Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It is wonderful to see small businesses receiving more support, but are you aware of Small Business Saturday, November 27th? Use your American Express card at a participating small business and...learn more here
Happy Thanksgiving to all, as you take a day from the stress of business, deadlines, planning...and enjoy the blessings that family, friends and loved ones bring on this special day.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tomorrow is a special day, and for all you entrepreneurs out there and those that appreciate entrepreneurship, celebrate it on November 19th. President Obama just officially declared National Entrepreneurs Day!
The other morning while driving in a nearby neighborhood I was stunned to see a local 7-11 was out of business. I knew times were hard, but people are now debating on whether to even by a Slurpee. "This is scary" I said to my daughter sitting next to me. Then, today while I was out I noticed a Chevron gas station near the 7-11 is being torn down. It is amazing how something can be in a location one day, actively doing business and then the bulldozers come in, get to work, and make them disappear in a day. You cannot even tell a business was once there. Seeing this activity caused me to start thinking more about upcoming business changes for the new year. Though times are rough, you can still keep things progressing in the business arena with a few simple implementations.
Handle Money Situations
If you have had money issues, take a clear look at what is going on with the situation. Need help? Get a respected professional that comes highly recommended. Do a thorough check before making a final selection. You want to ensure you are selecting someone interested in you. They must improve your situation not the other way around.
The fear of failure causes many of us to do things we wouldn't normally do. Create a business plan today, so that when you are under pressure you do not have to compromise your morals.
Never place all your bets in one area, because things change. I believe the current economic situation has clearly represented this. If you have nothing to fall back on, you can end up in a bad place. Look today and see what changes can be made within your business to create new profit. Find that small untapped area (niche,) and turn it in to a money maker for your business.
Be Seen by Potential Customers
Many businesses fail because there isn't enough publicity generated around them. What can you do to make your business stand out more from today? Devise new tactics to bring customers to the products and services you are offering. Once you have done this, remember to keep things fresh. No one likes anything that is stagnant.
Pay Attention to Detail
Though some customers may have not purchased anything from your business for a while, pay attention to them. Send a small card thanking them for their previous business, offer a discount on upcoming items, remember their birthday...Do what needs to be done to keep your business name in the game and respected.
Now is the time to look at how the speed for product delivery and services can be increased without compromising customer satisfaction. Is there a new piece of software that can help organize your files more easily? how about simplification of packaging? Review all aspects of your business, and see where you can improve. The smallest changes can provide the largest impact. Just ensure whatever you do is necessary and effective.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Imagine my surprise when I learned of a recognition for our city. The best bartender in America lives here and works at a local downtown restaurant. Now, because of this standout award, imagine the publicity that is coming to this facility. Check out my article, and think about what you have done lately to make your business stand out.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The holidays are rapidly approaching, and now is the time to start thinking about what items to purchase as well as how to pay for them. Treasure Maison is offering many great deals, with free shipping and handling on a wide range of items. Take a look and see if something grabs your attention.
Friday, November 5, 2010
I know many of you have been going in to overdrive trying to find ways to promote your business, well that can wait until next week. For now let me tell you about a great place to satisfy your sweet tooth if you are in Renton, or the Pacific Northwest. Check out my latest article to learn more.