Filling Your Dance Card in Hard Economic Times

by Pepi Ronalds

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  1. I think i have read a lot of thoughts and articles like this one. These are not hints, these are your own thoughts and a company has to do what it has to do; a company must not follow any rule if it wants to succeed. The only rule it must follow is: be free, get focused and keep moving.

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  2. Some of the information you provided is obvious, but it is not always obvious to many people that they have forgotten these tips and need to be reminded.

    I own one of the best Portland carpet cleaning companies and something I have learned, that is true to almost every business, is that people forget their customers. Many business seem to always be searching for more and more customers, without mining their gold mine. Their gold mine is all of their current and past customers. Yes, look for new customers, but do not forget to follow up with the customers in your database. Just by following up to say, “Hello” can create tons of revenue.

    Great information…Thank you!!

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  3. I strongly agree with the author’s points on knowing the company’s scope and vision and communication. After all you bring value to the company if are effective in achieving their goals. If the company decides to get leaner, they would highly consider keeping someone with that type of value.

    As far as communication is concerned while it’s vitally important you communicate well with your superiors and colleagues, you should take the extra step to communicate and develop relationships with the company clients. This goes back to my first point of bringing value to the company.

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  4. In these hard economic times the sales pitch has should take a back seat to sincerely caring for your client’s best interest.
    I work in the financial services industry and – as opposed to my co-workers – I leave the sales pitch out and focus on my client’s needs first.
    With the wealth of resources available on the Web I’m sure most of our prospective new accounts have heard a mountain of sales pitches before they find our website…why would I want to assault them with more of the same?

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  5. I think it’s important to remember that the question isn’t “Will the recession end?”, but that it’s “When will the recession end?” 

    Right now, it’s best just to think about how to get through hard times, really just to figure out a way to ride the recession out.  Unfortunately, some people don’t have the resources (i.e., savings, partner’s income) to get them through, and this economy can really devastate them. 

    I really feel for those who are losing their homes, savings, etc.  You gave a lot of great tips, and I really hope they will help get people through these difficult times.

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  6. and lots of good input in this thread.

    I’d say that it’s important always to pay attention to your customers, and to look at where your company is going.

    That said, in any case, it’s most vital to ensure that, no matter what happens, you land on your feet. If that means studying further on your own time, do it. If it means building up a little clientele of your own, so be it. If you’re the company owner, it’s vital to look at where you’re going when “what if” happens. The what-if’s are the future scenario for Plan B.

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  7. One thing that we should know early, but sometimes get knowing late, its how to manage time. How to accept the right jobs, how to refuse that ones that you can’t deliver in time, or that you can’t handle. I know, all it’s question of communication. But sometimes people expect to much on you, or they want things without argue in a very short time. And they think that internet is a work with more techinic and less creativity (which we know that its more both), so they think that we have to be faster, and faster. But I’m telling it for one reason: we can’t make mistakes, and we can’t deliver late our projects, and not knowing how to manage time, and how to tell people that time is needed, you’ll be taked to make mistakes and delay your jobs. How quickly you take control of this, you’ll be able to control your career.

    One of the other things that I learned recently, its that sometimes you have to review the value you give for the things. Sometimes you think that you love your job but you don’t really love your job but the idea you made on it. And loving the idea don’t make you the same. It just can make the opposite, as making you hate your job when you see that it isn’t as the idea you made for. So you have to think about what you really love, and go after that, without fear. And if you see that you don’t really love what you do, find what you love and change, its never late! But doing something that you enjoy, that you like to research about, it’s essencial for sucess.

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  8. I’ve conclusively found in my own life that the amount of hours put into any particular activity is going to yield some fruit.  Thuse the quantitative argument put forth here rings true.  On the other hand, I can be rather distracted when working on a project.  I’ll run multiple monitors at a time and it’s easy to find one of them constantly tracking my email/rss feed/facebook account.  This decreases efficiency and I end up getting a lot less done.  So the qualitative argument holds true.  A blend of both seems to be true.

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