So, small business owners keep grinding. Keep making those calls. Keep networking. Keep doing what you have to do to grow your business. Don’t give up. You build it and do a good job, they will come!
This life as a small business owner continues to amaze me. I always tell my friends that I don’t know if this was a smart decision to go out on my own or if it was a stupid one. Despite the challenges, I love what I do! I love sharing the “Power of Your Voice.” I have advice for other entrepreneurs - hang in there. Don’t give up.
Have you been networking? We know that is important for small business owners to get out and share their unique story. Some people tell me they go to local coffee shops and hang out (or work). Others join clubs to meet potential clients. I recently heard one expert tell entrepreneurs to attend city council meetings and talk with lawmakers so that you can learn about opportunities. These are great ways to network.
Networking is an essential step to success. As a small business owner, you have to be around people to drum up business. Sometimes, that can be hard, especially when you are initially getting started. (You are in front of the computer for hours setting up social media sites and websites and getting your paperwork in order.) Some people are shy and don’t like being around crowds. I want to share my two cents about engaging with community and business leaders.
As a new business owner, I seem to be busier than ever. I am applying for jobs, competing for bids and making contacts. So far, so good. I have two clients and possibly a couple of more. But, the work is far from over.
I enjoy meeting people and making connections. Networking is a key to success for any business. You can’t be afraid to share details about what you do. I was in a store recently and a woman and I started talking about our companies. This led to something positive that may be in the works.
I am putting in my two cents to help other small business owners. Don’t be afraid to talk about your services; ask for assistance – there are so many things you probably don’t know; know and live your brand; and follow up with all of the contacts you make – thank you and I appreciate you go a long way!