Practical Tips For Running A Small Business

Running a business of any size in any industry can be tough and often very stressful as well, but sometimes the smallest businesses actually present the largest challenges. This is due in part to the fact that there is less money to work within a small business, and of course fewer employees as well. This can make it difficult to get things done in a timely manner, or to get the necessary supplies to keep this business running up to your standards! 

Whether you are a new small business owner, thinking about starting one, or you have been running a small business for a long time but could still use a little bit of help or a few ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 2 tips for running a small business. 

Ask For Help

With a small or family-owned business, it is common to ask friends and loved ones for help and advice rather than stumbling through trying to do everything on your own.  For example, if you need to hire a collections lawyer and you have someone in your network who may know someone who practices this type of law, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask if they could make a connection.  

Perhaps you need help making improvements in your store and a family member could offer a more attractive price than contacting a contractor directly.  Calling in favors and leaning on people who know and love you is a huge part of being a small business owner or manager that you will not be able to escape! 

Stick To Your Niche

Every small business should have a niche instead of trying to do too many things all at once. This means that if your business is a restaurant, you should focus on food service. If your business is a clothing store, you don’t need to make it a coffee shop either! Focus on one small niche and really master that before you try to add new elements to your business. 

It’s hard enough to get really good at one thing.  Trying to do too much at once can not only get overwhelming and expensive, but it can also mean that you are not giving everything all you’ve got.  After all, how can you do your best when you are doing multiple things at the same time?!

Slow down, reimagine your business model if need be, and focus on what you really want this business to accomplish. It’s okay to have big dreams as long as you remember that they don’t have to be realized all at the same time! 

Being in charge of a small business is often a thankless job and it is definitely not for everyone. It takes a special kind of person to be good at this, so pat yourself on the back! Hopefully, these tips help your small business to see even more success than ever before.


Chadney is a journalist, the author of several books and the former editor of Cosmopotrist Magazine. She has also written for a variety of high-profile publications. Helen is the co-founder of The Writing Salon, which aims to help writers of all levels achieve their goals.

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