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The Keys to Running a Business

By Ann Connor

Running a business may be difficult, but it most certainly can pay off when done correctly. One of the keys to running a successful, home-based or on-site business knows how to implement your businesses style and strategy while also identifying who your target market is.

In other words, marketing strategies and promotions must be done in a categorized fashion so that the investor can maximize their return.  Keeping all the nuts and bolts of a business in order can be a grueling task when the business owner lacks organization and patience. Profits always need to be on the forefront of the owner’s mind so as to remind that cash flow keeps a company breathing. Revenues sources need to be active and managed correctly. Business owners must use profits to build their network. Once a network has been established, Lead generation can then become the priority. Through a well-founded network, leads can be generated and then utilized to benefit one or more areas of a business.

Proper lead management is another very important key to running a successful business. Leads can come from countless sources and through clear, well written advertisement; those leads can begin to generate income. Prompt response time will establish a professional business relationship with a client or prospect resulting in less time the lead has to get distracted on why they approached your business.

Like leads, building a contact database is an essential key in running a business as well. Leads come from contacts and resources are readily available when a business owner has a large entourage of contacts on hand. Discounts become tokens of appreciation on handlings well done. Acquiring contacts helps build references and references can be a powerful weapon when used for online marketing.

There are many keys to running a successful business and finding time to master them must become an everyday practice. In today’s economy, time really is money. The more time one dedicates the further they will excel. Staying focused and patient rather than let time pass you by, you can make every moment count for your business.

How do you secure leads into paying customers/clients?

 

Sources:  http://www.squidoo.com/keystoasuccessfulsmallbusiness

http://nairabrains.com/2011/05/three-keys-to-running-a-profitable-business/

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