Education in whichever endeavor one pursues is never
a bad thing. You can learn from mistakes and in any
business, mistakes can teach you how to provide better
services for your clients. They can also teach you a
lot about yourself.
In business, successful entrepreneurs often make grave
errors. Business proprietors are able to recover and
learn from their mistakes when they go about it the
smart way. They learn how to profit from the mistakes
of others and from their own as well.
Here are five mistakes to think about:
1. Growing Too Fast. We all dream of having an abundance
of clients, but having too many people vying for your
attention can have a down side. Growth is great when you
are prepared for it. Set long-term goals and have a plan
in place to smoothly handle busy times and avoid overwhelm.
2. Cherry Picking Clients. Choosing to service one type
of customer while potentially dismissing the needs of
others can limit growth and have a negative impact on
success. If you're looking to grow your practice,
consider ways you can cater to a larger audience.
3. Not Informing Clients of Changes. Change happens,
whether it is your hours, services, location, or other
key factors. When changes are made, especially if you
can anticipate them ahead of time, be sure to inform
your clients. Everyone will be unhappy if you don't.
4. It's Not Personal. It's Business. Clients who want
to build relationships with you outside of a
professional one can potentially become a challenge if
you're the type of reader who prefers to know as little
as possible about a querent in advance. In this case,
learning personal details about your clients,
especially if you cross the professional line, could
negatively affect your readings. Be clear about your
preferences and your boundaries.
5. Finances. Are you spending money that you don't need
to? Are you not watching your expenses or keeping up
with receipts and other things for taxes or other
business purposes? If you can, it would be good to hire
someone to help you organize your financial affairs, no
matter how small your business.
It's good to be diligent in avoiding business mistakes.
Hopefully this list gives you food for thought.