3 small steps to dig your way out of a rut

There are times we slip into auto-pilot and begin coasting through life. Ups and downs are inevitable in business, especially if you struggle with the business side of things. Things can fall by the wayside quickly as you become bogged down with long hours and chasing invoices. The good news is, there are ways out. Here are three strategies for tradies:

Concentrate on yourself: Professional development -improving yourself at work - is essential to move to the next level in any small business. Gain more knowledge by attending a course or seminar, as this can reignite your energy. Extra help can go a long way, especially when organising essential documents or getting advice about how to run a successful business.  A business mentor or coach – someone whose opinions you can trust - can also be a valuable when making tough decisions or finding opportunities for growth.

Create a vision: Getting your mind back on track begins with creating a new vision of where you want to be in one or possibly five years time. Set out your vision on paper and post it on the wall so you can remind yourself why you’re running your business.

Connect with people: Join your local networking group. These groups often work off sharing contacts and referrals and can be useful for growing your client base. You’ll also become accountable to something bigger than yourself by making a weekly commitment to attend the networking sessions. Additionally, get involved in your community by joining a sports club, Rotary or Lions club. This can be a great way to meet new people and get your name out there. Lastly, plan a camping or 4WD trip. Setting a weekend aside will give you a change of scenery and something to look forward to.

Remember, it’s a good idea to allocate time each week to work on your business rather than in it. Doing this can quickly get you out of a rut and back to being on top of things. When you succeed in business, you do better in other areas of your life. And it’s about working smarter, not harder.

With you in every success,

Athol Bailey

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