Are you overwhelmed by all advice on internet about how to become a successful small business owner?
The sheer volume of information is overwhelming and worst of all, many of "experts" disagree.
Every so often my business will experience a slow down and this week was one of those weeks. I could easily blame holiday or normal summer vacation period, but that wouldn't solve my problem.
I needed to step back and rethink my business plan.
The response for most online business owners is to pick their favorite "guru" or "gurus" and start studying their advice.
That works well for a lot of marketers, but sometimes I like to think outside box. There are some time tested ideas that are universal and will work if applied to any situation.
I studied Ben Franklin's simple system for self-improvement. The system may be simple to develop, but that doesn't mean it's easy to follow.
In his autobiography Franklin talks about his need to constantly monitor himself. Old habits are truly hard to break.
Although Franklin used this system to reshape his personality, it can just as easily be applied to improving your skills as an online entrepreneur.
If you're looking for a quick fix, this isn't for you.
Here's a step by step plan to becoming a more successful entrepreneur.
1. The first step is to pick 13 areas of your skills that need most work.
Step back and take a look at your business and find 13 skills that would improve your performance. The hard part for me is limiting list to 13 skills.