5: Make it a business practice to use Video conferencing when possible. According to effectivemeetings.com, over 50% of meeting time is unproductive. In addition to reducing travel time, video conferencing can help make your meetings more efficient and result oriented. There are many simple and effective tools to use for virtual (video) meetings, at very low cost.
4. Outsource when possible. You started your company for a reason. That reason, is that you are very good at doing something people pay for. That unique skill doesn’t mean that you are now a CPA. Nor are you expected to be an attorney. Being a business owner doesn’t mean that you are suddenly a marketing whiz. In order to run a profitable business, you need help in areas you are not expert in. Invest in trusted partners that will help you spend more time in your business, instead of on it.
3. Check your business listings on Yelp, Google Places, and other listing sites. I can’t tell you how many times I have looked a business up online only to drive to their old location, or the wrong location. Make sure all of your listings are accurate and up to date.
2. Offer more training for your employees. Well trained employees provide better and faster service to your customers. This will translate into more sales for your business. This is especially important for employees that deal directly with customers or handling cash.
1. Learn how to use social media to promote your company. Everyone knows that word of mouth can make or break your business overnight. Social Media is word of mouth powered by the internet. There are a range of platforms to choose from, depending on your industry and needs. Use 2013 to learn how to manage this powerful tool for your company.