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7 Growth Opportunity Questions

As you create your travel plans, ask yourself and your team the following 7 questions to help you discover new growth opportunities on the road.

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Define Your Wins

Take the time to define the short- and long-term goals of your business trip. A little pre-planning can lead to big returns!

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Turn One Trip Into Multiple Wins

It can pay to extend your business trip by a day, add one or two strategic to-dos to your agenda, and build your business even more.

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Build Your Local Intelligence

Before arriving at your destination and meeting with customers and prospects, to prepare, do some research and then fill out this worksheet.

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What to Do When You Return

In some ways, the most important part of your trip happens when you return. Track your many leads, sales, and ideas on this worksheet—and then follow up.

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Your High Return on Travel Plan

Before your next business trip, take time to create your a travel plan that will make the most of your travel investment.

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Elevator Pitch

Can you pitch your business in the time it takes to go up 3 floors? This worksheet will help you hone your skills.

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Social Networking Strategies

Like everything in business, social media needs a plan. Use this worksheet to build and bolster your social media presence and impact.

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Retaining Customers

Keeping customers is important to the long-term health of your business. Make a plan for customer retention with this marketing worksheet.

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Design a Business Card and Brochure

Tried-and-true marketing tactics like business cards and brochures may seem old fashioned but the truth is they work.

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Table: Convert Prospects into Customers

You’ve attracted prospects, now build relationships, and turn those prospects into customers.

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Worksheet: Convert Prospects into Customers

Use this worksheet to determine which strategies you'll use to turn prospects into customers.

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Satisfaction Survey

Wondering if your customers think you're doing a good job? Ask them!

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Loyalty Programs

It pays to take care of your best customers. Loyalty programs make customers feel valued and keep them coming back.

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Getting Publicity

Use this worksheet to list newsworthy ideas and to list potential media contacts who cover issues related to your company.

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Start Your Own Food Business on the Cheap

By Rhonda Abrams on June 26, 2017

Paul Newman did it. Heidi Klum did it. Jimmy Dean did it. Ludacris did it. Many people dream of taking their favorite recipes and turning their love of food into their own business. Starting a food-oriented small business can be more than just a dream. If you want to package and sell your soup, jam, … Read more »

Smallbiz Dog

June 23 Take Your Dog to Your Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on June 21, 2017

Woof! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m ZuZu, Rhonda Abrams’ dog. I know you’re looking for Rhonda’s small business advice, but for “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” happening on June 23, I’m taking over her column. Of course, in Rhonda’s company, every day is “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” as dogs are welcome … Read more »

Smallbiz Customer

Small Business Customers: Good, Bad, Ugly

By Rhonda Abrams on June 14, 2017

Any customer is a good customer for your small business, right? After all, if someone wants to buy from you, what more can you want? Actually, lots. It turns out some customers are not worth having. And you have to learn how to get rid of them. Anyone whose been in business very long can … Read more »