Sep 25, 2012 - Go Mobile Social Local    26 Comments

Growing a Business

The 10 Commandments  Growing Businesses SHOULD  follow!

Infographic The 10 Commandments of Should

1. Watch the cash flow.
2. Have a Mobile strategy.
3. Not grow the company broke.
4. Keep the clients happy.
5. Keep the overheads low.
6. Guard thy databases and reputation.
7. Get referrals from existing clients.
8. Reward good employees, fire bad employees.
9. Review the business monthly.
10. Take holidays and time off to recharge.

26 Comments

  • great list!useful and powerful!

    I would add one that is basic to me and my clients:
    Have clear goals and change them while reaching them, just like you would adjust your sailing boat to the wind that blows behind you!

    • Yes, Patricia I concur… 9. review your business 🙂

  • Oh I love your list Sadie-Michaela so please forgive the author in me if I offer one tiny modification on your wording – “should” is such a weak word and implies no real commitment … I would recommend your readers use “intend” instead. Thanks so much for the inspiration and reminders!

    • Hello Marty 🙂
      It started off as 10 commandments and Thou shall …
      I felt that commandments along with thou shall had too much of a religious connotation so I amended it! You are certainly a word-smith thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂

  • Hi Sadie

    What a jazzy blog – impressive design.

    love the list but reading it I felt I just had to add one more: Develop systems. With systems everything falls into place and everyone in the company knows exactly what , when and how to do something. Have you read Gerber’s ” Emyth”? Great material in there regarding using systems to improve efficiency in business

    • Hello Anne,

      Thank you for your kind feedback!

      Oh yes! That is a really good one … Systems 🙂

      I haven’t read the book thanks for the recommendation I appreciate it.
      Sadie 🙂

  • Sadie,

    These are so intense and doable. That is what I love about them. You have touched the area most will overlook with just making an outline to run their business.

    So many people just jump right in without giving it any thought of how operations should be.

    You once again have given us great usable information which I will place and adjust with mine.

    Sadie, you’re a great coach and loving supportive person who I am grateful to know. Thanks for giving us more food for thought.,

    • Thank you William for your kindness and support, it means a lot,
      I really appreciate it, Sadie 🙂

      • I had to add that if you would continue to expand your knowledge base within your area of business daily. This will keep your business updated with the new and improved techniques that will only benefit employees and clients.

        This is something we all forget about when we start our own business. You have to keep up with all trends in your given field and the best thing about it is that you can deduct all expenses for this activity on your taxes. You are benefiting with being supported just to do something that every ;business needs to do, keep updated.

        Thanks for this amazing article and I will keep on visiting for more like this in the near future.

  • I really like this list, except that for #2 I would say… Have a PROGRESSIVE strategy rather than a mobile one. Mobile will, one day, be old news. Just as having a website was one at one time progressive and is now “expected”. The mobile age isn’t coming, it’s here and mobile is just part of the game of staying forward thinking. Just as people today shouldn’t be operating without a website, they shouldn’t be operating without mobile compatibility either!
    Kim

    • Hello Kim,

      Thanks for commenting, I see your point 🙂

      Mobile is absolutely here, we’ve been building Mobile friendly sites for coming up 3 years and I believe the first to be launched was NVski.mobi back in 2008.

      Many business owners have not yet embraced Mobile. We’ve found that sometimes this is because the business owners or principles just don’t know how to go about it and others in other instances they don’t realise the implications of what not having a Mobile friendly business means to their customers and potential customers.

      If I am browsing on the Internet from my Mobile and I happen upon a site which is not Mobile friendly I leave and pass the url on to our team to make a mock up of a Mobile website and email it to them .

      It’s a little bit like going back in time to when some desktop websites had an on screen message saying ‘This website is best viewed using Internet Explorer’ That seems like an eternity ago now doesn’t it? 🙂

      Have a good weekend, Sadie 🙂

  • Sadie,
    These are great commandments to run your business by. It seems like most of them are all about making wise decisions and living smart. You know, like…Keep a low overhead, keep your customers happy, reward your employees, live with integrity, etc.
    I like it! 🙂
    Lynn

  • Hi Sadie-Michaela. Great advice. I really have had trouble with #1 because it’s so easy to ‘buy this, buy that’ and end up spending more money than you realized. I’m also in the process of developing a mobile (or progressive) strategy. This is a concise list, and I’ll share it forward.

    All the best,
    Leslie

  • Hi Sadie,

    What a great list! I would emphasize your first point first, second and third. Without cash, you have no business and i have seen companies mismanage cash that had awesome products. Also even online marketing businesses need cash. Thanks for sharing this list. I think I am going to print it out and put it up on the wall of my office for review.

    regards
    Clare

  • Great List
    I would add one more! Develop lasting relationships with my prospects. You never know when someone is ready to do business with you. What may be a no today could be a new situation tomorrow. Don’t ever burn bridges, and follow up at least once a year to every six months. Use postcards in addition to email. Stand out from all the NOISE.

  • Hi Sadie I like your concept to write a list of goal setter’s that will keep you focus on growing your business. Thanks for some terrific focus points.

  • The hardest part for me is taking time off to recharge. Since I work from home it’s hard to not spend time on my business and my computer every single day.

    Keep the clients happy is also a basic one but a good one, of course!

    Great list for entrepreneurs!

    Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Sadie,

    I think you should bold number 4, it’s the most important thing on that list 🙂

    Happy customers are the lifeblood of a successful business. They give testimonials and referrals, they give repeat business, the market your business for you, and give your business more credibility via word of mouth.

    Great list!

  • Hi Sadie,
    Your list of ten commandments business should follow is great, uncomplicated, to the point and simple to grasp.

    Great =)

    Thank you,

    Regards, Jessica.

  • I love the recharge option, so many of us forget that – thanks for sharing 🙂

  • The list is excellent and we should all be looking out for ourselves under each Commandment. Take them one at a time and apply them to your business. There’s a blog post in each, you know.

    I was at an event last night and the speaker discussed selling your business and having an exit strategy. I think that’s an important addition to your list. The Eleventh Commandment.

    RICK

    • Yes good one Rick! I LIKE it 🙂

  • Thanks for this great list Sadie! Definitely a list to follow if you own a business.

  • Sadie,
    wow, it is so nice to read yoru short article with such an extreme important information about what is bst to do in order to be ontop of your business… THANKS so much for making it so simple for most of us who truly need it.

    I love it and most of all I like them becuase they are only 10 and easy to remeber.

    I sure will follow them
    thanks again.
    nickc

  • Great list, Sadie-Michaela! I would add somewhere in there about building relationships with my prospects and clients, because that is what will keep them on board with you. 🙂

    Willena Flewelling

  • Hi Sadie,
    you are providing great information which people who want to succeed in online business could benefit from.

    The list you provide in the beginning is clear and concise and would make a good quick reference to keep handy to stay on track.

    No 10 is very important, taking time off.
    I recently heard of a counselor who has taken a ‘me’ day once a week, a week of once a month and a month of once a year.

    To Success!
    Yorinda

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