When was the last time that you scheduled a 30-minute meeting and finished early because you only needed 15 minutes? It happens, but it's rare because we always manage to fill the time. Endless-meeting-sydrome doesn't just plague large corporations, and just about every small business owner I talk with has challenges with managing meetings.
"If I could give a half star, I would..." "Worst meal I've ever eaten..." "Terrible customer service..." Online reviews have the tendency to bring out a person's dramatic side. For small business owners who are deeply passionate about their company, a bad review can be soul crushing; but it's almost never as personal as you think.
When I talk to small business owners and ask them what their customers think of them, they are always quick to say, “Customers love us!” However, when I follow up with the question, “How do you know customers love you,” they become less confident in their responses.
Endless meetings aren’t the only thing hurting your productivity. A cluttered desk filled with receipts and stacks of paper is impacting not only how your tackle the day, but how much you get done. Even a lack of exposure to natural light can deeply impact your entrepreneurial spirit. Watch our video for steps on how to make sure you’re setting yourself and your small business up for success:
No matter where you turn, someone is trying to sell you something. But, what works? Reciprocity. The act of giving someone something for free -- be it a demo of your product or a even a mint after dinner -- makes them more inclined to purchase. You give them something so they should give you something -- it’s only fair.