Six Simple Steps to Get Growing Now!

June 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

SDC12615 compressedHere in the Midwest we’ve had a very cool and wet spring and summer. For once I’m not behind the curve in planting a garden; even the garden supply stores have been late in receiving their shipments. Things are finally starting to warm up, and the trees and flowers are coming alive.

My unofficial poll also reflects new life and new growth in business. There is renewed activity, and business owners and managers are making the first fearful attempts to spend a bit more to attract new customers and clients. The “Coffee Shop Barometer” of economic confidence is showing more filled seats and booths, with more specialty beverages and fewer bottomless small cups.

Don’t get left behind. Come out of winter hibernation and get going to get growing. A few ideas to get you started:

  • Set some real goals for sales, with a September 1 target date. You’ll have time to make things happen, but there is no time to waste!
  • Set a realistic plan to achieve your sales goals. Ramp up activity that is profitable, slice out activity which is not.
  • Build a team. Whether you’re in a corporate setting or a working for yourself, you can’t do it alone. Find colleagues you know, like and trust, and support each other.
  • Reach out in new directions. Visit a new chamber of commerce; try a new networking group.
  • Re-evaluate your competition. It has probably changed, perhaps dramatically, during the recession.  There may be surprising new competitors, but there may also be brand new opportunities. Find them!
  • Clean house. Tighten up processes to run smoothly and efficiently. You’ll save time and boost service to your customers.

There is new activity, new growth, and new opportunities. Be open to new ideas, step out and seize the day.  We each have only have one shot at each day; let’s  make it count!

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