As I write and speak about how small businesses can leverage technology as a tool to grow their business and have the privilege to speak with hundreds of business owners a year, one of the common threads I see is is that successful businesses are not built by accident.
Successful businesses are built by entrepreneurs and business owners who have a vision for success and a strategic road map for growth. These businesses implement systems to best ensure success happens.
Join me on Wednesday (Sep 7 at 2pm EST) for webinar presented by the Verizon Small Business Center as I speak about 19 rules business owners should consider to grow a successful business. (Check out the Verizon Small Business Center here)
Building a business with foresight and planning does not mean that there are no “accidental entrepreneurs”. This does not mean that serendipity does not play a role in business. It does mean that sustainable businesses that are built to “last” are created with specific strategies to ensure they succeed and leverage “luck” and other variables to their advantage.
If you look at any of the hundreds of successful small businesses around the world, you’ll see that there is NOT one right way to build a successful business. However you will see that there are several things you can do WRONG that will almost surely help your business to quickly fail.
In Wednseday’s webinar I’ll review some of the 19 rules that I’ve seen successful business owners follow and some that I’ve learned on my own, as they’ve grown their businesses.
3 of these 19 rules include:
- Smile – we don’t realize how important a cheery smile can be to the recipient. A smile can change a no to a yes. It can change an “I’ll get back to you later”, to a “I’ll see you right now”
- Don’t Burn Bridges – I’ve found that too many times we business owners want to burn bridges. Sure sometimes you have to break away from a situation or partnership, but try to “agree to disagree”.
- Never Sit Alone – Why is it that business owners (hungry for business) can attend an event and sit alone, for 30 – 45 minutes before the event starts. Instead they should be artfully networking.
These and other rules I’ll share in the webinar and also post the full webinar presentation here after I do the live webinar!