Successful Networking Tips

Developing real relationships is the key to success. It’s not about narcissism and its not about the 47,000 followers or 11,275 fans that social media can superficially provide. I believe that real success is about giving and being authentic. It’s more about being familial, appreciating humilty and developing creatively, both professionally and personally. Seth Godins’ post, Welcome to Island Marketing, graciously states ‘If you run a business on a small island, every interaction matters and every customer is precious’.

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The Aloha spirit is real simple. You give and you give… and you give from here (the heart) until you have nothing else to give. – Rell Sunn

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e Mālama Pono & Your Business

 

e malama pono

e malama pono

Mālama pono means ‘take care of yourself’. When you put yourself first, your business and your life reflect that graciously with harmony and abundance. Here’s a reference list that can be helpful in clarifying ones priorities, personally and professionally:

 

What Does it Take: 

Perseverance and failure cannot coexist. When all is said and done, perseverance is the ultimate success insurance. Nothing can take its place. Living your life with ambition and drive is the key to creating success.

What Do You Want: 

Even though to some, this is pretty straight forward question, a few might still be pondering what direction that they’d like to go in. So, still not sure which career is right for you?   You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to pin-point after utilizing the Setting Career Goals questionnaire.

What Do You Have: 

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
— Melody Beattie, best selling author and journalist 

What Are You Going To Do: 

Based on your priorities, what are the necessary tasks that you can do to achieve your goals?

Write a mission statement in 5 easy steps! The process outlined by Dr. Hansen is:

1.  Identify Past Successes
2.  Identify Core Values
3.  Identify Contributions
4.  Identify Goals
5.  Write Mission Statement

What Steps Are You Committed to Taking:

For myself personally, I start backwards from attaining my ultimate goal or desire and back track from that. It enables me to be more precise and thorough. Of course, you can also start from making a list from say 1 through 6 and use short immediate actions you can take. Complete these actions starting from one week, one month, three months, six months, one year and two-five years.

Whats Next: 

There are two ways of tracking your success: quantitatively and qualitatively. 

In order to achieve measurable results, analyzing your previous steps is an important process towards keeping innovation moving forward in your company. 

A big part of innovation is staying on top of market trends, understanding customer needs and wants and consistently looking to the future to grow the company.

 

 

“A HUI HO A KA KOU MALAMA PONO”

“Until we meet again my beloved friends may your life always be in harmony and in balance”

 


Starting Smart in Business

 

Start Right Start Smart

Start Right Start Smart

 

Creating an Inspiring & Supportive Team Starts with a Mentor!

These success stories went beyond these folks and their dreams. They didn’t start in the cleaning service business like I did, but they definitely showed their strength and tenacity for their own passions and pursued their entrepreneurial spirit!

 

 Maui’s Small Business Awards

The Maui Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2009 American Savings Bank Economic Update and U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Awards Luncheon at the Maui Beach Hotel on Friday, April 17, to pay tribute to business leaders who have made vital contributions to the community. 
 

 

Moms Making Money

SCORE Advice Helps Moms Start and Grow Their Home-Based Businesses
When Vivian Frankel was organizing a conference to help other stay-at-home mothers establish and grow their own home-based businesses in 2004, she made sure that counselor Jerry Earle of Los Angeles SCORE was on the agenda.

 

In 60 Seconds…
Whether they’re on the medal stand at the Olympics or standing in line for a hotdog at the recreation league cookout, great athletes always credit their coaches for instilling the discipline necessary to achieve a goal, offering helpful tips to sharpen their skills or providing encouragement during difficult times. Likewise, an entrepreneur can benefit from the wisdom and insights of an experienced business coach. Finding this unique individual is easier than you may think. 

0:60     Define What Do You Need Help With
A business coach can assist with things as specific as making sales presentations or as broad as developing a long-term growth plan for your business. Determine those areas in which you need the most help, and make a commitment to finding a qualified expert.

0:46     Consider Crossover Expertise
The ideal scenario is to have a coach with experience in your particular trade or industry. That may not be possible for some specialized businesses, or in certain geographic locations. Don’t worry; the basic tools and strategies for success transcend all types of businesses. If you want to add franchises to your carpet cleaning business, for example, a coach with a background in the restaurant industry can guide you through the process of evaluating potential markets and structuring contracts. 

0:34     Get an Objective Perspective 
Entrepreneurs count on friends and family members for many things, but don’t expect honest criticism to be among them. Your business coach should be someone who is fair, reasonable and interested in your success, but also willing to tell the truth, even if it’s not what you want to hear.

0:28     Find a Compatible Comfort Factor
Personalities don’t always click. You may discover that an otherwise perfect business coach is difficult to work with, or doesn’t fully understand your perspective. (For example, many female entrepreneurs prefer working a coach who is also a woman.) Your coach should be someone who earns your trust and confidence, not intimidates you into following his or her advice.

0:17     Where to Find It
If you have visited www.score.org, you’re already well on the way to finding the perfect business coach for your needs. SCORE has 389 chapter offices across the country where you can receive free, one-on-one counseling from experts who have done it all.

0:03     Take Advantage of Technology
You don’t even need to leave your home or office to work with a SCORE business coach. Just go to SCORE’s Web site, select “Ask SCORE” and identify the area(s) in which you would like some coaching. By browsing through the resumes of potential coaches, you’re sure to find one with the expertise and skills you’re looking for. An email to that coach is all it takes to launch a rewarding relationship that will benefit your small business.


Brought to you by SCORE “Counselors to America‘s Small Business.” Ask SCORE.

~Me ke aloha pau ole

 

Love Your Life & Make it Happen!

 

Be Happy

Be Happy

Each one of us are 100% responsible for everything in our life.

So, this very second, I hope everybody can find a place that makes them happy to visit and helps them gain a little clarity in their life.

Enjoy the ride 🙂 & live on purpose!

The Endurance of a Business Owner

 

There are multiple reasons, beliefs and personal convictions that act as anchors during the entrepreneurs’ hardest challenges and decisions in their professional career. Imagine the gift of being free and liberated to do as you wish in your own cleaning business. That same business that enriches your life personally and financially, allows you to offer great service to your customers and solid employment and growth to your staff. That same freedom-giving train can potentially fall off its tracks if it’s not properly cared and maintained for. The possibility of everything crashing all around is the silent dirty little secret that a lot of business owners fear.

 

Here are several practical guide-posts that have been useful for many successful entrepreneurs. Business owners that strived to live out their dreams and create their own destiny and ultimately defy the odds of many to live the life of a few.

 

Encouragement:

Possessing a deep knowledge of self awareness, confidence and self-esteem allows one the ability to salve their own wounds and push on when things seem unclear or negative.

 

 

Focus:

To behold great passion is the torch of all creative souls. Having clarity throughout ones life, especially in business is magical. Using that drive and ambition is an electrifying force that acts as their true north.

 

 

Strategy:

This should be referred to as your business’ vehicle. The catapult is what will bring your goals into better viewing and eventually materialize. Choose the medium that best suits your business, organization and team.

 

 

Planning:

I love the mantra or the slogan; be, do and act. That’s the epitome of a plan, it’s quintessential. From being, one can create the dream or desired outcome. From the doing, one learns different measures of success and builds on the experience. And finally, from acting, success shines through more and more and cause and effect is in full force. The degree of congruency is refined and sharpened for accuracy, repetition and feedback.

 

 

Gratitude:

The most generous response to give someone is to say mahalo, thank you. Embodying gratitude is an appraisal of yourself being exactly where you need to be at the right time, at the right place and with the right people. Being grateful with what you have in your life is like a stepping stone to feeling happy, open-mined, non-judgmental and easy going. That is when the best business opportunities seem to manifest which naturally perpetuates more feelings of gratitude. Thus, another angle to the law of attraction.

 

Detachment:

Peace of mind and clarity are the main benefits of living with detachment. To let go does not mean to be irresponsible, but only to let go of the controlling mindset of the ego. To assume and superimpose that there can only be one acceptable effect or outcome, completely cuts off any of the other infinite possibilities that one cannot begin to imagine. There are so many nuances that one must keep the ego out of the equation at this juncture.

 

Through all these different layers, or guide posts, developing and building on ones confidence is key. Doing so will enable our natural abilities to expand as we are faced with challenges and simultaneously, also raise our standards and re-group for yet another cycle. So, with all due respect, mahalo a nui loa to everyone and a me ke aloha pau ole!


Creating Online Synergy with Your Cleaning Business

The Web provides a means for you to deliver valuable services to your customers that enriches your customers’ lives and saves them time. In doing so, you will increase customer loyalty. The Internet is primarily a social medium. The most effective and profitable web sites are those that foster community among their visitors.

It is crucial to understand that on the Internet, the user is in complete control. Hard selling will not work, and will probably antagonize your prospects. Profitable web sites are information rich, resourceful and intelligently maintained. They post articles, answer questions and control the display of their website that is relevant to their target market. Web sites that are organized with plenty of internal links make their important pages only a click or two away. Effective sites write content in a clean and modern style that can be quickly scanned by the eye.

You can reduce the cost of repetitive questions and requests from your target audience by allowing them to access information about your business from your web site. In doing so, you can be assured that your target audience is receiving information about all the services that your business offers, such as incorporating a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page to your site. Your site should also enable communication between yourself and the potential/existing client. Ideally, you should offer your customers the choice of submitting their inquiry by more than one method, e.g. by online form, comments section and email message. As you deepen the relationship with your audience via online newsletters, raffles and other marketing campaigns, you’ll develop a precise flow or direction for your web sites main purpose.

Utilizing a web designer or performing the layout yourself does not need to take months and thousands of dollars. Typically, a good business plan for your website should list and adhere to your company’s main objective and follow through on that throughout the web. Some businesses only want to build an email list for their newsletter and other promotional advertisements. Others want to create an atmosphere similar to a show room. They want you to feel like they’re right there with you every step of the way. Just decide on your hierarchy of priorities. Branding yourself and your business online can be an extremely lucrative endeavor when practiced responsibly.

The Journey of Creating Abundance

I believe every woman knows what success and freedom means to them. It could be overseeing your business and ensuring it runs automatically whether you’re there or not; and having quality time with your family and friends. It could be taking vacations and buying a big house or having a great relationship with your spouse or partner.

My ultimate goal was financial security and having the luxury of being around for my boy’s fulltime. As a single parent, I felt a ton of pressure to “get it right”; like the perfect house, new clothes, cool school supplies, fun birthday parties and interesting weekend activities and having a decent car. That doesn’t even include all the necessary things like healthcare and paying for dental visits!

It was really hard financially before I started my own cleaning business. I remember taking the bus to the grocery store and carpooling to work. I missed them all day while they were at daycare with people that didn’t love them and play with them the way I did. It was hard not to see them all day, just so I could make rent and buy food.

That’s when I began to map out how I wanted things to be different. I knew I wanted to have my own cleaning company, I did it before, and I’ve known a lot of people that became quite wealthy. So, I quit my job as soon as I landed my first client from an ad I had put out. A friend at work literally gave me his old wagon when he bought an old Cadillac. I was really determined to do things my way and provide a better life for my children. Within a few weeks, my days were full, from 9 am to 2:30pm. I was happy and on my way to creating financial independence.

So, how does anyone create abundance? For me, it was when I took 100% responsibility for everything in my life, good or bad. I was in control of my thoughts and actions. I desired so much more in life for us, I knew I had to do it alone. I used my current situation as leverage and did everything different from then on. I took small steps and before long, I was a successful business owner with self-confidence and time to be with my children. Sometimes you have to be fierce and push through your fears and obstacles that come your way. Once I took action toward my dreams, opportunities just popped out of the woodwork, that’s when I knew I was on track. Take notice when you experience coincidences at every turn; that’s when you know that you’re doing the right thing.