Day-by-day we go to work, business proceeds as normal, and we go home. Tomorrow, we repeat. The day after, we repeat. Doing what is required but not the ‘extra’ little bit. We tend to ignore the fact that every little bit counts.
Forget about your competition. See, you as a small buisness owner do a better job of being your own WORST competition! No shit Sherlock, until you get out of your own way just stop worrying about what the other guy is doing.
Here's the main take away from the article as far as I'm concerned;
"The biggest enemy of our own success is often complacency. Day-by-day we go to work, business proceeds as normal, and we go home. Tomorrow, we repeat. The day after, we repeat. Doing what is required but not the ‘extra’ little bit. For some, that may be taking continuing education; getting out to actively practice our trade; or, simply cleaning the windows. We tend to ignore the fact that every little bit counts. Why? Because it builds up over time."
3 big reasons why you should think small Charlotte Observer His approach (which makes even cleaning out a single desk drawer seem big) requires you do your new tiny habit after a well-established habit, and to always “celebrate” and emotionally...
Does big thinking keep you from focusing on what needs to be done NOW!?
This is a great article to help you get over yourself and start focusing on what matters. No baby ever jumped up and ran a marathon for thier first baby step. Is you business any different?
I've been to national conventions where the speaker does not give out handouts. His comment was if you really love what I have to say, and you are going to use this material, then email me when you get home. That's it just email him for all his secrets.
Then he said, I have less than 5% of people actually do that.
This is a competitor willing to give it all away for free. Why don't people take him up on it? Because they want to do it their own damn way.
So why NOT share with competitors? Check this article out and see what you think.
Vancouver Sun Closing the talent gap at small businesses Vancouver Sun "It took us a couple of months to find the right person," she said. Even amid a ...
Small business owners compete with larger companies for qualified, motivated employees.
If your firm needs to hire be aware that same potential employee is looking for larger, known companies that supply benefits. It's tough to compete when the additional hire represents a significant portion of your cash flow!
The article goes to great depths explaining the issue. What can you do that could attract a qualified and motivated employee? Maybe the idea of faster advancement? What else??
Business Beats: Scariest things about small business need to be faced Press of Atlantic City A small retailer going up against a giant retailer or even a new product or service competing with a well-established one could be a real concern.
The 7 deadly fears for small buisness owners. This article is in competition because many of us small business owners are our own worst enemy when it comes to profit.
The worst we can do, and often do, is NOTHING. This article points out the 7 sticking points many of us face and talks about how to overcome them. Good read!
Come here often for quick tips that are easy to implement to help your small business.
This post is from Ken Bator, he is in my "Small Business Articles to Grow By" Linkedin group. This is a story about a small business that are getting into the habit of not being their own competition. They go above and beyond customer service.
Just think, in an age where everyone expects to NOT communicate or even be able to reach a human, this company is actually reaching out to thier customers. WOW. If it was this easy everyone would do it....hey wait, it is easy, yet they don't..
Business Competition Evolving into a Social and Mobile Battlefield Business 2 Community The evolution of social and mobile technologies has created a seismic shift in the amount of time people spend online and in the way they interact with brands...
As a small business owner should you worry about what the big brands are doing. Personally, I don't think so. The question you could ask yourself is "if this is working for them, is it something I can do cheaply"?
Any marketing you do involves time and money. For a small business owner the smartest investment is face to face with those you meet. Brands get two benefits from their marketing efforts, sales, but most importantly; name recogniztion.
St. Paul furniture store trades on 'Mad Men' style Pioneer Press We learn a lot from our competitors. It will be a ... On finding a home for his business: "Finding commercial real estate as a really small business is very difficult.
This is a wonderful story of how one small business owner and his partners grew their business by working with their competitors.
A British competition has awarded $669,000 to an American start-up that’s developed an organic, carbon-free process to make bricks. Through a process similar to the way marine life constructs coral or sea shells, bioMASON uses bacteria to form sand into a crystalline structure that can serve as bricks or a cement-like construction material. The process occurs in a setting similar to a greenhouse, and its only inputs are the bacteria and its food, sand, nitrogen, calcium and water. As a bonus, the irrigation system for the bacteria is even recycled in a closed-loop set-up, meaning bioMASON’s business model wastes little water.
Afraid Amazon Will Crush Your Small Business? ... Following a line of questioning about Amazon's thin or nonexistent margins and long-term view on investments, Rose approached the subject of competition.
I normally don't comment about competition from the big boys, but I happen to watch this 60 minutes segment. Jeff Bezos talks about crushing his competition. He sees small business owners as his competition. Uh, that would be YOU.
Don't worry about reading this because it will go away if you don't think about it. Simply stick your head back in the sand and close your grainy little eyes and take a snooze.
There, all gone. Oops, no, I guess it's not gone, well...read the damn article.
Small businesses compete for a Super Bowl commercial Fox Business Entrepreneur Bill Rancic and Turkel Brands' Bruce Turkel on the small businesses competing to win a commercial during the Super Bowl.
Okay, a little disclaimer on this one, I hate Fox news. The are generally biased in some of thier commentary, but this video is good.
I'm sure you've heard of this. 4 companies are vying for the chance to have a 30 second tv commercial during the superbowl. Wow, each of these companies are very small businesses with one really big chance!
Actually all four of these companies have already won. Think about this, they have already had a 4 MINUTE spot on Fox news.
Think of who else wins with this.....Intuit the sponsor of the contest. They have gotten press from all over the world by doing this.
Okay, so watch the video and tell my how you can achieve something like this in the market you're in.....ready......GO.
San Francisco Chronicle Survivor cuts it on his own as Tenderloin barber San Francisco Chronicle He had just quit City College, where he'd intended to study accounting but found that his "side hustle" of cutting friends' hair for $5 a head was what...
Just when I get whiny and feel sorry for myself I come across an article like this.
This guy was burned over 90% of his body and yet opened a barbershop that is now busy night and day.
This is all about overcoming your (my) silly little problems and replace that whining noise with action, now put the thing in drive and move on down the road.
Entrepreneur 5 Simple Ways to Stand Out Among Your Business Competitors Entrepreneur Whether you're starting a business, launching an app or looking to meet someone special, here are five strategies gleaned from the world of dating that can also...
He is right, these five ways are simple. So simple in fact that I tend to gloss over them and think..."yeah, I got this covered". Problem is we only think we got it covered.
Have you sat down lately and really looked at how well you connect with others? Check out the article and let me know if you agree.
When you look in the mirror, does it scare you? When you say something that is a gut reaction, are you frightened? Are you honestly scared of yourself? There are many reasons why you might be afr...
In this article Iris talks about being bold and removing the mask you hide behind.
If, as a small business owner, you are trying like hell trying to be who you THINK your customers want to see, you're probably wrong. Plus our masks are pretty thin veils anyway. It is so much easier being who you really are. If you happen to be an SOB maybe don't go into a small business. But for the rest of us, be who you are and you will attract the type of customers you want to work with!
Most people want to change something about themselves. In this country we have an optimistic tradition about "getting somewhere" and "reaching higher," which includes getting somewhere with the self.
Why is this posted in Competition? Because small business owners need to understand that you must first keep from making dumb mistakes BEFORE worrying about what the competition is doing, really, jeez.
This article was posted by Andi Fiveash from the Linkedin Group "Small Business Articles to Grow By" Thank you Andi for posting this.
Deepak Chorpa goes in depth talking about changing in the face of an already learned habit;
"The problem with personal change is that if you attack your old habits directly, the task is quite difficult. The mind that desires change confronts the mind that is bound by old conditioning. The result is inner conflict, with one side pushing and the other side resisting. Countless people feel trapped inside this war, whether their goal is to stop overeating, manage their anger, become more assertive, or stop being fearful - the desire to change isn't enough, and keeping up the motivation to change soon wears out."