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10 Steps to a Successful Business

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To have a successful business, you need to follow some good habits. Many people start a business, thinking once they open the doors that the money will start flowing in. Making money is more difficult than they thought. Following these tips can help you obtain a successful business.

Have a Business Plan

Many business owners develop a business plan before they start their business. It’s important to keep your business plan up to date. It becomes a roadmap for your business. The plan will help you keep focus on what you want to achieve.

Hire Professionals

Hiring professionals will keep you and your business out of trouble. Many business owners think they will save money by doing it themselves. However, a wrong decision could have a detrimental effect on your business. Hire professionals to get the correct advise for your business.

Keep Detailed Records

It is important to keep detailed records for your business. It is best to keep all of your receipts.  Your cancelled check is not considered a receipt.  If you drive a vehicle, you need to be tracking the business mileage.  There are many apps available to make this process fairly easy.

Get Organized

This may seem impossible when, as a small business owner, you have so many things to do. Make it a goal to organize paperwork each and every day.  Keep an envelope in your car to put receipts in.  Keep another envelope on your dresser for receipts that end up in your pockets.  At the end of the month, all the receipts can be organized together.

Find a Mentor

A mentor is your go-to person. The person who provide you with wisdom so you have a successful business. Typically, this person has already gone through some of the struggles you have and will be able to give you ideas and suggestions.  Follow their best practices.

Take Action

Taking action sounds simple. However, many business owners are so busy doing their ‘thing’ they don’t make time to work on their goals. Try to spend some time each day on a step to get your closer to your goal. It will make a huge difference.

Delegate

Delegating can be challenging for some people. If you can’t delegate, if will be difficult to grow your business. Take time to write down the system…the ‘how to’…so every member of your team is doing things the same way.

Promote Your Business

How will you find new customers if you don’t promote your business? There many ways to promote your business. You need to think about which avenue works best for your type of business. Networking is one way which works for all businesses.  Remember, you need to always be marketing your business.

Focus on the Customer

Every business owners needs customers to walk through the door. If you take the time to make connections with your customers, you will turn them into repeat customers…and customers who refer you to others.

Know Your Numbers

Knowing and understanding your business numbers will allow you to have the most successful business. When you know numbers, you can make management and business decisions…based on these numbers. Choose the key performance indicators which are important to your business.  Pay attention to those indicators.

Contact Bryant & Associates, P.C. Today

Running a successful business can be rewarding and challenging. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to stay on top of everything. The accounting professionals at Bryant & Associates, P.C. can help you monitor your numbers. Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form to find out how our years of experience can help you have a successful business.  We’d love to put our expertise to work for you.

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About Kim Bryant

Kim Bryant, CPA at Bryant & Associates, PC has more than 25 years experience in Nebraska and Iowa small business taxes, accounting and financial issues. Kim has spent her career working in all aspects of accounting and business management, from working in two local CPA firms and owning Bryant & Associates, PC since 2001. Kim’s staff of accounting specialists specialize in helping small businesses grow and plan for new opportunities. For more information, call 402.423.0404 or visit the website at www.bryant-associates.com.

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