The Shortsightedness of Small Business Owners

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Why do small business owners continue to as they say “cut off their noses to spite their faces?” ” This behavior is not just for small business owners, but extends into those in management or any leadership positions.

The Biggest Small Business Dilemma

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Right now possibly the biggest small business dilemma involves technology specific to the apps that will deliver the best results specific to sales productivity and management. There are what I call two shadow problems to this small business dilemma.

Time for Small Business Mindset Flip

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How many times have you heard small business owners discussing the cost verb? These dollars are being washed down the profit drain, day after day to the angst of the small business owner.

The Dangerous Assumptions For Small Businesses

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How many dangerous assumptions do small businesses live with every day? These assumptions almost seem to pull the business owners into a hole or a void. Here are three areas where I have found these dangerous assumptions alive and well for many small businesses.

The Misidentification of Small Business Problems Continues

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Small business problems fall into one of two categories: People. Unfortunately, many leaders misidentify these small business problems as symptoms. ” Every week, I receive at least one call from small business owners who have a “sales problem.”

The Wisdom Required for Small Business Coaching

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The topic was “inspiration” respective to executive to small business coaching. ” I have remembered these two simple definitions as I continue in my own executive and small business coaching practice.

The Brand Befuddlement by Small Businesses

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Beyond sales befuddling many small businesses, mention the word brand and receive even more questionable looks. small business brand emotional marketing value executive coach Leanne Hoagland-Smith Marketing marketing materials Sales small businesses

The Uncomfortable Small Business Truths

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” In today’s crazy busy global marketplace, small business owners, entrepreneurs, C Suite executive and even sales people all have certain uncomfortable small business truths that they cannot handle.

The H2H Small Business Advantage

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Being a small business is very tough in a crowded marketplace. of all businesses here in the US under 20 employees, smart professionals quickly seek any small business advantage. Nothing will replace the H2H small business advantage.

The Greatest Excuse for Small Businesses

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How many times do we hear from small businesses “I don’t have the money?” The greatest excuse, the most damaging one to small business growth is this one: “I don’t have time.”

Lumping Small Business into Big Business Research

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Mid-size to small business have few statistical resources to make strategic marketing or selling decisions. The majority of business research is with the larger firms of 100 employees or more that comprise less than 1% of US businesses. of all US businesses.

The Small Business Sales Malady

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In small business sales, this condition seems plentiful. And worse yet, the malady is usually misdiagnosed because the small business owner to entrepreneur to C Suite executive believes the bad condition resides in the salesperson. This is a small registration fee of $9.97

What Small Business Owners Want and Cannot Seem to Find

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The super majority of small business owners want more sales. Small business owners who are hurting for sales do not have deep pockets to pay for a recruiter. Small Business Coaching Tip: Many small business sales roles are a combination of marketing and selling. #2

The Idea Fart Small Business Syndrome

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Entrepreneurs and small business owners continue to expand local economies. In some instances, I believe the word plan has become a four letter dirty word for small business professionals.

The Art Of Small Business – #Contest

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There isn’t a small business in Canada that doesn’t want to be more innovative in their thinking, products and processes. Don’t miss out on your chance to gain a competitive advantage and network with over 1,300 attendees from Canada’s most up and coming small businesses.

The Wearing What Hat Reality Drains Small Business Owners

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With over 70% of all US businesses being non-employed (entrepreneurs without employees) and 97.7% Just One Day in the Life of a Small Business Owner. Working IN the Business versus On the Business. Time is one aspect of business that once it is gone, it is gone.

Marching to the Add Value Beat for Small Businesses

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Isn’t your life crazy enough without having to worry about the “add value” beating of the drums by small business coaches to strategic business growth consultants? Seems like everyone has some idea of how you can add value to win more business.

Small Business Saturday Is America’s Economic Engine

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Today’s American economy is driven by small business and today, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is dedicated as Small Business Saturday. Here are some facts about small businesses here in the US. Small businesses reaped $5.7

Forward Thinking Small Business Owners Make Time For…

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“Got no time” is not a statement you will hear from any forward thinking small business owners. No, these small business leaders will make time for: Answering the phone. Working ON the business.

The Ongoing Fear of Small Business Competition

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Fear of small business competition appears to be integrated into the DNA of many enterprising individuals. These small business folks are so fearful of another competitor hanging his or her shingle up to because the market is already crowded enough.

Staying Ahead in Small Business Sales

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So many people want to increase small business sales. Yesterday in listening to a small business, professional services client share how he is using this downtime for personal reflection and planning, I was tickled pink. Yes life is more than just small business sales.

The Scary Fear of Numbers Paralyzes Small Businesses

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” For many small businesses they potentially experience Halloween “trick or treat” weekly because of their internal fear of numbers. To start small, the key numbers revolve around marketing, selling and keeping loyal customers activities such as: Marketing.

Surface Solutions Slam Small Business Success

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The needs to increase sales and to secure sustainable business growth are two of the constants for small businesses. Sometimes these overworked entrepreneurs seek outside support to help them in one or more of these needs for their own small business success. What happens in many instances is one of these two scenarios: Unrealistic expectations by the small business owner respective to the desired results (AKA the quick fix).

Brain Farts and Small Business Start Ups

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Being an entrepreneur for many small business start ups begins as a brain fart. She mentioned joining a chamber to a formal business to business networking group.

Small Business Leadership Roles Continue To Change

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of all small businesses are small business with 99 employees or less. This transition has dramatically changed the small business leadership roles. According to the US Census Bureau in 2010, 98.2%

Best Small Business Blogs – 2015

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If you missed the Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 (as culled by FitSmallBusiness.com) – take a look.

Nothing Is Sometimes the Better Path for Small Businesses

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Taking action, doing something is usually touted as the better path for growing small businesses. This data runs against the prevailing attitude being sold to small business owners about having an emotionally compelling subject line by many marketing experts.

3 Reasons to Market Your Small Business Like A Drug Dealer

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Author: Andrew Frazier You need to market your small business like a drug dealer. Small business owners can learn a lot from analyzing what drug dealers do in terms of defining their target market, performing marketing activities, and building relationships.

Walk Softly When Marketing Your Small Business

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Social media has exploded the marketing possibilities for any small business. Maybe this is because of all the now “LinkedIn experts” who are providing advice as how to increase sales leads through this very popular business to business site.

Mobile Marketing Tips for Small Business

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It has become paramount if you want your small business to thrive in the mobile-first world. Moreover, the vast majority of prospects will visit a local business after they have acquired the information they need through mobile search. While they will take the time to read a long article (if it’s good enough to worth their attention,) the vast majority of content they prefer comes in small bite sizes.

Is Your Small Business Online Presence Your Achilles’ Heel?

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Yesterday I received a LinkedIn invite from a second degree connection who said she was a social media and online business consultant. Today, any small business (defined by under 20 employees) must have a viable online presence.

Slow Down Sparky to Speed Up Your Small Business Growth

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Today’s marketplace is a whirlwind of activity with a substantial focus around small business growth. From networking events to content marketing to sales appointments, salespeople to small business owners resemble more often than not the Looney Tunes’ Tasmanian Devil.

The Common Conundrum for Small Business Sales

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Small business owners including many not for profits love their solutions. Newsflash … Small business solutions do not market or sell themselves. Sales marketing and selling sales leads sales professionals small business small business sales

Stop Whining, Start Leading Your Small Business

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Small business owners and sales management love to whine about poor sales. This report also lists 4 key characteristics of good salespeople for small businesses to large ones. ” Poor Leadership by Small Business Owners and Sales Management.

A New Consciousness for Small Business?

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Even though more and more individuals are taking the plunge as entrepreneurs and small business owners, they are facing an uphill battle not only with all of the other small businesses but a culture that seems to vilify profits and being a capitalist in general.

What Makes Your Small Business Different?

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Today’s marketplace is very crowed with a new small business popping up every day or so it appears. So what makes your small business different? Additionally, my business model was based upon proven business models and today more is needed.

The Unused Small Business Communication Strategy

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What this colleague was asking for was a specific and often unused small business communication strategy of how to apply emotional intelligence within his written message. Emotional intelligence is a proven leadership skill and can be reflected within your small business communication.

The Endless Small Business Stream of Got No Excuses

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Boy if I had a dime for every time I hear one of these “got no” excuses from small business owners, I would indeed be a millionaire. One of my colleagues years ago said “We drive by more business than we will ever have.”

Art Of Small Business Update

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Wanted to let you all know that another great speaker has been added to the lineup for The Art Of Small Business in Toronto October 21st. Brett Wilson is proof that it’s possible to succeed in business without losing your principles. Gerber – Small Business Guru & Author of the Mega-Bestseller E-Myth Revisited. JJ Ramberg – Host of MSNBC’s Your Business & Author of It’s Your Business.

The 3 Minus 1 Small Business Reality

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Years ago I heard my father shared this small business reality. How many in small business sales have the belief that pricing is the ultimate sales objection? ” When it comes to small business, Dad said customers or clients will not buy from: People they do not know.

The Power of a United Small Business Community

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Being just one small business owner in a sea of many is difficult. Then he made an outreach to a united small business community of sales trainers to sales coaches asking each of them to leave a comment as the plagiarizer posted this content on LinkedIn Pulse.

Why Social Media and Not Email for Small Businesses?

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Some interesting research suggests small businesses prefer social media over email marketing. Small businesses have limited resources. Possibly, many of these small businesses have had negative experiences with email marketing. Unfortunately, many who engage in small business marketing focus on social media even though these providers have a very limited social media presence.

Let Socrates Three Filters Spur Your Small Business Growth

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Are you making your small business growth harder than it could be? Maybe you may wish to consider Socrates Three Filters as a small business growth behavior. This increase has also increased my small business growth.