Small Business Tips From Those Who Know

Isn’t it refreshing to hear some simple old down to earth small business advice from the people who know? We think so too! That’s why we’ve put together this collection of no nonsense tips from people who have walked the walk. Hope you find them helpful. Enjoy!

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Putting faith into your marketing. Does showing your religious conviction or faith into the marketing of your business help you connect with others or send a message about your values. A variety of surveyed business owners give their perspective and point of view on a topic off the beaten path. You’re the Boss

How much does you reputation matter? Whether in the hotel industry or in any hospitality management or tourist industry, reputation is certainly an important factor. In this interview, hospitality industry expert Daniel Edward Craig talks a bit more about what reputation management means. Is reputation important in your business? Are Morch Blog


Why franchises and entrepreneurship don’t mix. Do you consider franchise ownership and entrepreneurship synonymous? Joel Libava doesn’t but is perfectly aware that other experts disagree. Before you immerse yourself in your next franchise venture, hear the pros and cons to see whether franchising is the right fit for you. Open Forum

Making it easier for the customer to buy. What if the main person in the way of your business selling more stuff and making more money is you? What if it’s your point of view, your way of doing things and your approach that’s really getting in the way of closing more deals for your business? Partners In Excellence


Crowdsourcing as a funding option. Entrepreneurs and small business people have traditionally looked at a whole variety of options when it comes to funding their business. But nowadays an unusual new option has appeared. What is crowdsourcing, how does it work and could it be the right option for your business? Open Forum

Making the call, taking the call. How do you decide what business to take and what to leave alone when your business changes. It could be a more complicated decision than you think when it’s time to choose between customers that have always been there and those who are a part of a growing new trend. You’re The Boss


Tips for selling B2B. If it’s an industry you know, B2B can offer a great market and the potential for customer who come back again and again. But making that initial contact can also be critically important. A few tips will help you make the call that leads to a strong and long-term relationship. Step By Step Marketing

How to handle the cost question. If you haven’t heard it yet, you undoubtedly will, the comment that your product or service costs too much. Is it an attempt to negotiate for a lower price or an excuse to get out of something the customer or client doesn’t want any way? The Leaper’s Blog


Avoiding a nasty partnership divorce. Looking for partners is a tricky business. Clear and honest communication is key. Like in any other relationship, it’s important to define what you want and expect. Making assumptions or failure to spell out responsibilities will only lead to trouble. Scott Fox

Desiging the perfect business. Yes, we know the dangers of using that word, but, look, if you’re in business for yourself, why not create the one you want? It’s easier than you think if you apply the proper planning. The interview at the end of this link should get the creative juices flowing. The Rise To The Top

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.