How do you do as a business owner? Do you ask yourself this question more often? There are so many ways to develop a business. At times a business owner is quite isolated. It is sometimes nerve wracking when trying to get the best option, make the right decision, save time, conserve funds or any other business related matter that requires applied thinking. Or even worse: risky to take the next step. To overcome this starts with asking questions. Good questions.
Asking the right questions
One of the best ways to get ahead is to ask those who have gone before to give an answer to your question. If you are fortunate to have a collection of mentors, a business coach or a group of trusted business people around you or in your business it will be normal for you to ask them ‘How would you…..?’ But also with or without mentors and some very good advisors, one thing you really should learn as an entrepreneur is asking the right questions. Especially to prospects and customers. By far the open questions are better than closed questions. Questions that always start with Why, What, Who, What for, When and last but not the least: How!
How to get the right answers?
There are lots of experienced business people who may have just the right answer. Or even better: who may give you something else to consider which wasn’t in your thoughts at first. Both triggers a new direction, a different thinking to form new and better habits. Our business partner for the UK, Gary Lennon, did this by entering a competition run by Virgin Media Pioneers. He ran a competition to win a copy of Lara Morgan’s new book ‘More Balls Than Most: Juggle your way to success with proven company shortcuts’.
His question: ‘What is the best way to save time for new entrepreneurs in their first year?’ won him a copy!
Check out Lara Morgan’s answers
Lara answers the question with a video response, demonstrating a quick (24 hours later) response direct from her own experiences. To conclude: she said she spent her most of early time only working on sales during the week and did admin on Saturdays and Sundays. Furthermore to ensure she could build up a buffer of flexibility to enable her to invest and grow with others and accelerate her success.
You have to go in with your eyes open….cut out everything else except sales from Monday to Friday
What a great answer! It seems that those who succeed know exactly what it takes and don’t hesitate to share it. So the lesson for anyone who is realistic about getting started in business should listen to the advice of those who’ve succeeded. Not everything is directly relevant for all aspiring business people. But the context and gravitas honed through trying things out and making mistakes should not be ignored. Their advice and short cuts to better and more efficient ways of doing things is precious. So a piece of extra advice: make sure you find out yourselves what works for you and what doesn’t. Finally it up to you to find your own way to success. So never go blindly in getting advice and keep your ears open!