The Small Business Movement is here!
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!
- 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.
- 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: http://blog.promarketme.com/keep-in-touch-with-your-customers-email-blasts/
- 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: http://blog.promarketme.com/how-to-business-banking/ Keep working hard & thanks for reading!