Epic Pieces of Advice for Small Business Owners

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Apr 17, 2019

Apr 17, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

There are 30.2 million small businesses in the United States. And while 80% of new small businesses succeed in their first year of business, within five years, around half have failed. 

The reasons why businesses fail often have to do with money, no market need, and being outcompeted. But there are steps you can take to ensure your business lasts for the long haul. 

If you're looking for small business owner tips, keep reading. We're sharing with you our seven favorite tips for small business owners. 

1. A Small Business Needs a Solid Team

One of the best pieces of advice for small business owners is that you can't, and shouldn't do everything on your own. You have to build a solid team of people you can rely on and trust to help you run and manage your business.

Hire employees who are smarter and more talented than you. Invest in your employees and show appreciation. 

Make sure they realize how much you value their input and contributions. Create a positive working environment. 

A happy, motivated team will keep your business running smoothly. A group of disgruntled employees who care more about their paycheck than the work will only end up destroying your business.

2. Learn How to Delegate

Owning a small business means the owner often has to wear many hats. But that doesn't mean it's your responsibility to do everything.

No one person is good at everything. And trying to be your own accountant, bookkeeper, attorney, and marketing expert doesn't work.

You'll burn yourself out quickly and end up making some major mistakes. Also, there are myriad benefits to delegating such as:

  • You'll develop better skills as a manager
  • Delegating increases communication
  • Saves time
  • Employees feel more confident and capable

Even if you can't afford to hire employees, make the investment in your business and yourself by outsourcing specific tasks to the experts. 

3. Know Your Customer Base

No business sells to everyone. Not even McDonalds or Coca-Cola. 

Instead, there are specific people out there who will love, buy, and use your product or service. As a business owner, it's your job to know exactly who they are.

But you also need to know how these people tick and what makes them want to buy products or services like yours. Use software to help you keep track of your customers. 

Here are a few things you need to know about your customers:

  • Who they are
  • What they do
  • Why they buy
  • How they buy
  • How much money they have
  • What they think of your business
  • Why they buy from you

The more you understand how your market base thinks and operates, the easier it is to deliver to them exactly what they want. 

4. Clear Out the Clutter

Clutter causes anxiety and depression. No one thinks clearly when clutter is around them.

But clutter is more than just papers and products lying about your office. If your head has too much clutter in it, it's hard to make a decision. 

By eliminating everything you don't use, like or need from your personal and professional life, you gain the space to find some clarity. The more space you have to find that clarity, the easier it is to make decisions.

That's because clutter is often the result of a bad decision that was motivated by guilt, shame or fear. When you get rid of the clutter, it's easier to make smart decisions made from inspiration. 

5. Keep Learning

One of the best owner tips you can use is to never stop learning. Even if you've been in business for 20 years, there's always something new to learn.

Keep an eye on what's happening with new technologies in your field. They may help to make a process cheaper, easier, and/or more efficient.

Listen to new ideas coming from other people. They may know something you don't that can attract new customers. 

Continuing your education makes it easier to stay ahead of your competition. It also helps you to avoid problems or mistakes. 

And, learning also helps you make smart decisions such as determining when it's time to retire. Click here to learn more about retiring.

6. Create Systems for Everything

Pay attention to the latest technologies and tools which can help you automate tasks. The more you're able to streamline processes, the fewer mistakes you and your employees will make. 

Also, creating systems for how each position is performed and where things are kept means you can all spend more time and resources growing your business. 

Here's how to create effective systems:

  • Take inventory
  • Create a process
  • Determine how you can automate or create more efficient systems
  • Continuously improve

And just because you have a system in place, that doesn't mean it can't stand some improvement. Always check to see if there are new ways to perform tasks that are easier and more reliable. 

7. Fix Problems and Issues Immediately

Even minor issues can grow into something large if you ignore them. Instead, once a problem or issue arises, focus on finding ways to improve or eliminate the issue. 

This is especially true for when things are going well for your business. Don't ignore an issue just because it's small. Pounce on it immediately and fix the issue.

Enlist the help of your employees to help you spot problems immediately. Create systems to help you find and eliminate issues or hazards so everyone stays safe.

Doing so makes it a lot easier to bounce back during tough times. And it puts you in a position where you're less liable against potential lawsuits due to ignoring potential hazards or issues.

Ignoring issues until they become huge problems also usually means it's harder and much more expensive to fix in the end. 

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