What are your greatest weaknesses? Remember, back in the days before you ran your own business and you were asked that question during a job interview? You hated that question then, and you probably hate answering it now. But if you want to grow your business, you have to know where you’re falling short.
Here's how to see your weaknesses for what they are and make them strengths:
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You’re not perfect. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s focus on what to do when customers share that with you. At some point in time, you’re going to have a customer who is unhappy. What you do with that criticism, and how you respond, play into whether or not you’ll hold onto their business—and how you’ll be perceived moving forward.
Here are three steps to take if you're dealing with negative feedback.
What your competitors are up to isn't a secret. But you can’t let every tweet and promotion cause you to break out in hives. It's a waste of time and energy obsessing about the competition.
These three tips will help you worry less and stay focused.
Managing a project is simple. You come up with a strategy, identify tasks, assign them and complete the project on time and on budget. Right?
Wrong. You've got to do more than that if you want to be successful in your small business. When you start working with a team and expanding your small business you need to go beyond the fundamentals of project management.
Here’s how to step up your project management and avoid mistakes.
Your inbox is a necessary evil, but do you really understand how much time you’re spending checking, reading and answering your email?
According to the McKinsey Global Institute, 13 hours of the average work week is spent reading, deleting, sorting and creating emails. Yea, we know you still need SOME time to sort through email, but 13 hours worth?
If you think you might be an email addict, here’s how to fix it:
Think about the typical advice most business owner get and read.
- “Be great at what you do.”
- “Narrow your marketing to one ideal client.”
- “Focus on customer service to get repeat business.”
This advice is all well and good, but there’s a lot of successful business wisdom once you move past the vanilla advice. There’s a lot of wisdom in weird. Here are five strange pieces of business advice.
You may be the best coach in the world, but if nobody knows who you are – does it matter? This isn't an exercise in Zen thinking. It’s a real world concern if you're not a name in your field and want new clients.
Like it or not, people congregate around popular businesses. If you want to grow your small business, you need to create that popularity. Becoming a recognized industry expert is easy if you follow these steps.
There’s always too much to be done when you own your own business. So why not be as productive as possible? Here are ways to trick your mind into squeezing more out of each day.
The best way to get new small business clients is through referrals from satisfied existing clients. But how do you make that happen? It’s easier than you think. You don't have to ask your clients or contacts “Who do you know that would benefit from my services?” The typical direct sales type tactics for asking for referrals were developed over 70 years ago. And since you're doing business now, and not with your grandpa, you need to do something different.
Try these three unique ideas for asking for referrals that will actually work.