Building A Company? Here Are 11 Things I Have Learned from Serial-Prenuer Men in Business That Can Help You Be A Badass in Business

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The American dream is alive and well, and thanks to many business professionals who are serious about their work, we have a guideline on how we can achieve the American dream ourselves. About 2 years ago I started my career in freelance writing. Nothing I have ever done, not even college or my college cycling races, has been as hard, cold, and fast paced as jumping into the world of starting a business. So why on earth would someone get into a profession where you face fast talkers & movers, cold rejections, and long nights of pounding away at your keyboard? Because this is the pathway to becoming one of the elites in America, one of the people lucky enough to have created a seat for themselves in the wealthy class. You have to get into a position of ownership in a company or be in a selling position to get ahead. You will never get ahead in a technical role. Period. That is just you working for someone else, making their dreams happen. You can have your cake and eat it too, so get out there and go get your worth.

 

Part of my freelancing is sales, operations, and marketing.The nights are long, and every minute of every day requires special attention. I have distanced myself from those who do not support me, and encircled myself with supportive people who have become my team. I know many strong women who have been leaders and mentors to me in life, but the truth should be told that many of the skills I have learned about building a business has come from the men I work with and the men who mentor me. I strongly support women in business, but admit I am way too emotional at times.

 

The men in my life have influenced me to use my time effectively, be logical in my operations, and to be fearless when closing a sale and asking for business. Through all of this knowledge I have acquired, I have learned to build my own company here I have began to become somewhat of an expert in digital marketing. In layman’s terms, I get clients pages to rank higher than competition, by strategic marketing on social media and SEO content writing that makes their Alexa ranking increase.

 

None of this would be possible without the guidance of some of my closest mentors and business partners. How can I create results for a client if I do not first have the approval to work with them? It is all about carefully negotiating what you can do, and then proving it. A lot of skills I have learned from men in business have helped me to become the person I am today, and for that I am thankful. Here are 11 things you can learn from men in business:

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  1. Cut the fluff.
    You can beat around the bush and not get anywhere, or you can get straight to the point. Make mini-closes and see if a client is qualified first.

  2. Don’t waste time
    When you work, work furiously to get your projects across the table and out to the client in a timely and quality manner.

  3. Be confident
    Professionals are confident about their services, especially men who are in sales. When you are confident in yours services, your clients will be too.

  4. Do what you say you are going to do.
    Seriously, when I make a promise, I give the clients exactly what they want and keep my word.

  5. Provide more in value than what you receive in money
    Always go above and beyond. You want to wow your clients.

  6. Remember the time, quality, and price matrix
    You can only have two and one will be compromised. Make sure you are clear to your clients about this  on each project.

  7. Don’t waste your time.
    If someone is beating around the bush, ask closing questions. If they don’t want what you’ve got, they do dirty business, or operate on a different level that you are not yet on, or have moved up from, then move on. Your time matters, and it’s important to make the most of it every day

  8. Don’t waste other people’s time.
    People have only so much time to allocate to you, so when you catch their attention make sure you are effective and efficient in talking to them. Do not waste their time, and make sure you bring something of value to them.

  9. Leave emotions out of the mix.
    Business can be personal, but you cannot ever take it personally. Be professional.

  10. Always be genuinely interested in other people.
    This should actually be the first principal for anyone in business. Before you can ever do business with another person, you have to get to know them. You have to learn about them, and to see if what you have is something they actually need. You may become an alliance, and partner with them for business development. If you do not have the conversation of getting to know him or her, you have already started off on the wrong foot. Get to know the person.

  11. Learn the art of follow up, and get good at it.
    People are not going to call you, you need to call people. Leave the ball in the other person’s court, and make sure you follow up using a method that works best for you. Pace with the client, and adapt your follow up accordingly. No method fits all clients, so be open, be aware, and be adaptable.

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Of course I have learned a lot from women in business, but these are just some of the things that the influential men in my life have taught me. If we leave men out of the mix we are missing out on learning from ½ of our society’s knowledge. The same if we are only women-centric. Learn from men and women, and allow them to teach and support you along your journey. Rock what you got, and go after your goals, make sure you learn as much as you can from others while believing in yourself. You can do it!

 

Cheers,

Danielle

Danielle is the founder of econtently.com, an online blog and digital marketing company based out of Denver, COlorado. She empowers women everywhere, and serves her clients on time with quality, care, and professionalism. Learn more at www.econtnetly.com.

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Power of Teams & Why You Need A Solid Team Today

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Power of Teams & Why You Need A Solid Team Today

A great team is key to any person who has been successful throughout history.  Your team can be your family, business partners, friends, and mentors. Your alliance is your team, it can be your family or the people who work with you. Like many things in life, having a team to get you all there is key to your ability to succeed. You can’t do it alone. Take for instance the ancient African proverb that still rings true today in business and in life: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Here are 5 key ways you can begin to build your alliance, if you are new to a city and are finding your way, or if you already have one and are looking to strengthen your ties with the people in your alliance who are meaningful to you.

 

1. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

When you are building your alliance, you want to make sure you check yourself to make sure you are sending out the right signals. If you keep attracting bad company, it might be a sign you need to change something within yourself. As it were, how business and eastern culture philosophy are tied together. You’ve Got to ‘know thyself’. Want to attract positive and productive people? Change your vibe. To do this, begin to change the thoughts you think into affirmations that align with who you want to be.

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2. Strengthen What You Do Have

We all know people in our lives that we want to be closer to, we have people that we want to improve our relationships with. Don’t feel bad if you’ve been going through a difficult time and have previously been hard on yourself or others. You want to make sure to forgive yourself for whatever happened, and to care for yourself. If you begin to treat yourself well, then you can have the capacity to treat others well. Start to strengthen the ties you have with people that you care about. You want to make time to spend with people who love and celebrate you, let go of others who don’t. Start to love and trust your business partners, friends, and family (if you have not already). Go for coffee, go for brunch, and hey you can even go for mimosas!

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Photo Via: Unsplash.com, Jerry Kiesewetter @jerryinocmd, Washington, United States.

 

3. Talk To People

This is very important, for introverts and extroverts. Your Ability to talk to people, and to to communicate with others is your key survival tool in our fast-paced, and sometimes cold, world. The more you talk to people, the more likely you are to meet people who are like you. Many of us move around a lot in our 20-somethings, and it can be hard to meet people at first. Find networking events and even go speed dating to increase the likelihood that you can meet people who really care about you. It can be challenging at first, but don’t give up. Press on because it is truly worth it.

 

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Photo Via: Unsplash.com, Ben White @benwhitephotography

 

4. Make What You Do With Your Alliance Count

You’re aiming for the next level, and your team is counting on you to help all of you get to where you are going. This is why sports and business partnerships are so important. Make sure you have common goals with the people you surround yourself with. Are you in a running group? Nice. Make a 12-mile race goal that you can all do together. Are you building your freelance practice out? Awesome. Make weekly goals to acquire new clients that you and your colleagues can provide services to. It’s all about building each other up and helping your team get to the next level.

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5. Take Steps Today

To strengthen what you currently have, or to begin to build your alliance for a new chapter in your life, take out both a notebook and a planner. What you will need to do is set the intention, one of the first steps to creating your reality. When you take pen to paper and write out what you want to do and how you want your life to be, something magical happens. Write out the person you want to be, and how you want your life to look in the notebook, and then take your planner and write out actions you will take every day in order to get to where you intend to be. This is constructive goal setting, and when you have a plan it is 90% more likely to work out.

 

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Plan to spend intentional time with your business partners and family. Make sure you build others up and that they support you. You can go so far when you are with a team, so make it count and do your best every day. You are 100% responsible for your life, your success, and the well being of your relationships. The good life is for you so give it a chance because you are worth it. It’s time to build up your team, make it stronger every day, and go forward into life with confidence.

Cheers to teamwork,
Danielle

 

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