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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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SmallBiz Artists

Hey Artist – You’re Really a Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on May 24, 2017

You live for your art. Every day, you paint or compose music or write short stories or make beautiful hand-crafted objects. But every day, you also need to eat. If you aren’t engaging in your art just for pleasure, you’re not only an artist, you’re a small business owner. Starving artists don’t actually last very … Read more »

Biz Travel

Is Travel Good for Small Business?

By Rhonda Abrams on May 17, 2017

We’re just one week away from Memorial Day–the semi-official start of the summer season. For most employees, that means it’s time to use up some of those vacation days they’ve accumulated. But if you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, no one gives you vacation pay. So you may think of summer as the time … Read more »

Airlines and Small Biz

8 Lessons from Airlines for Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on May 10, 2017

Lately, it seems like airlines can’t do anything right. They drag people off planes, kill giant rabbits, snatch strollers from babies. Is this what customer service should be all about? If you run a small business, the airlines have been giving us all a master class in “what not to do to your customers,” so … Read more »