What sets you apart? What sets your company apart?
Recently Connect Now Business Network (”CNBN”) reviewed our SWOT analysis. And it got us to thinking how much this company has grown since it underwent new ownership with Katie McKay a little over a year ago.
It took a while to dig past “strengths for any networking group” (and there are many good ones out there) and really focus on what is great about us. It also made us realize just how much we had changed in that year and how important it is to reflect on your company fairly regularly. If we had done the same exercise a year ago, we would have had different results.
This got me thinking.
When was the last time you reflected on your company?
Not where it was years ago when you started out. Not where you plan on being in 5 years from now. Right now……… in this minute. Whatis it about your company that set’s you apart from all the others in your industry?
While our network believes in collaboration over competition, it is still good to know: what is the thing that makes your business different from the rest? If you are struggling to figure that out, perhaps ask yourself the following questions:
- What is my story? What was it that made you get into business in the beginning?
- What am I particularly good at or proud of?
- Is there something in your company culture/values that is different from the rest?
- Do you offer something a little different to the other companies in your industry?
- Can you provide your service in half the time?
And of course never forget that there is certainly one thing your company has that other businesses do not………. YOU! (Unless you have more than one business…… in which case that bit of dramatic flair just failed…….. oh bother……. Well you get my point!)
At Connect Now we came to realize there were a couple of things that sets our network apart.
First is the strength of our meeting leaders. Each with their own uniqueness and skill set. Each one of them sharing the Connect Now values:
- Heart Centered
- Problem solving
- Wanting you to succeed
Second is that we focus on the person running the business. You the business owner. While other networks may focus on your business (and that is great, we all need that as well) we focus on you. It’s personal to us and we want you to succeed. Check in on our monthly Power Hour where we talk about the struggles that entrepreneur’s face. It’s live on Facebook on the first Monday of each month!
Owner of Beyond Balanced Books, Mission leader of Connect Now Business Network, Treasurer for a non-profit, supplier of bookkeeping training with Community Futures and anything else that comes my way to allow me to help people with their money!