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Four Surefire Ways to Get Your New Business Start Up Into Profit
Congratulations! You've just started a new business, you've signed on the dotted line, purchased your inventory or set up your website, opened your doors and now .... Yikes!! Depending on your new business start up costs, it could be quite a while before you see a profit. How do you get 'into the black' without burning yourself out?
The key is to work smarter, not harder. Here are four key business strategies to help you maximize your profits during this critical phase, to help you bring income in quicker from your new business.
1. Simplicity and Focus First. Do NOT over-diversify or overcomplicate your new business. This is a common mistake that business beginners make. By getting involved with too many products, services, ideas or opportunities at once, which dilute your efforts and create overwhelm. Take the time to learn the basics. Once you've focused on your key business product or service, and on a viable marketing and business plan, stick to it! Put all of your energy, attention and intention into marketing your new business and getting it profitable.
2. Niche. At the beginning, keep your business tightly focused in once area of your market. Keep the business simple and yet expandable, centered around one theme, and with room for synergistic multiple income streams. Focusing and developing a unique niche will be more profitable than trying to be everything to everyone. Once you get your first project profitable, then add another product, service, or branch to your business.
3. Focus on Income Producing Activities. Starting a business takes a lot of work and one of the common mistakes that many business beginners make is focusing too much time and attention on the wrong activities. For example they drown in administrative details and forget about marketing, or spend too much time with customers but without a comprehensive business plan. You need to prioritize and spend 80% of your time on income producing activities.
As part of your new business start up plan, take some time to figure out ONE single daily action that you can do EACH day that will bring income into your business. For example, if you are building a website, set yourself the goal of creating three new pages per day, or adding ten new newspaper subscribers to your list. If you're a network marketer, talk to ten new people each day about your business. If you sell a service, gather five new leads each day. If you own a store, find one new way to increase the traffic and visitors into your store each day.
4. Little Known Tip to Get Profitable Fast. Did you know that as soon as you sign on the dotted line and start your business, if you work at home you are eligible for hundreds of legal home business tax deductions? This can end up saving you thousands of dollars this year on your taxes! For many new business owners, keeping track of your expenses and deductions is overwhelming, but if you can remember that this will put money into your pocket, you will find the recordkeeping to be less drudgery and more fun!
By following these four strategies, you can quickly get your new business start up into profit and begin the exciting journey of developing your fledgling enterprise into a growing, thriving, solid business that can support you and your family for years to come.
About the Author: Tamara Esgoode is a business consultant, coach, and work at home mom. She writes for http://www.HomeBizWomen.com which offers free training and mentoring for women in business, and features the latest new business start up information and assistance.