3 Things for the New Entrepreneur to Remember

3 Things for the New Entrepreneur to Remember
The new entrepreneur is someone who’s passionate about their project and ready to seize the day. It’s a very competitive world out there. The Internet has made it easier for people to learn how to start their own business, so it has become a market where everyone wants a piece of the pie. These are a few of the key things to remember as a new entrepreneur.

 

  • Almost every first year is rough.
  • It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
  • Hire people who understand the mission as much as you do. [Read more...]

Start-up Tips for Newbies

Start-up Tips for Newbies
You’ve created your start-up, now what? There are many steps to make your start-up everything it can be and the beginning of your company is a critical time for fostering a strong company culture that will help your brand grow.

  • Hire people who help you see your vision more clearly.
  • Ask questions and take criticism.
  • Don’t be afraid of failure.

Hire the Right People

This is one area of start-ups that gets tricky, but it should. The people you hire and surround yourself with can make or break your company. You need people who not only understand the goals for the company, but also help you see that vision more clearly. These people aren’t easy to find, but remember that the person who helps your vision may not be the person who seems best for the job on paper. Take time with interviews, network with creative types and once you hire the person, show you value their work. [Read more...]

Social Media Trends For Small Business

Social Media Trends For Small Business
It takes work to work the social media circuit. It isn’t just about updates, but creating strong, shareable content that people relate to. It takes time and commitment to make social media work for your company. Here’s a look at the latest social media trends and how small business owners can implement these tactics.

Social Media Greater Than SEO?

Social Media Greater Than SEO
There’s no doubt that content is king when it comes to driving traffic to your site. However, where that traffic comes from is changing. Social media is the best tool for spreading the word about your blog or website and there are things you can do to leverage that. SEO is still important, but understand that a large portion of your audience will now find you through social media sites versus SEO. [Read more...]

Smart Ways to Reach Out to Customers

Smart Ways to Reach Out to Customers
There are many ways to reach out to new customers. Whether your company is brand new to the market or you’re looking to tap into a new set of customers, there are effective ways to do this. For a new company with a limited budget, this is vital since you don’t want to tap out your resources.

 Go Straight to the People

No matter what your business is, it will almost always grow when you are directly reaching out to the customer and bringing your product to them. This means getting out from behind the desk and putting those social skills to use just like you do on Facebook and Twitter.

This could be participating in a trade show, sponsoring a community event or just getting out to a local event and showing people your product. See what the response is like. People love to be asked for their opinion and this is the surefire way to hear it immediately. [Read more...]

Risks Worth Taking as an Entrepreneur

Risks Worth Taking as an Entrepreneur
When we’re building a brand, it’s easy to get overcritical. After all, if the plan fails it’s your fault, right? Here’s a look at the risks that you should be comfortable taking as an entrepreneur.

  • Ask questions. A lot of questions.
  • Show your passion.
  • Accept employees who challenge you.

 Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions to everyone. This includes mentors, employees and competitors. As an entrepreneur there’s no such thing as too much information that can help your business succeed. Be prepared to hear criticism when it comes to any business idea, but have the tenacity to channel that into improvements for your plan. If you find yourself with someone who knows your industry well, ask plenty of insightful questions that can serve you later on as you grow your business. [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Get Feedback From Your Customers

Simple Ways to Get Feedback From Your Customers
There’s no reason to fret over how you can communicate with your customers. As a new business, you want to collect all of the data and feedback you can in order to tweak your marketing or sales approach accordingly.

You may have a lot of users for your product, but if you can’t hear what they have to say about it, you won’t know the right way to grow your business. These are simple ways to get feedback from customers and help customers get the word out about your business. [Read more...]

Tips for Determining if Being an Entrepreneur is Right for You

Tips for Determining if Being an Entrepreneur is Right for You
It’s wonderful to think about owning a successful business; it’s another thing to actually do it. Being an entrepreneur requires a lot of determination, financial obligation, risk taking and even a thick skin. Make sure that entrepreneurship is right for you by considering these tips:

  1. Do you have the determination? Being a business owner requires a whole lot of determination. There will be a lot of ups, but there may be even more downs. Do you have the determination to pick yourself up after a fall and keep on going? [Read more...]

Tips for Successful Niche Marketing

Tips for Successful Niche MarketingEvery business, whether it is a global corporation or a mom-and-pop organization, is in a niche market. This simply means that every business appeals to a certain group of people who have certain interests. In order to help you find success in niche marketing, here are some tips that can guide you.

  • Pinpoint your products and/or services. The first thing you need to do is determine what products and/or services you will be offering. These are what will be appealing to a specific niche. Make sure that the products and/or services you are offering will appeal to a niche. [Read more...]

Tips for Running a Successful Small Business

Tips for Running a Successful Small Business
Having a good business idea, a plan, offering great precuts and services and successful marketing can certainly lead to success in the business world. However, more than this is required in order to keep your business successful. Here are some tips that will allow you to start – and continue to run – a successful small business.

  • Hire a great team. You’re only as good as the team behind you. That said, you are going to want to make sure that you hire a team that is competent, trustworthy and who truly believes in your business. [Read more...]