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Published by Sean Toomer on 5th December 2012
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How many times do people tell you that a business needs to stand out from the crowd, be unique somehow or talk about your unique selling points? Most go about this entirely the wrong way, usually on advice from others who have already wasted their businesses life doing exactly the same. There is only one way to achieve rapid growth and a lot of money. Be Remarkable.

I’m sick of businesses trying to stand out for the same things:

  • Friendly
  • Approachable
  • Whatever your needs
  • Cost effective
  • High value
  • ‘x’ years experience

If your business uses these to stand out, congratulations! You’re doing the complete opposite. Every business says this!

The good news is that it will make it incredibly easy for you to be otherwise – just do what no one else in your industry is doing – usually the opposite.

How can you try to be remarkable? Accountants are labeled as old, boring, traditional and stuck in their ways. To a point this is true. It’s probably known to be the most boring professional in the world. So what does my company, SR Toomer do? We’re young, cool, fresh and creative in everything we do. How many accountants can say that? Not many at all.

Imagine a Hair Salon, completely free. Professional stylists cut your hair, give you a coffee, nice chat etc. that all other salons do, but it was entirely free; doesn’t cost you a penny. It sounds insane, but put that to one side open your mind and imagine you came up with some use for human hair that you could sell/use for some reason and that’s how you made your money. That would be a truly remarkable concept. Other salons would be forced to adapt or die.

Look at Facebook; an entirely new concept, free to the world. The growth Facebook saw was truly remarkable, no doubt about it.

There’s a book called ‘Purple Cow’ by Seth GODin (purposeful uppercase). In it he talks about being remarkable and gives a good analogy. Travelling on a motorway in France he sees cows all along the motorway. He finds it interesting. All these brown cows so close to the fast traffic. Then, two miles later, he’s sick of brown cows. Brown cow, brown cow, brown cow. They become boring.

Suddenly, he sees a purple cow. Wow! He’d stop, get out and probably take a picture stood next to it and tell everyone he knew. It would be remarkable.

Is your business a purple cow? Or just another brown cow? Why not let us know what you think in the comments below.

Sean Toomer

Sean is founder and MD of SR Toomer & Co, the cool accountants. He’s worked with hundreds of businesses across the UK and advises them on all things business from tax & starting a business to management and sales. In his spare time, Sean likes beating friends on the Playstation, going to the gym to perfect his carved-out-of-wood appearance, and being cool.

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