You may not know what guilt scheduling is, but I can almost bet you’re a victim of it. Guilt scheduling is what we do to ourselves after a vacation or day off. We cram the next available business day or days full to the brim with meetings and make-up work, zapping us to the core. If you are a business owner or just a busy professional, here are the signs you’re guilt scheduling is getting the best of you.
Team meetings suck, but they are a must — both internally and externally — for most businesses. Google “meetings” and you’ll find that many articles on the subject insinuate what most of us already know: team meetings SUCK. The telltale signs of sucky meetings are laid out in this post (read if you dare). But, in true B Squared form, we’re also giving you our team meeting secrets to help you not be so sucky.
Cold calling for sales leads? Blech. The mere mention of using the phone to “surprise people” brings me back to my early 20s when I was tasked with cold calling local businesses to find buyers or renters. I worked in a luxury high rise building where tenants could buy and/or rent our lavish units. Something about it felt like an oxymoron; when you’re charging New York prices in Dallas ($6,000 a month for rent!), you don’t go begging any unvetted Joe Schmoe to come see “exclusive residences.” And years later when I started my own business, I resolved to throw cold calling for sales (and emailing, for that matter) out the window. Here’s why following that mantra has been a boon for B Squared …
I’m not sure if I’ve admitted this here: I’m a total Shark Tank junkie. My husband and I record every episode and have even been known to binge watch old seasons for an entire Sunday. On a recent episode, Mr. Wonderful said something that made me think of writing this blog post … “In business, you should be kind not nice.” At first I thought, what’s the difference, but as the real world came knocking, I found that his words are totally true. And in these three areas — one being the dreaded scope creep — you’ll have to forgo being nice to stay in business.
When it comes to your small business, are you a freelancer or a consultant? This discussion has come up many times lately within my digital circle, and I think it’s worth outlining and understanding. I feel it’s important to be conscious of: The difference between a freelancer and a consultant How/if “freelance work” and “consulting work” are interchangeable How/when to label yourself as something different altogether B Squared Media has gone through some serious growing pains in 2015, so this post will help clarify some things for freelancers, consultants and small business owners.