Here are my ten business commandments you CANNOT afford to ignore to build a strong, viable and thriving small business. Invest the time and effort in every one of these commandment steps - if it is worth doing - it' worth doing well!
1. Know it all!
You must know the following like you know the back of your hand – because even if you sell a retail product, small business owners must BE their product.
2. Be recognizable!
Every one of the following points can develop naturally from the product or service you provide or each of these points may develop with a lot of work over time and many tears.
3. Create your messaging!
4. Get your business looking like a business!
Get a domain for your website
Print business cards with all your business details
Create an email business signature
5. Give birth to a website!
Know how you want your website to look and feel
Develop a sitemap
Develop a Homepage and an inner page design plan
Write your first round of content
Get the best images to enhance your site
Design and publish your site
6. Setup your Social Media presence!
Open a Facebook account and join Facebook groups
Open a LinkedIn account (if you are a B2B business) and join LinkedIn groups
Open Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter accounts depending on your business and open boards, get followers and follow others
Join online forums
7. Don’t be the best kept secret in Israel!
Start posting to social media with your reused website content and sharing your content
Tell friends, colleagues and clients you are on social media and ask them to support you
Join a small business networking group and talk to everyone
8. Create valuable content!
9. Set up a database of clients and potential clients!
10. Market your business forward!
Create a posting schedule for all online social media and traditional media
Post your heart out on a regular basis
Keep business cards in your pocket - at all times - and give them out to everyone
Never stop marketing and telling people about your business
There are no short cuts or secret pills to success, just a dogged determination and the drive that you have something valuable to sell to people who need you - desperately!
Do you want to open yourself to a more successful business? Are you lost in the social media jungle? Let me help you re-energize your business and rediscover your passion in your profession. We’ll work together to improve your marketing strategy and online exposure and find the perfect target markets for your business. Contact me today to schedule a free introductory meeting.