Interview with Grant Jackson

Business Coach  
Founder : Stone Soup Consulting 

Grant Jackson is traditionally known as a business coach but sees himself more as a navigator. A navigator for business owners who have an objective or want to achieve a specific destination. He helps them go from where they are now to the level of success that they want to accomplish by following the shortest route possible.


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Below are a few points of interest taken from the interview: 

We recently had a conversation about business valuations. You mentioned that if a business owner knows the value of his business, he can start thinking from the buyers' point of view. Would you mind elaborating?

When it comes to selling a business, a buyer is going to look at particular things that they want to see in the company.   A buyer is prepared to pay a better price if those things are good in the business than when the elements are missing.

Grant encourages business owners to think like a potential buyer from the beginning. They need to think about the things they would like to see in that business if they were buying it and set up about building those things in their own business. They not only benefit from a better value business but also the fundamentals within the business while they continue to run the business. 

Do you follow any morning or evening rituals?

He wakes up around 5:30 am, does some yoga, stretching and some exercises to get the blood flowing.Plays some guitar to get his creative side going and gives some thought to what he’d like to achieve that day.To settle down after his day, he enjoys his long drive home or occasionally walk around the neighborhood.

To take time off daily to relax is creating an opportunity to think differently about what you want to achieve in the future and vital activity. 

Any advice for startup entrepreneurs?

One of the most challenging things for an entrepreneur is that in some ways, the sky is the limit concerning what it is that you want to do.It’s a lot more challenging to deal with more creative things and putting yourself out there in terms of your own personality. The ability to break away from the routine and to merely dream about what the future may look like is the difference between a true entrepreneur and an employee.

To be a successful entrepreneur is to dream about the future.

Remember, what worked for a certain individual might not work for you. Get inspiration from some of the things they talk about. You still need to do the basics. Don’t be a follower, be a student. Use the opportunity to find out who you are.

Most startup entrepreneurs make the mistake of wanting to be all things to all people. This will lead to a situation where you’re servicing some people less than what they’re looking for. Some people you’ll serve more than what they’re looking for. Focus on a specific group of people and deliver a service for that group. This is more, and customers will see you as being value for money.

Your business must be an extension of your own personality. 

Any two books you would recommend startup entrepreneurs to read?

The most useful books for him are biographies dealing with an individual or company.Read books and take the good out of them. 

Any apps on your smartphone that serves your business well?

He lives on Google. He makes it a point to know things. 

Where can people find you?

Company: Stone Soup Consulting | Website: www.stonesoupconsulting.co.za | Email: grantj@stonesoupconsulting.co.za 


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