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Coming up with the perfect biz tip to kick off the biztipster site for you, is, well, like asking for one precious raindrop from an ocean of water. I love business. It’s my life. Since I can remember, I love work.
One minute everything is exhilarating like the pop of a champagne cork flying high, all bubbly and fizzy, and the next, you’re a mere puddle hopelessly drowning in a river of your own business-induced tears.
Here’s a small bit of the tapestry of my business story. A good start, I hope, for a serious business tip for your business.
In this post, I’m going to share an excerpt from my nonfiction book, now in production. The book is filled with serious business tips and tools, told via a series of true tales of my experiences and lessons learned along the way, for running a successful small business.
The tip I’m sharing here is a lifesaver for any business, any size.
After three decades of doing great business, I feel, maybe for the first time, a certain sense of pride and accomplishment. But, a heck of a lot of moving parts and colorful people fill the story well beyond me.
You see, owning and operating a business, even a small one, is demanding, sometimes excruciating. And so you need your one phone call.
My one phone call makes my heart sing. Of course, back then you didn’t know who was calling until you answered the phone. My one call made it to me every single day since day one of business and evolved from landline through caller I.d. to the cell phones era.
Not always at the same time of day, but for every single day in my business life, the phone rings. It reassures me. Constant. And asks me if everything is okay. Do I need anything? What’s going on? Most especially, again, is everything okay? That is so important for you as your kick off your new business and as you go through that first year in business.
My one phone call gave me my first best selling recipe, for Chili. Homemade soups and pies for years came from that same caller, just to help out, no problem, no charge. Questions posed, problems solved, parts delivered, and maintenance guys for every purpose found and sent immediately.
There are a lot of discussions, arguments, opinions, and advice. Sage advice. And, is everything okay with me? A lot of business questions posed and answered in my one phone call and many ideas pondered. Decisions made.
My one caller is a business friend and a propelling force. We spent a whole lot of time laughing together, on our phone call, and in person. My one phone call taught me to bring some humor to business. Humor helps.
Plus, my one phone call changed the trajectory of my business, scoring THE turning point client of all time by bugging an engineer at the Port Authority to use my services. This changed everything, introducing me to the corporate world for catering and from this one single order came years of clients and bigger and bigger events, one after another, directly relating back to this piece of work.
Work the poor engineer was forced into giving me by my biggest fan! My one phone call. Who also disagrees with me, and argues, and challenges, and makes me think.
And checks in, just to make sure everything is okay. We love to laugh. But life sometimes includes crying too, though it’s harder. As time marches on, I know how lucky I am to have one precious phone call and I hope in business you try to have a person you trust with all your heart in your corner too. Be sure to have someone with you to kick off your new business!
While you may think of my one phone call as a source of funny, again something every business needs, my caller represents so much more to my business.
A valuable tool for you in business, no matter how big or small, is a trusted board for a consistent and indispensable resource center always available to you.
Borrow Business Experience
Call it an Advisory Board, Sounding Board, Board of Directors, or anything else you like, but having an opportunity to ask questions or get advice from people who know more than you is priceless. Even an accountability buddy helps while you help each other.
Having the ability to discuss questions or ideas for business also helps you make decisions quicker and easier. It’s nice to know you have someplace to go for problems so you can handle them.
Not everyone has a dad who will be your one phone call a day for business checkups. But you can create a little help for yourself when it comes to business by collecting trusted people as resources for your business. And also by forming your own board. Furthermore, there are groups and communities online if you need to kick around ideas for your biz.
Look for trustworthy members with more experience than you. Like my dad says, “I may not be smarter, but I’ve been around a lot longer.” When I was younger, I think he just said that so I would listen to him. Now I know it means it’s smart to borrow experience.
I spent a lot of time asking other local business owners questions to learn from them as well. Becoming friends with purveyors and gaining their trust gave me the ability to ask more questions and gather extra information and advice from them. I became partners with some of my competitors or suppliers, sharing leads, customers, even equipment.
Resources spring from asking questions, I find. Who knows what will come of it? I have more business friends than otherwise but these relationships span many many years. They go more in-depth than business-only. And my one phone call is my best friend and the best business buddy of all!
You need someone too who is always on your side, even when they disagree with a decision you make or you flub up. Unconditionally available. Just one call away.
Finally, what struggles are you finding as you kick off your new biz?