Taking Time to Love Your Business
by Karen Lindwall-Bourg
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
Love is in the air! Just like every February. This year, why not show some love to your business? Try out these suggestions to help your business grow.
Send personal notes to your clients.
You might not have the type of business where you can send a personal note to each customer; if that’s the case, you can pick out a strategic few. Consider how much more of an impact you can have if the note is handwritten. Keep it short and personal. Think of it as a professional “Valentine” for your clients and customers.
Reach out with a handwritten inquiry to a new contact.
Who is the one person you’ve wanted to contact and start building a relationship? This is a networking contact that has the potential to show your business love and for whom you can reciprocate. Send a personal and specific handwritten note introducing yourself and offering value to your contact. Spend some time creating your letter. Don’t forget to politely request a response or offer a specific time you will follow-up.
Use this short month to accomplish that “to-do” you keep pushing back.
Boy, do I need this one! The list grows! We all have that thing on our to-do list we push back from month to month. Use these 28 days to get it done. Focus on the fact that you only have this month to finish it, and finally cross it off the list!
Invest in yourself to grow your biz.
You can’t do it all by yourself. Now, we superwomen can do a lot, but there are some things you just need help with. Take some time to determine a good way to invest in yourself or in your business to help it grow. Maybe you should commit to a coaching program, or perhaps your investment should be in a virtual assistant to help free up your time. You know what area of your business needs some love better than anyone.
Take some time off to recharge.
Entrepreneurs tend to work all the time. So, it is very important we schedule time off to rest and recharge. Taking a little time off for self-care can open up the creative flow again. Rest can actually make you more productive and more creative. Consider taking a break when your ideas are starting to feel stale.
Schedule a brainstorming session.
If you are stuck and not coming up with new ideas or the next steps on how to grow your business, schedule a session with some trusted business women. Brainstorming sessions should focus on collecting as many ideas as possible without filtering and without judging. Once you get a list, you can discuss which idea will work best for you. You can also use a brainstorming session to help devise an implementation plan for an idea you already have.
You know your business better than anyone. You know where it needs a little TLC and what is going well. Take some time to give yourself and/or your business a little extra love this month. It will help enhance your clarity, improve your creativity, and invigorate your purpose.
Karen Lindwall-Bourg is the Founder of RHEMA Counseling Associates, a Biblical Counseling, Coaching, and Training Center seeking to honor the Lord by leading others to the Sovereign God and the cross and Life of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the Sufficient Word [Greek: rhema] of God for abundant life and ministry. Karen lives with her husband Fred in North Central Texas, and spends as much time as possible with their 6 children, 5 grandchildren, extended family, and menagerie of ranch animals. www.rhemacounseling.com.