Over the next few posts we will be looking at things you can do in your business to:
– gain the education and experience you need to learn important and useful business skills directly related to your success,
– present your business in the best light as one that is real and credible,
– grow your business beyond being just a startup that doesn’t go anywhere,
– expand your mind and your opportunities for new business ideas, new products, and creative solutions to business problems,
– ensure that you understand the wants of your customers so that your business stays up-to-date and relevant in your niche market.
In this discussion, the subject or niche that your business deals in is really not important.
Even if some of these ideas don’t apply to your own business situation, they all are important to consider as part of your arsenal of skills and knowledge necessary to be a profitable business operator.
Who is able to foresee the future of your business?
Chances are pretty good that you will see some major detours or new directions in your business operation as you move forward.
Many successful businesses got that way because they were willing to adapt, be flexible, and open to new ideas and opportunities that came along.
Which brings us to our first business growth idea:
Understand, with crystal-like clarity, exactly what your business is, what it does, and how you will generate revenue.
Some might call this a mission statement, but the idea is actually a bit more comprehensive than that.
You need to know what your are and how you’re going to make money.
Keep it as simple as you can.
Keep it straightforward and easily discernible in the eyes of your prospects.
If your customer is at all confused about what he’s seeing when he stops at your web site, he will never give you his money.
Try this experiment: see if you can explain exactly what your business does in 15 words or less.
Get rid of all the adjectives and fluff. Dump the sidelights and peripheral modifiers.
Get to the core or essence of what you are about.
Concentrate of the major benefit you are to your customer.
What will he get out of doing business with you?
Sometimes this statement is a description of who your perfect customer is.
Be sure to use this very short and succinct explanation early and often in your business so there is absolutely no misunderstanding in your prospect’s mind about what he is here for.
Don’t be afraid to be very specific.
The more you can drill down and identify your reason for being in business, the easier it will be to target your perfect customer in your niche and market your business to that person.
To your online business success,