A simple recipe to make your own luck.
When we talk about a successful person the first thing people say is that he is lucky.
I always agree with it. But I would like to add one more sentence to that. The successful person was well prepared and ready to accept luck.
As the Roman philosopher, Seneca said “Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity”
Instead of complaining that luck never comes to us, let us make preparation to meet and welcome luck.
Getting prepared to make your own luck.
For this discussion, I am assuming that you are a one man home based business owner. As part of your business, you have to go and meet customers.
Perhaps the most important habit as a business owner is to develop a habit to plan ahead. It takes some work but will eventually let you avoid wasting time.
Get directions ahead of time.
When making appointments, request to send a location map or even better, WhatsApp Location. Now it’s much easier with your smartphone to locate the place. If this is the first time you are going to meet this customer, check if there will be any difficulty in getting parking.
Plan to arrive early for meetings.
Always plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early. It won’t hurt if you reach a little early to avoid being late. You can get delayed due to circumstances beyond your control; unexpected traffic, a detour, missed a train, any of these could cause delay.
Have proper tools and equipment.
Ensure your bag or briefcase has all the necessary equipment. If you are required to take a measurement, make sure you have the measuring tape or preferably a laser measure and the notepad to write down the details. Similarly, depending on the nature of your business always keep essential tools and equipment in your bag.
Know your customer/audience.
When you are out to meet customer always get prepared with all the points to discuss. If there are some technical details to discuss, make sure you have all the points noted down.
This is an important point. This could make or break the success of your meeting.
Create email templates for repeat tasks
Create and save Email templates for regular messages to save time. For example, a “thank you for the meeting” message to send to a customer after a meeting, a follow-up email after three or four days, another message after a week or so. If you are using Gmail, you can create canned responses to create email templates [click here for more information for creating canned responses]
Keep a duplicate set of seemingly unimportant things in your car or bag.
If you use glasses, always keep a spare glass in your car. A car charger for your mobile is sometimes a life saver. A set of few business cards in your car could also come in handy.
Always backup your mobile phone.
Studies show that most people now depend heavily on their smartphone. All personal and work related contacts, schedules and even monetary transactions are now handled by smartphones. But very few of us think about a mobile backup. Stolen or misplaced or losing smartphone is common now. Check these videos below to know how to backup your smartphones
How to backup your Android phone
How to back up your iPhone
No one can predict when disaster will strike. When talking about the disaster, it need not be tsunami or cyclone. Depending on a situation, losing your smartphone or forgetting a pen to note down something all can be classified as a disaster.
Though possibilities of similar disaster can never be fully eliminated, you can always be prepared for a worst case scenario.
What do you think? Share your story in the comments.