At some point in time you will be making the decision whether or not you want to expand. Sometimes this decision can come about because you are feeling so exhausted from trying to do everything yourself. Or you may have hired on some contract workers but found that they are not always available when you need them. Regardless of ‘why’ you need to think about expanding there are some ways that are better than others.
Chances are you have heard this expression before and maybe not really understood what it meant, or perhaps you did but were not sure how you were going to accomplish this.
You want to be working ‘ON’ your business
not ‘IN’ your business…
When you are first starting up your home staging business you are juggling not only how to run your business but how to manage your life now that you are an entrepreneur. You may find that even though you have started your business your family members still have expectations of you doing all the great things for them that you have always done. I guarantee if you try to be all things to all people and not set any new boundaries – your life will be absolutely chaotic and absolutely no FUN!
So let’s take a look and how you can expand your business without the chaos, and where you get back to having more fun and doing what you love to do.
7 TIPS on Expanding Your Home Staging Business
- DELEGATE: Whether you are just starting or have been in business for a while decide what you can give to someone else to do. It does not necessarily mean that you aren’t good at it, it just may not be a good use of your time and energy. For me, one of the first things I delegated was my bookkeeping. It not only drains my energy, I’m terrible at it! Is it time for you to hire some contract assistance or is it time to hire your first employee? Your numbers will tell you that but so will the amount of energy you have to do what you do best.
- LEARN HOW TO SELL: This is every staging entrepreneurs Number 1 priority – you must know how to sell your services. You know what you do best and you are most likely the one person in your business who has the most ‘energy’ for making the sale. It doesn’t mean that you can’t ‘delegate’ someone to make follow up calls for you and set appointments, it does mean however, that you will be the one doing the sales call and closing the sale.
- FIND BALANCE: I don’t really believe that entrepreneurs will ever have balance in every area of their life so, I don’t suggest striving for that. What I do suggest is to find ‘your balance’ and most likely a good part of your week will be you working. You also need to take good care of yourself and this might mean some form of exercise, eating nutritious meals and taking some ‘me’ time. Set boundaries with your family and friends so everyone is clear when it’s personal time and when it’s your business time.
- REVISIT YOUR SERVICES: Every quarter I take a look at where my revenues are coming from and even ‘if’ I thought they ‘should’ come from one area and they are not – it’s time to focus on the area that generates the best income for my business. Always be open to changing your business plan if something is not working for you. The same goes for your marketing plan – if you had some strategies in place and they are not attracting new clients then change them and find out what will you in front of more clients.
- BECOME THE EXPERT: I know I’ve talked about this in a previous newsletter but it is important for you to stand out from other people offering the same services that you do. Be ‘creative’ not ‘competitive’. Provide more value than what the actual cash value of your services is. Get yourself known in your community through writing for your local paper, doing talks at realtor offices or libraries – people can only buy from you if they know about you!
- KEEP LEARNING: Continue to learn new tools to grow your business particularly in the area of social media – this needs to be part of your strategic marketing plan. I highly recommend checking out eVision Media‘s social media program if you are unclear about what you need to be doing. Check out networking groups in your area for speakers who can teach you more about growing your business. Find your local home staging networking groups and get involved with them. Find someone who is successful and follow them – you can always do what they are doing – make it authentically yours.
- HIRE A COACH: Most home staging entrepreneurs that I coach love the creative, decorative, fun part of home staging and redesign. What they don’t love so much is ‘selling’ and ‘marketing’ their business. Their energy goes from a 10 (being high excitement) to a 1 within minutes when I ask about their plans and strategies. Find a business coach who is the right fit for you and invest the money in growing your business. Your coach can live anywhere but if they have experience in your business all the better.