This guest post was brought to you by Joe Elton on behalf of Linkury – helping small businesses maximize their profits.
If you are like most small business owners, your aim is to turn your small business into a big business. However, on the way to getting there, you will surely face many challenges that you must overcome. During this process, you will discover a lot about yourself and whether or not you are in fact cut out for expanding your business.
The Internet Reigns Supreme In Business
Whether you are running your own small business or a multinational corporation, chances are that you are competing on the same stage. The Internet is the playing field for virtually every business and once you step on the field you have a 24/7 business. The implications of this are profound. Just think about it, had somebody told you a mere decade ago that you could compete with a multinational, you would’ve laughed. However, these days, if you have the vision, ability, and are willing to work harder and can adapt to the ever-changing business world, you can (and must) compete with the big boys.
Your website must be optimized for performance as well as search. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a fact of life for businesses on the web – keywords, links and backlinks, and an optimized front-end to attract and keep users on your site are just a few things to consider. All of this must be done with the aim of converting online visitors into customers – as this is what it takes to succeed in business today.
If you don’t know how to achieve this, consult the experts. The costs are very reasonable today to set up strategies to optimize your business.
Success Goes Beyond the Front-End
It’s great having a compelling website with a great design and killer content, but the world doesn’t begin and end with just the surfers. If your website is doing what it was designed to do and is generating conversions, then chances are you are a very busy little beaver. Given that you are a small operation, you need to find ways to automate, so that you are working as productively and efficiently as possible. This is where your back-end comes into it.
From the sending of confirmation emails to ordering, printing labels, stock control, and even accounting, the more integrated, sophisticated, and easy to use your back-end operation is, the more time you will have to spend on other parts of your business.
Social Media is Crucial for Businesses Today
If you want your Web presence to succeed, you must have a social media presence. With literally billions of loyal adherents all over the world, social media is your easiest and cheapest method of reaching the masses – gathering their thoughts and opinions (without the need of a marketing firm) and addressing their needs.
There are dozens of different social media sites. The ones you choose will depend on what you have to offer and who your audience is. Will a focused presence on Instagram or Pinterest serve your purposes better than a YouTube presence or do you require all three? This may change over time but one thing is sure, if you do not have a social media presence, the youth of today (customers of tomorrow) will consider you obsolete.
Taking Care of the Pennies
Many of us are aware of the old saying, “Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.” Small business owners can make use of this saying from two perspectives. Firstly, you should literally watch every cent and how it is spent because money is valuable and difficult to come by. Of course, sometimes you have to spend money to make money – when doing so, make sure to do so wisely. Secondly, this proverb is also a reference to making sure that you don’t procrastinate and let things build up. Don’t put things off – complete tasks when they should be done to ensure that your business runs efficiently.
Running a small business is not an easy task by any means – and many small businesses do indeed fail. However, this doesn’t mean that as a small business owner you cannot or will not succeed, it just means that you are going to have to work your socks off and be very smart about how you go about your business. To succeed, you will have to work harder and smarter than your competitors; however, when you do finally succeed, the rewards will be both financially and emotionally worthwhile.