FreedomVoice Small Business Tip Contest!

The Contest is Now Closed. No More Business Tip Submissions Are Being Accepted. Thank You to Everyone Who Submitted Their Tip. Stand By, the Winner Will Be Announced Soon!

In business, a good tip can go a long way. Whether it is advice in finance, marketing, management, etc., we’ve all heard a tip at one time that has had a positive impact on our company and/or bottom line. Especially the tip that brought you to FreedomVoice for toll free numbers and virtual phone systems!

As the first Small Business Tip Contest on the FreedomVoice Blog, we would like to ask you to share advice that has helped your business succeed. The person who submits the best business tip will be awarded a HP Mini 110-1012NR XP Edition 10.1″ Widescreen Netbook Computer!

To enter your small business tip in the FreedomVoice Small Business Tip Contest, simply post the small business tip you are submitting to this blog. Business tips must be less than 200 words and should be geared towards businesses with 50 employees or less. The contest will close October 20th.

We are holding the small business tip contest on the new FreedomVoice Blog to open up the floor for constructive dialogue. Make sure to leave your correct email address so that we can contact you should you win the contest. Emails will not be added to any lists, shared with third parties, or used for marketing purposes.

Post your business tip to this blog to get the conversation started and to enter yourself for a chance to win a brand new HP Mini 110-1012NR XP Edition 10.1″ Widescreen Netbook Computer!

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16 responses to “FreedomVoice Small Business Tip Contest!”

  1. Tom Raise

    When creating your brand, make sure the images, copy, and overall feel is consistent. This will give your brand strength, increase recognition, and save you time from rebranding. Even if you are a small company clear branding goes a long way and will help you beat competitors.

  2. Richard Wright

    Make sure to consult an expert before applying for a line of credit. Best policy is, if you do use credit, to use it sparingly. If you are unable to keep up with payments it can negatively affect your credit score and eventually result in the failure of your business.

  3. Josh Bennett

    For every great business to be success there has to be someone driving it with unrelenting passion. Make sure that you have someone with that kind of fortitude in your business. It is needed to succeed.

  4. Callan Green

    Build strong relationships – whether it be with clients, potential clients, vendors or colleagues. You can utilize social media tools (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter) to strengthen your connections and make it easy to keep in touch, but nothing will beat face-to-face meetings for gaining trust and growing a relationship.

  5. Brandon Hilton

    Be smart enough to hire qualified employees, and be humble enough to let them do their job.

  6. Valerie Vollmer

    I own a catering business, and large portions of our events are wedding. As I am rebranding the business, Catering Celebrations, and recreating our website, we are making a new position within the company to help reach the wedding market.

    Our website needs to be a “hub” that attracts brides naturally through the search engines, through the blogosphere, and through the social media sites. Brides will always be 23 – 28 years old and we will continue to market to them by whatever means they communicate by.

    I am creating a ‘Coordinator of Cool’ position in our company. We are interviewing college students to work as interns, whose job is to reach out and market the business in the social networking internet world. A world they know well. They create, update and maintaining the business image on the internet. They help market the restaurant and catering on MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo, etc. and look out for the next up and coming social media site. They will assist with blogs and post about special events, menus, types of catering we are doing or have just done, which in return will keep the SEO high, with fresh content.

  7. Shalini Bahl

    Social media is a powerful marketing tool that should be employed by small companies. But don’t use it just because everyone is using it. Social media can be a double-edged sword. If used without proper planning, it can lead to wasted resources and consumer backlash. If integrated into the marketing strategy it can be a cost-effective way to convey your company’s story and build authentic relationships with all your stakeholders. I recommend the iAM – innovative, authentic, mindful – Approach to using social media in marketing. You are operating in an ever-changing world – technologies, consumer culture, your competition, and your environments are all changing. In order to remain competitive, you have to be innovative. It is important to learn new technologies available to connect effectively and easily with customers and other stakeholders. By authentic I mean that social media should be used to support the purpose and convey the true voice of the company. Being mindful means being aware of who your target audience is and their preferred modes of communication, so you can choose the appropriate channels. It also means being aware of changes in the environment and future trends so you can learn and use the changes to your advantage.

  8. Nicole Parker

    Surround yourself with intelligent, hardworking, sincere people who are just as invested in the business’ success as you are.

  9. patti osterheld

    Good business is all about respect for each other. Live by the rule, if it is not your story to tell then don’t tell it.

  10. Penny C Sansevieri

    Make your book your business card!

    In an age where advertising isn’t selling as well as it used to and consumers aren’t trusting “paid” messages consider compiling your knowledge in a book. This is a great way to position yourself as an expert in your market and gather a larger market share. If you’re after local media, it’s also often easier to get it when you’ve written a book. It’s easier than ever to get published these days, just remember: your book is your resume so make sure it’s letter perfect!
    @bookgal

  11. Sarah Bolme

    A SMART marketing plan is essential. Businesses lacking a good comprehensive marketing plan that includes goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-Oriented, and Timely will have difficulty securing initial funding and then sales for their products or services. Just like shooting a gun randomly into the air is not likely to hit a bird; business must aim their marketing efforts at their target audience. A carefully crafted marketing plan can make the difference between success and failure.

  12. Shawna Martin

    Gratefully appreciate your colleagues for their talents that contribute to The Company’s success and look beyond their faults – because you never know what’s going on at home.

  13. lloyd princeton

    MANAGE EXPENSES! it doesn’t matter that items are deductible, what matters if they are ABSOLUTELY necessary. the name the of the game is cash in the BANK!

  14. Abby

    Figure out what your niche is and use it to your advantage by targeting specific groups in facebook/ social media ads.

    Example:
    Do you own a sports bar? Target people who are not just ‘football’ fans, but fans of ‘New England Patriots’. Create your headline to grab thier attention with something like ‘Patriot Fans Let’s Do This’!
    Do you sell cookies in San Francisco? Target people who live in SF and include a promotion for ‘one free cookie to new friends’!

    Best of all, make sure you do CPC (cost per click). This way you ONLY pay for clicks and those people are probably going to be new clients! Everyone wins.

  15. Drew Stevens PhD

    The best business tip I provide do clients and one of the strategies for my upcoming book is marketing. Most small businesses miss the mark of the business they are in, owners must constantly market and promote the business to assist in building brand. This is based on my MASS method. Briefly marketing, sales and customer service are the key components in building brand and viral marketing.

  16. Nancy Naigle

    Just because you’re a small business doesn’t mean you don’t need to track like the big boys do, and trust me it isn’t that hard.

    #1 Write a mission statement so you and your whole team (even if it’s just your spouse) can keep your eye on the mission AND tout that elevator speech when you get the chance.
    #2 Determine what your primary goals are for this year, and three years out. Make sure they are S*M*A*R*T goals. That means they need to be simple, measurable, attainable, results oriented, and time-framed.
    So for example, I want to make money. That’s not a good smart goal. How about a better angle on that one. I want to make $45,000 gross receipts in twelve calendar months beginning 9/09 through 08/10.
    #3 Make a plan to reach those goals. It’s true that what gets watched usually improves, but you are going to have to take action (that’s the results part of the S*M*A*R*T goal). So, plan what you’ll do, then do what you planned.
    #4 Measure progress. Decide how often you’ll measure and measure against your goals. Usually monthly is good but for some small shops quarterly makes much better sense. Do what’s right sized for your situation. A good way to not forget is to time this measurement with the timing of your sales tax returns or some other activity.
    #5 Enjoy the little wins. Celebrate sales, new customers, milestones . . . it’s even more important to celebrate the little things in a little shop because you’re all wearing a lot of hats. Don’t forget to say Thank you :)

    Wishing you big success in your small business.

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