Small Business Startup and Sales Tips

There are plenty of tips out there for starting a business and generating sales (one of the most important keys to your small business’s survival.) When starting a new business or recommitting your efforts to growing or expanding an existing one, be sure to check out some of the tips below as a starting point, then share them with a friend:


8 tips to starting your business. Starting your business is possibly one of the most important stages of small business ownership. Mistakes made here can easily stay with you hurting your business for years to come or could never be resolved fully preventing you from ever fully realizing your business goals. Of course, no one can anticipate every problem, but this collection of tips is a great place to start. Victoria Advocate

Startup tips for community businesses. Not every small business will go global and some will stay close to home with a regional focus. But this doesn’t mean they can’t learn important lessons from the big guys. Entrepreneur Don Jones shares tips with small local business owners about how to analyze their business model and build a marketing approach that will help them flourish.


Why sales will never go out of style. Sales is arguably the most important part of your business operations, so it might surprise many to hear that sales as a profession may be disappearing in the wake of huge changes in the way businesses market their products and in the way customers make their choices. But at least one sales professional believes that, for small and large businesses alike, sales will never truly go out of fashion. The Pipeline


Ideas on how to cut unnecessary costs. Though sales is certainly the most critical part of your business (because without it you haven’t got a business at all!) other factors like cutting costs will always be important too. Here are some tips on how to go about reducing expenses in just about every area of your operation. Follow the link above and you’ll soon realize that, just as the article suggests, there are many you may not have thought about. WSJ


In what state would it be best to start your business? If you’re starting your small business in the U.S., or anywhere, certainly location does make a difference. But it isn’t just the location you choose in your local town or business district that could make a difference. In fact, the state in which you choose to start your small business makes a difference as well. A number of factors can be used to measure which state’s are generally friendliest and most inviting for small business owners. Here’s how your state stacks up.


Small business and personal liability. One important aspect of small business startup and operation includes understanding personal liability and how it applies to what you do. Many advisers may insist that avoiding personal liability for business debts and losses is simply a matter of choosing the right business structure, but, in fact, the issue may be a bit more complicated. 365 Days of Startups


National Small Business Week. No matter where in the U.S. you live, this week marks Small Business Week intended to commemorate the importance of small businesses in job creation and in innovation. Perhaps during these last few years especially, we have seen the critical importance of small business in rebuilding both the national and world economy. Read the Presidential Proclamation above and be proud to be a small business owner today.

How is your small business organization getting involved? Is your local small business organization doing something special for National Small Business Week? How about your business Website or business newsletter? Check out this post about how some local groups plan to use this special week to promote small business development. Is your local business group planning something too? Honestly, we should show support and create resources for small businesses year round. But what is your local business group doing this week? Odessa American Online

So how are things going so far? It’s been a mixed bag for small businesses recently. With sales up and economic stress down, it’s hard to know what the future holds, but could it be good news for the economy? How will it affect your small business? Though jobless claims hit an all-time high last week, will this mean fewer customers, more entrepreneurs or both? You’re the Boss


Ten tips to get out of survival mode. Now, don’t get us wrong. There are positives and negatives in the economy today, it’s true, but when it comes to entrepreneurship, Small Business Trends will always be an advocate, so we’d like to leave you with this link. If you haven’t grown your business and are thinking defensively instead, here is a roadmap to a better future. There are many ways your small business can succeed, even in tough times. Here’s a way to make it happen. The Globe and Mail

Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 16 years. A professional journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional media and online media, he attended Waynesburg University and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has held roles of reporter, editor and publisher, having founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press.