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This is the Fastest Growing Business in the World

You can probably guess what it is.
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FORTUNE — As the solar industry continues to grow, so do its job opportunities.

It’s no surprise then that the fastest-growing job in the U.S. between 2012 and 2016 was for a solar photovoltaic installers or someone who assembles solar panels on roofs, according to MarketWatch. The job pays about $42,500 a year.

Overall, the U.S. added 211,000 jobs in April. This is an overall increase in employment, but some industries performed better than others, especially the clean energy industry.

The second fastest-growing field was for mathematics and computer jobs, two of the fields that fall under STEM.

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The fastest growing job in the country between 2012 to 2016 was a “solar photovoltaic installer” — someone who assembles solar panels on roofs, according to a recent study from personal finance technology company SmartAsset. The rate of growth for this job was 88.3%, jumping from 4,710 in 2012 to 8,870 in 2016, compared to an average of 4.9% for 675 occupations analyzed. It pays an average salary of $42,500 a year, less than the median annual household income of $58,673.

Don’t miss: Want to help the environment? Use solar power — without putting panels on your roof

Nationally, mathematics and computer (STEM) occupations were the second-fastest growing field, but only one state in the country had a fastest growing job in that field: Michigan. There, the number of computer and information research scientists increased 200% between 2012 and 2016.

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These growing industries may be influencing where people move, too. Delaware, for instance, is losing its college graduates at a rate of 70.9%, a study conducted by career website Zippia found. There, the fastest growing occupation is phlebotomist — a job that does not require a college degree in which technicians draw blood from patients in hospitals and other settings. The state that retained the most college graduates was Texas, with only 20% of its college graduates leaving to find work.

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While some careers saw big growth in certain states, their relatively low pay may have kept people from relocating there. The number of record-keepers in Nevada, for example, grew 176% between 2012 and 2016 but only made an average income of $27,610. In Georgia, food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators grew 340% from 2012 to 2016 but with a salary of $27,000 per year.

Other industries that saw growth include personal care, which despite a relatively low salary is booming. In Utah, for example, the number of personal care aids increased 313% to 6,780 jobs. Its average salary is 21,890 per year. In North Carolina, the number of skincare specialists, which have an average salary of $33,760, grew 187% to 890 positions.

Zippia also found gender plays a role in whether people move for their first jobs. It found men move on average 16% farther than women for their first jobs after graduation. This varied by major — women with STEM degrees, for example moved significantly more. This could be because the pay gap is lower within the STEM field, so perhaps they have more of an incentive to relocate, said David Luther, a content creator at Zippia.

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4 ways to ScaleUp your Business From Startup mode.

As your organization becomes a more complex organism, you’ll find that your team can no longer fit at one table. At this point, you need to play a more sophisticated game. If team members are chaotically chasing each business challenge, or even worse, you, the CEO, are kicking the ball into the goal and making every decision, you’re still playing toddler game. This is bad for your team, and your business will suffer.

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As CEO, it’s your job to get off the field and start coaching your team on how to play a less chaotic version of the game: any team sport, when played well is a beautiful metaphor for building a functional team and scaling your business.

1. Start defining the function of roles.

Your early-stage team was likely comprised of people who like to do “a little bit of everything,” which means they probably won’t enjoy giving up responsibilities. But if you don’t start asking employees to narrow their focus, scaling will become pretty much impossible. Whether it’s turning your “marketing person” into an entire team with specialized roles, or restructuring your organization so employees can divvy up responsibilities in a more effective way, functionalist roles can be a painful process. You might even have a few employees leave because of the changes you make.

But this is a crucial part of building a big, well-oiled scale-up. And keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that employees can’t be creative or take on big, ambitious projects. You should still encourage big risks and creativity — just make sure they keep spending a majority of time on functional priorities.

2. Find amazing coaches to guide your team.

Hiring good managers is one the best things you do for your business as you scale. I know many founders and startup employees think  “management” is a bad word, but look at it this way: managers are the people who take care of the dirty work — metrics, quotas, reports, systems, processes — and empower your team to take on the big, interesting challenges. With effective managers in place, your engineers, marketers, and other employees can spend more time doing cool stuff, and less time worried about all the little things that have to get done to keep your business running.

After hitting around 25 employees, I suggest moving toward an 80/20 workforce: 80 percent DO-ers and 20 percent coaches. You probably won’t have a tough time finding great doers (hopefully you’ve already hired a lot of them), but finding great coaches can be a challenge. At minimum, great coaches need to lead, inspire and be above the minor quibbles and BS that can happen as your company grows.

3. Prepare your new players for success.

You can’t expect people to “hit the ground running” and just “get it done” if you don’t have a clear on-boarding process. Most startups neglect on-boarding for far too long, but all eventually hit a point where new employees don’t just “get it.” The time has come to make a concerted effort to set your new hires up for success.

You should invest a few days (or even a full week) getting people acquainted with all the different aspects of your business. At BiZion Group, we give people a crash course in entrepreneurship, because this is what we teach.At SynerMedia, we give people a crash course in Marketing, because this is what we Do. Everyone on your team should, at minimum, understand what your business is doing, who you’re up against and why you think you’ll win. Every single person on your team should be able to give an effective elevator pitch.

4. Take care of your team, both on and off the field.

Do you have systems in place to support the health and well-being of your employees? I’m talking a 401(k), “SelfDirect” generous paternity and maternity leave and other perks that companies should provide once they’ve left scrappy startup territory. Making this a priority will keep morale high, encourage vital employees to stick with you and make it easier to bring in critical, high-level hires in the future. It’s just the right thing to do.

This is a general overview of some of the things to keep in mind as you transition into scale-up mode, but there are tons of other tough issues that will pop up as you grow: Do you need a CFO? How should you set up your team? What are the appropriate compensation plans for the sales team, engineering team, etc.? When should you get involved in what’s happening across the company? Seek support from other entrepreneurs and your advisors to help answer the big questions that pop up.

Going from a startup to a scale-up means big and sometimes uncomfortable changes, but these growing pains are all part of the fun of taking your business to the next level. Start by Outsourcing a team and learn how to scale up work with a outsourcing team.

Good luck!

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Sales Hiring

Not all salespeople are created equal. As a manager or owner, you know your sales performance is highly dependent on the quality of your team. Do they have experience? Do they fit the company culture? Are they trustworthy? Can they be trained? And when you consider that a bad hiring choice could cost you upwards of $800,000, the task of hiring the right people becomes much more harrowing.*
*Smith, Fiona, “The incredible cost of hiring a dud,” Business Review Weekly, July 31, 2012.

“There is something that is much more scarce, something finer, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” –Elbert Hubbard


 

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7 Must-Haves Before You Hire

Before even penning a job description, you need to have tools in place that will help a sales rep thrive. You hire sales reps to do one thing: sell. They should not be creating your sales collateral, proposal, product offering, etc. It’s your job to have these in place before you can offer them a job. It all starts with you.

Here are 7 things to consider before hiring a sales rep.

1. Training Program
What do sales reps need to know? How can they learn it? And how quickly should they know it? Think of this as your on-boarding program. What should they know at 1 month in, 3 months, or 6 months in? Document resources and locations. Explain how they should be used and in what order they’re best digested. Test your employees along the way. Review progress in weekly 1:1s, and make sure you’re keeping training materials evergreen by asking new employees for input.

2. Product & Service
Offering Sales reps need a defined offering to sell in order to be successful. At the very least, have a spec sheet and talking points in place before adding a sales rep. Make sure you’re able to clearly explain what unique value your products/services bring to the market. Your reps should be able to sell the value of your product rather than just the product itself. Give them the knowledge to do this.

3. Sales Process
Define your desired sales process—every single step from a discovery call to a closed deal should be mapped out. This process can be automated with a CRM platform. How long should the rep wait to follow up with a prospect after leaving a voicemail? Is there an approved quote template they should use? Does a manager need to review the quote before it’s sent to the customer? All these questions should be answered.

4. Presentation
Have a call script and a PowerPoint deck available, and invest in tools that will help your sales team deliver a compelling presentation. This will help your new sales rep better understand your offering and give them a great foundation with which to win over prospects

5. Proposal
Map out and create templates for each proposal type you think your sales rep will need. They should appear professional, aesthetically pleasing, and include your branding—logo, tagline, design elements, messaging style. You can easily knock out this to-do with a quote and proposal automation solution. If you don’t develop templates, you not only leave your brand image to their discretion, but also create one more task that takes them away from what they do best: sell.

6. Agreements
Most sales reps will say just about anything to close a deal. That’s why you should never leave the agreements up to them. They want to sell as much and as fast as they can; they’re not incentivized to worry about what happens after the sale.

7. Money in the Bank
You absolutely must have 4 – 6 months of salary in the bank before you hire a sales rep. Even superstars will need time to ramp up before they start bringing in big bucks. Plan for that.


Once you have these key items, you’re ready to define, post, and start interviewing for your sales job. But as I’m sure you’re aware, you’re not out of the woods yet. Often, selecting the right candidate for your business is the hardest part. And like we mentioned above, a bad hire could end up costing you dearly, so you want to hire the right person the first time. So, now that you know what you need to have ready before you hire, let’s turn our attention to the hiring process itself.

6 Steps to Hiring Your Sales Superstar

1. Define the Role
It’s really hard to find what you’re looking for when you don’t have any parameters. Take the time to go beyond the job description and really think about the day-to-day activities this person will need to perform. Consider what personality type would be best suited for this type of role. What skills and experience will this person need in order to be successful? Once you have a handle on what you’re looking for, you can start to sift through the resumes.

2. Review Job History
Look for a sales focus and longevity at companies. You don’t want someone who switches companies every 6 months. That’s a wasted investment. And on the flip side, don’t overlook employment gaps either. Furthermore, candidates who’ve had experience selling intangible solutions are typically worth at least interviewing because they know how to sell the invisible. In this profession, we’re selling the invisible: the value of our services.

3. Make the First Call Unscheduled
By calling the candidate out of the blue, you’ll be able to see how easily they’re able to adapt, and they won’t be as nervous because they will not have had time to anticipate the call. Use this conversation to break the ice with small talk, and test general knowledge of your company and the industry. This is a favorite technique of ConnectWise’s Worldwide Senior Vice President of Sales Adam Slutskin. If everything checks out, request the candidate’s W2, and send over the DISC assessment.

4. Set up a Face-to-Face & Follow-up Interviews
Assuming you walked away from the initial phone interview with a positive impression, proceed to the face-to-face interview. Because they’ll have time to prep for this interview, it’s okay to break out the tough questions—why you, salary requirements, and strengths and weaknesses.

If everything goes well, bring the candidate back in for your management team to vet. Keep an eye out for red flags, make sure this is someone your team wants to work with, ask for honest second opinions, and ensure the candidate is consistent.

 

Trust, but Verify. 
Always ask for a way to verify extraordinary 
claims like consistently achieving 100% quota, 
inflated job titles, high level degrees, and obscure certificates.

DISC Profile of a Sales Guy

DISC stands for dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness. It’s a personality test designed to help you identify innate tendencies. Most great sales people score highest in the dominance and influence categories.

5. Tour the Facility
This is your chance to impress them. Highlight all the little perks your facility has to offer, then share a sample commission sheet and paint the picture of how much a successful sales rep can take home. Show them all the tools you’ve invested in to help him or her quickly ramp up and become successful. This should include all the specialized systems you’ve put in place to help standardize and manage workloads. This is the type of information that builds confidence in your company, and makes candidates want to work for you.

6. Conduct the Final Interview Over Lunch
Now, you’re being interviewed, and you have to impress. If you’re trying to recruit a sales superstar away from a cushy job, you need to be sensitive to the fact that they’ve already built a lifestyle for themselves. You need to give them good reason to want to switch.

They’re not going to want to make a minimal base salary while they ramp up and learn your business. Beyond this, be sure to reiterate any other company perks, industry stats, growth potential, or company culture factors that could support their decision to choose to work for you.

8 Hiring Red Flags You Need to Know 

1. Incompatible Personality.
Find the right personality for your open sales role by administering 
a Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance (DISC) personality 
assessment. 

2. Unlikeable First Impression
Ask yourself:“Would I want this person to represent my company?”

3. Dishonesty 
Verify all accomplishment claims. If you don’t trust them, 
don’t hire them. 

4. unemployment
Look at the facts. Was the candidate a bad employee or simply a victim 
of circumstance?

5. No Self-Investment
This indicates low drive/ performance. Make sure they’re looking for 
a career, not just a job

6. More Techical than Sales.
Review work history and determine natural tendencies. 
Then ask:“Given the option, would you choose a sales or technical path?”

7. BAD Credir/Background check
Bad credit and/or criminal history = poor decision making. 

8. HIGH SALARY
Asking for a high salary with minimal bonus screams 
“I’m not a good sales person.”

Hiring the right sales reps doesn’t have to be scary. Avoid costly mistakes by ensuring you have the right resources in place to support a sales rep, and know how to effectively recruit superstar sales champions.

Once you’ve hired your team of quota crushers, you’ll want to give them ample time to ramp up, and then make sure you’re compensating them fairly. In part 2, I’ll share sales compensation best practices.

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Sales Compensation

shutterstock_125638022-mx6lt7f7mb98olo6sov4atad177e7przljxsj89600What’s the best way to incentivize sales reps? How much is too much, and how much is too little? You’re not the only one with these burning questions on your mind. You don’t want to overpay and undermine your profitability, but you also don’t want to underpay and risk losing your best sales reps to a higher-paying competitor. This guide will share time-tested techniques—provided by CharTech sales training expert Alex Rogers—for finding the right incentive ranges for your sales teams.

Costs

Contrary to popular beliefs, you should pay out on a percentage of profits, not gross sales. This protects you against having to pay commissions on unprofitable deals. Plus, it also keeps your sales reps from going after a nightmare client just to make a commission goal. Know what a profitable customer looks like, what sort of agreements will result in profit and what don’t. It can be hard to figure all these metrics out on your own. Fortunately, you don’t have to. There are plenty of business management platforms available to provide the visibility you need to determine what makes a deal profitable. Whatever you want more of is what you compensate on. You want more profit? Compensate on profit. You want more agreements? Incentivize agreements. Want more customers? Pay on number of acquired customers. What you compensate on may change every year, but base it on your business plan and business goals. Determine what’s more important to your organization. If you’re transitioning to an a-as-service model, it’s a great way to get your sales people to sell service contracts and the like. Before you can begin to pay out incentives, you first need to have a thorough understanding of your total cost of goods and services. Consider the following when trying to determine your total costs.

Identify Your Cost of Goods:

• Hardware/software 
• Labor burden 
• Expense account (lunch, golfing, presents, entertainment) 
• Outsourced services

All these areas eat into your profitability and should be excluded when considering commissions. For instance, if your sales rep spends $1,500 on golf and drinks with a client to capture a $10,000 deal with a 25% profit margin, you should only pay a commission on $1,000 of that $2,500 profit.

Incentive Considerations

Paying a base salary is incredibly important. It’s going to take time for your new rep to learn how to effectively sell your products, and most people need a steady paycheck in order to make ends meet.

I believe in having a 60-day ramp up period. During this time, there shouldn’t be any selling, just prepping to sell. Knowing that, what are you going to do to help them become successful?

Once you have a handle on the on-boarding, it’s time to think commission. Certainly, some reps can evolve into a commission-only plan, but they require a mixed approach up front. No one shows up on day one able to close tons of business for a product they’ve never sold before. Give new sales reps time to build relationships, learn the products inside and out, and become a part of your company’s culture.

The prospect of forgoing commission for 60+ days can keep a sales superstar from opting to work for you. In special cases like these, we recommend the commission ramp-down option.

With this model, they don’t have to sacrifice commission up front while they learn how to sell your products and services. The idea is that their skill level and sales will rise to meet the reduction in guaranteed commission each month until they’re achieving 100% on their own.

How a Commission Ramp-Down Plan Works

If you really want an established sales superstar, and their desired salary range is something you can afford, consider a guaranteed ramp-down commission plan to sweeten the deal. If he or she wants to make $150,000 per year, do a guaranteed, six-month commission ramp-down where the candidate gets:

100% of their commission in the first month 
83% in the second month 
66% in the third month
49% in their fourth month 
32% in their fifth month 
15% in the sixth and final ramp-down month

Roles and Responsibilities

To keep business running smoothly, it’s important to define each role clearly and to give them shared goals. Look at the various activities that tie your team together, and use these common areas to create intertwining goals. Below are some of the typical roles you’ll find in a sales organizations—and recommendations around how to compensate them.

Sales Admin

This role is the heartbeat of the sales team. It takes all the administrative burdens off your farmers and closers, so they can identify and capture more business. This is typically a salary-only role, but everything this role does can be tied to deals won. As such, we recommend adding a small incentive attached to won opportunities. This ensures everyone is motivated and focused on achieving the same goal.

Farmers

Finding and nurturing leads, farmers qualify, follow up with, and help nurture prospects into customers. Their performance should be measured against call volume and sales-qualified leads. The key is volume. Track the volume they produce without micromanaging them. A business management tool can help you do this. This role should receive a mid-level salary. More than admin, but less than closer.

Closers

Once leads near readiness to buy, they’re transferred from the farmer to the closer, to seal the deal. This role is highly persuasive and responsible for winning business. It should receive a medium/high salary.

Sales Managers

This role is fully dedicated to removing sales barriers. They’re compensated on the overall success of their sales team, and they typically receive high salaries.

Account Managers

This role sells into and acts as the primary point of contact for existing customers. Their salaries will vary based on experience, but usually fall somewhere between farmer and closer. They should be incentivized on customer retention rates, upselling, add-ons, and upgrades.

Quotas

Quotas are your primary measure of sales success. Without these, your sales team can easily lose focus of company goals. To make sure your team is on track, you need a smart business tool that empowers you to track sales goal progress, activities, as well as call volume via real-time dashboards. All these key pieces of data can be early indicators of failure or success. And you can use them to coach and manage your team.

Consider Having Quotas for (and Measuring):

1. Hardware profits
You need to make sure these traditionally low margin products aren’t being given away for free.
2. Labor profits
Product installation and maintenance comes at a cost. By creating quotas around this, you’ll ensure your sales reps aren’t recklessly discounting labor.
3. Contract amounts/agreements
Net new business is a must if you want to keep growing. As such, reps need to be goaled on capturing a certain amount of new business each month.
4. Retention/Annuities
Anyone can sell something once, but keeping customers happy and coming back for more is another story. Reward reps with annuities for clients who renew service contracts with your company
5. Proactive sales
Activities This is the one quota that should be met every quarter. It includes follow-up calls, appointments, client or prospect visits, thank you letters, quotes, emails, or any other activities that have been demonstrated to move the needle in your sales organization.

5 Commission Recommendations:
 
1. Pay commission every single month 
2. Pay commission on the past month 
(e.g. September sales get paid in October) 
3. Print out all supporting documentation 
4. Job cost the projects 
5. Beware of changing it up

By putting these incentivizing best practices into place in your sales organization, you’ll position yourself to fairly compensate and motivate your team to succeed.

In Sales process “part 3”, I’ll talk about how to generate and hold accountability to sales practices that not only help your sales reps be more successful overall, but also give you dashboard visibility to sales tracking.

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About Sales Process

“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” –A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Once you have the greatest incentive plan, processes, and sales training in place, it’s so important to measure your efforts. You might have the best of everything, but without a way to gauge how well it’s working or what needs to be adjusted, you’re driving blind.

I’m about to share actionable ways to make the most out of your efforts by putting the right tools and processes in place. By doing so, you will gain a strategic view into your sales operations and performance, and be able to take your business to the next level.

Better Forecast Where Sales Will Land

forecast-toolsIf you don’t know where sales are tracking today, this week, or this quarter, you can’t effectively manage to the set goals. You’re literally driving blind, and that’s not good for anyone. This lack of visibility also means you might not be able to see which sales reps are in good shape to hit their quotas, and which are struggling. It’s really challenging to lead a team when you have to trust them to bring issues forward. It’s hard to admit you’re not performing well. No one wants to have to do that. By putting automated tools in place to deliver real-time tracking by individual and team, you can start to proactively help your team stay on track to achieve sales goals. These tools might include a business management platform, like ConnectWise, paired with a quote and proposal automation solution, like Quosal, to track, guide, and streamline the sales process from inception to completion.

Create & Automate Sales Processes

In order to make your sales team as effective as possible, you’ll want to create a guided approach to selling. This process should include steps that help reps avoid common selling pitfalls—like not following up on time, forgetting to send a quote, failing to include terms and conditions, and underquoting your services. A sales manager’s least favorite question is ‘where are we with this deal?’ They don’t like having to ask their sales people for updates. And the sales reps don’t like being questioned either. That’s why companies buy a customer relationship management tool (CRM); it creates accountability. With a system that notes every activity as it’s performed, no one has to ask for updates anymore. They can just check the system. It eliminates the guesswork, saves time, and makes everyone happier. Part of the selling process should include identifying how customers typically buy from you. Don’t be surprised if a managed services deal is consumed differently than a onetime installation or integration. It all depends on what you’re selling. Every solution has a unique buying cycle. Certainly, there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, you’re not going to run into a prospect who is ready to buy immediately.

Look at past sales successes. What actions preceded sales? Many successful sales processes include a mix of the following activities:

1. Discovery call 
2. On-site meeting 
3. Demonstration 
4. Quote delivery 
5. Follow-up 
6. Close

Once you’ve identified your steps in the process, you can make your team accountable for placing the opportunity in the right step, and systematically moving it along the sales cycle. And you’ll give managers 360-degree insight into every step along the way.

Eliminate Guesswork

With an automated process in place that pings your team when it’s time to perform the next step in the sales process, you’ll never have to worry about your team missing vital steps in the process. We’re human. We have a lot on our plates, get distracted, and forget important TO-DOs. And sales reps aren’t fans of documentation tasks. They’re a pain. By providing your team with easy processes (and tools to make them even easier), you’ll find it much easier to get them to document steps. It’s important to earn buy-in from your team. Explain the benefits and alternatives. Together, you can create processes everyone can agree on. Take the guesswork out of opportunities. Smart workflows keep your team members moving forward until opportunities are either won or lost.

Measure Each Stage of the Sales Cycle

What would you do if you found a certain step in your sales process was outdated and ineffective? You’d probably update or remove it. But if you’re not measuring or don’t have the tools in place to measure, you’ll never get to see what’s working, and you’ll never know which adjustments to make. The end goal of your sales process should be to shorten the sales cycle, close deals faster, increase profitability, and move opportunities forward more quickly. One way you can shorten stages of your sales cycle is by using a CRM, like the one inside the ConnectWise business management platform, to log key activities. This way, you can identify sales barriers, and start to brainstorm solutions.

How to Manage Your New Sales Process

A CRM will give you a 360° view into all of your company’s sales opportunities, activities, and goals. This gives you the benefit of being able to quickly identify and respond to areas that require improvement. Once you’ve got your hands on the data, act on it. Hold weekly sales meetings or daily huddles to review key stats. Use your CRM data to create real-time sales team performance dashboards—and forecasting dashboards based on historical trends. Deal with issues right away, instead of letting them take you by surprise weeks later. Build sales funnel reports that follow the opportunities moving along in your pipeline. For instance, show what percentage moves from the first stage to the second stage. This equips you to make more accurate sales forecasts.

How a Business Management Platform Benefits You

Sales doesn’t end with the dotted line. What if you could tie in your CRM and sales process with everything else in your business? A business management platform can help you achieve this by offering CRM, ticketing, projects, procurement, and invoicing functionality that works together. You gain visibility into every aspect of your sales process. Overdue activities and tickets appear in red, so you can easily get back up to speed simply by ‘getting the red out.’ That’s what your weekly sales meeting should seek to accomplish. This type of a platform even gives managers the ability to see what reps are working on (or ignoring), which makes it easy to see who is a high-impact employee and who may require more training or isn’t the right fit.

Managers can even assign leads to sales reps within a business management platform, giving reps the ability to see which leads they’re expected to work. And, managers can easily access and respond to prospect concerns when their reps are out of office. Serving as a centralized database for all customer information, a business management platform makes it easy for new reps to ramp up because it gives them access to any client’s entire history. ConnectWise does all this, plus offers top educational materials every step of the way as you implement your very own sales processes. You can use ConnectWise for every team within your technology company—Service Delivery, Project Management, Sales & Marketing, and Finance. It’s one integrated tool for every facet of your business.

Conclusion

A great sales process lays the foundation for scalability. Documented processes simplify the training and on-boarding process. So, as you add new sales team members, you’ll more quickly realize the benefit of their talents as they’ll be following best practices unique to the way you do business. Supercharge sales by adding automation tools like a business management platform or quote and proposal automation solution to drive efficiencies within your processes. By automating keys steps of your sales process, you’ll cut down on errors, and so much more.

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In part 1, I explained what you need to have in place before hiring a sales team, then (in part 2) I explained how to effectively compensate sales reps.

 

MeetUp for Growing Business

 

This Scale IT Up event is an amazing experience designed to assist entrepreneurs in learning specifically what it takes to build an even more successful company, connect with other like minded business owners and see new ways to scale up your business!

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The E-Accelerator program will be introduced and has been developed for anyone that is serious about learning the mindset, systems and accountability that are necessary for creating a successful business! At the event you will learn the UNTOLD SECRETS and proven concepts that successful entrepreneurs utilize everyday to WIN in business.

Our Business Growth Club is deliberately different to other business networking groups.

MasterMind2020 has a very conversational style driven by a different light theme every week and we might have 1 or 2 speakers.

We expect a success panel to react to whatever you are saying and join the conversation. The whole meeting is conducted sitting down and you will enjoy plenty of time to say whatever you like in optimistic and positive way, There are absolutely no rules at all.

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How Virtual Assistants Can Scale Your Business

There are hundreds of responsibilities to juggle every day when you run a business. Virtual assistants (VAs) can ease some of that strain by taking over administrative, technical, and social tasks so you can focus on growing your business.

What Does a Virtual Assistant Handle?

You can pretty much turn over any job to a virtual assistant. Some cover general business administration, while others operate in specified fields. You can count on a VA to handle:

  • secretarial work including mail, email, and scheduling;
  • data entry and management;
  • bookkeeping and payroll duties;
  • social media management;
  • blog content and posting schedules;
  • Internet marketing such as SEO, email, and website optimization;
  • lead generation through multiple marketing channels;
  • website design and functionality;
  • graphic design for online and offline materials;
  • content creation, print marketing and sales copy; and
  • event planning and management

Within these areas of expertise, it’s possible to find a VA who can take charge of any aspect of your business that you don’t have time for, don’t feel qualified to handle, or just plain don’t like.

What are the Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant works remotely from their home or personal office. This frees you from having to set up a separate office space with furniture and equipment to house an extra employee. You’re also not responsible for employee-related expenses, such as health benefits or taxes. All you have to pay are the VA’s fees for services according to the terms of their contract.

You can keep in touch with a VA through phone, email, Skype, Google Voice, and other forms of remote communication, so you’re always able to get in touch when you need something. No more chasing down Joe from IT when you have a website problem or tearing out your hair in frustration over the bookkeeping when your accountant is on vacation. With less on your shoulders, you can enjoy workdays that are less stressful.

Virtual assistants may have knowledge and proficiency in various areas that you and your staff don’t possess. They’re able to apply these skills to tasks that you find difficult, streamline them, and make your business run more efficiently.

How Does a VA Help You Scale Up?

With a VA to handle the small tasks involved in business management, you don’t have to work all day, every day to get things done. You’re free to focus on the bigger picture, taking the time you would have otherwise spent on administration to move forward and make your business prosper. The money you save on employee expenses can be put back into the company to fuel growth rather than going out to pay bills.

You can take advantage of a virtual assistant’s expertise to implement fresh marketing methods that expand the reach of your brand to a new set of customers. This may include an innovative direct mail campaign for product promotion or a website overhaul that increases conversions. Since your virtual assistant works remotely, you’ll never be held up by your own schedule or unforeseen problems in the office. Plus, with someone to handle event planning and coordinating, you can participate in more trade shows and make beneficial connections within your industry.

All of these perks make it more than worth the time to find the right virtual assistant and set up a long-term working relationship.

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Invitación a una Nueva Comunidad de Profesionales

“NubeEmpresarial.com provee un excelente contenido para estar actualizado en las soluciones y servicios en la Nube, como tambien una oportunidad unica de hablar con los expertos en Cloud y adquirir experiencias de otros miembros de la comunidad”

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Si bien es cierto que este tipo de comunidades son, relativamente nuevas, también es verdad que nuestra nueva comunidad de profesionales, es de ingenieros y administradores de Tecnología, será una excelente “plataforma de lanzamiento” para usted, que es un innovador y emprendedor de Cloud.

Usted podrá contar con las ya imprescindibles condiciones de un modelo, a manera de mixtura, que combina lo tradicional, con un DataCenter alterno de proveedores y con nubes privadas, entre otros aspectos. Todo ello, para potencializar, al máximo, las cargas de trabajo que jalonan su empresa/negocio hacia un alto nivel de competitividad, lo que se traduce en un mayor rendimiento económico.

Con Cloud Computing, usted contará, además, con nuevas aplicaciones y servicios, en general, que le brindarán agilidad y optimización a sus procesos.

No es el momento de permitir que su infraestructura actual, lo prive de la tan importante y necesaria predictibilidad, ni de la ventaja que supone una combinación perfecta con la enorme agilidad de la Nube Empresarial.

Para poder disfrutar de las inconmensurables ventajas aludidas, basta con unirse a Cloud Computing, una nueva comunidad de profesionales que, para usted, que es ingeniero y/o ejecutivo (administrador) de Tecnología, será el mejor de los apoyos.

“Juntos somos más”, como bien se ha dicho, tradicionalmente, ¿verdad? Entonces, únase a nosotros para que, además de disponer de todo lo que hemos aludido, pueda estar actualizado en las soluciones y servicios en la Nube Empresarial.

Dispondrá, también, y como si no fuese suficiente ya, de la posibilidad de interactuar con los otros expertos de Cloud Computing y, de paso, enriquecerse con las experiencias de todos los miembros de esta nueva comunidad de profesionales en ingeniería y administración de Tecnología.

Permítale a su empresa y, de paso, a usted mismo y sus empleados, conectarse con una comunidad que les brindará la posibilidad exclusiva de conocer a otros profesionales y empresas de la industria, para que, también, ustedes adquieran reconocimiento en la misma, como expertos.

  • Voluntariar en la comunidad es tambien una oportunidad para ser reconocido no solo localmente como experto en su area pero tambien en las empresas que involucran otros colegas en la region local siendo un punto de contacto. trabajando con un comite internacional ,siendo lider EMBAJADOR pueden traer contenido nuevo y traer ideas a la comunidad.
  • La Opinion y Voz de NubeEmpresarial es una comunicación mensual que es creada por los mismos miembros de la comunidad para asegurar que estas actualizado en los temas de mayor importancia para ti.

Los Nuevos Miembros Reciben un VOUCHER de $50 para registro de los seminarios.

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AVOID THE PAIN with Rapid Disaster Recovey : one more reason to protect your business with hybrid Cloud

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In today’s climate, data is perhaps the most important asset of any business — and protecting data is the most critical aspect of any effective IT strategy. A minor interruption of service — even just a few hours of down time — can significantly impact productivity and sales. In the last year alone, 64 percent of businesses suffered from data loss or unplanned downtime.

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But the good news is that there are backup solutions that can provide easy-to-use and secure data protection.
See in this video to clarify the different options for Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions for your Business.

As a prospective client, I’d like to give you a complimentary audit of your current data backup disaster recovery system so you can know for sure just how fast you could get back up and running in the event of a disaster – if at all. Normally we charge $700 for this type of review, but we’ve decided to extend this to a small, select group of companies for FREE as a way to introduce ourselves. I know that choosing an IT provider can be difficult and confusing. Often you don’t have the time or expertise to determine if they are doing a good job for you, which is why I want to extend this offer to you at no cost or obligation.

I also want to be clear that there is no hidden agenda of any kind when you request your free Data Backup Audit, and you won’t be harassed by a high-pressure salesman. At the end of the audit we’ll give you a simple report of findings. If we find something amiss, we’ll explain it to you in plain English and give you recommendations on what you can do to resolve it. If you’d like us to help you at that point then you simply need to ask.

So what do you have to lose? At the very least you’ll get a third-party opinion, absolutely free. To request this service, simply go online to www.synertechsolutions.com and complete the brief form. You can also call us at +1(305) 373-6001 or e-mail me directly to arangel@synertechsolutions.com

Fair Warning! Due to staff and time limitations, we can only extend this free service for a limited period of time. Therefore, if we don’t hear back from you by the next 15 Days, we must respectfully withdraw the offer to give this away for free.

Dedicated to serving you,

Andres Hurtado Rangel
Founder and CEO of SynerTech Solutions Group
Web: http://www.synertechsolutions.com
E-mail: arangel@synertechsolutions.com
Direct: +1(305) 373-6001

P.S. If you’re not quite ready to request this audit, you can at least download a free report we recently created titled, “12 Little-Known Facts Every Business Owner Must Know About Data Backups, Security And Disaster Recovery.” You can get a free copy and Get started with this Free advisory guide download to learn more

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The 30 Daily Habits of a CEO Responsible for Success

Getting to the top involves doing the right things, day after day.  
Any CEO running a profitable company has figured a few things out. One of many habits to have in common is consistency. 

Here is my 30 habits 

1. Try one new thing each day.
“Every day, I force myself to do something that is out of my comfort zone.

2. Don’t do bad days. Running a company is really hard, and every day is different, but having a bad day is a choice.”

3. Stay informed about what’s trending.

“I spend an hour or two every day keeping up with tech news on Twitter. It’s not good to obsess over what other people are doing, but staying informed is certainly important.”

4. Accept invitations to as many meetings and events as possible.

“You never know who you will meet or the advice you’ll receive.”

5. Experiment constantly.

“I’m always trying new things and changing how I work. As we’ve grown from a small team to a bigger team, my businesses has changed pretty significantly, and by experimenting with new habits and processes regularly, I am always discovering better ways to run my team that make sense as we grow.”

6. Fight brain blocks with building blocks.

“There are footballs, golf balls, softballs, chessboards, Legos–everything a curious kid could dream of–covering our office space. Whenever I’m stuck on an idea, I play a quick game of catch or build a Lego house to give my brain a breather. Then it’s back to the drawing board. I encourage my team to do the same thing, too. Just like any muscle, your brain needs a recovery session after a tough workout.”

7. Never be afraid to email someone who is “too big.”

“Most people are accommodating and open, as long as you are clear about your needs and what you have to offer.”

8. Make punctuality a priority.

“I strive to be on time for every appointment, every day, without exception. This may seem like a no-brainer in the business world, but you would be surprised how many people still don’t make this a priority. It’s mind-boggling. If a leader is consistently late, it tells others that he or she is unreliable or has no respect for the time of the individuals he or she works with. If he or she is on time, the opposite is true.”

9. Never ask somebody to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.

“No matter how exciting your company or the problems that you are solving are, there will always be day-to-day tasks that are simply boring. Showing that you are willing to roll up your sleeves when the going gets tough will be a positive example for your team. You will be amazed at how this reverberates.”

10. Watch YouTube to learn from other great leaders.
“I spend time at the end of every night watching interviews, speeches, and panels of other leaders I admire. Through a bit of YouTube stalking, I’ve gotten great lessons on culture from Brian Chesky, brand building from Neil Blumenthal, and leadership from Esther Dyson.”

11. Exercise and meditate.

“Transcendental meditation for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening is the perfect complement to daily exercise, whether it’s a trip to the gym or a run on the beach. Since I’ve started this routine, I’ve found my mental clarity and focus have increased enormously.”

12. Listen to self-improvement books in the car.

“I spend about 90 minutes running and 20mins driving to have a meeting each day. I can spend that time listening to music, but I choose to spend it listening to business books and self-improvement books. Over the last two and a half years, I have listened to nearly 45 audiobooks. These books have given me incredible insight into how to run my businesses and sharpen my skills. I can listen to a new book in a few days, versus reading a book, which would take me at least a month or two, if not longer, but always create the time.”

13. Start each day with an infectious positive attitude.

“I wake up and start every day with one initial thought: being thankful for the abundance in my life–family, friends, company, and more. Nothing good ever comes easy. Hard work and dedication always pays off. Starting every day with a strong, positive thought is the best way to kickoff each day. I believe that a positive mindset is key to overcoming all obstacles, and I radiate this to my team. Just as negativity is infectious–think: one rotten apple at the bottom of a barrel ultimately will ruin them all–so is positivity. Choose to be positive. Be mindful of your attitude and how it affects others.”

14. Make time for everyone on your team, no matter where they are.

“We are based in the U.S., but also have teams and customers on the ground in Asia, Central America, South America, and Europe. Connecting with them every day is incredibly important for staying connected to that part of the business, making sure they know they’re valued and getting things done. It’s a big time commitment, and sometimes it feels like we have multiple jobs–in the morning in Europe, during the day in the Americas, and at night when the Asia teams are busy. But in the end, it’s always worth it to be available and have live discussions when they matter the most.”

15. Make the most of drive time.

“I like to schedule some of my most important calls during my morning drive to the gym or to the beach. While it can be frustrating at times to have a long commute, not to mention often getting stuck in traffic, find this time very useful for scheduling calls that are uninterrupted. It also allows you to accomplish a lot more for the day when You get into the office, knowing these important conversations have already taken place and You can focus on other matters.”

16. Make every meeting the second meeting.

“Always have papers before a meeting, read them, and never just do a page-turn. That way, every meeting is really the second meeting.”

17. Find your inner yogi.

“Yoga has helped in so many areas of my life. It forces me to unplug from whatever issue I’m dealing with, spend time as a student, and focus on being present in the moment. I can walk into a studio anywhere in the world and get centered in no time. Early in my career, I would have rolled my eyes reading some executive profess how being on a yoga mat makes them good at business. But I have found a regular practice makes me a better leader, and keeps me sharp mentally and physically.”

18. Surround yourself with people whose skills complement your own.

“As a leader, it’s easy to feel like you need to know or do it all, but you will never be the best at everything. A mentor of mine once told me to focus on my strengths and team up with talented people for the rest. The old saying of ‘it takes a village’ is true in so many parts of life, and embracing it makes you a stronger, healthier person.”

19. Walk before bed.

“Every evening I take a 30-minute walk alone without music. It clears my head, calms me down from the daily activities of running multiple startups, and allows me to get proper perspective and clarity about priorities. Most importantly, I sleep like a baby. I learned the importance of this 15 years ago, after reading a biography of Harry Truman, who had to deal with being the president at the end of WWII.”

20. Make time in your life for fiction.

“It emboldens your imagination, gives your mind respite, and arms you with tactics on creating motivating, inspiring messaging. Don’t be afraid to take time out to free your mind from the strictures of reality.”

21. Focus on nutrition and appreciation.

“I have been having the same breakfast of a protein shake with healthy fats, a fresh pressed juice full of vegetables, and a fat burner for as long as I can remember. While I press the juice, I recite the three things I am most appreciative of that morning. Thinking on the things that are most important in my life helps me take down the kale and beet juice with a smile.”

22. Leave your work out of the bedroom.

“Your bedroom should be a sanctuary. Leave the TV, electronics, and work outside. By creating a work-free zone, you can reduce stress levels and, in turn, make the working time far more efficient…and most importantly, you will appreciate your partner, so does she.”

23. Use pictorial language to help people “see” the future.

“When describing the future, you can’t use facts and figures. You don’t have statistics to prove your points. You must largely rely on your imagination. And to convincingly bring your audience into the future, you must unlock their imaginations, helping them envision a different world. We all know, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’ So it shouldn’t be a surprise that images, and visual language such as metaphors and analogies, are of vital importance in bridging the gap between the cerebral and the imaginative.”
24. Exercise every day.

“I’ve exercised–whether it be lifting or running–religiously for the past 20 years of my life, and it has played a critical role in my daily attitude, work potential, and outlook on life.”

25. Don’t panic and don’t run.

“Teams look to their leaders to set the tone for how the business is operated. I ensure I establish and create a sense of urgency, while balancing it with control of key situations. I make time to speak with frustrated customers and meet with unhappy employees to stay close to the issues my team navigates on a daily basis. From these interchanges, I am able to learn more than I ever could learn from all the things that go according to plan.”

26. Use the 70/30 approach to professional life.

“Cultivate good judgment by learning to be comfortable making 100 percent of a decision with 70 percent of the data. This approach forces you to weigh what is really important and to understand the remainder of the data isn’t worth the time it takes to collect. Over time, you will make more good decisions and will accomplish more than the less confident and more risk averse. You will also be more competitive because you will accomplish more. Target being right 70 percent of the time with everything you do. Any extra time you spend on being right means you will miss opportunities, both personally and professionally.”

27. Make lists.

“In addition to making a list of the top three things I must get done each day, I make a list of the three things that must be achieved each month and each week to ensure the company is staying on track.”

28. encourage questions.

“Provide opportunity for at least one employee every day to ask you questions about whatever they have on their mind. It is very important to make employees feel like no question is out of limits. Q&A sessions with regular cadence make it easy for anyone in the organization to ask me questions. It is often these sessions that help me get the pulse of the company. It also becomes a forum for sharing ideas and discovering new ways of thinking or solving problems. But it’s extremely important that these opportunities to ask questions are presented in all sorts of settings–large groups, small groups, one-on-ones, and a mix of formal and casual settings.”

29. Talk to at least one customer every day.

“It’s by far the most efficient and productive way to gather feedback on [the company] and to understand the business more deeply. My company is nothing without its users, and the information I receive from customers is hugely influential on how we conduct business and shape our plans for the future.”

30. Start your day with a clean inbox.

“In order to start the day completely organized, I get up at 6 a.m. and get to inbox zero. Anything that can be answered with a short note or delegated to a team lead, I get out of the way immediately. Other items I prioritize for later sit down email blocks or meetings later in the day. This way, I can be truly focused during morning meetings.”

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