In recent years, more and more people have become loyal to their pocketbooks versus the business they are patrons of. This is something most small business are oblivious to because they are just focused on making money right now in this very moment, versus concerning themselves with keeping customers coming back.
Sometime last year, a friend sent me an introduction email to another business owner, I am using introduction loosely because I knew nothing about the women I was being introduced too. This made the follow-up correspondence awkward from both of our ends. There was no substance of why we were being introduced or why we needed to connect with each other, outside of our mutual friend saying so. Today, I wanted to share how to write an epic introduction email that establishes meaningful connections.
Running a small business is pricey compared to what social media teaches you. Even as a service based company, I still have serious overhead to run my company on a yearly. A plethora of the information I am sharing below are tax write offs you can utilize when filling your taxes. If you, have not called your accountant to file your taxes please make sure to add that to your schedule. I tend to call my accountant the first week of the year and schedule my appointment for around March. In addition to that, we meet at the start of the year to talk fisical goals, taxes and more. Just as it’s important to have a relationship with your business banker, you need one with a CPA or accountant in your city.
Okay, we are a day into 2017 a fresh Monday morning to get the blood flowing and ready for the next 364 days of greatness. Sidenote isn’t it rather amazing that this year started on a Sunday, maybe I never noticed years prior, but it feels amazing. Well, today I want to share the top four ways to kick start your new year off right for your small business. These four tips are small, but particular tips that you can implement today.
For some reason, I have been rather emotional as the year comes to a close this is not something normal. First, note I am writing this the week of Thanksgiving there might be some changes later, but I highly doubt it. Today, I want to share my six lessons I learned about myself, my company and life this year.
One of the biggest investments you will make into your business is your companies overall brands look. One of the most important aspects of this will be your logo. There is a multitude of ways to have your business be represented by your logo. As you can tell by the various companies, I have launched I prefer word base logos. I love the simplicity of a great font paired with the right color. In addition to that, you can tell I have a love affair with scripted font.
Okay, people, we are in the home stretch of the year being over. Don’t ask where has the year gone, because we all know where it has gone, laughs. Today, I want to focus on how to make 2017 the best year yet for you and your business. Outlining four things you need to focus on before trying to walk into the new year with “this is my year” mentality but be defeated by February because you didn’t plan accordingly.
The amount of stress a small business owner takes on is high. There is no way I can express how much stress I have in my life from running my business, taking care of myself and my mother. Some people might think, I make it look easy, or my life is easy, but it’s not. I chose to focus on other things in life and not complain. I figure things out on a daily basis and keep it moving. However, when life becomes a little too much for me to handle I just stop. I legit don’t work for 24-48 hours and just decompress. My favorite way to decompress is binge watching Netflix. You know we are all familiar with Netflix and Chill. Learn how you can Netflix and Chil to help you the creative entrepreneur decompress.
I can honestly say this year was the year of learning on how to live on less, but still, pay off debt. Too many times, I hear people say they do not have the income to get out of debt or save. I am calling all times of bullshit on that excuse. Its all about your priorities and what you want in life. One of my goals is to be debt free, so I can do more. Not just for myself but those around me. This year, I increased my credit score drastically without hiring some credit expert, I have saved money, and I have paid more on my student loans than ever before. Oh did I mention my income has gone drastically down from not only previous years but from what I was making at the start of the year to now?
So, last month I saw one of my clients while I was at his current place of employment. He mentioned that his internet was down and couldn’t do work. He did not want to per se go somewhere such as Starbucks or cafe to utilize their internet access. He asked me what could he do to further his business when his internet service was down, being the person I am I provide him a list of options. Then I thought this would be a great blog post for when you have spare time and do not know what to do.
Early one November day, it hit me what would it be like if I had an extra “$1,000” for my business in the new year. The thought of the extra cash flow made me think of the things I would love to invest in to help my business grow. In addition to that, starting the year with $1,000 could transform my business situation. Getting me months ahead verse covering month to month. Next, thought was how could I make this happen. Last month, I wrote an article talking about no limits and bold actions regarding moving yourself forward. All these thoughts, helped me outline how I can increase my bank account by $1,000 for 2017 business year.