Published By Janet Gershen-Siegel at June 28th, 2019
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Our first tip is all about setting up your first ad campaign on Amazon. Score says Amazon selling could be huge for your business, and we are inclined to agree. After all, where else are you going to be able to buy a toothbrush, a screen door, fresh raspberries, and a tee shirt for a baby? And check out with them all in the same cart?
So if you sell a good (as opposed to a service), then this tip is all about you.
So our favorite part of this article, without a doubt, is how it just launches right into step by step instructions. About the only way it could possibly be any more helpful would be if there was a video. But that’s okay.
And we also loved the drum which he seem to beat an awful lot around here – measure! Because, as we have said it before, but it bears repeating. You can’t really know if you’re succeeding if you don’t measure.
The next tip is about generating leads on Amazon. Side Hustle Nation writes that Amazon, at bottom, is basically another search engine.
So think like an SEO person.
This means attracting your prospects with content to start bringing them into the sales funnel.
In the case of the article writer, it was about books. So his initial bait was to offer a book for free. As in, zero dollars and zero cents.
The book is still on Amazon, and it is still free. So, how does this guy make money? Well, it may be obvious by now – the free book reels in the prospects. So those people are qualified leads by definition. So they might read the book and visit its accompanying website. Or maybe they just order one of the books you have to pay for.
Either way, the bait is working precisely as intended.
Not a writer? Then offer something else (small!) for free. Sell widgets? Then why not add a free explainer video? Or you could even price something in your Amazon storefront at $0. For fun, why not change it up on occasion?
Free is always loved. And free always has attention paid to it.
Our following tip concerns starting up and landing your very first customers. Success Harbor tells us it might take a while to get your first customers. So their first top is perhaps a surprising one – figure out what you’re going to live off for the next six to twelve months.
Because that will not only keep food on your table. It will also – at least, that’s the idea – keep you from being desperate. Well, at least in the beginning. Because the truth is, we have all seen desperate people.
How often do you want to buy from them? This is not out of the goodness of your own heart or anything like that. So it’s not to help out a friend. This is more, someone who you have no connection with is trying to sell you something. Or, better yet, two people are. One is desperate, the other’s not. You’re more likely to buy from the confident seller.
It’s just like in the dating scene. So shore up your budget before you get started, and keep desperation at bay, at least for a while. Let your perfect practical project plan exude confidence.
For our next tip, we looked at finding products to sell online. Small Biz Trends informs us that startups, of course, are up against not only each other, but also Walmart and Amazon, among others. So instead of trying to compete on that hopelessly tilted playing field, why not look for unique items?
And don’t forget about scalability. That is, prepare for success. If one product does incredibly well, you don’t want to be fine-tuning it by hand all the time.
Hand in hand with this tip is to consider the logistics. Your rainbow widget might be incredible, but if you’re importing from a country about to go to war, you might want to think twice about using such a supplier.
Like with so many other things we talk about here, try to make things easy on yourself.
This tip is so cool, and it works! Word Stream notes there are five great strategies for reaching your B2B audience online. While we may often think of B2B as business to business, what are companies composed of?
And those people, just like you, are online. They are pinning and tweeting and Facebooking and snapping.
And they are also, probably, on LinkedIn. This social media platform often seems to be forgotten in marketing articles, but it’s truly ideal for finding a B2B audience. So then have LinkedIn find lookalikes.
Hey, you just might get some new customers.
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Learn how to put together the perfect practical project plan! Copy Blogger says it’s best to bite into a project in small chunks. Which makes terrific sense.
So, picture this. You bought a house from the little old lady down the street who only drove it to church on Sundays. Er, you know what I mean.
It’s a lovely house. But it’s huge! And it needs to be cleaned. So, before you say you’ll just hire someone, or you’ll put it off, let’s throw out those options. For the sake of this example, okay?
How do you clean your messy mansion?
How do you tackle a project?
Wait – that’s kinda the same thing.
We really loved this tip, about essentially eliminating nagging, repetitive tasks. Do whatever it takes to stop reinventing the wheel all the time.
Create macros. Save Excel templates. Create a custom style in Word. Whatever it takes. Even when your perfect practical project plan is done and dusted, if you do whatever it takes to stop reinventing the wheel, you’ll still have those templates and macros. There’s no need to stop using them.
Check out this tip, all about helping your team accomplish their goals. Inc notes management can do a lot to help team members get to where they personally want to be.
What we really liked was the first tip, to essentially open up a dialog on employee goals. And to share your goals with the people who work for you.
Yes, tell them what you’re planning for yourself, too. Because singling out the people lower on the totem pole for goal-setting and achieving means you might not see anything accomplished. You can’t have a perfect practical project plan for your employees without having one for yourself.
Your intrepid blog writer, over 20 years ago had, shall we say, a difficult boss. Now, there were a lot of reasons why this person was difficult to work with and for. But one major reason was the goals were dictated. By her.
And of course no one ever saw her goals. There was, therefore, no accountability at the middle managerial level. To this day, your blog writer hasn’t got a clue whether this person’s own goals were created by her or dictated to her.
Either way, this was a recipe for rebellion. This was particularly the case because the selected goals were a lot less about employee enrichment, and a lot more about the great glory of said difficult boss.
That didn’t go over so well.
So we were particularly pleased with the idea that the dialog about goals is just that: a dialog. It is a give and take and it’s not the boss telling the employee what to do. After all, the employee gets that all the livelong day.
At least let them make their own goals.
It’s not your imagination: this tip can help you be a more creative teammate at work. Creative Live tells us creativity does not need to be a solitary pursuit. Hoorah! The best perfect practical project plan allows for diverse voices.
This is maybe the most valuable tip to us. Creativity is just not going to happen if you continually shout down other people’s ideas. So go around the room. And listen, fer gosh sakes! Seriously, if you’re not going to listen to other people, why work in a team setting to begin with?
This tip was a close second for us. The concept is, bring in as many points of view as you can. Get different perspectives, and you may find what you thought was an amazing idea is anything but to the people who will be most affected by it.
So haul in someone from sales, and another from engineering or accounting, and more. They have rather different vantage points from yours. So in that, there is strength.
Our second to last unbeatable tip can give you a new perspective on small business public relations and dealing with the media. Succeed As Your Own Boss states there is a kind of art and a science to PR.
Our fave tip was all about how ‘off the record’ is basically a unicorn. It doesn’t exist! For all of the times you’ve seen a politician yammering on a hot mic, just imagine it’s your face and your yammering.
If you don’t want some piece of information to come out – surprise! – don’t talk about it.
Or, as we said when your intrepid blog writer was a kid (which was when the dinosaurs roamed the planet), “Shut up!”
We saved the best for last. For our favorite remarkable tip, we focused on 19 amazing success mantras from Zig Ziglar. Addicted 2 Success says these are words to live by.
And, holy cow, we say a lot of the same things. Coincidence? We think not!
In all seriousness, the list is just terrific. We highly recommend reading the entire article. Our favorite success mantra?
Don’t compare yourself to others.
Or, as Teddy Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” So give yourself a break, and stop thinking others are better. You’re better, too.
Talk about your perfect practical project plan!
So which one of our brilliant business tips was your favorite? And which one will you be implementing now?