[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep 31- Three Steps to Position Yourself As An Expert

When you're building your business and trying to focus solely on your business trying to come up with marketing efforts to tell the world about you can seem daunting.

In this Think Like An Entrepreneur, we're breaking down three ways you can start positioning yourself as an expert.

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep 30 - The Comparison Game

I see too many entrepreneurs stop long before they should, and it's not because they're doing well, it's because they THINK they're not doing well. It's usually because of wrong expectations or playing the comparison game. However, I would caution you to be careful about what you're exactly comparing yourself to because it could be a complete lie.

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep 29 - Outside Your Zone

Want to know the secret of building your business empire? Well, it's not about sitting at home and hoping things will happen. It's about quite the opposite, actually. In this Think Like An Entrepreneur Episode, I cover why you need to get out and make things happen!

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep 28 - Business Ethics

I honestly think that it's a bit silly that I need to create a video about this, but too many times I see shady, shady characters. This is definitely more of a PSA than a lessons learned in business.

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep 27 - Business Fundamentals

 

In this episode we discuss why you must STOP chasing shiny objects in your business, and why it's crucial that you focus on the ONE thing that's created successful businesses since the beginning of time. (Here's a clue. It's not Facebook.)

 

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep 26 - How to Know When It's Time To Hire

Becoming an entrepreneur is the new it thing. However, if you don't know what you're doing or in a position where you're doing it all yourself, honestly, it's probably better for you just to go back and get a job. In this episode, we discuss how to know when it's a right time in your business to take that plunge and hire help. ............

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep 25 - Three Areas To Implement Processes

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It's Thursday, which means we're thinking like entrepreneurs, and today I want to talk about key processes that you need to start implementing probably yesterday into your business. Hey. It's Erin Smith, and welcome to another episode of Think Like an Entrepreneur Thursday, where we discuss the mindset shift of going from an employee to an entrepreneur. Today, I want to talk about processes. Now, I've done another episode on this where we talked about, you know, why you need processes and how they will set you free, but today I want to specifically cover three areas of your business where you really need to start thinking about implementing processes so much soon rather than later.

Processes are really important for several reasons. First of all, as a business owner, you've got to scale. Unless you're a lifestyle business and you want to be a one man show and you're totally cool with that, which hopefully you're not, because I'll be honest, the stress...

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep - 23 The One Answer You Must Know About Your Business

There are so many business owners who get in business for love of what they do.  They get excited about what they can do, and they love the idea of owning their own business.

I've run into this problem too many times, that when it's time to dig deep into the answer of one simple question, too many business owners stumble over the answer.  They get caught up in all the wonderful thing their business does, or why they're passionate about what they do.  And sure, your customer may like these things, but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter.

So what does matter?

Well, it's one answer to one very simple question.  When you know the answer to this, business life becomes a lot easier.

What's the question?

You must be able to answer what problem your business solves.  That's all that matters.  It's what your business should do.  It must solve a problem, and if you're not sure exactly what problem it solves, you need to sit back and become...

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep. 22 - Hiring Contractors & Service Providers

Hiring contractors and service providers is a crucial step in your business. There are some great people in every industry. However, just like all services, there are some shady characters out there.

Don't leave yourself up to chance when it comes to getting the work done the right way. In this video I talk about what questions you have the right to ask, how to begin the relationship, and what you should expect for an ongoing basis.

First, and foremost, your gut is always, always, always right.  Did I mention, it's always right?  When something isn't sitting right with you, then don't keep pushing through with it.  You should be excited about hiring someone to do your work, not nervous.  They should be communicating with you and letting you know what they're doing.  Just recently, I was in a situation where a red flag went off when this person was going silent on me for days at a time.  She was selling a house for me, and the first thought that...

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[Think Like An Entrepreneur Thursday] Ep. 21 - Goal Setting for the New Year

It's that time of year when it's a clean slate, and goals are ready to get set.  However, lurking around that corner are some nice, bright, shiny objects that are just waiting to tempt you as a business owner.

What I've discovered after several years of doing this, is that the gross part of business is inevitable.  The part that's hard.  The part where you feel momentum will never come.  The part where you question what in the world you're doing, and why you even began on this journey.  What happens so many times is that the shiny objects become very tempting to follow.  After all, shiny doesn't usually equal hard.  However, what we don't realize is that after the shiny comes the hard stuff behind it.

So to get yourself straight for 2017, I have two simple questions to ask yourself before you make any decision.  First, you need to really focus on the why of what you're doing in the first place.   How does this align with your life?...

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