You know what YOU excel at and you know what makes YOU happy!
OCTOBER IS - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - NBCF is hosting the Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign and the Cancer Council is coordinating the Girls' Night In Campaign. By bringing the girls in your life together for these special events you will be raising much needed funds to help beat breast cancers. To find out more or to become a host go here and here
Hope you enjoy this issue of basically business
BUSINESS INSIGHTSAn Elevator Pitch is a quick, well-crafted speech designed to sell a product, or yourself, in a very short time frame. A pitch should pique interest, it should be repeatable and it should be simple to understand.
Preparing and delivering a great pitch can:
help you build healthy relationships
increase your chances of getting the sale
Your pitch may be different each time you deliver it, depending on who you are pitching to so it helps to understand your customer, so you can use your product or service to address their needs - not yours!
Some tips -
Don’t use jargon that only you know!
Keep it short and sweet
Prepare well and present confidently
ENTREPRENEUR REVIEW - This month Maiya Kenny shares some things about herself and her business.
How did the business originate?After I left full time employment and began a massage course
How long have you been in this business?15 years
What do you love about your business?Seeing the positive changes in people
Is there anything you dislike?Having to wear all the hats
Favourite colour: Purple
Favourite movie: I can't pick one!
Favourite time of the day:Morning
Favourite item in your office: My laptop
Favourite app on your phone/tablet/computer: Facebook
What book are you reading right now?I have a few on the go at one time. Goddesses never age; Love Warrior; Raising the Runes; The French Guesthouse
Which 3 people (dead or alive) would you invite to a dinner party? Why?My father, Nelson Mandela, Jane Austen
Name 3 things on your bucket list: Go to Montana USA for more studying; speak on a stage in front of an auditorium full of people; write a best selling book
What do you like to do for yourself?walk on the beach | read
Who do you seek advice from? People I consider to be experts in their field
What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting their own business?Find something you love doing and start a business doing it!
What is your tip for a work/life balance?Lists!
Apple / Android: Apple
Beach / Bush:Beach
Maiya will be hosting a retreat for breast cancer survivors on 28-30 October and is looking for donations - if you can help check it out here
APP REVIEW - Dropbox is one of the most used online data storage/backup services.
Dropbox can be accessed through any web browser, its desktop app, or the Dropbox mobile app. You can upload files of any size with Dropbox, and you can drag and drop files into the Dropbox folder and they will sync right away, leaving a local copy on your device.
Dropbox lets you share files and folders through email invite or link (which can be accessed without needing a Dropbox account), and Dropbox users can also edit/collaborate on files in real time with Microsoft Office Online.
There is a free plan as well as paid storage plans. It is available across iOS and Android, Mac and PC.
SMALL BIZ TIP - Written contracts are a logical choice for all business dealings.
A written contract helps to minimise risks as it is much safer to have something in writing than to rely on someone's word and makes the agreement clear from the outset.
A written contract can:
Provide proof of what was agreed on between all parties.
Help to prevent misunderstandings or disputes.
Gives security and peace of mind by knowing you have work, for how long and what you will be paid.
Clarify your status as an independent contractor by stating that the contract is a 'services contract' and not an 'employment contract'.
Reduce the risk of a dispute by detailing payments, timeframes and work to be performed under the contract.
Set out how a dispute over payments or performance will be resolved.
Set out how the contract can be varied.
Serve as a record of what was agreed.
Specify how either party can end the contract before the work is completed.
It's always better to have your contract in writing, no matter how small the job is. Any contract with a hirer that involves a significant risk to your business should always be carefully considered and put in writing. This is advisable even if it means delaying the start of the work.