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Business Focuses: Turning Negatives Into Positives

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When it comes to starting your own business, in those early days you can’t help but be full of positivity, passion and motivation to make it a success. This idea you had that you just couldn’t shift, that you finally took that leap of faith to create, is finally happening. So you are not even contemplating the fact that so many startups fail in their first year, and that if you are not careful your business could fail as well. 

While there is an element of truth to that, there is no point dwelling on the negative side of things. After all, you believe wholeheartedly in the product you supply or the service that your business offers, so there should be no reason why this isn’t going to work and be built upon to become the success you imagine it to be. However, there can be elements of the day to day running of your business, the things that can go wrong, that can be seen as negative. So with that in mind, here are some of the ways you can turn those negative things into positives and, in some cases, use them to your advantage.    

 

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Avoiding creating a business plan from day one

Were you one of those entrepreneurs that didn’t see the value in creating a business plan? You are not alone! But if you happen to have not done one in the past, who says you can’t start right now? Creating a business plan, or at the very least, setting some goals and intentions for your business can highlight areas that you may want to work on and also things that you can take action right now to help you to get where you need to be. It isn’t a negative when you start making some positive changes, and this could be the ideal way to help you get back on track. It can also prove useful if you do feel like you are at a bit of a crossroads with your business. We can all get to that stage where we are unsure of the direction to take and what we can do to help choose the right path. Setting some goals and thinking about the future could help you get there. 

 

The emotional strain on yourself 

One of the things we don’t really take into account is the emotional strain that running a business can have on you. Originally, starting your own business can seem like the ideal option to strike the right balance between work and home life. But often, in those early days it can be far from that. You put all of the hours in to get your business off the ground, and this can cause emotional strain and stress on your mental health and your relationships. However, the best advice would be to not focus on this as a negative thing. It can actually be a huge driving force to get your business where you want it to be, and to also help you to move the business along quickly. It can also work hand in hand with setting goals and intentions for your business. So you can take some time for yourself as well. 

 

Expanding too quickly 

Expansion is a key area of business growth, and one of the ways that you can determine the success, but often expanding too quickly can cause more problems than good things. It is often trying to find the right time to do these things so that you can build upon it. Expanding into a shop when you may not have found the right place or even have the right investment in place for it. Expanding your products or services without the necessary research to check whether there was a market for it. Many business owners have made these mistakes in the past, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Expansion is something that you can’t undo, but you can make the best of the situation. Ensure you focus hard on the marketing aspects of it, and try and thrive under the pressure, rather than worry about it. Things will work out in the end. 

 

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Losing decent members of staff 

There can be many different reasons why you lose decent staff members, and often you are never too sure of the reasons. It might be down to the workplace environment, and the leadership that you provide, or it could be that they find that they can get better benefits and workplace incentives elsewhere. If you are noticing a trend, then it may be time to start thinking about an exit interview and the questions that you can have. Websites and articles such as https://getsling.com/blog/exit-interview-questions/ have some great suggestions. This can give you some excellent insight into things and to also help you to make some great improvements to the workplace and to your business. The fact that this has happened can actually be a positive thing for you. 

 

The wrong sort of marketing focus 

Marketing is such an important aspect of your business, and these days it can be one of the easiest and best ways that you attract new customers into your business. But, having the wrong marketing focus can cost you. This is when you may want to think outside of the box from traditional methods and explore other options. The positive is that it gives you the push you needed to look at what else you can try. It might be that you really want to up the ante when it comes to your social media. Or you could look at the local community and focus on your advertising there. Many people want to support local businesses, so this could be an amazing focus to shift your marketing campaign towards.  

 

Not focusing hard enough on the digital aspect 

On the subject of the marketing side of things, we all know that the digital element of it can prove to be very useful when it comes to your business. So much is done online these days that you may want to focus more energy on how your output looks on your social media platforms. Are you consistent enough/ Is your content on point with your rband? These things can be changed quickly and can start to help you see improvement. 

 

The worry of investment 

One of the biggest worries that businesses have when it comes to moving forward is the worry of investment. Finding it at the beginning, but also the worry of reinvestment and how you can make it work for you and to make the business work. This isn’t always going to be an easy one to switch to a positive, but investment is a means to an end, and can get you to where you need to be. So it may be worth focusing on that aspect of it. 

 

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Not having the work and home life you imagined 

It is never going to be easy to start your own business. Some people have big plans and think that working for themselves is going to be an easy ride, but the truth is, it can be hard to overcome at times. Especially when you know you need to push through those early months and years. However, your own business can give you much more flexibility, and the way you work and how you use your time wisely can help you achieve the work and home life balance that you crave. Sometimes it can be about creating a routine, and understanding when you are at your most productive. 

 

Dealing with the undesirable side of things 

There will always be undesirable side of things when it comes to business, and dealing with them without it affecting your mental health and also your own work productivity can be a challenge. There may be bad review to contend with, issues with social media or your marketing plans and campaigns. Knowing when to move the business forward and to expand. But this is all positive news, because it often means that your business is doing well and you are on the right path. Embrace it!

 

Knowing what path to take

Sometimes knowing the path to take can be tricky, and when it comes to your own business you may not know one hundred percent the best options to take. However, this can be part and parcel of your business journey and can be very exciting. You will know thanks to research and spotting gaps in the market exactly what options to game when it comes to the path your business can take and also what gaps in the market there are. Having reassurance and trusting your instinct is all part of the process, and it can be one of the best avenues to explore when it comes to your business and growth. 

 

Let’s hope that these business focuses and suggestions can help you turn some of the negative aspects of running your business into something that is positive.

 

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Back to School Essentials for University

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As many of you may already know, I am going back to university this October. I am excited to go on this journey and really can’t wait to get started. It is a distance learning degree and it is my first time studying this way. Study has been fun. I have started studying already as I like to be ahead and so far I am I am getting a hang of the systems and what studying from home actually looks like. Since I am a work from home mum, I already know all about being isolated and being able to motivate myself is no issue. I have been stocking up on some back to school essentials for university.

Here are the items I have got or have on my Wishlist –

 

datAshur PRO²

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I really like this datAshur PRO². The available capacity for the one I got is 128gb, but it also comes in 4gb, 8gb, 16gb, 32gb, 64gb, 256gb and 512gb. So there should be a size for everyone. It is safe and easy to use with the 7 -15 digit pin. I also like the fact that it works on any device with a USB port. No software required at all so it is super easy to set it up and running.

I will be using this smart gadget for a lot of my uni work. It is definitely one of the best in secure USB flash drive technology. I am loving it already.

 

Oxford Campus Wirebound Notebook, A4 Size – Assorted Colour

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I love this set of A4 notebooks. They are so useful and handy for note taking. I love the fact that they come in different bright colours. The quality of the paper is really good. I like the fact that they are ruled with a margin and perforated. They are super easy to use for notes and put me in the mood to write. You can also scan your notes with the Scribble app which makes it even better.

 

 

 

HP Deskjet 2630 All-in-One Printer, Instant Ink

 

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Having a printer is a back to essential for the university, especially for when you are going down the distance learning route. I have always had a printer. It makes my a lot life easier. I can easily print out study materials from the comfort of my home. My printer is a copier and scanner, so I get to do a lot more with it. Plus printers are so cheap to buy and run these days. There is no excuse not to have one as a university student. It saves you the trouble of going to the library every time you need to print, scan or make a copy.

 

 

NUBWO Over Ear Headphones with Noise reduction Mic

 

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With distance learning, I have to log on to watch online lessons. Having a headset means I can join in with online and take part in the classes. This NUBWO Over Ear Headphones with Noise reduction Mic is a great option. I love the fact that it is super affordable and easy to use. 

 

 

 

These are my going back to school essentials for the university. What do you think of them?

 

Giveaway – Win a JORD Apple Watch Band

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Hey peeps! I have a giveaway post for you today. This time you have the chance to win a JORD Apple Watch Band of your choice excluding limited edition watch bands. I love JORD watches and bands. I recently got my hands on one of their Apple Watch Bands and I really like it. It is a pretty pink leather band and it looks so amazing. I love the fact that I now have an extra band for my Apple Watch.

Changing watch bands gives the watch a completely different look. It makes me feel like I have 2 different Apple watches. I am hoping to grow my watch band collection so I have many bands in my favourite shades. That would be so cool.

 

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JORD Watch Bands are compatible with all Apple Watches. You can easily select your Apple Watch Series and size on the website while buying your watch band on their website.

I am so in love with my speckled rose pink JORD Apple Watch Band. It is 100% genuine vegetable tanned leather with a stainless steel lug end adaptors and clasp. The packaging is also excellent as you can see above.

 

JORD Apple Watch Band Giveaway Rules

If you want to win a JORD Apple Watch Band excluding limited edition bands, you need to do the following –

 

This giveaway will run for 1 month. It ends 12 October 2019 at 11pm. It is open to worldwide entrants 18 years and over. The winner will receive a gift code to select an Apple Band of their choosing! The lucky winner will be emailed in a month after the contest has concluded. All other entrants will also be emailed a consolation 10% off gift code.

 

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Good luck everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

 


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