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Forum: Starting a business 28-03-14
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Blogs making money - i am not sure i understand :?

You write a blog because it is a window to the world and an opportunity to show you know what you're talking about.

Sometimes... it's even therapeutic

The days of writing a blog "only" to make...
Forum: Working smarter 28-03-14
Replies: 31
Views: 4,841
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: What to do when you feel like throwing the towel?

You throw in the towel!

You fail fast and move on.

Entrepreneurial spirit is what makes a concept a business.

If it's gone then let it it go... and think what did I learn from that????
Forum: Working smarter 28-03-14
Replies: 16
Views: 4,022
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Has anyone hired a business Coach??

Mentors are valuable and I have them.

But if you're like the OP then you need someone assertive and that's not the role of a mentor.
Forum: Working smarter 28-03-14
Replies: 16
Views: 4,022
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Has anyone hired a business Coach??

Here's a philosophical comment...

We only have so much time in our lives... no more no less

Every day we have 24 hours that ebb away... when they're gone they're gone

What value do you put...
Forum: Other discussions 19-03-14
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: So pleased this doesn't happen on our forums...

I wish there was a BIG LIKE button, Steve
Forum: New member? Introduce yourself. 16-03-14
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Dazed & confused, need direction

Hello again

If this comment is true..."I think franchising would be the only way to grow the business..." then the business is not suitable for franchising at the moment.

Lucrative franchising...
Forum: New member? Introduce yourself. 16-03-14
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Dazed & confused, need direction

Hey Karl

I'll start the ball rolling with three questions:

1. What do you most feel like doing... selling your business or taking it to a new level?

2. Would anyone buy your business?

3....
Forum: Starting a business 10-03-14
Replies: 12
Views: 2,845
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Where do small businesses normally, or not so normally fail?

I cannot see anywhere in my post that I used the term 'business coach' but you seem to have latched onto that.

Let's swap 'mentor' for 'coach' and I think mentors have been around for quite a...
Forum: Starting a business 10-03-14
Replies: 12
Views: 2,845
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Where do small businesses normally, or not so normally fail?

With respect... the bulk of the reasons listed are "After The Event" reasons.

I'd suggest that the main reason is that people don't know what they don't know until it's too late.

Can you...
Forum: Starting a business 20-02-14
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: “Hmmm. Where to from here?”

Hey Lindsay

There's already been good comments posted and Jayne beat me to the punch.

There is no perfect... but there's no question that "Action Dispels Fear".

So change your signature here...
Forum: Networking 13-02-14
Replies: 9
Views: 1,367
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Internet usage report

Hi Darryl

I'd suggest that email is the lifeblood of business.

I have just finished creating an email for a firm of electricians... yes tradies.

They have a pretty decent size list and...
Forum: New member? Introduce yourself. 03-01-14
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Hello Solo's

... loved the Squeaky Cheeks video :D
Forum: Sales & marketing 03-01-14
Replies: 5
Views: 776
Posted By Warren Cottis
What's HOT for 2014... my thoughts... what's yours?

Here we are... It’s our new and exciting year... a year to make money... a year to leave our competitors behind.

I think all you have to do is take Action with your marketing sooner than later and...
Forum: Sales & marketing 18-12-13
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: e-books - do people care for them?

If the viewer sees an ebook that addresses an immediate and specific problem they will download it in hope... otherwise it has lost its impact

There are a gadzillion hard drives now littered with...
Forum: Membership news 18-12-13
Replies: 2
Views: 2,221
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: e-card: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Hi Merryn

I recently offered a Merry Christmas / Seasons Greeting e-card package and picked up some clients who saw the benefits of it.

It's here to stay and another way the Internet is...
Forum: Sales & marketing 16-12-13
Replies: 19
Views: 1,745
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: I just don't get it?

Hello again Tony

People don't value anything that is free.

You need to be perceived as an Authority on a particular topic.

There is more than enough information in Internet Land now that...
Forum: Sales & marketing 12-12-13
Replies: 19
Views: 1,745
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: I just don't get it?

Hi Tony

I think you have to accept that most small businesses won't and that's why they are small businesses.

God forbid that you might charge them $200 and give them a $2,000 idea and...
Forum: Sales & marketing 09-12-13
Replies: 5
Views: 559
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Show me your ebooks!

Hello Chris

How do you feel about a Mindmap on Email Marketing that meets your 4 criteria?

You might find a mix is better... I think there's more than enough unread ebooks sitting on peoples'...
Forum: What I'll do... 08-12-13
Replies: 1
Views: 384
Posted By Warren Cottis
Hope is not a strategy

Do something.

What did you do last week to improve your business?

What will you do this week?

It’s Sunday night and I’m just making my plan for this week.

Whenever I’m not sure what to do...
Forum: Working smarter 19-11-13
Replies: 29
Views: 3,976
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: The bully is related.

Hi Mediaman

I would add this to Steve and Burgo's comments.

On the basis that you are doing great work then be professional... go to senior management and tell them that you must withdraw your...
Forum: Working smarter 03-11-13
Replies: 90
Views: 141,892
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: If you could start your business again, what would you do differently?

Good question, Ginny

I'm happy to answer but you might want to ask it again as a new thread
Forum: Working smarter 01-11-13
Replies: 90
Views: 141,892
Posted By Warren Cottis
Engage a mentor sooner!

Hi Peter

Engage a mentor sooner... then a better mentor... then a better mentor and so on
Forum: Search engines etc 31-10-13
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: What's The Easiest Email Campaing Programme

I should have been more specific, Alex.

I was referring to your comment...

"However I still find getting it looking really great is massively time consuming."

If you have the things I...
Forum: Search engines etc 30-10-13
Replies: 7
Views: 570
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: 8 SEO Myths About Link Building

I love reading your stuff, John
Forum: Sales & marketing 30-10-13
Replies: 17
Views: 868
Posted By Warren Cottis
Re: Marketing & agencies need advise

Hi Nina

You are already doing the leg work and I would love the research so...

If you would care to send me any of these quotes I will give you comments and some questions to ask them

In...
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