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SMB's Investing in Their Future!

The Small Business Community Network (SBCN) offers our members and guests the chance to speak at the monthly events we host. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the person and the business, and the audience benefits by gaining knowedge via the wonderful presentations.

Don't be Anti-Social in 2014

With Facebook having turned ten years old this month, it’s becoming harder to remember what the Internet was like before Social Media. Liking, Tweeting and Find us on Facebook are all terms that are now woven into our digital subconscious.

BE HEARD

Social Media is something that most business owners are told “You need to be on it”. We disagree. Your business should be on a select few Social Networks that actually make sense for the type of business you’re in. At a high-level here are some things to help narrow your view:

Security Resolutions

It’s a new year, and whilst we look forward to new opportunities and ahead to new challenges, we must also remember the existing ones.

Many of us draft up New Years’ Resolutions as a way of kick starting the year and doing the things we know we should focus on, but perhaps haven’t. I’d like to encourage you to do something similar around security. The good news is that some of these resolutions might be easier to achieve than your commitment to the gym, or eating fewer carbs!

It's That Time of The Year - Tax Time!

I have never been happier since I handed over the accounting tasks to someone else; being a business owner I have to concentrate on what I do best to ensure I continue to be successful.

But, whether you take care of the accounting for your business, or someone else does it, it's always a good idea to have an understanding of that side of the business and this can easily be done via information on the web, reading books, articles and suchlike.

You Don't Need to Advertise Your Business Everyone Knows Who You Are!

Don't spend money advertising your business. Don't use Social Media to raise awareness about who you are and what you do. In fact sit in your office and just wait, you never know that magic wand might just work!

Obviously I am talking a whole lot of rubbish, and If I gave that advice to the small business owners I advise then I would be out of a job as they would have no business without any customers.

Use a Professional Email Address

Often you will come across a business that may have a domain name and website, but still use a Gmail, Yahoo, Rogers or Bell email address. There are many reasons why you should not use one of these addresses for business purposes or even personal use, as I will explain.

Content Marketing is Key

The Small Business Community Network (SBCN) offers our Members the chance to share their content with the world. Here is a great example of why this offers your business benefits that can enable you to be seen, be noticed and be even more successful.

 

http://www.slideshare.net/michaelbrenner/33-stats-on-content-marketing

 

Brian Tracy on Goals 2014

I reently listened to Brian Tracy discuss goals and how to make 2014 your best year ever.

For me, there were some very simple, yet practical takeaways from his presentation.  Not least among them was his suggestion that we need to be clear about our goals but flexible about our process to achieve them.  I wonder how often our personal experience bias gets in our way and prevents us from being as flexible as we could be?

It was also interesting to think about the three major obstacles that prevent goal achievement, as presented by Brian.  He suggested that they are:

Your Small Business Tour Guide: Finding Success: TELUS Talks Business

LindaOJ here co-founder of the Small Business Community Network (SBCN) and this is the last blog post in my series Your Small Business Tour Guide. As every small business owner knows building strong foundations at the very early stages of planning your business is essential but now you are ready to go and this is where you will benefit from all the planning, networking and reach the success you have been working towards.

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