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5 Simple things you should do every day to succeed with your business

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Running a business is one of the most stressful, exhausting, all-consuming, and challenging things I’ve ever done – and I’m proud to say that I’ve paid my dues with hard work before I started my own company. Every day there are too many things to do and absolutely never is there enough time to do them. During the first few months of my stint as an entrepreneur I would often get completely overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done (not to mention the fear of failure, but that’s for another article.) Feeling overwhelmed made me extremely unproductive, creating this horrible cycle of having too much to do and not enough time or focus to do it.

So I sat down and wrote down a list of 10 things I’d try to accomplish every day to move my business forward. Once I had the list, I read it, and realized that it was too long. So I cut it down to 5 things and I’ve stuck to doing each one every single day for about a month now. I hasn’t yet made mine a million-dollar business, but I can honestly say it’s made my day-to-day more focused, organized, and has allowed me to get some insights into the business I am not sure I was getting otherwise. So I thought I’d share my 5 things with you and perhaps they can help you succeed with your business!

1. Do 3 things every day to get the word out about your business.

Getting the word out about your business is a continuous process. If you get a huge PR hit, great; if you run an ad campaign and get good results, also great. But great PR hits are rare (and some great PR hits don’t produce any real results) and few small business owners have tons of marketing dollars to spend on advertising. But there are endless things you can do every single day to spread the word about your business, such as

  • Participate in discussions on relevant blogs, related to your business or with readers who would benefit from your business. Make sure that any comments you leave are genuine comments and are not just there to pitch your site or product. This will get you nowhere fast.
  • Personally connect with a blogger or journalist who writes about your industry or related products. Don’t pitch your business – just introduce yourself and say something (a) nice and (b) relevant about their blog or writing. This is a great way to get on their radar.
  • Compile a list of useful data that is related to your business and make it available on your site or blog. You can then mention this useful list – and it should be useful! – to any bloggers or journalists you contact.

2. Make one tough phone call (or send one tough email) per day.

About the Author

I am the co-founder of Work It, Mom!, a freshly minted entrepreneur, and an amateur writer.

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4 comments so far...

  • Nataly, this is awesome. I'll be making those tough calls and emails

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Fungsquai on 21st July 2010

  • Great list - I will be creating a short list of it & printing out to carry with me. I work full-time and am also launching a company...and some days I get really bogged down by how slow this process is. I have to remind myself that I can't devote full-time efforts to it just yet, so I can't expect full-time results. Your list is what I need to help me focus on daily forward motion. Thanks for writing it!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Shannon B. on 22nd October 2007

  • This is a great list! I have been so overwhelmed lately as my freelance writing business has started to grow. Every day there is so much to do! So I've created an online color coded calendar and lists for each client I'm working for. I'd be lost without my lists! And at the end of the day when there is still so much left to do, I really try and focus on all that I did on the list, not what's left to do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Shannon Hutton, M.Ed., M.P.A. on 11th October 2007

  • Nataly, I have a huge smile on my face as I'm reading this. I have a rule of reaching out in some sort of way (articles, blogs, emails, networking, etc) at least 5 times a day. I also think about my accomplishments at the end of the day- it does help to keep you motivated especially when there are disappointments or things don't move as quickly as we'd like. I have to admit I am still a wimp when it comes to the phone calls so instead I try to find a warm introduction or hunt down email addresses and do a warm email. This has been working well for me so far. I have gotten 3 major meeting out of it. I like the way you have your list set up...I will have to reorganize and try your way. Thanks for the info!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Meri Raffetto RD, LDN on 9th October 2007