There’s no shortage of advice for business owners on the internet. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to get advice and much of it was useless to me.
But there were a few key pieces that I’ve collected over the years that have made a dramatic impact on my business. No-nonsense lessons that I either picked up from people smarter than me, or learned the hard way. It’s the advice that I wish I was given when I first started out in business
It won’t all be useful to you right now, but if just one of these tips is as game-changing for you as it was for me, then I’ll consider this post a success.
So, how’s your filing system? Do you ever have trouble finding a specific document again once you’ve stashed it away? You may even have three or four files that contain the same information but are labeled differently – what a mess! The frantic pace of daily business and life tends to create a temptation to just complete each task as quickly as possible at the expense of order and process–a situation with the potential for escalating problems in the future.
As a low-cost method for connecting with influencers and ferreting out new opportunities, networking remains one of the most effective ways to market your small business.
Unfortunately, putting ourselves out there with the intention of cultivating key business relationships doesn’t come easily to everyone. But that’s okay. Because networking is a skill that can be learned like any other. And while the internet is full of helpful advice, you might want to consider what your bookkeeper can teach you about the ins and outs of a networking system.
After all, building social capital isn’t so very different from building any other type of capital – and growing a business is something accounting professionals know quite a lot about. So, if your attempts to network have been chaotic and haphazard so far, why not see what unexpected benefits lie in adopting a bookkeeping mindset?
Remember when you were a kid and had to eat broccoli or lima beans or split-pea soup? The longer you stared at it the worse it looked. You would dread it. Usually it was cold by the time you got to it which made the taste even worse. It needs to be like ripping off a band-aid. You just gotta close your eyes and dig in so you get it done as quickly as possible.