Monday, June 15, 2015

How You Can Use Your Small Business to "Pay it Forward"!

"Paying It Forward" is one of the Core Values of our business. We have found that it is possible to use API to help other Small Businesses, while still working on our own. And doing so is not as hard as you may think! Read on.......  

At API, we have found that the greatest way to realize success ourselves is to help others achieve theirs.
While we believe many feel this way, sometimes we are simply not sure where to begin. We find it easy to “pay it forward” within your own circle of family and friends. But how can we take it beyond our “inner circle” and truly make a difference?

We put this question to ourselves and found a path that works for us. We decided to focus our efforts on helping other small business owners.

Use Your Small Business to start a "Pay it Forward" Cycle of Success! "Tweet This" 

4 Tips to Help Get You Started:
Use Your Social Media Sites
We started our path towards "Paying it Forward" in small ways. We actively “liked”, commented, and shared the posts and blogs of others through Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. In this way we were able to help others find the engagement and audience they needed to get the word out about what they do. We continue to try and do this daily. This is a very easy step, but can really make a difference.

Shop Small
At API we also “buy small” more often. We have purchased jewelry, soaps, and greeting cards through small businesses both online and in our neighborhood. Then we make sure to put a review on their company page or website, and also share it on our own page to let others know of our experiences. Besides helping these businesses, we have found some great new products this way!

Share Other’s Blogs and Articles
We post other articles and interesting blogs directly on our social sites. We search for articles within our social network connections and make sure to feature them. To get more traffic to their blog/site, we also share what we post in as many of our groups as possible.

Promote Other Small Businesses
We often use quotes from other small business owners in our blog articles. Our goal is to help promote their business by letting others know a little more about who they are and what they do. We also joined a local Small Business Networking group. We share ideas and help each other reach our goals.  

Each of these 4 steps is designed to help other Small Businesses any way we can. We have also found that we love it!

This doesn’t mean we don’t focus on the success of our own business, Access Profiles. But we find that wanting to “pay it forward” to others and our own goals need not be mutually exclusive! 

That is why these words from Winston Churchill speak to us...

We get a lot of personal satisfaction in seeing others achieve their goals. Quite simply, that is what we think being a part of the Small Business community is all about!

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Please help keep the "Pay it Forward" cycle going and share our article! We would also love to hear more about You and Your Small Business! Thanks!

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