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Manifast Your Dream Business 5 Tips
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Do you own your business? Or does your business own you?

Starting a new business or even maintaining an existing one can be a daunting task. Even if we went to business school there are so many things that we were not prepared for. There are the personal issues of employees, the unexpected costs that come up, the shortage in revenue that was not anticipated. Overhead is high, the market is tight, the season is too busy or too slow. Marketing seems ambiguous. What is actually working? When is there time to work “on” the business? We are already putting in 80 hours a week, where would we put in more time? And what would we do with that time anyway?

When I first started in business a few years ago I had a couple of good coaches that gave me some tips. Every day I am thankful for those tips because they saved my life and my business more times than I can count, but just about every day I see other business owners making grave errors. Here are just a few of the best tips I ever received.

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The Top 5 Business Tips For 2014

  1. Make a plan. Stick to it. Measure it. Work on it again. Wash and re-rinse.
  2. You get 80% of your profits from 20% of what you are doing? What are you doing that is in that 20%? Figure it out, do it more, and pay other people a lesser wage to do the 80% that is not making you as much profit. Your time is worth too much to be spending it on menial tasks that others can be paid to do.
  3. Who are you? What are your values? What are the core values of your company? You will be happier if you stick to the values that you already are. Your clients will be happier if that is clearly identified. Then they can make a choice to join you or not to join you and your clientele  will be more loyal.
  4. Create a business plan that is a living, breathing document. Work on it regularly. Look at it often. Establish your course by taking on projects that fit within the context of that plan and say “no” to things that are not a good fit.
  5. Marketing is important. Invest heavily in marketing. Take time and money and put it into marketing and measure everything over 3, 6, and 12 months to see what is working. When you are busy and things are good do not stop the marketing. It is too late when the funnel is empty and there is no business coming through the door.
  6. Keep learning. I know I said 5 but honestly this one is pretty valuable, so I threw it in for FREE! As soon as we think we know what we are doing we stop learning and things come to a plateau at the very least. If we want to keep the numbers growing we have to remember that the growth is completely parallel to the growth that goes on inside of the leader of the company. Stretch yourself to learn more. Get around others who are ahead of you and see yourself as a student of success. Learn more to earn more. See our events for more learning this year!

What do you think? Were those good tips? Where did I learn those things?

Business Coaching Is A Good Thing

I learned those things from business coaches. Business coaches have encouraged me to keep learning and keep growing. As a result we have not become stagnant. Our events are getting better and better. Our members are happier about the increased value. People are now calling us instead of us continually calling them.

In one year we have taken the CIBN from nowhere to the largest business network in the Calgary region with over 300,000 monthly online followers. Our members are loyal and excited. We now have corporate sponsors and this is just the beginning. Wait until you see what we are launching in 2014!

You can also have a vibrant, growing and prosperous business. It does not matter if you are brand new or if you have been in business for 15 years. This could be the year of major increase. First though you need to change your mind and your plan about your business. How can you do things bigger? How can you reach a larger market? How can you do the same or less work and get paid twice as much? How can I eliminate the challenges that are getting in the way?

Manifast Your Dream Business

Manifast is a Sponsor of the Canadian Imperial Business Network. When we realized the powerful ability that this system offered to our members we wanted to get more involved. So three months ago we embarked on a journey with a few other businesses to take part in a 90 day program that helped us set our goals and to work on them every week. The team atmosphere provided an accountability group that helped us get things done. The coaching was fantastic, and we were given tools that radically improved the way that we did business. We solidified the core values of the CIBN, we created a mission statement and put our vision down on paper. Then we identified our key performance indicators and got out our business plan and redid a SWAT analysis based on the new data that we procured during the last 12 months. We made a better plan than we ever made before. Do these things sound like what you need in your business? What if I told you that we will triple the size of our business in 2014 using these techniques? What if I told you that we did more business in December (a horribly slow month for networking) than we did in the entire year of 2012 combined? Are you interested?

Manifast Your Dream Business” is now an ongoing program offered to our MasterMind Members. This one program is just one of the many things offered to our MasterMind Members, and we value it at approximately $3,600 in the coaching hours alone. However the real value of this program is way more than that! That number is completely up to you, and how much you put into it. For us at the CIBN that number will far exceed a million dollars as it has provided the components for us to franchise our model and to make it happen in the next 12 months. It will give us another 300% in growth over 2014 (which is a modest number).

Manifast Your Dream Business will run again with the next 8 businesses that sign up for it. There is a limited size for this MasterMind 90 day program. It is difficult to work with a group larger than that. Therefore if you want to be part of it, you need to sign up now. This is the beginning of change for you. This is the first step to the rest of your life. Register yourself now and make the commitment to succeed in your business in a bigger way in 2014!


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Kerry George is the CEO of the Canadian Imperial Business Network and the founder of the marketing company Kerry is fanatically committed to learning and growing her business as well as providing valuable offerings for the members of the CIBN that will increase their profit margins. Kerry is an author, a speaker and first and foremost a business owner who understands the needs of business owners.

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