It's Small Business Week, and we're coming atcha with our top 3 small business tips.
Whether you're a small business owner just starting out, or been in the game for a while, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Comment below or send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with any others and we'll make sure to add them to the list.
Here's our personal favorites...
1. Ignore almost everybody.
SO many people are going to come to you with advice or ideas as a small business owner. Most of this advice you simply have to ignore. If you took into account every person's idea or way of looking at things, you'd constantly be pulled in a billion different directions.
Now, of course you don't have to be rude about it, of course ;)
One of my favorite phrases is...
'That's a great idea, I'll look into it.'
That's all you have to say (with a smile on your face). Then you can either implement or ignore and be on your way.
The truth is, you need to keep in mind why YOU started the business in the first place. What path do you want to take it on? How big or small do you want it to be? What's your goal?
A lot of small business owners I've chatted with over the years get caught up in the day to day aspects and what they 'should' do. It's easy to forget about WHY you started in the first place with the bustle of everyday life.
Be careful at what advice + ideas you give attention to, and keep that focus on what you really want, for yourself and for the business each and every day.
2. Be willing to pivot rapidly.
Speed paired with consistency is the name of the game in small business. If you do the right things for long enough, you will be successful. So how do you figure out what the right things are?
Basically, you try a lot of things.
Most won't work, a few will.
When something doesn't work (or is less successful than you hoped), take a few minutes to reflect why it didn't and move on. It doesn't help to spend days, weeks, or meeting upon meeting discussing why it didn't work and dwelling on the past.
There are so many factors that can cause a product, launch, idea, etc to flop completely or be a raging success. Establish what you can learn from the mistakes and push forward.
3. Focus on your strengths.
When you're first starting out, you'll need to do everything and anything to get the business off the ground. It's important to acknowledge what you're good at (or enjoy working on) early on. Once you are able to outsource or build a team, make sure you're looking for people who complement your skill set and are (ideally) good at the things you're not.
It wastes time to try to force yourself to get better at things you just aren't good at -- it's more important to double down on what you rock at and get help with the things you struggle with.
That's our top three, but of course there are tons more!
Have a question? Comment below or email me at email@example.com -- I'd love to help.