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3 Ideas that will help your startup to keep on growing
by Startacus Admin
Anyone who has created a business of their own will know that actually getting the business up and running is just the beginning of the story… afterwards is when the real fun begins!
Questions will now come thick and fast about whether your are making the right decisions for your business, whether it is moving in the right direction, or whether it is growing fast enough.
When these begin to cloud your mind it’s best to take a step back and look at what you could be doing to tend to your fledgeling business further. It’s one thing to create a startup, but to keep it moving forward is quite another.
Here are our top three ideas that can help you to tackle this most common of issues.
If you want to help your business grow, marketing is essential, but it doesn’t need to break the bank. Digital marketing has opened up a wealth of opportunities for the start-up entrepreneur. You can start a blog on your industry and promote it through social media, cementing yourself as an expert in your field. You can launch a YouTube channel with two or three minute “how to” and advice videos for customers. In this age, content is king, and if you’d like to know more about this area, you can find some great digital marketing advice here.
The more traditional methods are still useful though. Depending on the nature of your business, think about where your customer is and how you’ll be able to reach them. You might want to start trading locally, so investing in flyers or articles in local magazines could help give you a boost. You should always have business cards on you too; you never know who you’re going to bump into.
2.Further education scholarships
How will your business ever continue to grow and develop if you don’t too? Taking courses and tuition in your field will help to expand your knowledge, give you new ideas and improve your skills within the sector. If one of your employees was behind in their role, you’d want to invest in them to help them grow wouldn’t you? In the early stages, you need to take the same approach to your own development.
You might be concerned at this point that you don’t have the funding to do so. Fortunately, there are plenty of business minds out there that have considered this very problem, like Mr Reuben Singh. His scholarship aimed at young entrepreneurs can provide up to £9,000 for tuition fees, so definitely worth taking a look at.
3.Connect with colleagues
Another really easy way to keep your momentum going, is by connecting with other people from your industry. You’re never too young to start networking, and by connecting with colleagues from your sector, you can learn from them, exchange ideas and become a part of that community.
Twitter and LinkedIn are incredibly useful for this. You can be added to lists and follow groups specifically aimed at your industry on Twitter, while LinkedIn is more of a business forum.You’ll be able to join discussion forums so that you can get your name out there and give your business a push.
We hope you found these pointers useful. If you have any ideas of your own, we’d love to hear them. Tell us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and become a member of the Startacus community.
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