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Being a Small Business owner myself, I can speak about it through my experiences and throughout the statistics. One out of every four businesses are forced to close because of a disaster and never reopens. You can have a great business plan and countless marvelous ideas, but there are things that you cannot control such as natural disasters, economic failures, emergencies and others. For those and other risks it is important to have a Small Business Insurance Policy.
When you ask a person What do you do for a Living? and their answer is Banking, IT, Sales, Appliance Repair, Finance, etc., you immediately have a feel for their education, background, activity and knowledge of particulars in their endeavor. When you answer Transportation, the first thing that comes to the mind of the person asking is trucking since it is most publicly obvious as we drive the highways.
A lot of entrepreneurs start their business after they have worked in that industry for someone else or have advanced training in their particular field. When they strike out on their own, they are usually a small business with one or two people in the business, with one of them being the owner. This requires the new business owner to be in the business, selling, collecting, and all those day to day normal work tasks. This gives the owner an appreciation for getting and keeping customers.
As a small business owner and the leader of your team it is important to lead with intention. I know you are very busy working in the business and may not have set aside time to build this intentional plan. Before you start, create the right mindset.
While Marketing is very important let’s focus on sales today. Selling is asking people to invest in you – people often times are buying because they trust you - especially with Intangible products like life insurance. We are selling a promise to compensate you at some point in the future. Tangible products are fairly obvious, cars, clothes, furniture, things that you can see feel and touch.
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As an entrepreneur, you no doubt often feel isolated with no one to really hold you accountable to achieve the goals and objectives that you have set for yourself.
All start-ups have a common need – funding. Money is needed to begin operations, hire staff, perform product development, initiate marketing, fund working capital, and sustain the business. Most entrepreneurs struggle with sourcing the needed funding/capital to make their businesses self-sustaining. This article will focus on funding for seed/start-up stage ventures.
Being a small business owner during the holiday season is tough. But we can help. In this article, we'd like to share five tips to help you market to your target audience, plan your holiday sales, and boost your revenue these holidays.
Ensure that your small business is protected against cyberattacks with these tips.
Advice from women business owners on starting a small business.