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Top Tips Anniversary

TSBB_Anniversary

Yesterday I posted the 199th “Top 5 Tips” article on The Small Business Blog. These tips are written on a weekly basis (except for a few breaks for Christmas etc.) and the very first one was published on July 29th 2009, meaning the series has been ongoing for nearly four years now. They remain one…

The YOU-nique selling point

I’m no fan of the business trumpeters and I’m not suggesting there is a burst of the glorious “Fanfare for the Common Man” (and woman) every time someone opens your website, but how much do your potential customers know about you? In listing your unique selling points in your business plan, did you list yourself?…

Three Olympics’ Biz Booster Tips

Lowering the Tone Stella McCartney, who designed the Team GB Olympics kit, said ‘You don’t need to sacrifice style for sport’. Stella clearly wasn’t aware that my hapless, hopeless, fashion disaster of an agent, Tony Robinson OBE, was going to attend two weeks of the Olympics. I blame your London Mayor, Boris Johnson. He had…

Customer Value?

Did this with a client yesterday – thought I would share it here. (Scanner needs cleaning, sorry!). Anything to add?

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Logo Design

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. The most memorable business logos are often just icons. 2. Text on a logo is not always necessary if you can come up with a strong enough visual concept. 3. Many logos use only…

Top 5 Tips for Making Your Small Business More ‘Green’

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Use energy efficient lighbulbs in your workplace and take advantage of natural light wherever possible. 2. Recycle any waste that is generated by your business. Try to also reduce your waste output wherever it…

Top 5 Tips for Starting a New Business in 2012

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Don’t be afraid to seek out a mentor to help and guide you. Starting a business is a daunting prospect for many of us. 2. You will need to conduct extensive research – but…

Top 5 Small Business Tips for the New Year

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Look at your competitors and see how their product offering has changed over the course of the year and examine what they’ve done right and wrong. 2. Try to get the year off to…

Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Business Hiring Mistakes

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Be aware that just because a candidate looks good on paper, it doesn’t mean they will be suitable in practice. Consider a structured assessment test to see if their skills meet your expectations. 2.…

Top 5 Tips for Ecommerce at Xmas

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Keep track of what your competitors are doing over the festive period. If they are undercutting you by a huge margin you may wish to react to their price cuts. 2. Add personal touches…

Top 5 Small Business Xmas Tips

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Use the Xmas period as an excellent excuse to conduct marketing activities. Contact all of the people who have purchased from you in the past. 2. Prepare for the festive season well in advance.…

Top 5 Tips for Making Your First Sale

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Offer your product or service at a lower price if someone tells you that they already have a supplier. Reduced risk is always an attractive proposition. 2. Be tenacious when it comes to…

Top 5 Tips for Running Your First Business

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Make sure that your chosen area of business is something that you know and understand, but most importantly it should also be something you enjoy and are enthusiastic about doing. 2. Be frugal…

Top 5 Tips for Overcoming Small Business Problems

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Make sure that you listen to what the other people who work in your business are complaining about. Your staff on the frontline are the ones most likely to first encounter any problems…

Top 5 Offline Marketing Tips for Small Business

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Do a little bit of research and identify the local business groups and events that take place in your area. These are great ways to establish connections and network with potential customers or…

Top 5 Tips for Selecting the Right Small Business Software

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Good small business software should allow you to get an accurate picture of your company very quickly without any hassle. Keeping abreast of the status of your business is particularly important in today’s…

Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Troublesome Customers

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. The most important rule to abide by when dealing with awkward customers (and also potentially the hardest one to stick to) is to remain patient. Becoming impatient with customers is very unprofessional (even…

Top 5 Tips for Disrupting the Market

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. A lot of people have great ideas, but the ones that are truly able to disrupt the market are those who follow through and turn an idea into reality. Try to have confidence…

Top 5 Tips on Selecting the Right Social Network for your Small Business

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Do your research before getting started with social networking. Don’t assume that you can jump straight in and expect to be a great success. All social networks are very different and you will…

Top 5 Tips to Generate Low-Cost Web Traffic for Your Small Business

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. 1. Write articles about your industry that will either inform people or provide valuable advice, then share these articles for free over the Internet. There are countless knowledge portals and article e-zines that are…

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