Improving Your Small Business Productivity

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Improving productivity is important in any small business, and the topic is often discussed among entrepreneurs. But increased productivity should not always mean working harder. Here’s a look at another strategy and some other important tips for small business entrepreneurs today.

Leadership

How productive are you being in your small business? Working hard in your small business is certainly important, but working smart can often bring even better results. Here are some thoughts on improving your productivity without putting in endless hours at your small business. Dirty Marketing Secrets

The trick or treat mindset. Frederique Murphy shares with us the problem with a business mindset that, while it may on some levels resemble the harmless childrens’ Holiday game, is no good for us or our small businesses. Here’s Frederique’s simple prescription for a better outlook. Mountain Moving Mindset

Online Strategy

What are your Facebook fans really worth? Certainly there are many small businesses that use Facebook to market their products and services. But there may be a danger in measuring success by the apparent popularity of your Facebook page or the number of friends you’ve assembled. iMedia Connections

Tips for improving your business blog. If you want to know what would make your small business Website or blog more successful for your customers, start by asking whether it’s obvious to everyone landing on your page what your site or business is about. Keep Up With the Web

Bookshelf

Marketing books that will improve your business. Check out this list of brief reviews for books that will improve your small business marketing campaign. Marketing can be a critical part of any business success. Here are some books that will make a difference. Small Business Trends

Tech

Are you using video to market your small business? If you have an online presence for your small business and haven’t yet considered using online video for marketing purposes, here are some reasons why perhaps you should. ClickFire

Customer Service

How is the market really changing? And how will it impact your small business? In this interesting post, we look at a monumental shift that may, and probably will, impact your small business as well. What will the shape of the new market be? Catarina’s World

Are you ignoring your customers on Twitter? You’d better not! Stats show lots of companies are ignoring customer complaints on Twitter. Those are customer concerns your business could be and should be responding to. Saucy Horse

News & Policy

Legislation enables crowdsourced funding. Would your Facebook friends or Twitter followers be willing to fund your startup? It may soon become easier for them to do so with bi-partisan backing of a bill which will enable crowdsourcing for capital and open a whole new option for startups. WSJ

Why small business matters. Could the future of Democracy in Egypt and throughout the Middle East hang on the efforts of a few entrepreneurs trying to sell frozen yogurt? Here’s why small business really matters today, not only in the U.S. but around the world. Bloomberg Businessweek

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  1. Great tips! I also recommend business owners seek to find new efficiencies and streamlines processes via some of the great cloud services available that enable anywhere, anytime flexibility – including Intuit Online Payroll, Bill.com which brings A/P and A/R 360 degrees with its ease of use, collaboration and ebill capabilities, and QuickBooks Online. These are just a few examples of opportunities to reduce time spent in the back office and enable more time to build dreams and biz! Good luck SBOs – you make the world go around!

  2. I couldn’t agree more improving productivity is paramount to any small business success.

    To make sure you are delivering on time and on budget you need to first understand exactly what your customers expect from you and how this aligns with your business vision.

    Once you can marry the two it is about leveraging technology and the internet to see how you can meet your customers wants and more.

  3. Thanks for linking to those articles. I particularly like the Leadership ones, particularly the one topical to Halloween. Good stuff, thanks!

  4. Thanks for including my Mindset post!

  5. Thanks Steve; delighted you’ve enjoyed my article; it was great to write too, as the seasonal theme made it extra fun and worked well in conveying my points, and always, making it clear and simple: empowering simplicity, one point at a time!

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