People don't want to follow the boss. The measurements of objects are sometimes congruent with each other and sometimes contradict each other. Investors are not simply writing out checks with no idea of where the money will be spent. You're probably an expert on what doesn't work: confusion, threats, lack of trust, bribes, no rules, no rewards, no praise or recognition, no direction, and lack of accountability.
Should Sales Be Your Primary Focus?
this kind of
pleasantry, and the impulse to follow the crowd is almost irresistible. The vast
majority of small-business
owners we know provide products or services quite similar to what's already in the marketplace and make reasonable but not extraordinary sums of money ' and, thanks largely to the independence that small-business ownership offers, are perfectly happy doing so! And you
might even find
you can eliminate at least one full-time employee. A square
foot of a
coupon represents a sum of money spent in the store--perhaps one dollar.
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product well is
just as important as the product itself. It's better
to tell customers
one thing likely to be important to them rather than everything that may be important about the product. To develop
trusted relationships, your
marketing program must include time with targeted customers in relationship-building sessions. Then, several
weeks later, because
you didn't have enough time to properly supervise or train him, you discover he's not doing the job the way you want it done.
rely on word
of mouth or your constant inspection, you'll never build an excellent company. Most customers
want to know
who they are doing business with, especially when they are dealing with small, growing businesses. All businesses
have similar concerns
and responsibilities, including marketing, research, development, purchasing, production, management, accounting, human resources, and customer service. To do
this, you need
to create and maintain accurate cost estimating and pricing systems and controls.
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develop very slowly;
it may be years from the time a new contact is made until it develops into business. You may
say, for example,
Marketing duties are being handled on a temporary basis by the vice president for finance. You need
to get your
invoicing procedure right. It may
be used to
sustain a growing company during the often lengthy process of preparing and completing a public offering of stock.
One word: sales
are selling to
other businesses, things become a little more complicated. You don
t want to
take forever to prepare a business plan, but using some of the business plan software programs can make it so easy that you find yourself letting the programs do more of the work. So your
problems pile up
and multiply. However, despite
its shortcomings, value