When you’re running or working for a small business, it helps to get advice from others on both personal and business matters. Who knows best than those who have been there before? You’re not in this alone.
Check out our roundup of the most useful business-oriented blog posts we’ve read this month. They offer actionable tips that you can implement today to help you get better at supporting your business:
3 Better Ways To Answer The Question: ‘Am I On The Right Path?’ (Forbes)
Doesn’t everyone want to make sure their days matter? This piece argues that your “days that matter” should occur more often than days you feel don’t matter. It’s up to you to decide what constitutes a meaningful day to you, but start keeping track. Then, long term, you either know that your days feel impactful and you keep going – done. Or perhaps they don’t feel that way, and you can make a change to help you get closer to that goal.
8 Incredible Online Resources for Creative Design Inspiration (Business 2 Community)
Sometimes you’re at a loss for creative direction. This useful post explains how to find and derive creative inspiration from a variety of sources around the web. Especially if you’re in marketing or sales and don’t have a formal design background, finding excellent design ideas online can be a chore. This post can help you narrow down the possibilities by sourcing high-quality sites.
8 Ways 99% of Sales Reps Screw Up Every Single Day (Inc.)
Every sales rep makes mistakes. That’s just a part of the job. Not every deal is going to go your way. But which mistakes can you mitigate with better preparation, time management, and people skills? Many of them. The first step is awareness. As the author states, “if you recognize yourself in any of these habits, chances are you’re not in the rarefied air of the top 1% of sales reps. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get there.” It’s all in a good day’s work.
11 Simple Yet Effective Edits to Instantly Improve Your Social Media Content (Buffer)
Social media content needs to catch your reader’s eye – fast – before they keep scrolling down their feed. Buffer’s rounded up some tips to make sure your copy is engaging, no matter what you’re sharing on social. Boost your posts’ power with a few working tweaks and framing devices that will bring your content from run-of-the-mill to must-read.
9 Things Nobody Tells You When Starting a Business (Darling Magazine)
Dreaming of starting a business, or early in the trenches of starting one? With so many details to worry about, it’s easy to let some big picture items fall by the wayside. Don’t forget to find and stick by your “why” – the reason you are going through this in the first place – while also keeping an eye on for real-world essentials like cash flow and taxes. You’ll thank us later.
Did you read anything else interesting this month that’s helped you manage your business? Let us know @VastConference!