Take a Class or Workshop

A great way to grow your business is to take a class or workshop  to increase your skills.   Learning can spark your energy, broaden your perspective, and help you move forward to new levels of business success.  You have many options for learning…you can attend a class in a regular classroom setting, or you can learn in a variety of other formats.  Your professional association can be a good source for workshops and classes.  The association meetings themselves often include an educational component, whether it is at a local meeting, or at a regional or international conference.   Chambers of Commerce are another … {Continue Reading… }

Plan Time for Tech Learning–Part Two

In the last post, I shared the first three tips for including time for technical learning in your week as a strategy for growing your business. I promised more in this post. Here are some strategies that have helped me find greater enjoyment and less resistance to the process of learning tech-y things. See if they might be useful for you too: 4. Ask for a bit of help from a friend, colleague, neighbor, (or teenager) who has the technical knowledge you want to learn. Sometimes they can help you with a quick answer, or they may be able to … {Continue Reading… }

Plan Time For Tech Learning

It may seem like a contradiction, but a great way to grow your business is to include time for learning tech-y things. You might think that you would be wiser to spend your time doing your core work or your regular marketing activities. It might seem like time for tech learning would be a distraction, or just a necessity to be endured. But investing some of your time each week learning technical things really can help you grow your business. I have to confess that learning technical things is not always my favorite thing to do, but I have found … {Continue Reading… }

Ask for Support to Reach Your Goals

As you are growing your business set goals to give you something to aim for. It will help you focus your time and energy. It will help you see progress. And it will give you something to celebrate as you make progress in reaching your goals. Of course you will want to take daily action to move toward your goals. In addition, I encourage you to reach out and ask for help and support from friends and colleagues too. They can play a big part in your success. As an example, one of my goals is to reach the level … {Continue Reading… }

Outsource Some Small Tasks

Every couple of months it is smart to take a look for another task or two that you could outsource. Even small tasks can make a difference, because it frees up your time and energy for your core business tasks. There is another, sometimes unexpected, benefit to outsourcing some tasks, and that is the mental relief or even the excitement you can feel when you get some help with tasks that are not your best or favorite things to do yourself. Take a look to see if you have some tasks that would be good outsourcing candidates such as data … {Continue Reading… }

Mastermind with Business Colleagues

An excellent technique for growing your business is to find one or more business colleagues to mastermind with.  Choose people that you like and trust.  This is important so you can be open and talk about your business and your goals and your challenges. Choose a regular time to mastermind together, perhaps once a week or every two weeks.  You can meet in person or by telephone.  Be sure each person has the same amount of  time to talk about their goals and to get ideas and support for moving forward. Believe in each others’ goals the ability to achieve them.  … {Continue Reading… }

Nourish Yourself With Inspiration

One of the most important things you can do to help your business grow is a somewhat indirect action. And that is to keep your heart and soul nourished with inspiration…. Inspiration to keep taking action to move your business forward every day. Inspiration to try again when the first attempt didn’t work out quite as well as you had hoped. Inspiration to persist in the face of difficulties and even failures that are an inevitable part of running a business. Inspiration to dream bigger and to take action on those dreams even when you are not yet sure how … {Continue Reading… }

Speak to Groups to Increase Your Visibility

Another great way to grow your business is to speak for groups. You can often get this marketing strategy started in your local area. Many business and professional groups need a speaker at every meeting. You can be that speaker! Whatever your area of knowledge or expertise, there are groups that would enjoy hearing about it. Even if you speak on a topic that doesn’t seem like a business topic, many groups like to offer a variety of programs. To find groups to speak for, start with the groups you belong to, or that you know about. You can also … {Continue Reading… }

Reach Out To A Business Colleague To Ask for, or To Offer Help or Support

One of the challenges of running a small business can be a bit of isolation. This is especially true if you work from home. When challenges or just a low moment happens, it can really help to reach out to ask for help or support. Or to offer help and support if you know that a colleague is experiencing a tough time. A smart strategy is to develop relationships with a few business friends that you can call when you need that extra word of encouragement or a caring ear to listen. And of course it is good to return … {Continue Reading… }

YouTube – Google Search Story Videos

Leslie Cardinal YouTube Search Story Video Sample   I am taking an Internet business class right now and this week’s homework was to create a Google Search Mini-Video using the Story Search feature on YouTube.com. This was a fun and creative assignment, and pretty quick to do. You can try it too. Go to http://YouTube.com/SearchStories and log in with your Google or YouTube account. Follow the simple steps as the site walks you through the steps. You can choose terms such as your name or your business name, location, and keyword phrases. Then you choose the types of search results … {Continue Reading… }