A few days ago, my younger daughter won her school’s annual spelling bee.
This is quite an achievement. She came first out of the whole school, that is form Year 1 to Year 6.
I am extremely proud of her because I know she worked so hard.
My daughters are as different as chalk and cheese.
The older one is very smart and because she is smart she finds it easy to grasp things very easily. You just have to teach her something once and she has gotten it. Doing her homework is a breeze. No matter the complexity of her assignments, she does it without any difficulty.
My younger daughter on the other hand is different. It takes her a little time to understand, so it does take her a little more time to do her homework.
So while her sister would have finished her homework in what seems like just minutes, she has to spend more time and perhaps ask for help.
The older one usually wins most competitions in school.
Her younger sister used to get very upset about this. But I had to sit her down and tell her that we all have different strengths and that if you want something you have to work hard and study.
So when the spelling bees competition came up, I noticed that the younger one took it very seriously. Even after doing the usual practice run with both of them, I will see the younger one in her spare time practicing her spelling, even at bedtimes.
The older one of course practised very hard, but guess she didn’t take it as seriously as her younger sister.
As they went off to school the morning of the competition , I could see the younger one was nervous but the older was happy and confident.
After school I half expected the older one to come up running to me with her winning certificate to add to all the ones she has won preciously. But I was greatly surprised to find out that the younger one had not only won but had come first out of the whole school.
Her certificate is now placed prominently in front of our fridge.
So why am I telling you this story.
We all run different races. Some are faster than others.
As humans we compare ourselves to others. We cannot help it.
We entrepreneurs look at other businesses and see their content and likes on social media, and their supposed plethora of customers.
But we have to realise that everything has its time. You may not be as successful as the other baker, but your time is coming.
Continue to work hard, see what those successful bakers are doing and adapt it to yourself. Go out and meet your target customers, take Courses to learn more and most importantly believe in yourself
Also those who are successful now, please do not rest on your laurels. You have to constantly innovate because people are close behind you and could overtake you if you are found slacking.
A quote by Stephen Chow said, ‘ If you can keep going and never give up, ultimately you will get something that you really want’.
On another note, I have been getting messages from my Baking busines School WhatsApp group about how to write business proposal
A business proposal is a basically a document that’s designed to persuade an organization to buy a product or service. Which is different from a business plan which in its simplest form, is a guide, a roadmap for your business that outlines goals and details how you plan to achieve those goals
So lets say you want to start supplying cupcakes to supermarkets in your area or you want to pitch to a client about catering their event. It is always a good idea to go with a business proposal in hand.
Here are the 5 steps to writing a successful business proposal:
- Get as much information about the company or client;
- What are your objectives? What services will you be providing?
- How much are you going to charge?
- Start writing Your Business Proposal.
- Send your proposals out and Follow-Up.
To give you a helping hand I have included a sample business proposal for you so you can just adapt it to the particular organisation or client you wish to do business with.
In this sample proposal, Bose Cakes & Bakes is pitching to a mother to a bride to be the event planner for her daughter’s wedding.
Just go to this link to download this sample proposal template.
Comment below if you have ever used a business proposal in your transactions and how it worked or did not work for you.
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