So you just submitted a big proposal to a prospective client who could really make a difference for your business. If this one comes through, it could make your year ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú or at least it could cover your payroll for the next few months. You are naturally patient, understanding that it will take time for your prospective client to consider your proposal and potentially review competitors?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ proposals.

Rather than waste this ?¢‚Ǩ?ìwaiting time?¢‚Ǩ¬ù with busy work, why not make the most of it? Avoid going stir crazy ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú by making your time as productive as possible, you?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ll feel better and you?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ll likely be moving your business forward by acquiring new leads or cultivating existing ones.

Tips for Tapping into Time

We?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ve outlined some key tasks that will not only make you feel productive, they will actually produce results. From contacting prospects to getting your business organized, the following tips are all key investments in your business and future.

Schedule a minimum of two hours a day for phone calling

Make your phone calls in the morning while you are your referrals are both fresh and alert, treating this time as you would any important appointment. Your objective for your calls is to create interst, gather data and make an appointment. You?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ll feel good when you can get those parts completed.

Call your best customers

When?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s the last time you talked to them? They are your best business asset, so invest time into them. A simple phone call is always appreciated. See how they?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re doing, what?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s new and if there?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s anything you can do for them (and don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t forget to record new information into a customer profile!)

Go to industry or association events

Usually, networking activities are the first thing to go when we get busy. Now that you have some space, get up and get out. Talking to people ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú whether colleagues or potential clients ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú is not only good business relationship management, but a welcome social outlet.

Work on your customer database

Now is the time to start recording all of the interactions, phone calls and lists that have been either stored in your mind or on disparate pieces of paper. Taking the time to organize in a database (Microsoft Excel or Access are completely sufficient) will pay off in the long run.

So, did you get the call back? If it?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s a good answer, great! If not, don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t take rejection personally. It is to be anticipated and is a natural part of the selling process. Learn from it by using it as a valuable feedback tool and keep persevering!

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