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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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Biz from phone

Run your Small Business from your Phone

By Rhonda Abrams on August 15, 2018

Once upon a time, if you wanted to start a small business, you needed a whole bunch of stuff. You needed an office or store, office equipment, staff, a website. Even when I started my own one-person business from my home, I needed an expensive computer and software, not to mention a printer, copier, and … Read more »

Smallbiz Divorce

Divorce-Proof Your Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on August 1, 2018

Do you love your small business more than your spouse? Wait, don’t answer that. When you’re an entrepreneur, it’s easy for your spouse or partner to feel like you care more about your business than you do about them. Running a business can be all-consuming, taking a lot of time, a lot of money, and … Read more »

Success Secrets

11 Secrets of Small Business Success

By Rhonda Abrams on July 25, 2018

Over the years, my small business has had its share of ups and downs. The economy tanked. My distributor went bankrupt. I lost valuable employees and lost a lease. In fact, the entire book publishing industry changed in the time I’ve been in it (I’m a publisher…). But 25 years later, I’m still here. What’s … Read more »