This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
Whether you’re running a self-made company from the comfort of your own home or branching out into a “proper” office, running your own business is a time-consuming and mentally-draining experience. Of course, it’s worth it for the reward of building an empire all by yourself. If you want to transform from a freelancer with a big idea into the boss of a growing business then here are some pieces of advice.
Becoming Better At Running Your Own Business
Keep revisiting your plan.
Running a business requires a long-term plan, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your long-term plan untouched. If you want your company to truly succeed then you need to keep revisiting the business plan to make sure that you’re on track. The market is always changing, for starters; you need to be sure that the service you’re delivering is updated to meet the needs of the average consumer. Additionally, you’ll probably want to change the plan to meet your business’ needs as it continues to grow. You might want to update your one-person operation into a three-person operation, for example. That requires new resources and management strategies.
Never stop learning.
The best way to become better at running your own business is to ensure that you never stop learning. You need to make it your priority to continuously better yourself as a boss. In addition, better yourself as another employee under the company umbrella (even if you’re running a self-made business from home). You should be working just as hard as any other employee to make your project successful.
To keep learning, you could even study online and get a masters in business management. With a masters degree, you can refine your business skills and learn the techniques of managing other people who you might hire to work for your company. Being a boss is about more than delegating tasks; you need to learn to be a manager to all the other managers. At the end of the day, every employee in your organization turns to you for the verdict on all potential decisions. It’s your company, so it’s up to you to keep everything working as it should be.
Alternatively, you can take a much quicker and less expensive approach like taking courses online on Fiverr.
Market Yourself Well
If you really want to become better at running your business then you need to make “powerful marketing” as big a priority as the service itself. You might have started your company so that you could put your talents to good use and make money from them. Although, you’re going to struggle to reach your full potential if you’re not promoting your company to every potential customer in the market. You need to assess your current marketing campaign. Then, think of new ways to reach the average consumer if you’re not seeing the results you’d expect.
Advertising your business online is the way to go. Whether you’re running an online company or not, consumers are all searching for goods and services on the internet these days. If your business website isn’t showing up at the top of search engine result pages then you’re missing a trick. With a responsive design and relevant keywords, you could essentially advertise your business for free. You can do this by pushing your business’ website up the rankings on search engines such as Google or Bing. It’s time to think outside the box.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.