3 Things I WON’T Let My Clients Do

Yes, you read that right. One of my clients did a social media post a while ago stating the two things she doesn’t help her client do, and it inspired me to write this. I don’t know where she got this idea from but I love it! However, I am taking it a little further because there are three things that I not only NOT help my clients do, I WON’T let them do! (Yes, I can be a bit bossy! LOL)

3 Things I Won't Let My Clients Do

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1. Run a Business that Isn’t Profitable

If you aren’t in business to make a profit, what are you in business for? Right? You need to feed your family, you need to pay your bills, and you want to live comfortably. You can (and should) strive to make six or seven figures, but that won’t happen if you aren’t making a profit.

Honestly, when you wear all the hats in  your business, it is hard to focus and to run your business in a smooth and efficient way. If you are feeling overwhelmed and unfocused and letting balls drop, you know this. You can’t give your attention to bringing on new clients and making money if you have to keep stopping to answer a customer question or dealing with vendors/contractors or scheduling out social media posts.

So, I make it my job as a Virtual Administrative Support Specialist to get rid of the back end and administrative headaches so you can focus on the important things, especially taking good care of your clients and making a profit!

2. Work Long Hours

As a business or life coach, you know the importance of having a sustainable work/life balance. However, sometimes even you can get caught up in running your business that you forget to shut off. It is easier to help a client to find ways to shut off her phone or tablet during dinner or her child’s dance recital than it is to do it ourselves, isn’t it?! (How often do you “answer that one email” or check that one message” during family time? Be honest!)

The good news is that you can find a sustainable work and life balance that works for you. You can get to a place where you can shut off your business and not worry that something isn’t getting done. I know this is true because I have helped my clients do it.

Whenever I bring on a client, we do a full business audit (or it can be purchased as a stand-alone product). During this audit, we identify all the areas where you can put systems and processes in place so that you can automate as much of your business as possible. And for the areas that can’t be automated, I help you discern what team members you may need to bring on or contractors that you may want to hire. Doing this will free up at least 3-5 hours of  your time! In short, I make it my business to help you and support you in getting stuff done so you won’t have to work long hours.

3. Focus on the Wrong Thing

There are a lot of different moving parts in running a successful business, including a coaching business. However, there are 3 core aspects of your business that you should be giving your attention: creating new content/products/programs, bringing in new clients and keeping your current clients happy, and increasing your revenue streams.

Unfortunately, there are days, probably  more than you would want admit, that you spend putting out fires, procrastinating, getting distracted, or getting pulled away from your business for this commitment or that commitment. That happens. It’s normal. If, however, it is happening more often than not, then you will need to make some adjustments in how you manage your time.

Everyone struggles with time management (even me!) sometimes, but there are things that can be done to minimize those struggles. Part of the business audit that I do with new clients consists in filling out a time tracker worksheet that helps the client get a vivid and clear picture of how she spends her time. (This is usually a real eye-opener for the client usually!)

Using the results of the time tracker worksheet and business audit, I help the new client take a look of the big picture of her business and then we break that vision into a manageable, doable plan that can be implemented immediately. We put the necessary people, systems, and processes in place that are mentioned above, and I help you create the action steps that you need to take to grow your business.

Thus, I make it my business to help you stay on task and focused on those areas that you want and need to do to bring your business to the next level. I am your accountability partner, Integrator/Project Manager, cheerleader, and sounding board all rolled up into one!

The Big Question # 1

Now, I have a question for you. What are the top 2 or 3 things that you don’t “let your clients do?” How do you support your clients so that they can build the business or life they love? I really do want to know!

Before writing this post, taking the time to reflect on the things I don’t help my clients do (won’t let them do) really helped me hone in to the core purpose of my business. I believe asking this question of yourself will do the same for you.

The Big Question (s) # 2

As you read through this article, did you see yourself? Are you bringing in $5k or $10k monthly but still not as profitable as you would like? Does your business feel stagnant and not moving forward because you feel like you are spinning your heels and going no where? Are you working too many hours and/or focusing on the wrong tasks in your business?

If so, I want you to know there is hope and there can be a change. If you are ready and willing to do the work, I can help you take back control of your business. I can help you increase your profits, improve your client relationships, and help you create a sustainable work/life balance. I can help you help your coaching clients. Together, we can turn your coaching business into an empire!

Are you in? Great! The next step is to fill out the pre-call questionnaire and then book your free consultation call with me. During the call, we will see if we are a good fit and if working together would make sense. Believe me, if I can’t help you, I will say so upfront. I look forward to talking with you.

My Word for 2017

If you have read my blog for a while, you know that, in addition to creating goals each year, I also determine my three focus words for each year. My words for 2016 were authentic, focus and mercy.

My Word for 2017

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For 2017, I have decided to do things a little differently and focus on just one word:

Courage

2017 is going to be a year of getting out of my comfort zone. It is going to be a year of growth and movement and stretching for me. I don’t know exactly what this will look like in the coming year but I am excited about the possibilities (and a little nervous)!

How about you? Do you come up with a focus word each year? Are you starting the practice for the first time? What are your words? Do share in the comments!

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Why I am Not Making Yearly Goals Anymore (And What I am Doing Instead)

Happy New Year! I had a wonderful couple of weeks of rest, family time and extra writing time! How about you? How was your Christmas and New Year’s? Good, I hope. Now, I am all geared up and ready to get going again with lots of projects and working on my goals. However, I’m not making goals this year and here’s why:

Several years ago, I switched from making “resolutions” to making “goals.” It was more of a mindset and perspective but it made a difference for me. I made those goals specific and measurable and I made great strides in accomplishing my goals.

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Nevertheless, I sometimes got overwhelmed looking at the whole year and everything I want to do. (Anyone else?) Last year in 2016, especially, was a challenge for me. I struggled physically, emotionally, and felt like failure when I feel behind in my goals/plans. Some goals, like the making videos, were dropped altogether.  By October, I knew I needed to make a change but felt stuck or trapped.

That is why I decided to stop making yearly goals, and instead, I am made an outline. As writers, we often read or hear about the importance of using outlines to guide us in our writing endeavors. Thus, I sat down and wrote a broad outline of the goals I want to accomplish for 2017 and as the year progresses, I will fill in the gaps monthly and quarterly.

For example: My over-reaching goal for 2017 is to grow my authorpreneur business here at Carolda.com. One way I want to do this is by writing books and creating training programs. However, instead of focusing on the whole year and declaring that “I will write one book a week” and/or that “I will create 6 training programs this year;” I am going to break my goals down even further.

How does this look like?

Using the writing goal, I  made an outline of how many books I want to write each month for January, February, and March. Then, before the beginning of each month, I will fill in the outline with the details for the first book I want to write. Then, at the end of each quarter I will re-evaluate and see if my goal is realistic or needs tweaking.

For January, I want to create a planner and one short grammar guide. Thus, I took some time during the week between Christmas and New Year’s to fill in the blanks: Creating a working title, scheduling writing time, and outlining the book itself.

I am really excited about this plan and I can’t wait to see what the New Year will bring. I am ready to take better control and be more intentional with my life and business! How about you? What are your plans for the New Year? What are you doing to take control and make 2017 your best year yet? Do share!

P.S. I won’t bug you will posts every month and/or quarterly with updates, so don’t worry. 🙂

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