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7-Steps Retail | Service Framework

8 Apr

Running a retail or a service business sometime can be really frustrated if you do not have a plan or system on what to do.

In this post, I’m going to share with you a #simple, #easy_to_do framework that you can reference on.

Retail Framework.001

(click on the image to download the cheat sheet)

Framework breakdown:

There are 3 phases in this framework: – Discovery, Development & Delivery

1. (discovery) – Value: First you need to uncover the true reason #why (passion??) you started the business? Your passion is going to carry you through the entire entrepreneurship journey.

In the same time, what are some of the core advantage of your business? What are you good at? How these going to add value to your customer?

2. (discovery) – Target: Speaking of the customer, do you know exactly WHO is yours preferred customer? WHAT do they look like (psychographics)? And WHERE do you find them?

And very important: NOT everyone will be your customer, so DO NOT market to everyone, find your niche and.

3. (development) – Offering: This is where your actual products or services come in, you need to design your Product Ladder (from low entry to a high value) and how do your segmentize your product offering.

*(A full online marketing course is available that explains in details on how to create a complete Product Ladder that sells). Click here to enrol.

4. (development) – Channel (Marketing): make sure to breakdown your marketing campaigns into two separate strategies. The first strategy is to acquire NEW LEADS, and the second strategy is to generate recurring revenue from your existing customers.

*(I shared 100 different types of marketing strategies in this online marketing course, click to enrol.)

Service Framework.002

(click on the image to download the cheat sheet)

5. (development) – Margin: Following is to work on your business margin & costing. Do you know how much is your business gross margin? What will be your Break-even point? Do you have a discount strategy when you’re giving away discount?

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6. (delivery) – Sales: One of the most important business element is to convert your walk-in customer into a buying customer. Therefore, do your business have a sales process wheater it is B2C (retail) or B2B (service), you need to have a sales process in place.

7. (delivery) – Experience: One final element of this framework is to create the unparallel customer experience that you could possible offers. Create an engaging human experience between your frontline members and the customers, a smiling face always help.

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Vlog 006: Bonus Video 1/2: Validate your Business Mindset before you begin your Business

10 Feb

This is part 1 of the 2 part bonus videos I have created for my online Entrepreneurship Basic Course

In this 4 mins video, I talk about 3 important business mindset you need to get yourself prepared before you begin a business.

#ingenuity #agility #collaborative

Beside the Entrepreneurship Basic course is available, check out the 4-Steps Marketing Formula to Triple Your Business Revenue Course.

You going to like all these materials.

10 Steps How I write & published a book?

8 May

Self Publish a book – if one of your dreams is to write & publish a book someday, I may suggest a few quick tips for you without engaging a publisher.

This was how I got my first book – “Small Fish Conquering The Big Pond”, published back in 2014.

1. Pick a topic that you’re passionate 
2. Breakdown the layout of the book into a few chapters – ideally 6 – 8 chapters
3. Break each chapter down into sub-chapters – ideally 4 – 6 sub-chapters

Example Chapter 1: Creative Marketing
Sub-chapter 1.1: Marketing is about creating a difference
Sub-chapter 1.2: What is USP?
Sub-chapter 1.3: Finding your niche

*Don’t start writing your book until you have completed the layout of the book from the first chapter until the last.

4. Start writing your book (this is where the real challenge begin and kills-off most aspiring authors)
Instead of sitting in front of a computer and start writing, I took out my phone and recorded the contents of the book using an audio recorder, chapter by chapter. I just said what I feel like saying and what should be included in the chapter.

5. Then I passed all my recording to a copy-writer who help me converted the recording into text. This was how I first drafted my manuscript and begin editing the entire book with the help of my copy-writer.

*If you choose not to use a copy-writer, you can now opt for using temi.com. Temi is an online voice to text converter, it only cost you $0.10 per minutes.

6. Your goal is to have about 2000+ word per chapter and combining all the chapters you would have a book about 80-120 pages in A5 size format.

7. Once you have done with your manuscript, passed it to a graphic designer to get the book done from cover to cover. (This was what I did back then)

*Or you can opt to use online software like designrr.io to help you design and layout your book.

8. In the same time, you need to apply an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) & CIP (Catalogue in Publishing) for your book to be officially published. And if you’re from Malaysia, you can apply ISBN & CIP from our National Libabry (http://www.pnm.gov.my/index.php/pages/view/18), follow the guiding steps from the website, download the forms and submit the required documents will do.

*Take note that the application of ISBN and CIP in Malaysia is FREE, some nonsense consultant out there is charging RM 2,000+ to help you apply. #BeCareful

9. Proofread, make sure everything is correct.

10. Printing – 2 options:
(a) if you wish to print your book in large quantity and send it to the bookstore to sell – go for offset printing, lower in cost when you go for large quantity (2000 copies) and have better finishing quality.

(b) if you just wish to print in low quantity and sell it on demand – then go for digital print (minimum print is only 20-30 book/print).

or (c) just convert it to an Ebook format

Happy Writing and Publishing.


09 – 给餐饮业者的忠告

21 Nov
顾客说明要你介绍,那么你就要认真的聆听顾客到底要什么,再作出适当的推荐。反而因为你作了适当的推荐,进而顺利达到加额销售(Up Sell)。
(五)餐馆厨房部上菜的时间,请拿捏的恰恰好。笔者曾经与家人用餐时,一共点了4道菜。3道菜已陆陆续续上了,但最后一道却不见踪影,尽管间中有提醒了业者。最后吃完了准备埋单离开时,那道菜却姗姗来迟 。服务生表示这道菜需要时间烹煮,笔者同意需要时间烹煮的说法,但毕竟已经吃饱准备离开了,这道菜已经没有意义,那么请帮我取消这道菜吧!
餐馆的品牌,是由各方面累积的,客户对您的评价,就是您最好的招牌。因为现在的客户都会到面子书上与他人分享你餐馆里的大小事物。如果你能够透过面子书messenger、 whatapps或微信来订菜、订座,抑或者透过这些社交媒体管道与客户有个客户服务上的适量沟通,那会是很棒的体验。

Small Fish Visitation to Corporate Hero Century Sdn Bhd

6 Oct

Business Coach LeikHong BizCoach have paid a visit to Teoh Chia Chun’s Corporate Hero office located at Sungai Petani.

Corporate Hero is a company that produced all kinds of corporate gifts – ranging from corporate uniform, t-shirt, cap, recycling bag and etc. Basically, if you need to do a customized gift, this is the hero you should be calling.
CC Teoh run a very in a very interesting company, he had successfully transformed a conventional business into a high values-driven company. Not only it produced high-quality corporate gifts but also a working environment that is really 1-Malaysia.
Teoh started his career as an engineer, while he doesn’t see much future in his career back then, he decided to come back to his hometown at Sungai Petani and helps his father who was a tailor as a sales person. He begins to approach companies, government agency, schools and associations who like to tailor made their organization uniform.
After much efforts, he realized that customized corporate uniform and T-Shirt is the trend and therefore he started his own company in 2006. Now Corporate Hero had been well established in Sungai Petani and been supplying all gifts and products not only in the northern region but across Malaysia as well.
复仇者联盟英雄,大家听得多;企业英雄(Corporate Hero),倒是挺新鲜的称号。尤其是在印制制服行业中,与“英雄”好像扯不上关系,但偏偏这家企业,确实是顾客心目中的英雄。
说起制服印制业,其实也算是夕阳行业的一种。惟,Corporate Hero Century Sdn Bhd 就正好颠覆了传统的制服印制业的经营模式,把”夕阳”扭转成”旭阳”。Small Fish 团队这次就北上吉打州双溪大年,一一为您揭开这企业英雄到底是何方神圣。
位于双溪大年市中心的Corporate Hero 拥有一站式的印制服务,从设计、起版、打模、印制、发行,一手包办。除了制服、T恤之外,还有印制帽子、环保袋、杯子等等。基本上,能够印制的物品,都可在这里找到。
说起Corporate Hero,就得从拥有电子工程师背景的”英雄创办人”张佳骏说起。Corporate Hero的成立,与他有个当裁缝师的父亲有着密切的联系。当年张佳骏虽投身在工程师行业,但心系企业,最后决定加入父亲裁缝事业。他笑言,父亲在他加入时曾说,要他拿针线当裁缝有点难度,倒不如让他成为“市场销售先锋”,为父亲带来更多的客源。
也因为在外勤跑市场,反而让张佳骏更了解整个裁缝行业的大环境趋势,更有感传统经营模式并不能够让裁缝业有更大的突破,因此萌生创业念头,而Corporate Hero就在2006年正式成立。
他将这限制转换得更具伸缩性,特别印制出现成的T恤制服,再让顾客选择加上想要的设计或标志等等,且重要的是,可以依据客户要的量,方便了不少只需要少量订制的客户。尽管事业踏上轨道,但张佳骏仍旧不断思考,让企业茁壮成长的同时,不断注入新元素,成为新世代的制服印制业。而目前,其企业着重在丝印技术(Silk Screen),呈现出更有素质的印制技术。而他也不断地引入外国的新产品,让客户有更多选择。
张佳骏也明白,事业上除了要拥有完善的体制之外,还包括团队。这说得也是,在Corporate Hero里头,每个员工如同英雄般各司其职,从设计、缝制、印制、素质管理等等,专业地把所有工作顺利做好。
值得一提的是,在Corporate Hero里是名副其实的”一个马来西亚”,三大种族都在同一个屋檐下工作,那种融洽氛围,让您看了都大为感动。而张佳骏也感恩,员工们都不会给他制造麻烦,且衷心度高,人力流动量也很低。他透露,紧接下来的Corporate Hero也将着重在社交媒体管道上,同时也逐步提升公司内的企业文化,提高员工的素质及增值机会,让员工与企业一同成长,发光发热。
在整个企业交流拜访过程中,Small Fish 创办人兼企业教练廖翊翃也赞赏Corporate Hero张佳骏的企业精神。
他也指出,目前很多企业开始朝向”企业参观团”(Corporate Tour )的发展, 透过参观团来了解某企业的运作与核心价值所在。他认为,Corporate Hero正好具备了企业参观团的条件,尤其是整个印制过程中,每一个步骤都让参观者获益良多。
他补充,透过企业参观团的方式,让参观者更了解Corporate Hero的专业运作方式,从中提升参观者或客户对Corporate Hero的信心,也因此提高Corporate 的知名度。
此外,他也赞赏张佳骏的”英雄”创意思维,把传统的制服印制业经营得有趣不乏味。同时,他也建议Corporate Hero在举办企业参观团时,应更凸显该企业的核心价值,同时也塑造员工们更专业的形象,让员工们为自己的英雄使命感到自豪,也更积极地为工作卖力。
当然,他也认为,除了赢得客户的心之外,公司内部给予员工的成长机会及提升也是不可或缺的,因为一个企业除了文化,经营理念,顾客体验重要之外,员工同样重要,就如Small Fish企业里常提及的方程式:
Brand= Purpose+ People+ Culture

Small Fish Business Youtube Channel

15 Sep

Small Fish Business Youtube Channel 

Creating an online Youtube Channel is something I always wanted to do, but for whatever reason, this task has been keeping delaying. Maybe one of the reasons is I did not have a good enough background to show cast my materials, well all this has now be resolved with the help of Ace Dot My.

I like to express my sincere thanks to Alex Chew (Founder and CEO of Ace Dot My) and his team for allowing me to use their #SmartONE teaching board.

The SmartONE is really a piece of high-tech technology tool for presentation, where I could upload and showcase my materials in almost any formats (text, pdf, powerpoint, photo, music, video, web & etc). As you can see from the video, it made my sharing really easy and convenient, all I need to do is just point my finger on the screen and all the wonder and magic will just happen by itself.

Furthermore, I can also sync the screen directly from my laptop, tablet or smartphone with SmartONE, with just a click of a button. Making presentation and conducting meeting effortless.

With the help of my good friend Vaniss Lee (CEO of Lee Video Production) and her crew members, we shooted 6 videos sharing about the topics of the marketing idea, strategic, branding and sales. Each of the videos is going to upload on the Tuesday of every week for next 6 consecutive weeks. So if you like what you see, please do share with your friends and colleagues.

#1 Small Fish Business Channel – The Definition of Marketing – http://bit.ly/SmallFishC1

Learn more about SmartONE, visit to http://www.ace.my/

Learn more LEE Video Production, visit to http://www.leevideo.com.my/



5 May

Small Fish LeikHong








其实,要在相同领域的行业中找出差异化并不难,只要花点心思,必然会找出属于自己的特点差异化。就好比Pizza Hut 与 Domino Pizza 不就是同样卖着热腾腾的披萨吗?但只要您仔细研究,您就会发现这两家的商业模式与客户对象是全然不同的。

Pizza Hut是家仪餐厅为主导目标的商业模式,而Domino Pizza 则是以外卖为主导。如果您经营的是Pizza Hut,在寻找店面方面,就必须找出一个黄金地段,如拥有高客流量的商场。而店面面积不能太小的同时,也必须聘请好几位高效率的店面服务员。而您是经营Domino Pizza的话,您就可以省下高店租的商场单位,因为Domino Pizza讲求的是送外卖的速度,而Pizza Hut较着重在家庭与朋友在餐厅内聚餐。


8 Pieces of Business Building Blocks

9 Nov
Introducing “Small Fish’s Business Mastery” Blocks
In Small Fish’s business philosophy, we believed a business structure could be divided into 8 different pieces of blocks.
Although each block has it own stand-alone functions, but it’s in fact interconnected among all the blocks.
1. Business Purpose – to begin with, we often ask business owner “WHY” you started your business? What problems you would like to solve for your customers? – If your purpose is clear then your customer will buy.
2. Business Model – after identifying the why, then the “WHAT” and “HOW” will kick in to get the ball rolling. The business model is where you defined what your business needs and how are you going to make it happen.
3. Business Goals – setting up your business targets and goals for the next five years, and break in down into smaller pieces ranging from yearly, quarterly, monthly and even weekly. The action items need to be completed during this period of time.
4. Operation System – the next step is to setup the operational systems within your business. From marketing, sales, customer service, account, finance, production and so on.
5. Organization – a good business is all about having the right system with good people. To house good people, we first need to have a good organization structure. Starting from the organization chart, the reporting system, positional contract to the commission payout scheme and etc.
6. People – good people are the heart and soul of your business, there are many effects needed to attract good talents your organization. What are some of the core values that inspire good people to come work for you? If you want to build a brand for your employees, make sure that is “Culture”.
7. KPIs – this is where we measured the performances of our business. Is the business having healthy profit margin & cash flow? How are the performances of the team members? We have to measure our current business situation in order for us to improve and become better.
8. Milestones – coming to the last block of the pieces, this is where we celebrate our business achievements. Should our business have achieved the business goals and targets we set earlier? Breaking a new high sales record, opening more new outlets or business expanded to a new market.
Every piece of the blocks is interlinked among each others. In fact, we can merge Block (1) – (3) as our Business Plan,
Block (3) – (5) is about System,
Block (5) – (7) is about Team, and
Block (7) – (1) is about Rewards
Now look at your own business, have you got all the pieces filled up? If not PM us, we might be able to help.
#deliveryhappiness #smallfishbusiness #smallfish #businessmatery #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #sales_marketing #leikhong #valueproposition #businessvalue

When is a good time to start a business?

10 May

“When is a good time to start a business?”

many people want to start a business, but too many of them just can’t find the right timing. if you’re one of them who still not willing to leave your comfort zone.

below is the info-graph that illustrate every single moment in life seem to be a good moment to start a business (except being dead).

stop giving yourself more excuses and start dive into your passion. if you still don’t know what you like to do? keep searching don’t settle.
you would know when you found it.

When is a good time to start a business?

When is a good time to start a business?

The Journey of Entrepreneurship

7 May

1. stay alive and keep doing what you do best… never give up
2. all success take time, don’t give up when there are challenges
3. stay strong… you’re stronger than you think
4. persistent is the key, keep moving forward
5. fake it until you make it; success happen in your mind before in reality
6. don’t compare yourself with other, everyone has their own success path
7. right before the grand success, there is always the dip. stay clam, stand up and continue the jouney
8. finally you are there… SUCCESS occur when opportunity meet preparation

all the best!!

The Journey of Entrepreneurship

The Journey of Entrepreneurship