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Five steps to making money with a small business

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Small businesses are always looking for ways to increase their profits. Here are some ways you can go about making money in your small business.

1. Ensure your business has a market

It is important that your business idea has an audience who are willing to release their hard earned cash to buy your service or product. If there is no market for your product, then you will not be able to make money. It is also important that you do proper customer research by talking to your potential clients and getting to know what they do not like about the products which are available. Social media is one effective way to do customer research, but it is also important to meet with your potential customers in person to understand what their needs truly are. Through this type of interaction, you may even get some new ideas which will help you to have one up on your competitors.

2. Be lean and economical in every aspect of your business

It is important to be frugal in your business especially during the start-up stage. By making sure you run your business as economically as possible you will ensure that you will be in business for a long time after your competition may have failed. It is important to invest your money in items which will help you to improve the bottom line of your business.

3. Use technology to your advantage

Many people may not have faith in a small business being able to deal with their requests. You can use technology to help create an image that your business is just as good as the larger competitors in the market. By marketing your company in the right way, you will win the trust of clients and be able to take on jobs which you have the capacity to fulfil.

4. Develop your target market

Before you break out into new markets, it is important to ensure that you have developed the market in which you already exist. It is important to make sure you have a sturdy client base of return customers and new customers in your current target market before you go fishing in other seas. By securing this foundation you will have a great platform to launch your business into other markets.

5. Be creative

As a small business you can be creative in the way you challenge the status quo of your industry. Think of innovative ways to promote your product. For example: if you are pen manufacturer, you could sell the printable space on the pen as advertising to clients and give your pens away. This will get your product out there as well as help you to create a passive income from the advertising space. Try to think of other ways that you can improve on your industry’s standards and expand outside of the box. When thinking of ideas always ensure they are legitimate and will indeed make you a profit.

Follow these steps to help your small business to make the extra bit of money you need to grow into a household name. By pursuing your dreams and showcasing your strengths and skills when you run your business you will be able to make money because people will want to take home a slice of your enthusiasm.

Brought to you by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC).