5 Tips to Jumpstart a New Business!

Starting a business is an exciting and often very stressful time for new business owners. The necessities of planning, marketing, budgeting and managing can prove daunting and extraordinarily time consuming. Below are 5 quick tips that help "jumpstart" a new business.

1. Create a brand. Spend a little money to create a professional logo, business card and stationery. Present a professional image.

2. Ramp up Online. Make creating a Web site a top priority. A Web site is today's calling card. You really shouldn't do without one. Give people a place to go to learn about your business.

3. Make Your First Sale. This is key. Get that first sale even if it's friends or family at a discounted rate. This counts as getting started, so go for it.

4. Promote Testimonials. Get testimonials from your first sales. Start building credibility for your business from day one.

5. Build Buzz. Be creative. Look for a special promotion, big event, email campaign or something out of the norm for your business to get people talking about you, your product or service.

Please feel free to share your own tips and helpful experiences for new business owners. We would love to hear your valuable input!
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  • Building a company website is so crucial. I'm sure it's well over 80% of people looking for a local service, find companies through their website or a site like MC. If you have a great business, customers should want to find you just as much as you want them to. It's essential to accurately represent your company's capabilities via a website. Fence Atlanta | Fence Company
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  • These are all great tips. And, yes, a website is an absolute must nowadays.

    I would recommend other online promotional activities in addition to a website as they are relatively inexpensive especially as compared to magazine and newspaper advertising.

    Setting up accounts & pages on social networking sites such as a Facebook page -- one strictly for your business, (I question the effectiveness of Twitter pages anymore as it is riddled more and more with spam these days, but Twitter may work for some).

    Other business networking sites like LinkedIn are excellent and allow you to post your business profile plus interact directly with others including creating and joining groups for more direct and personal contact with people.

    Additionally, a blog is advantageous because you can post relevant content on it which will help you get found by the search engines and is another way to add a link it to your site.

    And of course, don't forget to maximize your use of Merchant Circle, as it offers many tools at hand including blog, newsletter and gallery options!

    All of these activities add to the online presence for a business, increase overall brand awareness and helps to set oneself apart from competitors as an "expert" in their field as in the #5 above, you will be building "online buzz" which can quickly go viral.
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