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

by Nataly  |  6366 views  |  4 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Being an entrepreneur is about making tough phone calls – to suppliers, to business prospects, to potential clients, lawyers, accountants, and even competitors. It’s not pleasant but it definitely gets easier the more you do it. If you stick to doing this once a day eventually it will not be a big deal at all. (I’ve now learned this through my own experience.)

3. Spend 20 minutes each day thinking about daily, weekly, and monthly priorities.I like to write things down so I have a notebook where every day I make a list of daily, weekly, and monthly to-dos and priorities. This forces me to not just think short-term and allows time to plan ahead and work out initiatives that might need lead time.

4. Connect with at least one customer per day in a personal way.

Whatever your business is, whether you’re selling a product or service, you have customers. And the best way to build a successful business is to connect with your customers who will then spread the word about your business to new prospects. If you write a blog or send out an email newsletter to your customers, that’s great. But every day aim to connect with at least one customer personally. Send a thank you note to a recent customer. Reply to a comment left on your blog. Send a personal email as a reply to a customer service inquiry. Customers are people – make sure they get to know you as a person.

5. At the end of each day, write down one what went great and what needs some more work. (Look at your notes first thing in the morning the following day.)

This need not be a long and exhaustive list, but I find as an entrepreneur that what I have no time for is reflecting on the business – there is just too much business to actually do! So I’ve made this a rule for myself and by sticking to it I think I’ve learned a lot. And reminding myself about the things that go right has turned out really important. Running a business involves constant challenges and disappointments – not growing fast enough, too much competition, not making enough money, etc. Making notes about things that do go right is a great shot of positive energy and optimism that I think we ALL need as entrepreneurs.

Do you have daily habits that you stick to as a small business owner? I’d love to hear them!

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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

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