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Trust Your Intuition

Trust Your Intuition

According to Einstein, “The only real valuable thing is intuition”. It’s especially true for entrepreneurs. Sometimes you just have to trust your intuition. You have to listen to it, even if you’re not really sure where it’s going to take you. As an entrepreneur, your brain can process information that you don’t even realize is valuable yet.


If you already have most of the information in your brain and it’s churning around in the background, you can probably make a good decision based solely on that.


If you don’t know anything about a particular business, you might not want to rely just on your intuition and put everything you have into it. You can test your intuition to see how often you are right. Pick some stocks, but don’t buy them. Pick them solely based on your intuition and see how often you are right. Get used to using your intuition on a daily basis and it will get stronger.


The more you use your intuition, the better you will get at it and the more opportunities you will spot. Entrepreneurs are immersed in it every day.


Entrepreneurs who use their intuition are able to think several steps ahead to figure out trends in their industry. Like a professional chess player, they are able to see the big picture and figure out what moves they need to take to get them where they want to be.


To be a successful entrepreneur you need to be a good listener. Listen to your customers, listen to the news (from all sources), listen to your neighbors, your friends, your family, your employees, etc. Take information from all sources and draw your own conclusions. Practice using your intuition to spot future trends. See the patterns that emerge before anyone else and stay ahead of the curve.


You don’t have to have a crystal ball to know that change is constant and will happen no matter what. People who are intuitive are more likely to be able to deal with change when it happens. Intuitive people expect change and are better able to cope with it. They know that change is inevitable and they prepare for it.


As an entrepreneur you need to strengthen and trust your intuition. Learn to listen to it. Gather your knowledge, listen closely, and use your gut feelings. You will probably be right.

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How a Fulfillment Company Can Increase Your Sales

How a Fulfillment Company Can Increase Your Sales

Any small business owner who sells products and has bootstrapped their business probably started out shipping their products themselves. If you’ve done this you know that means buying shipping products like boxes and envelopes, packing items yourself, driving to the post office, and then standing in a long line to ship them. You also have to fill out paperwork for customs if you’re shipping to other countries, and sometimes other paperwork is involved. A fulfillment company can do all that for you and more.


Another thing a bootstrapping entrepreneur with a product knows about is warehousing inventory. Ask anyone who’s done it and you’ll hear stories about boxes being stacking in living rooms, offices, basements, and closets. I can tell you from experience that it takes up a lot of space. There was one room that I couldn’t even walk in for months. This is one of the things product entrepreneurs complain about, even ones with lots of space in the basement.


But at some point your time will be worth more and it will make sense to start using a fulfillment company to do your shipping and warehousing. If you find the right fulfillment company it will actually reduce your warehousing and processing costs and free up your time to do other things, like marketing and sales. They understand shipping and can use the best, most efficient ways to ship. They also get discounts from shipping companies because they ship in large volume. This is less expensive than having to get your employees to do the shipping for you.


A good fulfillment company will provide you with references and won’t have any hidden charges when they give you a quote. Give them as many details as you can about your shipping habits and how you expect your business to grow. They should be able to grow with your company and be flexible. They will be able to make suggestions about the best ways to ship and expand your business. It’s a lot like being a partner with your business, so you want to make sure you choose the right one.


Another important thing to think about when deciding on a fulfillment company is their location. You want to find one that is centrally located to make shipping more efficient. If you will be shipping to Canada it’s important to find a fulfillment company that’s located closer to the border.


No matter who you choose, do your homework before making a decision. But once you are set up with a good fulfillment partner, you’ll see that it will make your life easier in the long run.

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