10 Must-Try Entrepreneur Tips to Grow Your Business

Jenn Leach

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Here are 10 must-try entrepreneur tips to help you explode the growth of your business.

I thought I’d share a little about my experience in an effort to help you, fellow blogger or entrepreneur be successful in the business world. I’ve opened and closed several businesses, some successful and some not so successful.

I have learned A LOT along the way.

Here are some things I have learned along my journey.

10 Entrepreneur Tips to Help You Achieve Growth

1.) DON’T IGNORE SOCIAL MEDIA: I was stubborn with this one.

I opened a Storenvy store many years ago. This was my "first" business. The platform was brand new back then.

I was LUCKY enough to be featured throughout their marketplace quite heavily.

It was AMAZING but it was luck, nothing else.

I was in every related category for the products I sold with a minimum of 6–8 products on front page.

I did NOTHING and sales poured in, UNTIL, they started featuring other stores regularly and slowly creeping my storefront out.

Sales quickly dropped and I wondered what to do. No longer could I ignore social media. I immediately opened an Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter account and started promoting.

A year later I had nearly 40k followers across these networks and my store was booming again. If I would’ve implemented social media into my strategy from the beginning, I could’ve had more sales and greater brand exposure early on.

Looking back, my advice is DO NOT IGNORE SOCIAL MEDIA.

2.) HIRE HELP BEFORE YOU NEED IT: I grew my business fast and furious.

I got SO BUSY SO FAST and fell behind A LOT!

I was really nervous about hiring an employee.

Could I trust them?

What accounts would I give them access to?

Will they do their job?

How do I manage them online?

These questions and more were soaring through my mind.

Eventually I did hire an AWESOME virtual assistant but too late. I lost thousands in sales and left a trail of unhappy customers who did not receive their orders on time, along with other business challenges I faced because I didn't hire quick enough.

Lesson learned.

A great source for a VA: Upwork.

3.) WORK ON A SCHEDULE: Work/life balance is important.

It is really easy to try to fit work in where you can but you really will be more productive if you set a schedule.

Even if it’s 2 hours a day during the week and 10 hours a day on the weekend. You’re your own boss, you make the rules but don’t take this tip lightheartedly. This one is crucial.

4.) CREATE AN EMAIL SIGNATURE: It just looks more professional.

It’s super easy to do and you can Google images of signatures for inspiration.

Ideally you want to have your name, title, company name, contact info (phone, email, etc.), and social media links are a nice touch.

For inspiration check out email signature templates online or look at the signatures of your favorite business mentors online.

5.) USE A VACATION RESPONDER: Have you ever sent an email to a company and did not get a reply back right away?

You wonder, “Did my email go through?”

A responder will fix this issue.

I set an easy auto repsonder in Google Mail that shared to the customer that their email was received, the time I would reply back, and a list of frequently asked questions.

You can add anything you want here. The important thing is that the sender knows their email was received.

6.) NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK: This one I did pretty late in the game too. I had the privilege of meeting one awesome lady. We met through Instagram and quickly became friends.

She introduced me to others on social media and soon I was texting 5–6 other business women about all kinds of stuff: what’s new in social media, rumors with Google, sales, collaborations, etc.

A great way to connect is through social media.

There are AMAZING groups on Facebook that will give you the opportunity to connect.

7.) DON’T FORGET ACCOUNTING: It’s easy to sit back and just do your books once a year, when tax season rolls around, but then, HOW WILL YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TO PAY YOURSELF?

If you aren’t good with numbers, hire someone, OR at the very least, get a good accounting/bookkeeping software system like GoDaddy Bookeeping, Wave, Quickbooks, etc.

This tip is PRIORITY.

8.) SET A PROMO CALENDAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE: A promo calendar or a promotional calendar is a must for your business, regardless of what industry you're in.

Because if you're in business, then you're likely selling something.

There are will be times during the year where you want to push promotion to a particular product or service. A calendar will help you organize it all.

Break out your calendar and start scheduling your sales for next year, RIGHT NOW!

Scrounging last minute to create holiday graphics, stock up on product, create email campaigns and more, IS NOT FUN, when you aren’t prepared.

Take my word for it, you’ll wanna do this as far in advance as you can!

9.) INVEST IN BUSINESS TOOLS/RESOURCES: It is ok to spend money on the business.

There are some awesome tools to help automate customer service, collect subscribers, auto-fulfill orders and more. Smart investments pay for themselves. Remember this.

10.) DONT FORGET TO TAKE TIME OFF: I quit my 40-hour/week day job to run my 90-hour/week business.

Did I go backwards here?

Although I was working more, I was so happy and making more money, of course. But, overworking can lead to burnout and a ton of other issues that can sprout up.

This is the story of MANY business owners.

A vacation, even if it’s a staycation is great idea to decompress every now and then. If you’re like me, you eat, sleep, and breathe your business.

Taking time for yourself is HUGELY IMPORTANT.

Six months into my solopreneur (no day job) life, I got a mysterious illness that landed me in the emergency room 3 times and stuck in bed for nearly a month.

No doubt, related to stress and being overworked. You don’t want to get to this point. Take care of yourself.

What are your top tips?

That's all folks! I hope you can learn from my mistakes and try some of these tips for yourself. What are your tips?

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