QuickBizBreak by david weaver

Take a quick break from your biz to ponder new ideas and strategies that will turbocharge your business.

Posts Tagged ‘startups’

The top question to ask yourself before starting a new business

Posted by QuickBizBreak on August 19, 2010

My guest post on Mike Michalowicz’s Toilet Paper Entrepreneur blog answering the question: What is the top question to ask yourself before starting a new business:

“What are you willing to risk”… to be successful, to meet your goals, even just to survive? You may be spending more time away from your family, you will need to expand your knowledge and do many things you don’t enjoy just to be in the business you enjoy! The business will cost more than you have planned. Are you willing to dip further into your savings? Can you handle defeat? If you can answer yes to all, you are off to a good start!

So what do you think is the top question you should ask yourself before starting a new business?

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The BBC is Coming to Atlanta!

Posted by QuickBizBreak on March 29, 2010

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Ah yes, the BBC – home to Alistair Cooke, Doctor Who, and who could forget Monty Python?  Even post-Python, the comedy hasn’t stopped.  Along with beautiful documentaries such as BBC Earth, the network also produce a high-budget quirky show for gear-heads titled Top Gear. The crew may test a $1 million Bugatti and then drive a Rolls Royce into a swimming pool. Full of water.

Did you know the BBC is coming to Atlanta?  No, not that BBC. This one promises to be even more exciting!

Introducing Business Boot Camp Atlanta.

I hear over and over how business owners desperately want to grow their business and how they could use the proven methodologies and systems that a business coach can provide, not to mention the accountability towards achieving goals. For solopreneurs and micro-businesses, however, it may be difficult to make the transition in their mind from business expense to business investment for coaching services. Even with examples of revenue growth of 100+%, it may still be difficult to make the financial commitment for one-on-one coaching.

Business Boot Camp Atlanta provides a format for a limited number of participants,  to participate in group mentoring and coaching at a fraction of the cost of one-on-one coaching. Each session will be split between coaching from AdviCoach Business Advisor David Weaver, a leader in growing start-ups, on proven business methodologies and strategies along with peer-to-peer discussions with other business owners in the group. These discussions will allow us to review specific challenges within the group, discuss various approaches and how to apply the strategies that have been presented to drive success.

No more than 8 business owners/managers may participate in a single group and no business classification will be duplicated, so no need to fear that someone will ‘borrow’ your trade secrets. The boot camp is structured over a 12-week period and requires a two-hour meeting commitment per week. This is an intensive program that requires full participation. The results will be equally impressive for each participant!

Topics Covered in at Business Boot Camp Atlanta:

  • Are you a Small Business Owner or an Entrepreneur?
    • Determining what kind of business you are and really want to be
    • Setting your own personal goals as it relates to your business
    • How does that affect how you run your business?
  • Differentiating Your Products/Services in a Crowded Market
    • Commodity or Targeted
    • Pricing Options
  • Strategic Planning
    • Develop your Strategic Vision
    • Develop your Strategic Plan to take you through the year, quarter-by-quarter, based on your long-term vision
  • Time Management
    • How to prioritize your day and your business activity
    • Understanding yourself and your natural tendencies
  • Human Capital
    • When should I add an employee?
    • Employee, Contractor or Outsourcing?
    • What about back office work?
    • How do I find the right person?
    • How do I set the expectation and define the position to set up the employee for success?
  • Measuring and Monitoring for Success
    • What makes sense for me and my business?
    • Specific measurements and why they are important
    • Goal-setting and how to accomplish them
  • Understanding the Financials
    • What should I really be looking for?
    • Do I need a bookkeeper, an accountant, a CPA, or any of these?
    • An easy tracking system that will allow you a view of where you are and where you need to be
    • Where and how can I get operating capital?
  • Sales & Marketing
    • What’s the difference between the two?
    • Choosing marketing programs and tracking the results for success
    • Determining a marketing budget
    • How do I find time to sell?
    • How do I get customers to buy?
    • The difference between selling and buying
    • Sales Management Systems
    • Understanding the current market and how to tap into new revenue streams
    • Up-selling/cross-selling/raising the average selling price
    • Referral-based marketing
  • Operational Efficiencies
    • What you can learn from franchising
    • If you are a franchisee, what you can do that is different

And all at a fraction of the cost of one-on-one coaching.  Not $3,000 per month, not $2,000 per month, not $1,000 per month, not even $500 per month.  No, it’s only $375 per month!  And no open-ended agreements that might go on forever.  This is a 12-week boot camp that will bring you back to the basics of running a streamlined, focused business designed to energize you as well as your profits! To qualify for this boot camp, you must have  3 or less employees in your company. If you have more employees than that, let’s talk about what you really need to focus on for your business.

Boot Camps are forming in Roswell, Johns Creek and Cumming, Georgia.  If you live in another part of metro Atlanta and wish to participate, give me a call so we can judge the interest level in other areas.

We don’t have Bugatti’s or Rolls Royces and we don’t talk science or science fiction.  But we do talk business!

Find out more at an informational meeting to be held on Thursday, April 1st at 6pm, Doubletree Hotel-Roswell, 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, Georgia, 30076.  To confirm attendance, please call 678-620-3990 or email dweaver@advicoach-atlanta.com today.

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