Benchmark Business Group

Business Owner Newsletter

November 14, 2017

Putting Intentional Imbalance into Action
Previously, we discussed that a successful salesperson knows what a win looks like each and every day. They know what activities they need to have throughout a month, a week, and every single day in order to hit their personal goals. They don't leave closings up to chance. And they know that not every day will be the same. 
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November 7, 2017

What is a win for you?
When you're in sales, especially sales with a longer cycle, it's easy to get discouraged. There are days where you might think you've accomplished nothing, because you didn't get the "win" of closing on a deal. It's understandable. Closing a deal gets you paid; and, if you're like most salespeople there's a rush of excitement that comes with the closing.
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October 31, 2017

Not having time to focus on change is a reality for most small business owners, but it's also something you can move past. All we have is time. It's how we choose to use our time that matters. Granted, this is easier typed than implemented, but if you truly want different results in your business then you have to change the way you spend your time.  

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October 24, 2017

If you've followed along this month you know that we've focused on knowing how to increase the value of your business while you own it and when you're ready to sell.  We often encounter business owners that are uneasy talking about their eventual exit plan.  Some owners think it's too far away and they don't need to worry about it now.  Others want, but seldom have, a clear plan to transition the business to their children or employees.  And some plan to work up until the end (this one is just scary).
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October 17, 2017

One of the most common remarks we hear from business owners here at Benchmark Business Group is, "I wish I would have done this sooner." The reality is, there is no perfect time to start redesigning your business. In fact, achieving "Value Realized" isn't a one-time occurrence. Rather, it is a way of doing business that once you start will pay dividends, today AND when you're ready to exit your business. The best time to start is now. 
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October 10, 2017

Last week we challenged you to think about the design of your business and answer the question: Have you intentionally designed your business to achieve "Value Realized?" This week we're challenging you to think about double vision. Running a business isn't easy. You already have a lot on your plate and we're asking you to find a way to redesign your business. This requires you to have double vision. 


 
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October 3, 2017

The sole purpose of owning a business is to realize value. What value means to you could be different, but for the most part, business owners consistently want three things daily: more time, more profit and more freedom. And of course, when the time comes to transition out of your business realizing value is: more options, more offers and more profit.


 
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September 26, 2017

This month we've focused on business books that we believe every business owner should read including Built to Sell and QBQ. We want to end the month with one of our favorites by Michael Gerber. The E-Myth Revisited has a special place in our company story, our hearts, and in shaping the way we do business every day at Benchmark Business Group. BBG started out as an E-myth coaching center and was designed by Susan and Bob Clements in collaboration with Michael Gerber. We'll be the first to admit that we're biased when it comes to the E-Myth Revisited.
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September 19, 2017

This month we are acknowledging a few of our favorite books such as Built to Sell and QBQ. Each of the books identified this month has a different insight on business that can help a business improve.
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September 12, 2017

Asking ourselves the right questions and making the right decisions is the focus of another favorite book of ours, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, by John G. Miller. He challenges us to eliminate complaining, blame and procrastination, and begin asking solution-based questions. Instead of asking who is to blame for a situation, we should ask, "What can I do to improve the situation?" Only when we are able to ask this "question behind the question" can we take ownership of a problem and start focusing on a solution.

 
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