“How can I increase productivity and sales?” No doubt, this question and these two words are on every small-business owner’s mind, as they go hand in hand with driving revenue. Contrary to what you might think, however, you don’t need to invest in expensive office supplies, hire more in-house employees, or increase salaries to encourage greater productivity and boost your sales. With a little creativity, you can encourage your staff to do so on a budget and right away.
The New Year is here which means it’s time for business owners to start strategizing for how they will make 2017 more profitable and more successful than the year before it. (We’re in the thick of it with such a crazy year last year!) Our 2017 business checklist should help. Although organizing your plan will likely require specifics pertaining to your business and its unique needs, there are several impactful ways business owners in every industry and niche can work toward building better business operations.
You may not know what guilt scheduling is, but I can almost bet you’re a victim of it. Guilt scheduling is what we do to ourselves after a vacation or day off. We cram the next available business day or days full to the brim with meetings and make-up work, zapping us to the core. If you are a business owner or just a busy professional, here are the signs you’re guilt scheduling is getting the best of you.
Cold calling for sales leads? Blech. The mere mention of using the phone to “surprise people” brings me back to my early 20s when I was tasked with cold calling local businesses to find buyers or renters. I worked in a luxury high rise building where tenants could buy and/or rent our lavish units. Something about it felt like an oxymoron; when you’re charging New York prices in Dallas ($6,000 a month for rent!), you don’t go begging any unvetted Joe Schmoe to come see “exclusive residences.” And years later when I started my own business, I resolved to throw cold calling for sales (and emailing, for that matter) out the window. Here’s why following that mantra has been a boon for B Squared …