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Saturday, 26 September 2015

10 Tips to Business Success

I'm not sure how much you all know about my 'day job' as I don't talk about it as much on my blog as I do on Twitter but I own two companies; a corporate events agency based in London and an online shop, the Gifting Lounge. These are both along with writing this blog and organising LDNmeetup blogger events. 

Not in any way, shape or form am I an expert in this field but having started my own businesses, and grown up around some extremely successful people in the corporate worlds, I've picked up these fabulous pieces of advice for business success that I would recommend to everyone; many of which have helped me get where I am today. 

I have these written down to remind myself of them daily. 


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1. Don't be afraid to talk about yourself

Networking is vital to business whether you're just starting or been in the game for years. Don't be afraid to talk about your plans, recent successes etc. you never know, someone might know someone who knows someone who could help. The world is crazily connected and you never know who you might meet and how they can help you. Don't feel bad talking about yourself, no one will know who you are and what you do if you don't shout it from the rooftops. 


2. Success doesn't happen overnight 

Real, lasting success doesn't happen overnight. It takes weeks, months even years of hard graft to build a business from the ground up. Set realistic time scales, particularly if a lot of money is involved. There's no point investing thousands for months on end when you're not getting anywhere, unless you have money to burn. Set yourself realistic targets which will lead you to the ultimate goal and be strict with yourself to keep to them. Keep your business head on and if something isn't working, something needs to change.


3. Keep your eye on A prize - not necessarily the prize

Business means being flexible and adaptable. Your ultimate goal when you first set out may change along the way but that's part of being successful, working around change and adapting to the business environment. Again, be realistic when a goal needs to change. As long as you're working towards a something, that's all that matters. 


4. Innovate don't imitate

Replicating another business is just going to ruffle some tail feathers. Trust yourself, and your intuitions enough to create a product/service that has it's own unique selling point. 

To be innovative, you need to think outside the box and research like there's no tomorrow. Learn to be critical and critique your work, ideas and product as if you were a competitor, which is a really hard but extremely valuable thing to do. 


5. Be strong

Times get hard, really hard; particularly at the beginning but have faith in yourself, your abilities and your product. People may screw you over, everyone puts themselves first, but it's business. Grow a thick skin and be strong even on the toughest days because it gets easier. 

You'll make mistakes somewhere down the line, probably more than once but allow the experience to be a learning curve. Don't feel bad from mistakes if you learnt from them. 


6. Always be open to learn - no matter how successful you become

Some say, knowledge is the key to life. To be successful you need to be open to learn and to continue learning through life.  This isn't even just restricted to knowledge from your own field but other fields. Not only does an increased knowledge make you a more interesting, well rounded person, but maybe one day something you'd learnt which was previously unrelated may help you. 

Knowledge doesn't necessarily mean a formal qualification, it could be research, reading, experience, talking to others and sharing their stories etc. Take it all in and do your own research. When you think you've done enough research, do double that. 

7. Remember people who have helped you

Along the way, there will be numerous people who help you/your business along; whether it be a mentor, family member, business partner, supplier etc. Always remember who you owe success to and take any opportunity to show your gratefulness to them. 


8. Take advice from everyone


Starting out in business, ask advice from everyone - honest advice. Difference people can offer different perspectives, which will help your business become more well rounded. Don't be tunnel-visioned, but accept constructive criticism from a variety of people but do take feedback with a pinch of salt. 

9. Don't fall out of love with what you do

Loving what you do is the key to success. You know that saying, 'love what you do and you'll never have to work a day in your life'? Well it's true! Sometimes when business gets hard, the love for what you do can dwindle. Whenever I feel this happening I remind myself of why I love what I do, what I have achieved so far and what I want to achieve/become in the future. 

Making a diary, project book or portfolio can help to remind you of why you love what you do. For example, I can just think back to the amazing events I've put on in the past and my doubts of chosen career literally fly away. 

Once you lose love for what you do, what's left?


10. Take some time to enjoy success

With all the working hard to make your business successful, remember to take some time out to enjoy it. There's no point working 24/7 if you can't enjoy it. Buy that handbag, go on that holiday. You deserve it - and don't forget it!

It's easy to get caught up in working so much you forget to enjoy what you've achieved. Make a concious decision to take a step back every now and then; think about what you've achieved, have some time out and come back refreshed and ready to take your business even further. 

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There's no guidebook to successful and what works for one person may not for another but trust yourself and your abilities. Be realistic. Love what you do. Strive for more. Learn from others... and you'll be fine

Love Lauren xx


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  1. Loved reading this, I do get nervous talking about myself in interviews but I know I shouldn't and enjoy it x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. Try it more often in a casual environment and to friends and family then you'll get more used it to it :-) xx

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  2. I specially love number 3! You have some really good truths here!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Thanks Tori! I think some people underestimate how important it is to love what you do! xx

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