Most of us have heard the expression, “You must grow or you will die!” Sounds extreme, but the reality of this statement is all around us. If a plant does not grow, there’s something stifling its growth and it is going to eventually die. The same principle applies to your business. For your business to thrive, it must expand and grow.
Following are 5 ways to grow and expand your business:
1) As an entrepreneur you are a business owner and it is important to invest in expanding your own knowledge and ability. Very few of us who started an online business had any idea of what was involved and perhaps, like me, you’re still learning. So it’s important to continue to educate yourself on the critical areas in your business. This will often involve connecting with Mentors who have achieved success in their fields. There are Mentors like Denise Wakeman, founder of the Blog Squad, who can help you to gain visibility online.
2) Be willing to stay in touch with market trends and changes in technology. Have you been online for a while? What methods are you using to grow your list of subscribers? How much do you know about Teleseminars and their effectiveness? You may be ready for Kathleen Gage, the Street Smart Marketer, VIP Club, which provides ‘a step by step training program to market online, gain more clients and make more sales.‘
3) Make it a goal to learn something new every week. This is not a far-fetched recommendation. For everything we think we know about a topic, there are dozens, if not more, points to learn. For example, how well do you know the ins and outs of the three basic social networking sites? What services are available that can help to tie Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn together? Do you have to be in front of your computer to send out Tweets during the day? What are Groups and how can you find them?
4) Learn to use your time wisely. We all have the same 168 hours per week yet some business owners manage to accomplish a lot while others just wonder where the time went. Here is one suggestion: If you live in an area where the train or bus service is excellent but traffic is heavy and congested, take the train or the bus sometimes. Have your laptop with you and use the time to do research or reply to important e-mails.
5) Outsource as many tasks as you feel comfortable about letting go. It’s sometimes hard to do this as you want to hold on to the reins. Keep in mind that your time is valuable and you could be focusing on more high value income-producing tasks and opportunities by assigning certain tasks to someone who can complete it in sometimes in a shorter time.
The Internet is a vast, changing world and if your business is to remain a vibrant and viable one that attracts visitors and customers, and experience success online, you must personally grow so that you can also grow and expand your business.
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