Your 10 Most Hair Grabbing Entrepreneur Pet Peeves and How to Conquer Them


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As an entrepreneur, you’ve accumulated some sharp pet peeves – with clients, with family and friends’ misconceptions about your work (or the perceived absence thereof), and even with yourself, but there’s good news: you can conquer them. This slideshow features your ten most common pet peeves, and how you can overcome them all.

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Your 10 Most Hair Grabbing Entrepreneur Pet Peeves and How to Conquer Them

  1. 1. YOUR 10 MOST HAIR-GRABBING (OR SCALP- SCRAPING) ENTREPRENEUR PET PEEVES AND HOW TO CONQUER THEM Presented by E.i. Geek April 17, 2012Image source: Copyright Mellissa Thomas 2012.
  2. 2. As an entrepreneur, you’ve accumulatedsome sharp pet peeves… ⧠  with clients ⧠ with family and friends’misconceptions about your work(or the perceived absence thereof) ⧠ and even with yourself  But there’s good news: you can conquer them. "Here are the ten most common pet peeves, and how you can overcome them all.  Image source:
  3. 3. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #1: Poor Social Media Etiquette Ever dealt with people who are lazy with social media, but want to connect with you? Natalie Sisson, author of The Suitcase Entrepreneur blog, detailed the type:   ⧠  they only use boilerplate LinkedIn blurb for invitations and recommendation requests ⧠ they spam your Facebook wall with irrelevant stuff ⧠ they only tweet and retweet their own stuff (no varied content of value) or rob your Twitter links  Sources:“Don’t You Dare Do These 5 Things on Social Media.” July 2011. Facebook Dislike button: LinkedIn and Twitter buttons:
  4. 4. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #1 Solution: Clean House Redhead Writing author Erika Napoletano put it quite simply in her SocialMouths guest article: remove counter- and unproductive friends, connections, and followers. They only clutter your accounts and don’t lead to any conversions anyway. Your other option: correct the perp, as Natalie Sisson did in her article. Sometimes people really don’t know the error of their ways until you point ’em out. Just be sure speak the truth in love, okay? Sources:“4 Simple Ways to lose Traffic and Build your Business.” March 2012. Image source:
  5. 5. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #2: Docs, Docs, Docs! Mike Michalowicz’s The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur blog lists this among the most prevalent complaints about owning a business. What kind of legal entity is your business? If your business is still in the planning stages, have you chosen an entity yet? How do you invoice your clients? Are your business taxes in order? How about business insurance? How are your legal documents? How do you manage your contacts? Your social media presence? How’s that marketing plan? If you have employees, who’s doing your payroll? Who handles your IT issues?Sources:“The Biggest Complaints About Owning a Business.” November 2011. Image source:
  6. 6. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #2 Solution:⧠  Plan as far ahead as you can⧠  Keep neat, accurate files at all times⧠  Outsource what you can’t do to freelancers (via LinkedIn, Elance, Guru, oDesk, SideSkills, etc.)Doc solutions:⧠  FreshBooks (invoicing) Other solutions:⧠  Intuit QuickBooks or I Heart Forms (bookkeeping) ⧠  SproutSocial (social media/content marketing and CRM)⧠  Clockodo or Harvest (time tracking) ⧠  Hootsuite (social media/content marketing via Twitter)⧠  Dropbox, YouSendIt (cloud file management) ⧠  BufferApp (social media/content marketing)⧠  LegalZoom (legal documents) ⧠  Google+ Hangouts/Google Wave (CRM)⧠  H&R Block, TaxSlayer (business taxes)Image source:
  7. 7. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #3: " Jealous or Ignorant Misperceptions Jaime Mintun of FreelanceSwitch lists all the annoying stereotypes you’ve dealt with before… “Oh, you’re so lucky…” “…Must be nice to work in your PJ’s every day…” “Oh hey, since you’re home anyway, can you babysit my kids for me until I come back from work?” “Oh, I told so-and-so about what you do, and that you can help him out for free. Is that okay?”Sources:Jaime Mintun’s FreelanceSwitch article: “You Know You’re a Freelancer When…” July 2010. Jaime Mintun’s FreelanceSwitch article: “You Know You’re a Freelancer When… Part 2.” September 2010. Image source:
  8. 8. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #3 Solution: " Shut ‘em up with the ugly truth. Explain your entrepreneurial responsibilities so they have a clear picture of what it’s like to run your business (even if you do work in PJ’s)As for those “work for free” referrals: explain to your folks thatyou are in fact running a business, which requires revenue. If the problem persists, tell them to stop the referrals altogether. They’ll back off.Image source:
  9. 9. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #4: Slow Periods/Droughts The entrepreneur life is always feast or famine.Image source:
  10. 10. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #4 Solution: " Hustle your hardest during the feast. ⧠  foster as many relationships as possible during the high periods ⧠  monitor financial peaks and time your marketing accordingly (2nd and 3rd quarters can be most fruitful; 4th quarter usually lowest due to holiday spending) ⧠  get more referrals from existing clients (if you’ve never done this, start now) ⧠  offer/divide your services in a way that guarantees repeat clients How to foster relationships: ⧠  attend seminars, webinars, and workshops ⧠  connect with online thought leaders (via blogs and social networks) ⧠  go to conferences ready to appeal to people’s self-interest, not their mercy or gratitude (Robert Greene’s 13th Law of Power) Sources:Elfers, J., & Greene, R. (1998). The 48 laws of power. New York , NY: Penguin Books.Image source:
  11. 11. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #5: You Never Really Clock Out Your business is your baby. And like a real infant, it demands all your attention, even when you’re taking a breather – especially if you carry your office with you everywhere. Image source:
  12. 12. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #5 Solution: De-stress.⧠  Step 1: Cut the fat out of your schedule⧠  Step 2: Get important tasks done ahead oftime using your newly freed time from Step 1⧠  Step 3: Delegate what you can’t do toprofessionals you can trustWhen planning your vacation (or staycation), notify family, friends,and clients accordingly to curtail work-related calls or emailsDiscipline yourself to stay away from your work once you’ve done the above so youcan actually enjoy the break (unplug from the ‘net and social media for a while)Image source:
  13. 13. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #6: "A Good Employee/Contractor is Hard to Find Flaky folks have burned you before, so you’re extremely protective of your baby now. You do your usual interview(s) with background and occupational checks, but you’re realizing it might not be enough. Image source:
  14. 14. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #6 Solution: " Scare applicants straight. If your applicants have a household of more than one, ask the whole family out. Why? It’s easy for applicants to look and sound impressive in an HR, resume, or online vacuum, but you’ll see their true colors when they have to interact with their spouse, relatives, and/or kids (especially the kids) in front of you. The way they treat their household will speak volumes to how they’ll treat your baby.
  15. 15. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #7: Sparse Publicity It’s tough to build buzz for your business or that next company project on the horizon, huh? Image source:
  16. 16. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #7 Solution: Do recon on youraudience and bring what you’re offering to it. Press releases and updates on your social media accounts are necessary, but passive. Ubiquitous marketing blogger Danny Iny’s November 2011 release Engagement From Scratch offers more proactive ways to get noticed: ⧠  Submit guest posts on top niche blogs (or hire a writer to do it for you) ⧠  Create a launch strategy while you develop the new product or project, not afterward ⧠  Run polls, contests, deals, or giveaways relevant to what you’re launching to build anticipation ⧠  Hunt your audience down on its most prevalent social network(s) (Tumblr, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, etc.) and share content your audience will find useful as well as your own content Source: Iny, D. (2011). Engagement from scratch: How super-community builders create a loyal audience and how you can do the same!
  17. 17. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #8: Chasing Delinquent Clients This one requires no explanation. You deal with this often enough. What a time suck. Image source:
  18. 18. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #8 Solution: " Get everything in writing from the start.FreelanceSwitch suggests that you establish a paymentplan that includes upfront payment prior to the workand payment upon completion. An additional option: incorporate a kill fee. This fee covers yourman hours on a project in the event it’s ultimately declined ordiscontinued. If the delinquency continues, serve ‘em up. Neither you nor your client want to deal with legalcosts, but he needs to know you’re serious, and legal accountability will cement that. Image source:
  19. 19. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #9: It’s a Lonely Slog Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, so it can seem like a lonely road; and Pet Peeve #3 reminds you that not everyone understands how entrepreneurship really works. However, considering it a lonely journey is a matter of perspective, which you have the power to change. Image source:
  20. 20. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #9 Solution: Amass mentorsand join business associations in your niche.Mentors ⧠  Research people you admire and reach out to them (provide them with value on their blogsand engage them on social networks)⧠  Mentors encourage you one-on-one, hold you accountable, answer your tough questions,and leverage their own network to assist you Business Associations/Networks ⧠  Surround yourself with inspiring like-minded people that can also give you fresh ideas ⧠  Associations grant you exclusive access to other freelance professionals you can hire on contract or as full-time employees
  21. 21. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #10: The Dreaded InfanticideRemember that fun forecast of most small businesses dying within their first two years? No one wants to see their baby die, but it’s an unfortunate reality for many entrepreneurs. Image source:
  22. 22. ‘Trep Pet Peeve #10 Solution: " Have a business plan with an exit strategy.You may not need to present a plan to anyone to raise funds or launch your business, but you need one for everycorner and contingency of its operation, including its end. Exit Strategies: ⧠  Sell the company⧠  Dissolve the company and move on (without mourning too much)⧠  Bring in new leadership and staff without selling or sacrificingthe company so you can bow out gracefully (do this behind thescenes while the company is thriving)⧠  Sell your shares in the company to the other shareholders Image source:
  23. 23. In the end, it all comes down to planning. " Having a detailed plan from before the birth of yourbusiness alleviates Pet Peeves #2, #7, #8, and #10 (and even #5 to a certain extent). Anything relating to your business will involve a process, so be prepared to go through one – don’t rush anything.
  24. 24. ResourcesElfers, J., & Greene, R. (1998). The 48 laws of power. New York , NY: Penguin Books. Erika Napoletano’s guest article on the SocialMouths blog: “4 Simple Ways to Lose Traffic and Build Your Business.” March2012. Jaime Mintun’s FreelanceSwitch article: “You Know You’re a Freelancer When…” July 2010. Jaime Mintun’s FreelanceSwitch article: “You Know You’re a Freelancer When… Part 2.” September 2010. Iny, D. (2011). Engagement from scratch: How super-community builders create a loyal audience and how you can do thesame! Mike Michalowicz’s article: “The Biggest Complaints About Owning a Business.” November 2011. Natalie Sisson’s article: “Don’t You Dare Do These 5 Things on Social Media.” July 2011. The Suitcase Entrepreneur blog.
  25. 25. WHAT PET PEEVES WOULD YOU ADD TO THIS LIST?" Leave a comment on the E.i. Geek blog: " If you enjoyed this slideshow, please share! Thanks for reading!