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New Businesses Are Just Like Babies

Have you ever noticed how some women get super excited about other women having a baby?

The minute they hear their friend is pregnant, they start planning the shower, thinking of colors and games, gathering all of the info they can so that the mommy to be knows she is being supported and that everyone is thrilled she is bringing a new little life into the world.

I get the same way whenever someone, especially a woman, tells me that she is planning to open a new business.

If she whispers to me “I’ve decided to start freelancing on the side”, it’s just like telling me, “We’ve decided to start trying!”

I love small business so much, I always want to burst open whenever anyone around me catches the fever.

I often go overboard with my ideas for them, their launch, their logos, their marketing plan, possible expansion strategies, how they organize their workflow… you name it. People have stopped me mid sentence lots of times. But I just get so darn excited. I can’t help myself.

I tell you..it’s a sickness!

I became a small business owner before I became a mother. After thinking about both babies and business, I realized that they are very much alike:

1) They both keep you up at night – Just like a little newborn that demands care and attention from it’s exhausted, loving mother, a new business that inspires you from the gut will wake you up at two in the morning with ideas for any aspect of it. And it won’t matter that you’re tired!

It will demand that you care about it’s every detail and push you to organize and plan all of them.

You will dream about the type of office bathroom experience you want your employees and customers to have. (yes… it is that serious!)

You will see your sign in your sleep. You will think of taglines and pitch ideas constantly. You will imagine what people will say about doing business with you.

You will be so in love and thrilled and full of passion, weeks will pass and it will only be then that you notice you have only slept three hours a night ten days straight. But you won’t care!

That is what the initial drive feels like. Those special moments feeding your new little one in the still of the night are special for a reason. When babies and businesses are new, they pull forth an energy in us that is so seemingly endless, the likes of which we don’t see in ourselves at any other time or for any other reason.

I love this aspect of the newness and I think that is why I prefer working with people in the start-up stage… I guess I become their ‘entrepreneurial midwife’. I love the energy of the newness. The passion that people have, it just brings out something so beautiful and hopeful in them. You can see them in a pure way because you see their dreams. It’s gorgeous and so, so special. And that drive to take care of everything in the beginning is just as special.

2) They change your life immediately, but it is for the best – No more staying out too late… less time to socialize with old friends (qualifier added: old). You’ve got someone to get home too!

I remember being an avid partying rebel back in the day, before things all changed. It used to be very easy for me to go all day being as unproductive as I wanted to be and then top out the night with all kinds of distractions till dawn.

But things changed and it was definitely for the best.

Just like going out is harder because you just can’t tear away from that beautiful new little face and those edible fingers and toes (and infant shenanigans are so much better than any TV I’ve ever seen), a new business will take over your social life. But usually, this is for the better.

You start to feel the feeling of fifteen minutes..in other words, time becomes super precious as you become more internally aware of it. You can sense it. Because of this, you will become a lot more productive and focused, because you don’t want to waste a moment. Moments are now precious and thus, you procrastinate a whole lot less.

And oh boy, when you see it take it’s first steps (launch a new product) or say it’s first words (marketing the first time where prospects actually connect), all of that productivity yields budding results and you are elated that you changed your life in this way. (Let’s not even talk about the first poop – or when the first client pays you money!)

But here is the main reason that this is better for your life: as soon as you see how productive you are becoming, you only want to enhance your productivity. You don’t want anything to slow your roll. Do you know what this means? It means you start to protect not only your time, but also your ‘bubble of influence’.

Your ‘bubble of influence’ or the people you tend to hang around, morph into a crowd that makes you better (parent and business owner). You will only want to be around people that encourage your new lifestyle and you will start to see and avoid those who discourage it or folks who are negative and always doubting you and your every move.

The ‘old’ friends start telling you how they don’t see you anymore and how you’ve changed and that they don’t know you anymore.

They are right… they don’t. And, in the words of Martha Stewart, it’s a good thing!

This is always a better way to live, for the sake of the babies and your business growth! Becoming more protective of your time and space allows all good things in your life to grow.

3) They both make you see the future in a way that you have never considered before – I enjoyed my life prior to becoming a mother and I had lots of fun and lived in quite a carefree way before starting my first venture. I did not have a lot of worries about my actions affecting other lives or if I took a day off it was my prerogative, etc. My future was going to be just an extension of the present.

Maybe the backdrop or location would change. Maybe some new cast members would evolve in my life movie and its post-trauma sequels.

But my future, though I always had big dreams, wasn’t really solid until I was, what they call in poker, ‘all in’.

Now, it wasn’t that it couldn’t be. Lots of folks I know who have decided to not have children are choosing to live a life headed for a future of greatness and impact.

That will be their baby and only real plans and real goal achievement will get them there, along with support, focus and true productivity.

And that’s the real truth of the matter – ideas and dreams are very different from real plans and real goals.

There are too many ‘want to be’s’ and not enough brave people who execute and actually decide what their future will really include. There is an indescribable shift of commitment that cannot be denied once a person is ‘all in’.

Immediately following your entrance into parenthood and entrepreneurship (the FOR REAL entrance – not the fake ‘I want to someday’ stuff) you will see your future differently.

Ideas and dreams become your coach, inner guidance and your project manager. Time is not just passing. Time becomes your supervisor, managing the checklist for all of the items you have laid out on your blueprint specifically for that year and that month and that week.

Things get done.

And when you keep accomplishing all you set out to do, whether big or small, you become convinced that anything you WANT is within your reach.

So you start wanting more… and dreaming more. You get around others to talk about ideas and more dreams, which become projects naturally… and then you realize:

‘if I set the goal for (insert your personal ‘good money’ goal) in sales per year, I can do (fill in the blank) and (fill in another blank) and even (fill in a big blank here)! This can really happen! I better get myself ready, because the way I am rolling along, this is going to be real… wow.’

Now, just stop for a second and consider the gravity of this shift in thinking. From: ‘that would be nice if it happened’ to ‘this is really GOING to happen and it looks like it is on it’s way to me.’

That’s huge.

When that baby starts understanding things, connecting things and really learning things for the first time in front of your very eyes, it’s not just cute. It is a confirmation of levels of development. It is really important that you see your baby is connecting the dots… for it’s future.

Their future will be your future.

That is why the things you see for your own future now HAVE to happen and you become so sure they will. Your future will include so much more than it did before the Big Change, things you never thought about for your life before the Big Change. You enjoy the present but you are aching to see the future unfold with all of the new ideas and dreams, developments, life just gets sweeter.

Harder but definitely sweeter!

Babies and businesses are creations that evolve anyone willing to commit to them.

But you have to be committed.

Want to know why? Reread this post~:)

How Can a Business Support System Benefit You?

Success is achieved by a business when the revenue exceeds the costs. When all costs are accounted for and extra revenue remains, then the business is both productive and profitable. To remain productive and profitable is a surefire way to maximize profits in terms of time and gain, which every company desires. Every company is unique with different visions on how to maintain productivity and profit margins in its operations and companies face the daunting obstacle of multitasking to meet several needs. Businesses manage products to reduce costs, as well as manage customers to increase gains. Revenue management is necessary to maintain a budget. Fulfillment management, while not often identified as vital, is very much so in terms of retaining a company’s standards and objectives.

A business support system should be both flexible and adaptable to meet the individual needs and unique demands of any company. Revenue Operation Centers which act as business support systems can fill this very important niche adeptly. Facets of business support systems include customer support, business-to-business, business-to-consumer, wireless communications, business driven development and product management. Online services, call centers, snack bars, sales counters and telephone operators are all examples of support systems which give a business an increased capacity for production. Revenue operation centers can be sales driven, service driven, or both.

With the help of an analyst specialized in streamlining business operations and increasing support infrastructure, a company can identify an area of operations that is either expected to pick up or that is already struggling meeting business needs and goals. With the right support system, a business can meet these operational challenges and exceed organizational expectations by implementing the addition of support infrastructure.

A business support system can both increase sales revenue and customer satisfaction. The goal of any business support system is to make the business operations run more smoothly and efficiently while decreasing the stress upon the company’s resources, whether it’s money, time, or labor. It is in the best interests of the shareholders, the employees and the customers for an organization to implement a business support system as early as possible when the increase in demand upon a company’s resources is expected to rise and rise swiftly. It is every business’ goal to boom with profit, but the smart organization recognizes the need for support before it is necessary and identifies the correct time to build in the support so as to maximize the investment of business capital with a minimal loss to productivity through disruption of operations.

A Splendid Restaurant Business Plan To Help You Create Quite A Stir With Your New Venture

If you are searching for a perfect restaurant business plan for some time, maybe this article will help you to find the plan that will really work for you. There are virtually uncountable sites on this particular subject and dozens more are being added daily. So the choices are abound but do you know what a business plan can do for you in the future and what are the benefits of using a consultancy website who can devise you plans regarding your restaurant business? We will try to shed some light on these questions in this article.

The Restaurant Business Plan to Take Your Endeavor to New Dizzying Heights

Ever wondered why there is a need to use the services of consultants for a plan in the first place? Or specifically for a restaurant business plan? You may have asked this question before to yourself too, but this is a very serious time to reconsider this issue as this can make or break your new or established business. When you are trying to put up a small business, producing a business proposal is one of the primary tasks you want to do. Because without submitting the details of your proposed venture, no investor would be able to give a green light to your business. And that too have to be in a proper documented form with the relevant details about financial, sales and marketing plans for your restaurant, to name a few.

The restaurant business plan can be fundamental to your success in establishing a new business or expanding a current one. In both cases, if you are starting without a detailed plan you are seriously risking all your investment and the efforts to put up a restaurant. So it is high time that you think about getting a plan for your restaurant business from a reputed and credible source.

How to go about in Finding a Credible Restaurant Business Plan Consultancy Service

Actually writing the plan for the restaurant yourself can be quite a challenge and will slow your actual work of starting the business itself. You will ultimately lose the focus on any one of the aspects and end up wondering what went wrong. Having said that, a good sound strategy is very critical if you wish your future endeavor to be successful and profitable. There are lots of consultancy services available who offer their services for start businesses and established ones too, who are in dire need of a plan so that they can actually get going with their business.

Make sure that the consultancy service that you will chose can give you sample plans that they have previously composed for other businesses. You can judge their expertise in this field. Furthermore, talk to a consultant to be familiar with the company and its working.