The Small Business Movement is here!

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The United States of America was built on Small Businesses & hard work. Local shops and stores flooded the market keeping the money within the immediate geographical area. Money which was spent at a Small Business directly impacted the people and surrounding areas. As time passed by, large Corporations came into the mix opening up chains which squeezed out much of their Small Business competition due to cheaper products & lower prices.

You may be wondering, what is the breakdown of Small Businesses? As of a 2011, there are 5.68 million employer firms in the United States in which Small Businesses with less than 20 workers accounted for 89.8%.  (Source: U.S. Census Bureau) That is a HUGE number. It is healthy for your local economy to shop, buy, trade, and support small businesses. Here are a few tips to help build your Small Business & Support Others!

  1.   Find local events which your Small Business can get involved in.  These events can include:  Meet-up Groups, Farmers Markets, and Fundraisers.  If you have a product, try to sponsor and showcase your product at one of these events.
  2.   Start a Small Business Database.  If you have a local storefront, promote other small businesses in the area to network with you.  This can be as simple as hanging business cards on  bulletin board or showcasing glossy fliers.  You can also build  a computer database including key information which you can use to direct market via email down the road.  Email blasts are an excellent way to engage your customers and keep your small business on their mind.  *** if you would like to read more about Email Blasts, Click on the Link to our past Blog:
  3.   Learn the art of Trade & Barter.  I can’t stress this 3rd option enough!  Money is great…  But many times, it can limit a deal from getting done.  However, by being creative and utilizing a barter system, you can trade your product and service for another product or service which you might need.  It is a win/win situation for both parties as you can both obtain something that you want or need without bringing cash into the equation.  It is important that you be professional and ask the other Small Business if they are willing to barter.  There is a good possibility they are… And what is the worst they can say… “no.”  Then you politely move on..  But you will not be able to use this strategy unless you engage and try it!  I think you will be surprised of the results!

The Small Business Movement is the best thing you can do for your local economy and your company!  If you do not own a Small Business & would like to start one, check out a past Blog Here:   Keep working hard & thanks for reading!

time-managementRunning a small business can be challenging at times.  If you are just starting out and the sole member of your company, you are responsible for every aspect of the business!  There are only 24 hours in a day and it can go super quick when you wear numerous feathers in your business cap.  Here are a few tips on how to manage your time:

  • Write a to do list –  Very simple addition to your daily routine yet many business owners fail to do this.  Writing down your specific tasks and objectives for the day, week, month and even year will help you focus on the important aspects of your business.  Once a task is complete, cross it off and move onto the next one.  Not only is this an excellent strategy for your one man start up business, but this is an excellent habit to practice as this will come in handy when you hire employees.  Your employees are not mind readers and will need guidance each and every day.  By starting this routine during the early years, you will build a solid foundation for the future!
  • Always carry a device which connects to the internet – Its 2015… Almost everyone is now on the internet.  So how does your business stack up on the World Wide Web?  I often hear from business owners that they just don’t have the time to promote their company.  The best solution is to always carry a device with you which connects to the internet so that you can take advantage of any opportunity where you have free time!  You may have a Drs appointment, waiting inline at the DMV, at the auto repair shop, or posting up at the airport.  Take the time to pull out your cell phone, tablet, or laptop!  Even its for only 15 to 20 minutes, that is more than enough time to make an impact in your overall internet business appeal.  You can Write a blog, post a picture, or even create a custom advertisement in that specific time frame.
  • Network – Last but not least, learn to network and partner up in the right places.  Specifically, early in the business game, many owners try to do to much taking away the main focus of the business.  This leads to business owners majoring in minor things and ultimately, wasting time.  There are a lot of amazing small companies which offers services which can help your company.  They can get the job done in the fraction of the time as you would and allow you the ability to zero in on the main aspects of your business!  Cost can be a factor in adapting this type of strategy; however, you can set a budget for certain areas of your company to seek help with while using your extra time to generate more income and profit for your business.

These are 3 simple tips you can use to help your business run better!  Thanks for reading.