Getting sh** done.

One of the taglines I seriously debated using for 8menCan was — Get Shit Done (all caps too!). I feel that getting shit done is one of my strengths as a business owner, but that does not mean I don’t struggle with time management or deadlines either, because, I do.

Thinking about a lot of things today. It’s been a stay-late-in-the-office kind of week and it’s the end of the month. I thought I would take the time now to share some of what I’m thinking about today as I grow my business and take on new projects. Here are some pieces of advice:

Start making money right away.

As a business owner, sometimes you just have to get ‘something’ done. Talking to one of my clients this week made me realize how valuable any kind of success is. We all want the big numbers. The big contracts. The big clients. It’s great to think big but let’s face it, it takes time to get there.

One of the things I’ve done with my business, that’s helped me get this far is I started making money right away. Before I invested in all the software I have now, even built a website, I made money. Yes, I’ve invested a lot of money back into my business to make it grow, but from year one, I had a profit.

Learn from doing, not just watching.

Another tactic I believe is great for a business is just to start doing something. We can sit around all day strategizing, but in the end, if you aren’t doing something, you are missing out on big opportunities. I have learned a lot from just ‘doing’ something. Do I make mistakes? Yes. Do I learn from them? YES! Not everything is going to have the return you want. That’s okay. You just figured out what doesn’t work. Onto the next thing. You see what I mean. Just put something out there.

Ask and you shall receive.

Sometimes, I forget this basic life principle. I complain or moan about this and that but I should just ask. Ask for help. Ask for a referral. Ask for more money. You’ll never get anything if you don’t ask. If you do ask, you might get exactly what you want. Try this some time this week. Ask for something you want. Tell me if that worked.

Celebrate your life.

This weekend is Canada Day! We all need to celebrate the awesomeness that is our country. I have an amazing life here in Canada. Reason enough to celebrate for me!

Stay tuned for more musings from me. I’ll be posting a lot more! There’s also some big things on the horizon. I’ll keep you in the loop, I promise.