I am thankful that my business continues to grow. I put in a lot of hard work and long hours. This is no surprise to many entrepreneurs. I laugh when my mother asks me, “Why can’t you get all of your work done during the day?” It doesn’t always work that way. I don’t know about you, but I learn something new every day. I want to share some tips that I have picked up along the way.
We all know it is so important to surround yourself with positive people. You need people around you who believe in your dream. As a small business owner, this is extremely important. There are many long days and late nights. As you are growing, the pay scale may not be what you initially want to make or are able to pay. But, you still have to find a way to get that great team. Then, you have to motivate and inspire the team.
Growth and an increase in revenue are at the top of every small business owner’s list. According to James Cash Penney, the founder of JCPenney, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together." Don’t you love it when a plan falls into place? When it happens, you have to be prepared for the boost.
There are so many resources to assist small business owners. Please do your research and take advantage of the opportunities. The daily grind and hustle of trying to make it all work definitely keep you busy, but you have to find the time to network and apply for bids or projects. Please know that I do try to abide by my advice. I spent several hours for two days this week doing the necessary paperwork to help my business grow.
As National Small Business Week comes to an end, I encourage you to please take a moment to learn about a start-up company. The purpose of the week is to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs. It has often been said that small businesses are the backbone of our economy. So, let’s put them to work.
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.
Small business owners often stay on the go. We are busy with our clients, in meetings, posting on social media or researching ideas that help us stay ahead of the game. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to make time to do the little things. I am talking about logging mileage, making my 10 - 20 calls (some of them are cold calls) a week or doing other administrative work for the business.
As we know, technology changes constantly. Small business owners have to hop on the tech train. Some understand the trends and the importance of utilizing technology for growth. Some entrepreneurs just are not on board. Just as I believe in the power of your voice, I believe in the power of social media.
We all need words of encouragement sometimes. I am talking about words that go beyond “Don’t Give Up” or “Believe in Yourself.” I am not knocking them because I share this advice and will continue to do so. Those words are important. But, let me share what a friend told me recently about success. He said, “You have to out work your opponent.” That is powerful. You have to be willing to go that extra mile (sometimes, ten extra miles). You may have to stay up a little later or study a little harder and that’s okay. Do what you have to do to ensure you and your business make it to the top.