2017 in Review: Lessons I Learned As a Small Business Owner

LESSONS I LEARNED AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

HERE ARE A FEW VALUABLE LESSONS I LEARNED LAST YEAR AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER.

When I set out to start my own business (which is a crazy story in and of itself—I'll tell you about it another day), I expected many things.

I expected it to be hard, stressful, and to have crazy ups and downs. Having spent fifteen years inside of a small family-owned business, I was familiar with the realities of business ownership. What I didn’t expect was how absolutely fulfilling and life-giving it can be to hew from solid granite a living, breathing entity comprised of dreams, desires, personality, and the beauty of a team working together to achieve a common goal.

Topics: Advice From Our CEO Small Businesses

The Best Software for Small Businesses | 6 Tools to Grow Your Business

THE BEST SOFTWARE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES—6 TOOLS THAT CAN HELP YOU GROW

These online marketing tools ease the chaos of managing your small business.

As a small marketing business owner, I know that determining the best small business software, systems, and tools for your company can be brutal. There are thousands of options—some to help with online marketing, others for accounting, legal documents, payroll, reporting, HR, project management, and more that help with a whole host of other things.

But there's digital marketing tools that stand out from the crowd for their price tag and value, which I feel deserve special recognition, and why I deem each of them some of the best software for small businesses.

Topics: Small Businesses Marketing Software Advice From Our CEO

Chat Services & Software To Consider For Your Business

Chat Services & Software To Consider For Your Business

Marketing is ever-evolving; and now chat services and chat software is becoming increasingly vital.

While email, website forms, and phones calls serve an important purpose in the marketing and sales funnel, being able to interact instantly and personally is growing increasingly important to people as they spend more time online connecting with others, searching for solutions to their problems, and, of course, shopping.

Can you always give real-time and individualized responses to everyone? If you can't, the chances are good that your business won't grow into the future.

Topics: Communication Practical Tips Small Businesses

Need A Dependable FREE CRM software For Your Small Business?

Need A CRM Software For Your Small Business? Consider the Hubspot CRM

EVERY SMALL SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS CRM Software. the marketing and sales BENEFITs OF A CRM are too profitable to ignore.

FACT: An effective customer relationship management (CRM) software provides an organized, comprehensive view of a company's prospects and customers as well as employees' interactions with each.

But did you know that CRM software can also position your sales team to close more deals at a quicker pace? Who doesn't want that?

You can use an Excel spreadsheet to track leads and customers—it's free and accessible—but nothing beats a tried-and-true automated CRM software that works so efficiently that your sales team finds valuable time freed up. Imagine your sales team spending more time selling than doing administrative paperwork.

Topics: Small Businesses Family-Owned Businesses CRM

How To Grow Your Small Business Team

How to Grow Your Small Business Team

Growing a team is tough. I know. As a CEO and business owner, have done it, and continue to do it.

Over the last fifteen months, I have gone from a single employee company using subcontractors solely to a six-person team doing 95%+ of all work internally. The climb has been good, but it has also been tough.

Here are a few of the things that help me find and retain good people for my team.

Topics: Small Businesses