Small Business Tips of the Week
Here are 52 strategies to help you manage and grow your small business or professional practice.
- Other noncompeting small businesses are willing to help you. Don't be afraid to reach out to them.
- Surround yourself with successful people. You will learn from them, and they may provide you with unforeseen business opportunities.
- Build relationships. Valuable business connections come from the least-expected places.
- Always take the high road. Your reputation is your most cherished asset.
- Look to the West Coast for business ideas and market trends. Many of the biggest businesses and ideas were born in California and Washington State.
- Study your competition, and ask questions constantly. Talk to competitors' staff, vendors and customers.
- Look at today’s hot business trends—e.g., senior home care, organic foods, etc.—and see how your business can tap into these markets.
- Smile. In public, you will find this perpetual "people connector" will attract others to learn more about your business. On the phone, you'll leave a positive, lasting impression of you and your business.
- Treat vendors like partners. They have a vested interest in your success and have vast industry knowledge. Use them as resources for industry insights, marketing ideas and referrals.