How to make tracking your mileage less of a pain

One money task that always used to keep me guessing was logging my mileage. As a business owner who is always on the move, I have to track the mileage traveled so I can get reimbursed. Believe me, I love getting the money back … however, even that incentive didn’t always get me to stop procrastinating with this boring task.

Does this happen for you? Do you have a notebook in your car dedicated to writing in the details of your drive, but still forget to log it? Been there … done that too!

In today’s video I’m going to give you a tip that changed everything for me when it came to logging the details of my road trips. It has transformed a once tedious task into something that has become a habit … sort of like learning to drive a car!

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Do this if you want to make money

Do you like to make money? I’m guessing your answer is a resounding YES!, especially if you’re an ambitious entrepreneur who wants to take your business to the next level.

If you felt a pang of embarrassment when you made this “admission,” not to worry … many of my clients (who are very successful) still feel uncomfortable talking about money. So let’s change the money conversation for you by first adjusting your money mindset.

And here’s the first step … give yourself permission to step away from the boring details of money management.

This simple truth took me a long time to figure out and it was a game changer in my business: Have the professionals look after the financials.

When you have professionals handling the details of your finances, you can keep your focus on what matters most in your business …. think forecasting, profitability and planning. I often review my services to see which are generating (or not generating) revenue so I can adjust and innovate as needed.

Your time and attention is better spent on the big picture than it is inputting your receipts and balancing your bank account

In the video I’ll share with you the 3 key people you need on your Money  Team … and I’ll also share 2 big secrets to make this team rock.

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3 ways to deal with your inbox

If you’re like most people, you battle with your inbox on a daily basis. And, if you’re like most people, you haven’t won that battle … yet. Let’s change that for you.

Maybe you have hundreds or thousands of emails tucked away in your inbox. And on one level they are all tugging at your arm, beckoning for your attention. Sometimes it’s hard to resist their call. Especially when you are looking for a distraction to take you away from what you’re working on.

Next thing you know, you’re scrolling up and down looking for a quickie that you can open and delete. There is so much satisfaction and instant gratification that comes from dealing with an email in some fashion. (I get a rush every time I delete an email!)

Perhaps you like to play the open, close and mark as unread game. That’s a great time waster (but then you already knew that, right?).

In this video, I’ll show you 3 simple ways you can start managing your email so you can take back control of your inbox, your time and most importantly your focus.

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The must-have system in your business

If you only have one system in your business, this one is it!

Your signature system is your proprietary, step-by-step process that you take your clients through to get them from their current state to their desired state. It’s how you solve their problems and relieve their pain-points.

It is the most important system you have in your business. Consider it the powerhouse among all of your systems. What makes it unique is that it has two faces. One face is directed at your client, showing them exactly how you work, which builds confidence and trust. The other face is directed at your team, showing them the steps involved for working with clients, which builds consistency and efficiency.

Your signature system may currently reside in your head. If you were to tell me that you intuitively know each step of your process, I would say to you, it’s time for a data download. If your signature system stays in your head, three things will happen:

  1. Delegating will be painful or impossible.
  2. You will be the bottleneck in your business.
  3. Your business will plateau.

None of these are scenarios that I want for you. Watch this video where I take you through three simple steps to design your signature system.

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Is this your new normal?

I was wrapping up a project with a client. We had spent 6 months getting business processes up and running, tech tools set up to automate the routine stuff, and a support team in place to whom she could delegate.

Her business was rocking, rolling and ready to scale.

She told me how she now felt free, relaxed and well rested in her business. This scenario had become her new normal, and she told me how great it felt. It was how she had always imagined things would be for her and for her business.

This is when I thought of you.

What is your vision for your business?

  • Do you dream of having an assistant to do those things that bore you to tears and that, frankly, you suck at doing?
  • Would it be awesome to multiply the number of clients you serve?
  • How about finally having the right tech tools in place so you no longer have to waste time searching?

Watch this video where I’ll share how you can get crystal clear about what your new normal will look like.

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Why it’s okay to have a messy business

Has your business ever felt so messy you wanted to hide from it? Literally. The shut the laptop and run for cover kind of hiding.

You are not alone. I’ve been there, my clients have been there and practically every business owner I’ve meet has been there.

Face it, business can get messy, even at the best of times. Actually, especially at the best of times because that’s when your business is so busy, you can’t get to the back-end operational details that keep things running smoothly.

The truth is, things have to get messy before they can get organized. Messy is a rite of passage to a better way of operating.

It should feel somewhat uncomfortable and bumpy along the road. That is totally okay and to be expected.

In this video I give you permission to embrace the disorganization that your business may be experiencing at this very moment.

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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 welcome clients into your business

How do you welcome clients into your business?

The reason I ask is because this came up recently when I was working with a client to design and systematize her client onboarding process. She asked me a very interesting question, which I’ll share with you in this video.

The way you make your clients feel is so important to running your business. 

Your new clients want confirmation they have made the right choice in selecting you to help solve their problem. Your Client Onboarding process does just that.

It’s an important part of the client experience with you, your company and your brand. It’s your way of greeting new clients, showing them around and making them feel comfortable in your business.

Here are some tips to help you make your clients feel welcome:
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My secret to creating an Operations Playbook

When you think of having standard operating procedures in your business, do you think of a dusty binder sitting on a shelf that nobody looks at? Or perhaps you know it’s something your business needs, but have no idea how to start, so you procrastinate and continue to keep all the operational details stuck in your head.

Let’s change that for you and for your business.

It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming project and you don’t have to be the one to put it together. I have a long list of clients who came to me for that very reason. I find systems sexy and fun … they don’t.

The important part is to get the processes out of your head so you are no longer the bottleneck in your business. Imagine not being interrupted all the time because your team doesn’t know HOW to get things done. Freedom!

Watch this video where I’ll share my approach for creating an Operations Playbook that is useful, usable and adapts to your evolving business.

When to streamline your business

Have you ever said to yourself, “When is the best time to streamline the back-end of my business so it can grow, thrive and scale?”

This may seem like an easy question to answer, but I assure you it has many moving parts. I’ll give you my perspective in this video; however, the real answer may be somewhere else.

It may not be what you want to hear, but I suspect you won’t be surprised. I encourage you to keep your mind open to what is possible.

What I’ve learned from working with many business owners over the years and from running my own business for close to two decades is this:

If you wait for all things to be perfect you will never begin. Build for the future you envision, not for the here and now.

Here’s to building an efficient, effective + productive business.​​​​​​​