Prepare Your Business for Summer
Summer is right around the corner. If you’re like most network marketers, you probably have vacation plans. Whether you plan to go away for a weekend or a few weeks, it’s important to prepare your business for time off. The better you prepare your business for a time off, the better shape it will be in when you return. Here is how to prepare.
Prepare your business for time off
The benefits of preparation
The most successful network marketers are well-prepared. Not only do they prepare to succeed, but they also prepare their businesses to maintain a holding pattern while they are gone. This is important. When you own a business, it is difficult to just close up shop for a few days or a few weeks. It’s important to have systems in place to ensure that you stay on track when you return to your business.
- Stay on track toward your goals. When you plan to take time off, you must still be able to stay on track to reach your goals. Preparing your business for your absence is much more feasible.
- Stay in the habit. You’ve spent a large amount of time adopting the good habits that will benefit your success. Often, when we take time away from our business, it is easy to lapse into old, bad habits. By preparing your business for your absence, it is much easier to get back into the habits that you spent so much time adapting.
- Run your business more efficiently. The stronger your system is, the more efficient your business will be, even if you have to take some time off.
Do more Power Hours
A Power Hour is time you set aside several times a week to work on your business. This is your time to connect with the people in your network, especially those advocates who drive your business. it’s one of the best ways to prepare your business to thrive without you. We recommend doing a power hour three or more times a week. If you know that you are going to take time off for a well-deserved vacation, then it makes sense to increase the number of Power Hours you do in a week. For example, if you currently do three Power Hours per week, then add another Power Hour or two in the weeks leading up to your vacation. This will help make up for any time lost in your business while you are out.
Remember, you don’t have to spend an entire hour working on your business. If taking an hour of your time each day seems like too much, then break it into smaller pieces. For example, you could do 15-minute chunks four times a day. Or, you could do two 30-minute blocks of time to work on your business. The intention is to spend that time focusing on your business and connecting with the people in your network.
Connect with your advocates
Your advocates are the people who drive your business. It’s important to take the time to reconnect with them as often as possible. The Teamzy CRM makes this even easier by letting you know when it’s time to get in touch. In the weeks leading up to your break, make it a point to get in touch with your advocates. Check-in with them, say hello, and try to make their day. You want to stay top of mind so that even when you are out of the office, so to speak, they’re still thinking about people who they can introduce you to.
Keep up your good habits
It’s easy, in the week’s cleaning up to your vacation, to let your business slide. After all, you’re very excited to be getting out of town and spending some time doing something super fun. Who wants to work on their business during that time? However, it is important to continue to work on your business until you leave, this will help you maintain the success habits that you have developed. Not only does this prepare your business before you leave, but it also makes it easier to get back into things when you return.
But, that’s not the only way to prepare…
In addition to preparing your business to survive without you when you’re on vacation, it’s also important to prepare your business for the busy summer. For many network marketers, the summer is the busiest time of the year. People are more social at this time of year, providing ample opportunities to talk about your business. Think about how many barbecues, summer parties, reunions, and other events you may be attending this summer. Although many of the people that you will socialize with at these parties are already in your network, many are not. This creates an opportunity for you to grow your network while you socialize with lots of great people. Here’s how to prepare for that.
Make sure your network is up-to-date
This is a great time to review contact information in your network. How else can you prepare your business to thrive? Make sure you have everyone’s, especially your top advocates, most recent information. If anyone has moved or phone number or email address, then make sure you haven’t noted it in their file. This is also an ideal time to go through your network and review how you’ve sorted them. Has someone who is an acquaintance become a top advocate since you last sorted your network? The more up-to-date this information is, the more reliable it will be. You want to make sure that you’re spending your time with your top people. Once you know who these top people are, then you know where to spend the majority of your energy. We recommend going through and updating how you’ve sorted your database regularly, at least once or twice a year. A lot can change in the course of a year. Sometimes the people who aren’t interested in your product who you’ve sorted as a two-star customer in your network end up becoming your top advocates when they introduce you to a lot of people that they know. And since we’re heading into a very social season, when you’re likely to be seeing these people more often, it’s a good idea to make sure that this information is up to date.
Review your scripts
Scripts give you something to say when you’re just not sure where to start. Talking about your business can be tough, especially if you’re not used to doing it or if you haven’t done it in a while. A script gives you a conversation starter to use when you’re just not sure what to say. The key is to practice these scripts until you have them memorized and they sound natural. That way you can focus on what they’re saying and how you can help instead of trying to remember what you need to say next.
Review your goals
This is a great time to review your goals. Are you on track to reach the goals you set this year? Regularly reviewing your goals allows you to course correct if necessary. You can see exactly where you stand and plan to increase your activities to get back on track. Additionally, consider setting smaller goals to reach this summer. If you want to grow your team or your customer base this summer, create short-term goals to reach.
Teamzy can help you prepare for summer
Teamzy is more than a CRM, it is a valuable tool that helps you stay organized, set and track goals, and get tips to improve your skills. Log in daily so that you know who to contact during your Power Hour. We will help you stay on track to reach your goals during this busy social time of the year. Click here to get started.