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The Practice of Planning
Leadership in a Small Business
Six Keys To Business Success
Small Business Building Blocks – Marketing
Decided To Start Your Own Business? What Next?

The Practice of Planning

I have identified six things that businesses must do if they are to be successful businesses.

Not all businesses manage to be good at all six things, but all successful businesses – no matter how small – are good at all six things.

These Six Business Success Factors are providing Leadership, good Planning, effective Marketing, Customer Fulfillment, management of Operational Efficiency, and the mastery of its Finance.

This week I’ll discuss the Practice of Planning and how it helps any size business to succeed.

I’ll then set you a challenge that you can undertake over the next 5 days.

It will be fun and more importantly, it will help your business become focused on success.

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Leadership in a Small Business

In this post, I am going to show you why Leadership is a requirement in any business – even a small business.

I am then going to provide you with a simple challenge that you can try out in the next week, a set of simple steps or processes that you can use in your business.

But first, let’s start with why leadership is a requirement in any business.

Through the course of my career in developing and growing businesses, I have observed that business success depends on doing six things well.

These are Leadership, Planning, Marketing, Customer Fulfilment, Operational Efficiency, and Mastering Finance.

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Six Keys To Business Success

Small businesses succeed because their owners do some critical things well.

At times like this when the world is not helping you, when the pandemic shuts your city down, when the economy is in freefall, it seems obvious that we need to apply some emergency strategies as I wrote about in May this year.

But what is less obvious is that any crisis strategy you take to keep your business afloat, even those I recommended, is still based on the key business principles you need to have in your business, whether you are starting up, looking to grow, or reviewing your ability to survive, change or pivot.

Every strategy and tactic to employ now – as they are when you are in the growth phase – should be focused on the six keys to business success.

Even with multiple strategies and tactics in your plans, only those that reinforce these six key attributes are deserving of the focus right now, especially now when you can’t waste time on non-critical use of time and other resources.

If you look after these six key factors, you will be able to do what you plan to do, every time.

In this week’s post, I’d like to explain what these six fundamental attributes are, and how you can apply them in a simple six-day challenge to sustain or grow your small business.

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Small Business Building Blocks – Marketing

I have spent 40 years working with small business owners in the UK, the US, South East Asia, and Australia.

If there is one thing I have learned about growing a small business is that, anywhere you are, a successful small business owner needs to develop six things within their business.

They may have started with an idea or a skill, but ultimately what sets a successful small business owner apart from an unsuccessful one is that they learn to develop these six factors over and above any idea or skill.

I call them The Six Business Success Factors (and further below you can download my free Guide on how you can follow a roadmap to develop yours).

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Decided To Start Your Own Business? What Next?

Have you had enough of working for someone else and decided to start your own business?

Have you just started a new business and it’s in its infancy?

In either case, you may be asking yourself the question “well, here I am, what next?”

Let’s go through a logical number of things you should do when you have decided to start your own business, or even if you have already started but are a bit overwhelmed in those early days.

By the way, I’ve written a free report and checklist about starting your own business which you can get from here.

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