The Best Advice For Small Businesses From Experts Who Have Lived It

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The Best Advice For Small Businesses From Experts Who Have Lived It

  1. 1. best advice forTheSMALL BUSINESSESfrom experts who have lived it
  2. 2. Did you know that…OVER 50% OF AMERICANSOWN OR WORK FOR A SMALL BUSINESS?
  3. 3. Did you know that…SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE 2/3OF NEW JOBS IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR?
  4. 4. Did you know that…THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL SMALLBUSINESS WEEK?
  5. 5. NATIONALSMALL BUSINESSWEEKTHAT’S RIGHT LADIESAND GENTLEMEN...
  6. 6. NATIONALSMALL BUSINESSWEEKTHAT’S RIGHT LADIESAND GENTLEMEN...is now
  7. 7. TO CELEBRATE AND SHAREALL THEBIGTHINGS SMALL BUSINESSESARE DOING
  8. 8. We askedsmall business ownersto share their best adviceon all the tips and tricks of running aSMALL BUSINESS
  9. 9. Here’s aat what they said…LOOK
  10. 10. “In my opinion, the greatest key to smallbusiness success is to not hold your cardstoo close to your chest. Tell people aboutyour great idea. Tell anyone who willlisten. Actively seek feedback from thelarger community as a whole, with aparticular emphasis on potentialcustomers. Youll be surprised at howmany people will be both willing and ableto contribute."Craig Brown, Founder & CEORecruitment Rocket
  11. 11. "Starting a small business is like riding an intenseroller coaster. There are tons of twists, turns, loops,ups & downs. Sometimes you manage the businessthinking about the next quarter and sometimes itsjust managing hour by hour. The key is to stayfocused and enjoy the thrill of the ride."Eric Dosal, Co-Founder & CEOBrightGauge Software
  12. 12. “Unlike huge corporations, as a small businessowner you have a chance to interact with yourcustomers face-to-face on a daily basis. Bytreating each and every touch point as anopportunity to gain a better understanding of yourcustomers, you’re ensuring your small businesswill continue to grow and evolve to meet theirunique needs and expectations.”Shawn Graham, Small Business Owner, Fast CompanyBlogger, and Marketing Consultant to Small Businesses
  13. 13. “People say that small businesses arehard work, but the reality is that its hardwork like youve never known -- youeat, sleep, live, and breathe yourbusiness. Theres nothing harder, buttheres also nothing better -- smallbusiness owners are some of the theworlds most wonderful, dedicated, andintelligent innovators."Laura Fitton, Inbound EvangelistHubSpot
  14. 14. “Flickr co-founder Caterina Fakeonce said, ‘So often people areworking hard at the wrong thing.Working on the right thing isprobably more important thanworking hard.’ After working hardfor 13 years as a small businessowner, these words ring true with memore than ever.”Mark Lingo, PresidentPrecise Hire
  15. 15. “Being a small business owner isthe best. Its incredibly hard but itsbeen totally worth it. I love creating-- and I love being a part of a teamthat cares about people and caresabout telling stories. I doubt Icould have a tougher job -- and Imsure I couldnt have one that is morerewarding.”Ryan Koral, OwnerTell
  16. 16. our greatest returns have come from taking  andtackling real problems on behalf of our potential customers andpartners."Arlyn Davich, CEO & FounderPayPerksunconventional paths“Trust your idea enough to know that it can challenge the status quo --
  17. 17. “Network to find like-minded business people whoyou can talk to about your day-to-day activities.Decompressing, venting, sounding bored --whatever you want to call it -- they will seesolutions that are hidden in plain sight. Maybe you’llanswer your own questions once you hearyourself out loud. You’ll do them the same favourin return. And dont limit it to just a few people --make it a larger circle and make it social. Like atemporary, rotating, casual advisory board.Refreshments wouldn’t hurt.”Mark Hudson, PresidentGuardian Call
  18. 18. “Take at least one family vacation a year. Its easy for smallbusiness owners to be completely consumed by their business, andits imperative to let your family know they are your number onecustomer on a regular basis."Melinda Emerson, Small Business Expert and Author
  19. 19. “You demonstrate your best-in-the-worldstatus by using your brain to create best-in-the-world content for your business. The smallbusinesses that do this won’t need a bigmarketing budget to get traction and disrupt --and eventually displace -- legacy companies.It takes hard work and brainpower, sure, butthose aren’t things most SMB marketers Iknow are afraid of.”Brian Halligan, Co-Founder & CEOHubSpot
  20. 20. That’s all folks.THANKS FORTUNING IN…
  21. 21. SMALL BUSINESS WEEKkeep celebratingCheck out these resourcesfor small businesses fromHUBSPOT

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