Chris O, a fellow Linkedin group member, challenged us to give advice for a newbie business owner. Okay, so I took the challenge. Off the top of my head, here's the 3 most important tips that have been successful for me. Every new entrepreneur can listen & learn:
1) You must have a good contact database and FOLLOW UP consistently. As a business owner, your #1 job is to develop and build key business relationships.
2) You must use a calendaring system and be very organized about updating it every day. Sync it with your cell phone & set up automatic alerts to pop up. I schedule business meetings & events every day (refer to #1 above), and live and die by my calendar.
3) Remember that everything is negotiable. Never accept the first offer that's presented to you. And don't be afraid to ASK for the money.
Those are my 3 top tips for today! #SBTips
Regina P. Brown
Broker, Writer, Philosopher, Instructor