Top 10 Rules for Small Business Success

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1.Target
You are not all things to all people. Decide on your niche--narrow your focus and broaden your appeal.

2.Be Different
If your competitors are doing it, don't. Stand out from an overcrowded marketplace where so much of the advertising and products look the same.

3.Build a Team
Don't hire an employee to fill a position. Employ a person to be part of a team to build your business.

4.Be Fast
Time is the most precious commodity. When delivery is expected Friday, show up Thursday afternoon. Return calls and emails now.

5.Say Thank You
A lot. Tell your customers and employees how much you appreciate them. Better yet, do it the old fashioned way: take pen to paper and write them a note.

6.Be Consistent
Make sure your business has a consistent look and feel. A customer must get the same flavor from everyone within your organization. Always.

7.Smile
Throw out the reasons you think people buy from you like price, product quality or your warranty. They buy because they like you.

8.Fanatical Optimism
The glass must always be half full. Attitude will always win out in the end and infect all of those around you.

9.Sell Soft
Don't ever hard sell. Solve problems. Satisfy wants. Do what is truly best for your customer.

10.Leave Your Comfort Zone
Never accept the idea that this is the way you've always done it. Never accept that a new idea or technology could never work for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Johnson
    Very helpful.....thank you so much for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author melltonroper
    Pretty good lists...Thanks for the share buddy
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  • Profile picture of the author mervyngoh
    Thanks for sharing especially point 5, gratitude is important , give mean receive too
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  • Profile picture of the author Susovan
    agreeing with what ever has been discussed, I would like to add that personality, leadership skill development, better communication skill and approach are also vey important. For small businesses management of the business is a serious concern. it has been found that most f the time communication fails due to folly of the top management regarding communication. Do not spend much on promotion.........remember you always need one satisfied customer to get more in future, thanks to good word of mouth.

    Save money when it's possible. do not employ too many ppl at the beggingas this will involve cost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I would say that number three is the most overlooked aspect of a business be it big or small. Too often are employees treated as peasants who should be thankful for their meager salaries. If you properly motivate your team, results inevitably get better, profits are raised, and everyone wins. Its the easiest way to boost a business, yet no one does it.
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    • Profile picture of the author ENJ Media
      Great list. Thanks for sharing!
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      • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
        This isn't "sharing," it's stealing content from other sites. What gives you the right to steal content and pretend that you wrote it? You do realize that stealing content and posting it in the WF is against the rules, don't you?
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        • Profile picture of the author IprovideSEO
          This is a good list but surprisingly different than a similar one I read on Yahoo. The Yahoo article made some valid points such as;
          1. Don't let your personal life interfere with work (divorce).
          2. Make money for your clients and treat them with respect (usually they will return the favor).
          3. If your small business fails the first few times around you are in the majority, what makes you different is you learn from failures and find something that works
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        • Profile picture of the author dorianjohn425
          Originally Posted by Gail_Curran View Post

          This isn't "sharing," it's stealing content from other sites. What gives you the right to steal content and pretend that you wrote it? You do realize that stealing content and posting it in the WF is against the rules, don't you?
          Just curious...Is this true? From what site?
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  • very good list nice share, client is king.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Rob
    Very Helpful List. Thanks!!
    I will Surely Imply it on Myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edie47
    Re: Target - narrow my niche. That is the second time I've read that today. The first time, I thought about it for a bit - this time I'm thinking maybe Someone is trying to tell me something!

    Good points, all! Thanks for sharing this list.
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  • Profile picture of the author bank1010
    great post ... thanks so much
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    • Profile picture of the author ENJ Media
      Number 5 (Saying "Thank You") is a rule that I'm finding more and more small businesses, and large businesses as well, not taking head to lately. But saying "thank you", along with having great customer service, can mean the difference between your business being a success or your business going under.
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  • Profile picture of the author tmoby
    I think number 8 is the most important. Its amazing how people change around good energy.
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  • Profile picture of the author SUPER Louie
    Thanks for this!
    I think you should add - Document your problems and find solutions for them so that you can show it among colleagues, and they won't commit the same mistakes.
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    I think writing a thank you note sounds simple, but it really goes a long way
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  • Profile picture of the author Edwin101
    Great list ! Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author Chad Markus
    just do whatever your doing better than anyone else out there.....easy success
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  • Profile picture of the author Kelsy Scott
    Wow, I love it thanks for the great advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vikki
    This is very helpful, really appreciate sharing this with us
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  • Profile picture of the author gearys57
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    interesting... will try to apply these
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  • Profile picture of the author Arima Brunson
    That are some nice tips, thanks for sharing. All are important and helpful, but I love the one "Don't forget to Smile"
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    Thanks so much for the info!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author kmids
    "The only sustainable competative advantage is to learn faster than the competition"
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  • Profile picture of the author krtinberg
    Good share! Lots of important things people don't realize as important when starting their small businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author uebomoyi
    I think the most important thing by far is to leave your comfort zone. Whether you are doing something you are afraid of or doing something that you procrastinate on, I believe that doing something that makes you uncomfortable is a vital key to success for your online business. I wasn't very fond of video marketing but I started to do more of it and I started to get more opt-ins into my squeeze page as well as tons of views to my videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kaysa
    Good rules in general, but I don't I agree with you in at least 2 rules.

    Originally Posted by laurarussell49 View Post

    3.Build a Team
    Don't hire an employee to fill a position. Employ a person to be part of a team to build your business.
    I think what you mean it's "Create Synergy in your team". A team can do good things to get what they want, but a team with synergy can do almost miracles to attain their goals.

    Originally Posted by laurarussell49 View Post

    4.Be Fast
    Time is the most precious commodity. When delivery is expected Friday, show up Thursday afternoon. Return calls and emails now.
    I think its better "Be just in time". We must deliver at the time we know we'll be ready and inform our clients when they will recieve the product. If we deliver earlier we run chances of not delivering it because the client it isn't suitable to recieve it. The client will be expecting to get the service or product at the time we settled, so we must deliver at that time.
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  • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
    Originally Posted by laurarussell49 View Post

    1.Target
    You are not all things to all people. Decide on your niche--narrow your focus and broaden your appeal.

    2.Be Different
    If your competitors are doing it, don't. Stand out from an overcrowded marketplace where so much of the advertising and products look the same.

    3.Build a Team
    Don't hire an employee to fill a position. Employ a person to be part of a team to build your business.

    4.Be Fast
    Time is the most precious commodity. When delivery is expected Friday, show up Thursday afternoon. Return calls and emails now.

    5.Say Thank You
    A lot. Tell your customers and employees how much you appreciate them. Better yet, do it the old fashioned way: take pen to paper and write them a note.

    6.Be Consistent
    Make sure your business has a consistent look and feel. A customer must get the same flavor from everyone within your organization. Always.

    7.Smile
    Throw out the reasons you think people buy from you like price, product quality or your warranty. They buy because they like you.

    8.Fanatical Optimism
    The glass must always be half full. Attitude will always win out in the end and infect all of those around you.

    9.Sell Soft
    Don't ever hard sell. Solve problems. Satisfy wants. Do what is truly best for your customer.

    10.Leave Your Comfort Zone
    Never accept the idea that this is the way you've always done it. Never accept that a new idea or technology could never work for you.

    Great post Thanks for sharing...

    Saying "Thank You"....That's gratitude which changes attitude.
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  • Profile picture of the author Inside Edge
    Great post! I think this is a great list and I will pass it on to some of they guys on my team. I should help us with some brain storm stuff we need to do. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author emmndi
    Great pointers right there. Using a majority of the points highlighted and my site is finally paying off.
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  • Profile picture of the author nabertracy
    Wow!!!!nice tips ....Great shares...
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary McLean
    Thanks for that list, regardless of where it originated!

    There are dozens of lists like that around the place and all those points are well worn in most business books!

    But the interesting one is the Thanks one.

    Even the Warrior Forum knows how important a thank-you is and they actually keep tally of it!

    Have a peek on the left at your own posts to see how valuable a contributor you have been in this free internet marketing forum.

    It is interesting as you can see if people are only here for themselves or here to give and add value to the members of the group...

    I learned a lot from just that, wondering why there were 2 lots of Thanks on there!

    You give and you receive...

    Hmmmnnn...Admin or Allen or whoever owns this amazing forum, where all the best internet marketing brains of the world have probably trodden at some time in their lofty careers, I really appreciate being able to wander around in here and find many topics of interest to me where I can learn and return the gift of knowledge I received, for free, by that of giving back something of value to this community.

    Thanks to all who partake to make this forum awesome too!

    Over 200,000 members I believe.
    Now, that's some focused energy on basically one topic!

    Kindest....
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    Great tips thankss alot man
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    Great info, thanks for sharing. the tips are very helpful for anyone starting an IM business
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    Excellent!
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  • Profile picture of the author TomBohan
    Great Post

    Every point is important but Number 9 Soft Sell strikes a cord with me.

    I think everyone hates being sold to so having the customer come first and meeting their needs is important

    Tom
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    "9.Sell Soft
    Don't ever hard sell. Solve problems. Satisfy wants. Do what is truly best for your customer."

    I like it... good stuff. I'm not going to violate my ethics. But I wish I had more success being white hat.
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  • Profile picture of the author guavasofts
    Target : You are not all things to all people. Decide on your niche narrow your focus and broaden your appeal.


    Be Different : If your competitors are doing it, don't. Stand out from an overcrowded marketplace where so much of the advertising and products look the same.


    Build a Team : Don't hire an employee to fill a position. Employ a person to be part of a team to build your business.


    Be Fast : Time is the most precious commodity. When delivery is expected Friday, show up Thursday afternoon. Return calls and emails now.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimmygunn
    Awesome rules to follow. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashanti Spiering
    Nice list of wise words. I'd add "Focus: Work on your most important task until completion" to the list

    /Ashanti
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary McLean
    I heard somewhere once that, to be a major success, you should aim to position yourself in the market place so that your customers bought from you instead of you having to sell to them!

    Took me years to work that one out, but if you have a product that you can educate your prospects about, then when the time comes, they buy.

    How good would that be?

    That's better than white hat...That's No Hat marketing!
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  • Profile picture of the author joekyut
    This are great tips, quite encouraging and motivating to anyone willing to launch a business
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  • Profile picture of the author emmndi
    I am one of the people on this forum that are setting up a new business and your tips will definitely come in handy.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Amazing post! That will be very helpful for everyone in business. Thanks a lot for sharing!
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    Thanks for the great list. very helpful indeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author robyna
    #4 Speaks to me the most. I've found a niche that's untouched by IM and it's one where people buy but I've drug my feet on getting busy. I have no idea why I've done that. Now that school is back in and my kiddos are out of the house I have NO excuse.

    Thanks for the list, I agree with every one of them!
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    Thank for share , It's very helpful
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  • Profile picture of the author dee4d
    Thank you for the great post. This is what to follow to succeed. Knowing which unique niche to work on and following the rules will definitely bring results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenny007
    "Leave your comfort zone" A good one to expand and grow your self. If you keep on doing the same thing, you will keep on getting same thing, get out of comfort zone and do something different!
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  • Profile picture of the author Streamline
    Thanks for the post. I especially agree with "Fanatical Optimism". If we don't see things working out in our own minds, the universe will never allow their manifestation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Affiguy
    all is so true!

    Thanks for reminding!
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