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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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Retaining Customers

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


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.


Table: Convert Prospects into Customers

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


Worksheet: Convert Prospects into Customers

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


Satisfaction Survey

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


Loyalty Programs

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


Getting Publicity

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



Best Place to Start a Business? Check Amazon

By Rhonda Abrams on April 18, 2018

As a journalist covering small business, my email inbox is regularly filled with press releases from companies wanting publicity. Often, they’re announcing the result of some survey they sponsored. They’ll hire a polling company, gather some data, and put out a list: Best places to retire, Best places to raise children, Best this, Best that. … Read more »


Stop Talking and Start Doing

By Rhonda Abrams on April 11, 2018

So, you always wanted to own your own small business? You dream of being your own boss? But you’re stuck in a rut. You’re still in a dead-end job with a boss you hate. Or you’re sitting on your couch at 11 am wondering, ‘What am I doing with my life?’ Well, it’s time to … Read more »

Smallbiz Idea

5 Ways to Tell if your Business Idea is Any Good

By Rhonda Abrams on April 4, 2018

Almost every time I give a speaking engagement, a wanna-be entrepreneur approaches me with their great idea for a new small business. Often, it’s a new product. Sometimes it’s a new kind of service or an innovative app. What they all have in common is the ‘this-can’t-fail’ enthusiasm of the person with the idea. But … Read more »