Running a business is one of the most difficult things in the world. It’s never easy and there are always new obstacles and new situations to deal with. Competition is at an all-time high due to online and the low barrier of entry in multiple Industries. So, how do you compete when there are so many businesses all vying for the same consumer attention?
You have to be always thinking of new ways to market and advertise your business. Sitting still and expecting to grow without putting out any effort is a death sentence. Your competition will blow by you if you sit idle for too long. So, what can be done to prevent this and experience growth?
You have to always focus on giving your customers the best possible service in every aspect of the customer cycle. From the initial onboarding to the follow-up, it all needs to be geared with complete customer satisfaction in mind. Delivering this type of service results in repeat business, referrals, and positive reviews left online.
Reviews on your Google page, Yelp profile, and Facebook page all help to not only attract but also convert potential customers. This type of social proof proves to be invaluable. Reviews are so powerful because the average consumer trusts third-party reviews left by complete strangers.
Many business owners learn valuable lessons along the way simply by making mistakes, learning from them, and making changes to improve all aspects of their business. While these types of first-hand experiences are valuable, it can also be helpful to learn from other business owners who have experienced successful growth using a wide range of strategies.
There are many ways to connect with local business owners and share advice, tips, and strategies.
Chamber of Commerce Chapters
There are local chapters in almost every local community. A Google search will provide you with information on how to request membership applications, as well as obtain a schedule of local events. You will often find very successful business owners at these events, who use them as networking opportunities to grow their business as well as to meet other local business owners with who they can share experiences and learn from.
Better Business Bureau Events
The BBB also holds events for both its members in those interested in potential memberships. There are many benefits of joining your local BBB with networking opportunities being one of those. You will often find very serious and successful business owners at these events. They go there for networking and not so much the social aspect.
Alumni networks for both high schools and colleges are also great sources of networking opportunities. If you attended a business school check to see if they have an alumni Facebook group or a community on LinkedIn. Sometimes something as simple as attending the same school as a fellow business owner will open the door for communication and networking.
In addition, the infographic below highlights ten tips and strategies that you can use to help improve your business and experience growth. They are provided by business experts who have all used them personally in their own endeavors.
There are sure to be some tips that you can apply in your own business that will help you grow and scale. Learning from others is a great way to better yourself as a business owner and experience positive growth.