As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day traditionally has represented a time for friends and family members to relax at informal gatherings or travel for the long weekend. Many small business owners also promote discounts and other sales to boost foot traffic. Yet we shouldn’t forget why Memorial Day was originally established: to remember the brave heroes who lost their lives in pursuit of preserving our freedom. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can become heroes by joining the profound commemoration of the nation's military in three ways.
Offer Steeper Discounts for Military Personnel
Small business owners represent the backbone of many communities. Between organizing charitable events to providing services during emergencies, entrepreneurs make indelible impacts that help them create unyielding relationships with residents of the communities where they operate. For all of the goodwill demonstrated by small business owners, one charity event often escapes their attention.
Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day
Celebrated on the second Wednesday of each May, Donate a Day's Wages to Charity Day has morphed into one of the most popular ways for small business owners and entrepreneurs to give back to the community. You can make financial donations that match your daily wage and include donations provided by the loyal team members who make your business a success.
Today female entrepreneurs are running global Internet market campaigns, working as CEOs of organizations and firms in various industries, pushing their own startups, and mastering it all. But when we look at female entrepreneurs, we often forget that many of them also have one of the most important and difficult jobs in the world: being a mom.
Female entrepreneurs that also balance being a mom know that it is no picnic. Depending on the ages, or number of children a mother has, or whether she’s single, married, or in a relationship, it may seem nearly impossible to schedule meetings, conference calls, and appointments around feeding schedules, soccer or dance practice, doctor’s appointments, homework, and bed time. How does she do it all?
Entrepreneurs possess a unique skill set for implementing their small business visions. They typically possess high energy and out of the box thinking that separates their small businesses from the competition. Entrepreneurs exude leadership skills that include accountability and mentoring. Entrepreneurs can have everything it takes to operate a small business and make it successful. However, here are five tools every entrepreneur should use to make sure they stead ahead of the competition.
Did you know that small business owners generate nearly two-thirds of all new jobs in America, as well as contribute over 70 percent to the country's gross domestic product (GDP)? Entrepreneurs and small business owners provide the impetus for American economic growth, but you rarely hear the term "Hero" applied to the small business community. A closer look at American small businesses reveals several common traits that define small business heroes. Do you have any of these traits, and do you actually know how to be the small business hero?
Many small business owners are stretched so thin that they barely have enough time to say "Good morning," to the kids, before they shove off for school. With such a hectic schedule, how can anyone expect a panicked small business owner to find time to join a like-minded group of small business owners in order to boost networking?
While it’s a continuous struggle to find enough time to fit in that ONE more item, even if it’s only one, small business networking should be it. The benefits far outweigh the time constraints.
What’s in it for me?
Small business groups provide small business owners with several advantages. The first advantage takes a page from the time-tested axiom of “power in numbers.”
What do Legos have to do with small business? Legos may appear to be a peculiar choice for establishing the small business mindset required for success. No, they can’t teach us tutorials in finance, marketing, and information systems, but they help form the foundation needed for small business success. After all, you can have all of the business acumen in the world, but if you do not possess the type of entrepreneurial spirit that defines small business success, then you can you can expect to fall short of your small business expectations.
The following list demonstrates that what it takes to make it in Lego also plays a role in defining small business success.
Several months ago we posted an article on how small businesses really suffered from this year’s harsh winter. Plunging frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and the works have forced small businesses to cut costs, close down shops for a couple days, and have even prevented customers from going out and spending money. Now that most areas are finally beginning to see signs of spring, are small businesses finally on the mend?
As we now stop and look around and finally see plants sprouting and the grass turning green, it’s amazing to think that not two months ago we thought this season’s winter would never end. But did small businesses suffer as badly as we originally thought?
Small business owners need to exude the "Glass is half full" optimism that motivates employees and attracts new customers to their small businesses. While it is great to have a positive attitude, the fact is reality lurks behind every small business counter and under every small business desk. The reality is things can go wrong with your small business.
Here are the five worst things that can happen to a small business so you can do whatever it takes to avoid them.
Content marketing involves the creation of fresh, relevant content that utilizes the keywords potential customers use to find your small business online. This is the good news. The bad news, however, is that many small business owners commit one or more of the following eight deadly sins that sink their content marketing strategies before their content can truly come alive.
Content Does Not Equal Selling
Never use your content marketing platform to pitch products and services. Your customers visit your small business website to learn how to solve problems and gain insight into how to accomplish specific tasks. Tone down the sales voice; it’s not as effective anymore. You primary goal is to build trust, not alienate website visitors by publishing blatant sales pitches.
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