Small Businesses Need to Band Together!
Trying to create a successful business can be a challenge for any small business ~ especially when we are competing with companies much bigger than ours.
However, There is Hope!
By joining with other small businesses, we can pool our resources, our knowledge, and our experiences to create a powerful community. We need to see ourselves as partners working toward a common goal.
There are 3 Easy Ways we can accomplish this:
- Join Up
You can tap into the power of support and collaboration by creating or joining a small business group. A group can help you develop relationships and share advice with your fellow entrepreneurs. It is also a way to have a larger voice in community issues.
Most importantly, these groups are a great way to Network and Pay it Forward. Actively look for opportunities to help your fellow members.
One way is to refer them to your own clients, and in turn they may do the same. We all know that great Networking is a two-way street. By promoting the goods and services of other small businesses, they will be sure to return the favor.
If meeting in person is not possible (or you want to widen your small business community), you can create a “virtual” group and meet online.
Either way, you are building a like-minded network of resources and business opportunities.
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- Share the Wealth of Your Knowledge
Large companies have the option of dipping into pools of talent in-house. Small businesses don’t often have that luxury.
Many times the burden falls squarely on our shoulders alone.
Instead, call on your fellow small business owners for advice. You are sure to know someone who has run into the same problem or has a suggestion to help you. In turn, you can share your own knowledge.
As Small business owners we have a lot to contribute ~ and why not use what we know to help others?
- Shop Small
I have already cited reasons why we should do business with small business as individuals (you can read my thoughts here). But it shouldn’t stop there.
As small businesses ourselves, we should strive to do business with other small businesses. For example, next time you need businesses cards, forgo the big stores and find a small company for your print needs.
Want a new logo? How about giving the job to an independent design company? I recently used Penny Perasso of Grey Wolf Designs ~ and I loved the results!
I have also used several small companies when buying client cards and gifts (The Cupertino Soap Company and Sincerely Yours by Tracy are two of my favorites).
These small merchants provided me with original and high quality items...and my clients have noticed!
You may even want to buy business supplies, hire temp workers, or even outsource to a local agency. Any time you can spend your hard earned money with a small merchant, do it!
I believe when Small Business helps Small Business, we have Power. By joining forces we can pull on the vast wisdom and experience possessed by our fellow entrepreneurs.
And that is definitely a good thing!
If you have any suggestions on how Small Business can Help Small Business, start paying it forward and share it here!
For more information to help your small business, please visit my blog at www.accessprofilesblog.com and my website, www.accessprofiles.com.
I would also love to connect with you on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+. Let’s get our Small Business Network going!