Ask any entrepreneur about annual business planning for their business and you'll immediately be met with eye rolls. If we're honest, it's one of the few pieces of business ownership most entrepreneurs would rather avoid. Yet, it's likely one of the most important pieces of business development as you head into a new year.Read More
Over the course of the next few years, you can expect your business to run dramatically different, thanks in part, to mobile trends in small business. What does this mean for you and your business? Plenty! Whether it’s their smartphone, iPad, or laptop, consumers are on the move. If you’re willing to adapt to meet their changing needs, your business will flourish.Read More
Business development – the time set aside to work “on” rather than “in” our business. It’s the point when client projects, email, bookkeeping, and admin take a short-term sabbatical to make room for more serious planning and implementation. Not the kind of planning that’s make the day run more smoothly – although that’s important, too – it’s the kind of planning that keeps your business on the right track to your intended goals.Read More
A crew of culprits exists within small businesses. They don’t discriminate. Regardless of size, industry, or specialization, they bring business growth to its knees. They cause sleepless nights, extended work hours, burnout, and stress. The wrongdoers? The missing pieces of the growth plan.Read More
What entrepreneur doesn’t want more of everything in the upcoming year? Regardless of the kind of year yourbusiness experienced, the end of the year signals an opportunity to reboot. It’s the time to clear the cache, fix the problems, and plan for smart business growth in the year ahead.Read More
We never think it will happen to us. We’re entrepreneurs, after all, and somehow that makes us infallible. With little thought of a personal crisis and its impact on our small business, we delay preparing for what we believe to be a remote possibility.
Selecting the right name for your business is as important as choosing the ideal name for your child. Just like a less than desirable name for your baby can actually lower self-esteem; an equally unfavorable business name upsets the future prospects of your business.
You're ready to grow your small business. Now what? You need a plan -- a focused, disciplined plan -- one you can readily execute to achieve your goal for growth.
Entrepreneurs understand the importance of strategic planning. Strategic planning provides clarification needed to pace business growth. It keeps you on track and on task. It helps avoid detours and prevents unnecessary and costly derailments. Although the payoffs are huge, few entrepreneurs take time to create their strategic plan.
Making decisions in your business, especially with so much riding on that decision, is tough. Do you follow your gut? Your friend's suggestion? The latest information published at Entrepreneur.com? Although all are good resources to facilitate your decision-making, your best decisions are strategic decisions.