When you run a business, it’s important to always keep an eye on the future if you want your business to grow and improve. Members of our small business community understand what it takes to keep businesses moving forward. Here are some of their top tips.
Make Sure Your Small Business is Prepared for the Holidays
The holiday season is quickly approaching. And small businesses need to prepare early. In this Plousio post, Bryanna Larrea shares some steps you can take to make sure your business is ready for the busy holiday season.
Use Visual Content to Impact Your Social Media Presence
Visuals can make a big impact on social media, especially on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. But there are some things to keep in mind when developing those visuals. Sam Makad shares some information about using visuals to make an impact on social media in this post on The Sociable.
Build Trust With Your Prospects
Trust is so important when it comes to making sales and building a customer base. And having that trust can keep your business successful going forward. David Lowbridge includes some tips for building trust in this Two Feet Marketing post. And the BizSugar community discusses it further here.
Get Scared by These SEO Horror Stories
Halloween is just around the corner, which means many people will be enjoying scary stories. But there are some scary stories that can provide lessons to your business, like the SEO horror stories detailed in this Search Engine Journal post by Amanda DiSilvestro.
Budget for Your Account-Based Marketing Programs
If you want to start any account-based marketing programs, you need to be able to plan for that type of program. That means you also need to have a set budget in mind. Peter Isaacson includes some tips for budgeting for those programs in this Marketing Land post.
Read These Small Business Magazines
Small business magazines and other publications can help you build your knowledge base and expertise for the future of your business. In this Fundera Ledger post, Georgia McIntyre lists 16 small business magazines every entrepreneur should read. You can also see commentary about the post from BizSugar members here.
Use Healthy Habits to Boost Your Productivity
Being healthy might not seem like something that can have a big impact on your business. But developing healthy habits now can actually boost your productivity going forward, as detailed in this Techlofy post by Saher Naseem.
Prepare for These Holiday Shopping Trends
There are a lot of different trends to consider when it comes to the holiday shopping season. And your business likely isn’t fully prepared for all of those trends just yet. But you can gain some insights about those trends in this Kissmetrics post by Sherice Jacob.
Win With a Goal-Oriented Mindset
If you want to keep your business moving forward, you need to have goals. And with a goal-oriented mindset, you can continually experience wins in your business. This post by Martin Zwilling of Startup Professionals Musings goes into more detail. And BizSugar members comment on the post here.
Ensure Your Blog is an Asset and Not a Hindrance
You likely already know that blogging can be a great tool for small businesses. But if you want it to have a positive impact on your business going forward, you need to be sure that your blog is an asset and not a hindrance, as Pradeep Kumar points out in this Hellbound Bloggers post.
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Always focus on creating content and expanding your market. It is like diet and exercise. You really cannot escape the process. It is the only way to succeed.
Set goals that are achievable. I suggest daily goals first, so that you feel a sense of accomplishment every day, and then set the goals that are more long term. …
Take the leap of faith. …
Never settle. …
Improve your online presence and invest in visual marketing. …
Decide what you are willing to do.