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Far too many small business owners, operate their businesses without ever preparing a business plan, and this missing link is often the chief reason they do not achieve their desired levels of success.
A business plan is not all that difficult to create, yet many business owners avoid the task, often because they are aware that a well prepared plan can expose gaps of many kinds that cannot always be ignored.
This excellent article, suggests that a business plan clearly identifies how much work lies ahead for a business to succeed in its chosen endeavour and provides a prioritised map of the path to follow, and it offers a six question approach that will provide all the answers needed to help a business owner to prepare a simple business plan.
As a business owner, your biggest problem when it comes to e-mail, is probably the limiting beliefs you have developed over time about what is proper and improper in an age of electronic communication.
A cluttered inbox, is a clear sign that all is not well in the relationship between the owner and how they view e-mail as a communication tool, and their effectiveness in managing an growing inbox.
This excellent article, suggest that psychology is at play in most instances of cluttered inboxes, and it identifies five misguided beliefs that cause problems and then outlines six habits that business owners should adopt to enable them to do their best work.
We have all heard the saying; It is not what you know but who you know. What it really means, is that great relationships in business will trump great knowlege every time.
Building a business, is very much linked to the levels of trust established between a business and all of those with who it deals, on a day in and day out basis.
This excellent article, suggests that strengthening a relationship and developing trust will always separate you from the competition, and it offers a five step process that can be followed to build great relationships.
More businesses fail than succeed, and when all is said and done, generally business owners' lack of key traits is a major contributor in most business failures.
Business owners who succeed, usually possess a full compliment of the necessary traits, and those struggling to succeed need to identify and develop these success traits.
This excellent article, suggests that hard work and perseverance alone are insufficient to guarantee success, and it list the 10 traits demonstrated by successful business owners that those aspiring to success need to emulate.
Customers determine the fate of every business, and business owners who pay scant attention to customer complaints, need to re-examine their approach for the long term good of their business
Businesses that not only effectively address customers problems, but also delve deeper into what other needs the customer may have, can uncover new business ideas and opportunities.
This excellent article, suggests that business owners should see customer complaints as opportunities rather than problems, and it offers five ways that business owners can utilise customer complaints to uncover new business ideas.
Plans develop into projects, and then projects are allocated to managers, who are required to utilise the resources they have at their disposal to deliver the required outcomes.
Sounds simple, but in reality far to many projects fail to deliver the outcomes expected, or fail to meet the deadlines by which the outcomes needed to be delivered.
This excellent article, recognises that effective project implementation is not something that happens without a lot of planning, and it offers 10 tips that business owners can follow to ensure that their projects are effectively implemented.
Business communication takes many forms and all are important, but as the written word remains central to the majority of business management and business administration activities, it is critical for business owners to master the skill of effective business writing.
Unfortunately, effective business writing is not taught in far too many educational institutions, and as a consequence acquiring the necessary skills is usually a hit and miss affair for many business owners.
This excellent article, taps into the need of many business owners for a concise guide to effective business writing, and it provides 10 clear tips to follow to improve one's business writing skills.
Most businesses understand that creating and publishing their own content, is the path to cost effective customer acquisition, yet few create and maintain blogs for their businesses.
It is not that most have not tried, or at least given serious thought to starting their own blog, however the steep learning curve acts as an insurmountable obstacle for most.
This excellent article, talks up the great benefits of business blogging, and then proceeds to provide 35 invaluable tips to help anyone overcome the perceived insurmountable obstacles to succeeding in this particular endeavour.
Awareness of what can go wrong, is somewhat lacking amongst many of the thousands of small business owners, whose dreams go up in smoke each year.
Whilst jumping in head first and learning the hard lessons as you go along has a certain ring to it and has served many well, it has cost countless more their livelihoods, and is not recommended for those who want more certainty in regards to the likelihood of their business venture succeeding.
This excellent article, suggests that being aware of and preparing to face the know pitfalls in any business start up is the key to survival, and it identifies the four most common pitfalls that business owners must overcome to be successful.
Many small business owners don't see themselves as entrepreneurs, but If they are to grow and develop their businesses, they need to think and at times act as entrepreneurs.
When a small business owner opens themselves up to considering themselves as being entrepreneurial, they also open the doors to taking on advice aimed at entrepreneurs, advice they may previously have ignored.
This excellent article, written by an experienced successful entrepreneur, offers 17 tips any small business owner can take on board and apply to help their business to grow successfully.
Growing any business is never an easy task, and business owners tend to chop and change, as they attempt to unlock the secret to growing their own businesses.
One consistent element, commonly shows up in cases where the key to the growth of any business is examined in detail, and that element relates to the way in which the business is marketed.
This excellent article, suggests that consistent marketing strategy and processes are the key to business growth, and it offers three tips to help business owners get consistency into their marketing efforts.
Business owners who want to be better leaders to their business and its employees, need to understand the leadership traits of other successful leaders, and to apply these in their own environments where appropriate.
Business owners should be aware of their own leadership strengths and weaknesses, and where weaknesses are known to exist, take action to discover the key traits of successful leaders that could be applied to improve their own leadership.
This excellent article, identifies nine enduring leadership traits, and includes quotes from a business leader in respect of each trait.
The focus of most business owners, tends to be directed towards refining and improving the products or services they offer to their market, but it can be argued that a better return can be obtained by focussing on the customer experience side of the business transaction.
In the 21st century, it is the creation of a unique customer experience, that acts as the differentiator between highly successful businesses and the rest of the competition.
This excellent article, suggests that moving beyond your product or service is the most certain way to create customer loyalty and grow your business, and it offers three ways a business owner can create amazing customer experiences.