Small Biz Survival Blog


Summer Reading: One Book Every Small Business Owner Should Read

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Jul 2018

Summer Reading: One Book Every Small Business Owner Should Read

Summer Reading for the Beach, Lakefront, Poolside & Beyond If I had to recommend only one book every small business owner should include on their 2018 summer reading list, it would be: Conversationally Speaking: Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness by Alan Garner. It’s definitely worth the time for anyone who needs to start or keep a conversation going, e.g., consultant, vendor/supplier, small business owner of any kind, parent, husband/wife, etc. Why? Because, beyond this being a helpful and easy to read business book, by optimizing your personal communication skills, your small business will likely grow faster. What’s more,...

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How to Motivate Staff in a Hair Salon Including Hairstylists & Makeup Artists

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Jun 2018

How to Motivate Staff in a Hair Salon Including Hairstylists & Makeup Artists

How to Motivate Staff in a Hair Salon One of the most common questions I receive from salon owners is: How do I motivate my hair salon staff? Frankly, there is no one answer. Yet, there is one key approach that’ll help motivate your staff of hairstylists, makeup artists and others. It’s this… Find your staff doing things right. In fact, I recommend setting up reminders to find each of your staff members doing things that positively impact salon growth. These conversations will not take additional time, since you’ll simply be replacing some of your stylists’ conversations with more (organized) positive feedback. Soundbite...

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Creative Summer Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses

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May 2018

Creative Summer Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses

Ah, summertime. That wonderfully warm time of year when many small businesses earn 40 percent or more of their profits for the year due to the onset of tourism. However, for the rest of us, the dog days of summer may be our slowest sales cycle. If June, July and August leave you with empty pockets, first take a look at how you’re packaging your business in order to increase revenue. Ask yourself, is there a better way to position your services and products as a great summer offer? Attract More Customers This Summer Try these 5 marketing strategies coupled...

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How To Know When To Give Up On A Goal Or Project

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Apr 2018

How To Know When To Give Up On A Goal Or Project

Some of us spend so much time trying to accomplish our goals, we overlook contemplating when to give up on them. Frankly, there are goals you’ve set for yourself that may no longer be beneficial. To help you determine when to give up on a goal, I’ll focus on the emotional side of your decision making. Specifically, I recommend contemplating the questions and statements below. Upon reflection, you may come to understand that it’s time to give up on your goal. Interestingly, as a professional business coach, I spend roughly the same amount of time helping clients accomplish goals as I do...

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Why Every Small Business Owner Needs This Book

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Mar 2018

Why Every Small Business Owner Needs This Book

Every Small Business Owner Needs This Book As part of my quest to find business and marketing books that truly help small business owners, I came across a great one written by media and presentation trainer Brad Phillips. It’s called: The Media Training Bible: 101 Things You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know Before Your Next Interview. As a small business owner, you are the spokesperson for your business. Therefore, it’s vital to equip yourself with basic knowledge regarding how to handle the media, including preparing for and managing a media crisis (such as an angry customer). For Example: Suppose you own...

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When Business Suddenly Slows Down Always Look Here For Answers

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Feb 2018

When Business Suddenly Slows Down Always Look Here For Answers

When business suddenly slows down, check these two key operational functions to ensure customers can reach you. #1 — Broken Voicemail For whatever reason, sometimes voicemail systems fail without your knowledge. Therefore, create a reminder to check your voicemail no less than once a month. Literally, call your business phone number and leave a message. Then check your voicemail to make sure the message arrived. Here are some broken items that you may catch during the process: Outdated greeting from your last vacation. Guilty! 🙂 New staff member missing from the phone directory. Phone is connected to a fax line....

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3 Financial Advisor Blog Content Ideas

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Jan 2018

3 Financial Advisor Blog Content Ideas

What follows are three financial advisor blog content ideas and approaches advisors and other financial consultants can use to quickly generate content your target audience is actually interested in. To build trust within your digital community, focus on writing highly personalized and hyper-targeted content. Financial Advisor Blog Content Ideas #1 — Involve Clients As an advisor, managing financial matters comes naturally to you. However, this is not generally the case for your clients. There are questions on their minds that are nagging at them. The key is to ask them about information they’d like to know more about. Furthermore, only...

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