Its Me again your go-to girl for Business Etiquette and Social Etiquette questions!
People ask me a variety of questions from how to dress at a business party to when does fashionably late stop being fashionable?
However, if you work online some people may see what you do as hokey or confusing because all that they know about the internet is Facebook and their AOL email accounts…This is such a small percentage of making money online and if you are an affiliate marketer, like me, you can easily confuse your typical 9-5er!
So what is the professional and Business Etiquette of changing a business, a focus or adding a business to your professional stable?
Here are 10 Tips to Help You Get “On to the Next?”
1. Stay Focused. If you are an entrepreneur, either part or full time you are probably the typical ADD case and have more ideas than you have time for. So focus displays Business Etiquette and is one of the most important characteristics that you can possess. However, do not allow that focus to squelch your professional creativity. Make sure that this addition makes sense, is well thought out and calculated.
2. Surround Yourself with Business Friendly Folk. Spend 80% of your time with like-minded individuals and do not talk shop with people who work in the shop instead of owning it(or at least want to own it).
3. Figure Out a Clever Consistency to add this product or service to your brand. Make sure that this addition makes sense to what you are already doing.
4. Be strong and Sure. Realize that your move may make some people raise their brows, but were they clients anyway? This means that they are a non-factor in your income stream and cannot be a consideration. If somebody says something negative about your move, just realize that not everybody agreed with Ford or Disney’s business direction either. *kanye-shrug* As long as you can stand behind this business, do not allow anybody else to move you.
5. Carefully strategize your introduction. Will this be a soft launch or are you going hard in the paint? Do as much as possible to draw a correlation between one product or service and another.
Use Case: I am a Business Etiquette & Lifestyle Blogger. Its a natural metamorphosis that I would now be selling my own blogging platform to help other bloggers “get found” and be on the front pages of Google. But if I was selling mustard the connection may be more difficult to pull together.
6. Direct your marketing strategy towards those who are actually interested in your product or service. So while its nice to share photos of your trip to Disneyland on Facebook, if they are not your within your demographic of potential clients, why bother sharing business with cousin Jed who thinks that Avon is a Scam?
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7. Avoid “Scammy” conversation. Have great talking points about your business that are factual and not falsely persuasive. Good people will always respect a good business!
8. Support people who are still clients or distributors of your past businesses. Life and Business Etiquette are based upon good relationships. Introducing new streams of income may mean that you no longer actively chase business or partners in that business, but it does not mean that you leave those people hanging. Keep your name clean and make sure that current clients and partners have the highest level of respect for you. In other words, don’t burn your bridges, you never know when you may have to or will want to cross them again.
9. Do not speak negatively about your previous endeavors-even if they we not successful. Weather you were selling Mary Kay or selling products on Amazon.com. Its like speaking poorly about your ex, I mean how horrible could they be-you were with them?…In the same vein people see business the same way.
10. Realize that some people are always looking to knock entrepreneurs down(even if they are sorority sisters, real sisters or Sister-in laws), its a place of protection and uncomfortability. They want to protect you, themselves and they just want you to get a Real Job. So just expect their reaction and prepare yourself for the commentary while steadily staying the course!
Business Etiquette is always about making sure that you look and behave in the most appropriate manner possible. Offending other people is the last thing that you want to do, but when you work for yourself, you gotta put you first in making sure that you are happy with your lifestyle!
Good Day and Good Business!
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Sharelle D. Lowery
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