Today we are going to share some excellent business success advice. To be successful in business requires a completely different mindset than everyday life. However as entrepreneurs, we face tough challenges each and every single day.
It doesn’t matter what kind of entrepreneur you are and what sort of business you are in. There is a common thread to all of these challenges and I want to tackle a few of those today to help you increase your success, grow your profits and increase your business.
So, in this article I’m going to present you with eight questions that you need to ask yourself to help you focus on maximizing your success.
These questions apply both to traditional business, and online entrepreneurs as well. So, take a few moments to go over these questions. Give yourself honest answers and think how they will impact your business.
1. Are You Sweating the Stuff You Cannot Control?
One of the biggest problems for small business owners is stressing over the things they have no control. These include external factors, other people’s business decisions, and the economy. Now I’m not saying that these are little things, but they are areas of which you have very little control over.
Now, I know I get people telling me that the stress of the economy is pretty important, but I disagree. In this moment in history economy certainly is tough. However, by the time you’ve answered all these questions to yourself, you might have a slightly different perspective.
In situations like this it is far better to focus on the elements you can control and maximize their potential. If a business decision made by another company directly affects you, use any leverage you have and change that to your advantage, or adapt accordingly.
One thing we have in our favor as small business owners and entrepreneurs is that we are much more flexible than large corporations. By focusing on the things that we can control we can quickly react to changes thrust upon us.
2. Are You Assuming You Know Your Customer?
One very common mistake for entrepreneurs is that they assume they know their customers needs exactly. Now, ask yourself, are you sure about that?
We could use market research and quickly identify a common thread between your customers needs and wants. That being said, you can doublecheck that by asking your customers directly. There are many ways you can strike up a conversation with your customers and discuss their exact needs and exact wants. Then, because you’re flexible, you might be able to adapt or change your business to suit new needs that you may identify.
It is very easy to make assumptions that are incorrect. Even if your assumptions are correct, is is still beneficial to verify them than not to know for sure.
3. Are You Getting Results?
One critical area of business, especially in this economy, is your businesses marketing efforts. This includes your sales team, your advertising, or lead generation.
The problem is that most businesses do not track their conversions or have any metrics to measure performance against.
With online businesses this is fairly simple to do with statistics tracking and conversion software. However, with off-line sales, it can be more tricky. The manual process of tracking sales can be a pain in the backside. This does not mean they should not be done.
If you are spending thousands of dollars on a marketing campaign or even millions of dollars, you’d better be sure you’re getting a healthy return on that investment. The only way to be sure, is to track everything you can to be sure you are getting the most bang for your buck, otherwise you’re just throwing your money away.
4. Where is The Waste?
So, how much money did you throw away today? Do you even know how much you might be throwing away and didn’t even realize?
In every business there is waste, it’s a natural law of human enterprise. However, as a business owner and manager is up to you to identify that waste and trim it. Even if you are one-man enterprise, you should be able to take a step back and look at your expenses and ensure that every single one of those expenses presents you with either a profit or moves you a step closer to your business goals.
If it provides no benefit to your business directly than considerate a waste. Even then, look at your existing expenses and make sure you are getting the most value for money without sacrificing performance.
It seems strange, but many businesses forget they are in business to make money and throwing money away on waste severely detracts from your bottom line.
This is the end of part 1 and we will continue this article tomorrow with part 2. For now, share your thoughts or opinions on these first four questions and let me know what you think and how they effect your current business.