I am writing my blog a little early this week. I ran across an interesting article about staying focused on your business during the summer. We all know there are so many distractions. For some, the kids are out of school. You may be going on vacation or spending time with family. Perhaps, business is slowing down just because it is summertime. How do you handle it? How do you handle the summer blues?
I’m sure you’ve heard over and over to always ask questions. Entrepreneurs, don’t be afraid to ask questions, even the tough ones, and expect answers when you are conducting business. It is always good to be flexible but know when to let your guard down and with whom. I want to continue sharing tips from fellow business owners. I believe it is so important that we share ideas on ways to grow and improve our companies and strategies.
Wow! It’s been a couple of weeks since I last blogged. I have been busy (that’s a good thing). Thank you for the support and the confidence. I enjoy sharing the unique business lessons that I learn along the way. I also like hearing from you. What is the best piece of advice you have received to help with your success? Do you know of any great training courses, seminars or workshops? It is good to hear how others have gotten to the top. It is also important for us to be willing to give that advice. So, let me hear it!
Small Business Week is coming to an end. The U.S. Small Business Administration set this week aside to recognize the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions. Have you patronized your top small business owner(s)? We all know these companies are the backbone of our economy.
I focus my weekly blogs on my perspective as a small business owner. As you might imagine, this is a continuous learning process. In fact, life itself is a series of lessons. (If you don’t know, then keep living.) I learned and heard so many great things this week. I, of course, want to share them with you. So, please forgive me if it feels as if I’m rambling and my thoughts seem out of order.
I am so glad that tax season is over. I went to sign the paperwork for my forms last week and thought I was going to receive the best news ever. Well, I was disappointed. I have to pay. For the first time, I have to pay more than I ever thought I would have to give to the IRS. Now I understand why my dad always waits until the last minute to do his American duty. Uncle Sam is no joke. We all know it's been said that nothing is certain except death and taxes.
You’ve done your spring cleaning. You’ve done your self-inventory. The taxes are done! (Well, almost) Now, it’s time to relax. I know you are probably saying that we as small business owners never have time for a little R& R. I would have to agree. I am constantly on the go! But, we have to take time for ourselves. It’s been said that “sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.”
It doesn’t matter how long you have been in business, we all know there will be ups and downs. It can be tough sometimes getting that new client. But, after you make a connection, what are your next steps? How do you seal the deal? (I’m not asking for any trade secrets.) Follow up is key. I recently attended an event where a business owner said she followed up eight times with a company before she got the gig. (Wow!)
We know that privacy issues for social media have been in the news. Some are now calling for people to cancel their subscriptions to one social site. But, many of us are sticking with all our social platforms. They have become important to promoting our brand and sharing the power of our voice. How do you use social media? What’s your favorite platform? (I want to hear from you.)
I feel as if I’m slipping a little. I did not have a blog post last week. (Did you notice? LOL) I have been on the grind looking for new business opportunities and of course, working hard for my clients – creating social media content, writing news releases, making community connections, networking and much more! I am having fun. But can I tell you, this small business owner is tired! I would not have it any other way!