Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Small Business S.O.S
As many of you know, I recently started to focus on my jewelry business full time. I have a Facebook page to show off my jewelry (my fan page), I have an Etsy shop, I tweet about my jewelry, and I even recently started a Google+ page for my jewelry. In this day and age of social media, how does a “new” business get noticed?
There used to be a time when a business could just rely on word of mouth, good products, and great customer service; that was all a small business needed to succeed (okay, I’m probably oversimplifying, but you get my point). Business is rapidly changing. We have a global economy now. How does one build his or her business to a successful, growing business when so many others fail?
I do not pretend to know the answers. I don’t even pretend to run a “successful” business. The purpose of today’s blog is to start a conversation between small business owners. Maybe do a little brain storming, maybe even some networking. If all of us artisans, craftsmen, and small businessmen (and women) are to survive (and thrive), we have to come up with new ways to do business.
Maybe I just don’t know what I’m doing. Maybe you have some great advice. Please share. I would love to learn. I am sure I’m not the only small business owner who would love to get some sage advice from someone who has a successful business.
Here is what I propose: I am going to post this to my blog and then post on Facebook and Twitter. If you read this blog, please post to the comment section any idea or advice you have. Also, please tell me about your business, this way I can help you network. Please be sure you leave links to any websites where you do business (Facebook, Etsy, etc.). Hopefully this will spark ideas and help us all grow our business.
Until tomorrow - Melissa