to be understood by your target audience. BTW, not only
does every company need their own USP, but every EZINE needs
its' own USP. If you look at the header of every issue of Top7Business,
you'll find out USP. Does your Ezine have its own USP? This
also applys to every website. When we do website planning, the
second step after choosing the domain name, is choosing the
5. Promote Thyself: Next step is to get the word out about your
new brand name/identity. Hints: Write a book, produce a seminar,
give interviews, get on the radio, submit articles to magazines
or ezines, give away free samples, send press releases, etc.
6. Make it legal. That's right. If you change your name, make
it legal with your local city government. If you create a new
company name, by all means, trademark it, patent it, register
it, etc. This solidifies your position in the market, and lets
folks know you mean business.
7. Let your dear friends, relatives, and closest customers know
about the changes you have made, BEFORE the public. This is
a courtesy that you owe them, and should strengthen your relationships
with those that matter most to you.
This Piece Was Submitted By Multi-Million Dollar Business Builder
&Email/Web/Internet Strategist, Christopher M. Knight. You
can reach Chris at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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