On Monday I (Frankie) talked about chocolate ice cream and how no one serves it anymore. I also talked a little about how in order for you to grow your business, you have to be flexible. Not everyone likes things done the same way just like not everyone likes vanilla ice cream.
It sounds really simple, and it is. Just be flexible. You're customers will be happier, more loyal and more likely to send you referrals because they will know you are someone who can work outside the box to get things done the way need them done even if it's not necessarily the way you've always done them.
Why is it that we don’t like to ask for help? If we have a lot of work to get done, all we need to do is say, hey, could you please take the burden off of me? But we won’t. We wait, until the burden is overwhelming us. Until we feel anxious. Until we’re to the point of tears because we just don’t know how we can get it all done.
Ask for help. Before all of that stress happens. I know it’s hard. When I first started working from home, I thought I could do everything myself. But that was foolish. I knew I needed help, but I was afraid to ask. Because I wasn’t sure if anyone else could do the work. Because I lacked the confidence in others. And so I suffered for it. And was stupid for it.
I got over it, and you can get over it, too. When you need help, ask for help. It’s out there, waiting for you.
Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it. ~ Dumbledore
How often do you go home for a visit? If you're anything like me, it's not near enough. And that's not good for anyone involved.
I know some people have family issue or circumstances that make it difficult or even impossible to go home for a visit. If that's you, then this tip isn't for you. But if that's not you, and you're not going home regularly just to visit with parents, siblings, etc…then this tip is for you.
I get it. We're all busy. Life happens and you just get caught up in it. I work from home so you'd think I wouldn't use the "I just don't have time excuse", but I do. My parents and sister and her family live two hours from me. I work all week and on the weekends I either travel an hour and a half to see my kids and grand ones, or I just want to stay home and do stuff; because I really do have lots of stuff to do.
But, my daughter recently suggested we drive up to see my parents and my sister and her family. We did it on a Sunday and even though I dreaded the drive up and back, and I had a ton of stuff to do at home, it was totally worth it. Just seeing everyone and spending some time together seemed to get me back on track with things. It gave me a sense of peace that I've been missing and didn't even realize it until it came back in that Sunday visit that I didn't have time to take.
So, my #tipoftheday is just this: Go Home! Sometimes that's the only place you can find peace among all the chaos.
This past Saturday I (Frankie) decided to go exploring. I've lived in my town for a few years now and I've never really got out to just look around and see what it has to offer. I love to explore new things so we decided to just take the day and explore the town square.
The square was so cool. There were so many local-owned small businesses that I never even knew we had. There were antique stores, and vintage clothing stores, cafes, coffee shops, a bookstore that would make any book lover swoon, and even a record shop. Not a CD shop, a real vinyl record shop! It was so great. I found so many cool places that since I work from home, I can grab my laptop and spend a few hours working from a different location than my living room for a change.
And, we enjoyed it so much that we decided that in the next couple of weeks we're going to the town square in the town over from us to see what we can find there.
My #tipoftheday is this; explore. Maybe you need to explore your town. Maybe you need to explore business options or a new way to do something that's gotten boring. Whatever it is, explore your options. My experience is you'll usually find something great and unexpected.
Sometimes things don’t work out as well as they should. Or at least, they don’t work out as well as you want them to. The problem is, you keep working at it the same way, hoping that things will change. What’s that phrase they say? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Today’s #tipoftheday is this: Change what you’re doing if you’re not getting the results you want. Quit doing the same old, same old, trying to expect things to get better. If your fitness plan isn’t working, stop it and try something else. If your advertising isn’t bringing in customers, rethink your message. Stop doing the same thing every day if it’s not working for you. It’s one thing to try out new things. But if a month or two has gone by and nothing has changed - why are you still doing it?
What insanity are you going to stop today?
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.