Many of you are entrepreneurs in a stage of business. You have a huge desire to do something in the world and make money doing it.
Recently I interviewed female entrepreneurs about starting and building a business. What I loved about all the interviews was the integrity of their journeys. From idea to start up and onto successful, six figure plus business owners.
Afterwards I surveyed those that participated. 62.5% of people said their biggest realisation was for ’the need for more focus and decision making’.
I get it. As an entrepreneur we are all at different stages of success.
In fact, according to a fantastic past mentor of mine, Todd Herman, there are 5 stages of business growth. He wrote a great article about it which I encourage you to read if you are serious about building your business.
Anyone that has spoken with me has heard me talk about how being in Todd’s 90 day year helped me. I often tell people to sign up for his video series where he shares some eye-opening ideas to help your stage of business.
But let me tell you why I’m such a huge advocate for his 90 day year program.
Most entrepreneurs are stumbling around not knowing what to do next. In fact, I was that person going from program to program. It was addictive.
Following every bright shiny object that I thought would make me successful was fun. I thought I could build my business using all the free information out there and that I’d figure it out on the way.
I had no idea how faulty this thinking was.
- For one thing, it showed a real poverty mindset. My thinking restricted me, made me act small and full of lack. I didn’t want to invest in myself.
- Another issue was I failed to understand the value of connecting with experience. I could save myself time and money and get results faster with more clarity.
- A huge flaw was that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. How to ask or answer tough questions. How to think about building a business or becoming profitable.
I discovered this was why a coach is so invaluable. Todd helped me a lot!
Can you can relate to how I was thinking? Are you holding yourself back from your own success too?
As women we tend to approach business from a more emotional place. It’s about how we feel and what we think. And sure, that can be asset but it is also a massive hinderance. This is why we flourish in community with good leadership. We need it to challenge ourselves and move forward through each stage of business.
After watching Todd’s video’s about how to focus on the right thing at the right time I had action steps. Also, I understood what stage of business I was at, and what I needed to do to get results and move forward. He spoke right to my situation.
The 5 stages of business are:
1. Dream Up
There is no business yet – only a dream, idea, or a desire for one.
2. Start Up
Your business is in that place where sales have started to come in. You found a pocket a customers or clients, and the excitement of having your business has begun.
3. Ramp Up
This is that point along the path of scaling up your business. Where sales and profits are giving you the opportunity to breathe a lot easier.
4. Scale Up
Getting past the ‘skill ceiling’ of being shackled to daily activities. Accessing ‘Human Resources’.
5. Leader Up
You’re at the top of the mountain and a leader in the market.
I’ll let you read his article or download his video for more thorough descriptions. In his video he shares the key activities and actions for each stage.
Over the next few weeks I plan to share more about this program. I want you to enjoy his free training series and consider the 90 day year program itself. This could be your secret weapon for focus and results for 2018.
The crucial thing to learn is this: at each stage of business, you have to know WHAT to focus on and WHEN to focus on it. This gives you a competitive advantage and is a quicker path to making the money you want. And I know that’s what you’re trying to achieve right?
Instead of jumping from website building to list building, podcasts, video’s, FB live, social media, product creation, events, programs and you-name-it activity – stop, focus on the RIGHT thing and build right for your stage of business.
Over 62% said focus and decision making is a priority. Now you have an incredible opportunity to do something about it. I know you are going to get huge amounts of value and strategy in his video.
What stage is your business in? Add it to the comments and let me know what stage you’re at and what is your biggest challenge.