Every business has a different set of goals. But increasing profits is a pretty universal objective for businesses of all sizes. There are plenty of different ways to go about working toward that goal. Members of our small business community shared some simple steps you can take in the list below.
Test Your Financial Literacy
To make sure that your business is on the right track financially, you’ll need to make sure that you’re financially literate enough to make that determination. This Sageworks post includes  a quiz made to test out your financial literacy so that you’ll be better equipped to make those tough decisions.
Focus on Managing Your Payroll
Payroll management is part of running a business that can sometimes get neglected. But it’s incredibly important for you to have people dedicated to managing your payroll operations and transactions, even if you have set processes in place. Hmd Ali explains more in this post for The Raymond Solutions.
Form Habits That Lead to Long Term Success
Making a quick dollar is nice. But you’ll need to think differently if you want your business to actually succeed over the long run. That means you have to form habits that can actually lead to long term success, as Martin Zwilling shares here  in the Startup Professionals Musings blog. You can also see conversation  surrounding the post over on BizSugar.
Avoid These Usability Mistakes That Destroy Mobile Conversion Rates
If you want your business to make money in 2016, you need to be able to convert mobile customers. That means that your site or platform needs to actually be usable for people on mobile devices. So you need to avoid the usability mistakes outlined  in this post by Jeremy Smith in the Jeremy Said blog.
Convert Blog Visitors Into Customers
Having a lot of blog readers or visitors can be great for your business. But that alone won’t necessarily make you any more profitable. Instead, you can check out  this post by Neil Patel and work on converting all of those blog visitors into actual paying customers.
Understand That Your Products Are Commodities
No longer are products just products. In this Kexino post, Gee Ranasinha explains  why businesses now create products that are also seen as commodities to consumers. And the BizSugar community also share thoughts  on the post too.
Consider Changing Your Legal Structure for Tax Year 2016
If you got hit hard by taxes this year, you might want to consider changing your business’s tax structure for the coming year. In this CorpNet post, Nellie Akalp discusses some ways  you might be able to change your business’s structure so that you could benefit come tax time.
Keep Track of Your Online Reputation
You already know that your reputation is important. But it can also have an impact on your business’s bottom line. This post by Rachel Strella of Strella Social Media includes some tips  for tracking and managing your online reputation. And BizSugar members comment on the post here .
Follow These Investment Tips for Beginners
Investing can be a tricky game, whether you’re personally investing what you’ve made from your business or making investments specifically to help your business grow. But this Noobpreneur post by Ivan Widjaya includes  some investment tips specifically aimed at beginners.
Use These CRM Tools to Skyrocket Your Success
Any business that wants to make money needs customers — and more specifically, loyal customers. If you want to keep your customers happy and engaged with your business, you’ll need some kind of CRM system. Apple Pineda shares some options in this post  on the RightMix Marketing blog.
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