Today, the number one best thing you can do for your business is to spend time focusing on improving your business.
- You can read advice from innumerable business experts, including those in your own field, without leaving your computer.
- You can connect personally with mentors, consultants, and many other types of support online.
- You can get resource articles, guides, and ebooks on any small business issue.
What’s keeping you from using these tools to improve your business? Time, focus, attention. All scarce resources.
What is the solution? Dedicate a set time each week, 1 hour minimum. Make it an absolute commitment. Spend that time finding, reading, learning, and implementing.
At first, you assignment is:
- Figure out what areas need improvement.
- Set goals.
- Decide how you can measure progress.
- Find people who can help.
Once you are going, and have made the habit, focus on:
- Review your performance for the past week. How did you do? What can you improve? How are you progressing toward goals? Check your measurements.
- Learn about one of your improvement areas. Read blogs, read ebooks; read, read, read!
- Check in with one of your mentors.
Do this every Friday. Start tomorrow. And if you happen to have something good to share, drop it in the Brag Basket.
- Community engagement planning: old way vs. Idea Friendly way - October 3, 2021
- Boost your maker economy with a “Made in” day - September 17, 2021
- How a ghost town made something from nothing with a folk festival - September 3, 2021
- Rural business idea: sell foraged fruits and more - August 3, 2021
- Best practices for rural housing - July 19, 2021
- How to be more open to new ideas #IdeaFriendly - July 3, 2021
- Market your small town as a movie filming location, attract movie and game fan tourists - June 28, 2021
- Survey of Rural Challenges 2021 results, analysis of themes from 2015 through today - June 7, 2021
- What makes a small town a micropolitan or nanopolitan? - May 22, 2021
- Improving Rural Housing: turning blighted dilapidated houses into new homes - May 7, 2021