When Your Struggling Business Needs A Fix

 

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Remember when you were a small child and a toy broke? What did you often do? You most likely brought the toy to someone and asked, “Can you fix this?”  You needed first aid for your toy. Or,when either your feelings or your body had an injury, maybe you typically wanted a person you trusted to, “Make it better”.

No one wants to experience hurt or pain. No one wants to feel dejected,frustrated,used up or worthless. People don’t want to have to function with something that is broken, stagnant or ineffective and yet, I see people trying to run businesses like that every day.

I will be totally honest with you. People don’t seek out help unless they need it, but many try to self medicate to the point of only taking it longer and longer to truly achieve a successful outcome or at best a short term fix. Business owners do much the same.

Running a business is a skill, an art, a more complex venture than many people realize. It was more than I realized. When I first began a coaching business, I made mistakes. They weren’t fatal mistakes but they certainly could have been had I not received the help I needed to “make it better” and “fix it”.

Even the best entrepreneurs don’t have all the answers. Coaching was a bit new to me over a decade ago. Being a business owner wasn’t. So, even if you have owned and run one business successfully it doesn’t always mean the next business will follow suit.

Knowing this, I realized there are unique aspects to every business and yet there is a foundation each must have to have any kind of success.

Think of it this way: Eating healthy is preventative. It often prevents you from having to “fix” health issues down the road. Taking time to care for your furnace before winter starts is preventative, assuring you will most likely be able to count on having heat when you need it. Transparency in a relationship is preventative. When someone can be trusted there is a far less likelihood of the relationship crumbling.

But maybe it is too late to be preventative. Some conditions require consistent medication or intervention. Some relationships need formal counselling and sometimes the furnace needs replaced or repaired.

You already know if your business needs prevention or repair. If you are struggling to earn an income, get clients, ramp up your business so it is not a glorified hobby or simple a slow side stream of income, you need something more. If you are doing everything you can think of to get your business into the hands of those who need it but it is still not growing, something is not working and needs fixed.

People who work with me want to help their business grow and prosper. They want to add value and remove barriers. They want a higher level of income and most definitely want to not be stressing out about where their business is headed and if they are going to be able to pay next month’s bills. Some simply want to not have to work so hard to continue to just be mediocre.

If that is you. Yes, I can help your business from sliding down the spirally slope of irrelevant and non prosperous. I can help you repair what damage is done and show you how to prevent it from happening again.

I learned from some of the best coaches and instructors on the planet and I can assure you, no matter what I thought I knew, there was still a learning curve I needed to climb to  make my business better, to make my business strong and to prevent my business from just existing but not making any real income.

I know what you want for your business. You want someone to help it be better. Let’s do this. In mid October, I am launching an intensive “Fix the Business” program. If you ever wanted to fix your business so it could be Better and Booming, this is YOUR chance.

Check out the details here!

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  • Jennifer Hazel Quisenberry

    I’ve seen people in that spiral of needing help and trying to do everything themselves. I’m glad you’re able to help them.

    • Thanks, Jennifer. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

  • Oh, I so agree, Kathy–prevention is always the best cure. I’ve run my own business for 25 years now, and yep, now and then would spiral into one insanity or another. Thankfully, with age and experience does come wisdom 🙂 I bet you’re great at teaching folks that!

    • We all learn from what we did wrong, so I think as you do, the years of experience have been valuable and made me realize how prevention can eliminate so much headache. Thanks for your kind comments, Susan.

  • Great Article Kathy, I am new in the Business world and it’s very different from my social working career. I do think it does share a lot of the same work ethics , but since it’s online it’s harder to distinguish other what is applicable . Thanks for sharing.
    Lori English.

    • Appreciate you stopping by, Lori. Thanks for your comments. Best of luck in your new venture.

  • Tami Fazel

    I love the idea of being pro active rather than re active. It’s great you can offer this kind of help to business owners.

    • Yes, pro-active is so much smarter than hindsight. Thanks for offering your thoughts, Tami.

  • Kristen Wilson

    Super tips! thanks for this.. and you are so right.. being AHEAD versus scrambling behind… super beneficial!

    • Thanks, Kristen. I think we tend to be reactive about many things and then are frustrated, when we could have saved ourselves with a bit of proactivity. Appreciate the comments.

  • This is a very interesting post, Kathy. I see your point – as adults we tend to get into the “I can fix this myself” mentality. You really helped illustrate the potential flaws in that type of thinking.

    • Well, Thank you Reba. Yes, I think we get into ruts believing we shouldn’t or can’t ask for help especially as a business owner. That’s just plain silly.

  • Fantastic tips Kathy! Great post!

  • Carol Rundle

    I’ve seen this so many times through the years when I worked as a business manager. Entrepreneurs who were great at being an insurance salesperson or an electrician, but who had no clue how to run a business. But they thought that their success at their chosen profession qualified them to run a business.

  • Alene Geed

    Proactive is the way to run our business for sure. But as you point out we often let important things slide until we become reactive instead. This is a Good reminder to choose the former method

    • Thanks for dropping by to read.Alene. Yes, I’m always telling my clients to assess and evaluate even when things are going well.

  • Audrey Weidman

    Being proactive – in any are of your life is important – but especially in business. Not all of us have the skills to do everything in the running of the business. I’m guessing that is where you will come in, helping to figure out what should be done by the owner, and what should be outsourced.

    • Yes, Audrey that sometimes is part of what I have to help businesses do,especially those with products desperately in need of systems for delivering, accountability,response to customer service etc. Frequently what is “broken” in a business is unseen to the owner’s eye! Thanks for stopping by to comment.

  • Joyce Hansen

    Some people need it spelled out for them that they need help. This is a great post to get people to take committed action and get out of the reactive mode.

    • Thank you Joyce for sharing your thoughts. I do try to get my clients to realize the value of pro-activity and oh, so true that sometime you have to hit people over the head with that idea.
      Come on back and continue to let me hear what you think.

  • Jackie Harder

    As a coach, I see every day how people want the help — but they don’t want to pay for it. Too many believe they can’t afford it, My opinion: When it comes to resolving business or personal issues, you can’t afford not to.

    • Jackie, I think all coaches see this and I too agree. Investing in yourself is not an expense, it’s actually an essential. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

  • Katarina Andersson

    Prevention is always good, but I am not very good at it…but trying to learn…

    • Katarina, prevention takes practice. It gets easier with them. Thanks for reading and commenting.