How to prepare your business for the climb

Does your business sometimes feel like an uphill climb? Similar to riding your bike in the wrong gear? That’s what I experienced the other day while I was out on a bike ride. I was on some pretty steep hills and I thought of you and how hard running your business can be.

This is what I know for sure:

If you don’t prepare for the growth that has come, then the busy times will feel like going up a hill in the hardest gear.

You’ll feel like you’re pedaling as fast as you can, but you don’t seem to be getting the traction or speed you need to support that rapid growth.

Watch this video where I’ll encourage you to think a little differently about how to prepare your business so you can sit back, relax and actually enjoy the climb.

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How to be less available in your business

What I’m going to share with you may seem counter-intuitive to you and even impossible. You may say to yourself,  “Valeri, being less accessible to the outside world is crazy. I have clients who require my attention, prospects that may disappear if I don’t respond immediately, and people who just plain need me.”

I get it. I’ve been there and I work with many clients who initially have the same concerns.

Watch this video where I’ll share why you may want to shift the accessible 24/7 habit.

You may be in an industry that requires you to be accessible at all times. Your livelihood may depend on being the first to respond to prospects. Perhaps you’ve built a reputation as always being available. If this is you, then that is a deal you have made with your business. [Read more…]

Do this if you want to scale your business

You do so much in your business. In many ways it’s an extension of you. It’s always with you and even in your off-time (is there such a thing?) your mind can’t help but wander to it. I was exactly the same the way until I learned a lesson that changed everything.

It happened when I was having a hard time keeping all the balls in the air. It felt like everything was spinning and I just couldn’t keep up with the demands anymore. I started wondering if I even wanted to.

I started to feel like a failure in my business. Can you relate? [Read more…]

Are you doing too many chores in your business?

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This weekend we open our cottage for the season. I can already smell the scent of bacon and coffee in the morning.

I was telling my friend Carol how excited I am and she turned to me with an exhausted look and said, “Isn’t having a cottage a lot of work?”

The simple answer is Yes, but we learned early on a very important fact.

The secret to being a happy cottage owner is to spend less time on chores and more time doing the things we love. [Read more…]

How to escape perfection paralysis

I have a confession. I have been stalling to do something in my business that I know will move it forward and help many people. But I’ve been delaying. Procrastination is running rampant and I’ve come up with a dozen reasons why I’m not ready to put it out there, yet.

Has this ever happened to you? I’m sure I’ve seen you at the Perfection Paralysis Party.
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Many business owners just like you get caught in the perfectionism trap. Playing it safe. Afraid to put yourself and your work out there in a bigger way. One thing I know for sure: your quest to get it perfect is keeping you small. [Read more…]

7 ways to recharge in your off hours

rechargeThere’s nothing like a long weekend to remind yourself how important it is to disconnect from your work in order to recharge and renew. Nowadays, the line between personal and professional has become so blurred bringing work home has become the norm.

It’s time to reclaim one day of your week that is reserved for you to renew and rejuvenate. Consider it a reminder that you have an identity outside of your business or occupation.

Wondering where to begin? Here are 7 keys to unlock the healing power of a day off work. [Read more…]

How to manage projects for ultimate efficiency

manage projects for ultimate efficiencyDo you feel like some of your days are out-of-control; as if the clock is on fast forward and you’re exhausted just trying to keep up? As a business owner, you are guaranteed to have hamster-wheel days; however, too many will leave you on the brink of burnout.

There is another way to work [Read more…]

Are you at risk of becoming a productivity zombie?

ProductivityHalloween is my favourite time of the year. While it’s fun to see the houses decorated and the kids in their costumes, most of all I love the mini chocolate bars. So many kinds, so little time.

This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:

  • Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
  • Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
  • Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies

What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.

If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of: [Read more…]

5 steps to setting boundaries in your business

BoundariesWhen you first started your business, you may have felt it was acceptable to work nights and weekends. After being at it for a few years you feel like you’ve paid your dues.

Unfortunately, your work hours haven’t changed.

Your clients have become accustomed to you being available 24/7. Constant connectivity has become your new normal. However, without boundaries you are operating from a reactive place; taking orders and putting out fires. This way of working is not a sustainable way to run your business.

Here are steps you can follow to get back in control of your time: [Read more…]

​​​​​​​3 drinks to boost your productivity

3 drinks to boost your productivityThe end of summer means a few extra pounds have found their way to my waistline. I blame it on too much ice cream and wine! Can you relate?

I was whining about it to my BFF, Carol. Her solution was simple: drink.more.water.

Sounds easy but I find water incredibly boring to drink. That is, until I discovered it directly affects my productivity.

It turns out water makes your brain run more efficiently. When your brain is operating at peak performance, you get more accomplished. When you become dehydrated your brain tissue actually decreases leaving you feeling sluggish.

So in my quest to simplify water consumption, I came up with three drinks you can include in your day to help you stay energized and hydrated. [Read more…]