Whenever we survey small business owners, they are always eager to share their tricks and strategies for success. Over and over again we have noticed that they have at least one commonality—the ability to look ahead and envision what their own personal success will look like in the future. Here is a brief list of some of the successful activities that these small business owners have utilized to keep their focus on the future and keep moving in the right direction.

1. Learn to Set Goals and Challenge Yourself.

Goal setting is an incredible way to refine your focus, take stock of your progress and monitor your achievements.

For the very successful among us, goal-setting also provides an opportunity to push boundaries and expand to places well beyond our comfort zones.

Depending on how courageously you approach the boundaries of your comfort zones, the more potential you have to gain in the long run ultimately. Creating effective long and short-term goals is essential for small business growth and success. Beyond this, merely taking informed, calculated risks, can really do your small business into the stratosphere.

2. Become a Lifelong Learner

It’s vital to remember that no matter how successful you become, there is always more to be done, and new avenues to explore for your business.
Even if the classroom was never really you’re your schtick, there are still numerous other opportunities to broaden your skill set and expand your knowledge base. Doing so can make the difference between business failure and business success.

Always keep in mind that Continuous learning is more than the classroom. It can take the form of online training, collaborative opportunities, self-paced programs, internships, externships, mentoring, and even just reading.

3. You Must Learn to Delegate!

If you run a small business, sooner or later you will undoubtedly realize that there’s no way you can do everything yourself. No matter whether you have family, subcontractors, employees working for you, learning to delegate appropriately can make the difference between business success and go absolutely insane with burnout.

Of course, this is easier said than done. Many small business owners are do-it-yourselfers, rather than enlisting the help of others. In fact, that’s the very trait that got them going in the small business world in the first place. Nevertheless, you must get good at selecting tasks that you trust others to accomplish. This skill will become absolutely vital as your business expands. All successful business owners possess the power of delegation.

4. Kick it Into High Gear

A lot of what you do as a small business owner will undoubtedly be routine. If you think about it, there are numerous small, daily tasks that you need to accomplish each day just to ensure your business’s success.

Get GOOD at these routine, sometimes dull tasks. Why? Because the more active you are when it comes to completing these tasks (the ones that you do yourself), the more potential your small business has for greater success. This is the secret key to boosting productivity! Streamline and refine the small processes to drive your business to greater success.

5. Keep Abreast of the Current Tech Trends

In the current business climate, it’s axiomatic that technology plays a role in every business decision. Whether you actually run a tech firm, accounting business, family grocer, or oyster farm, it doesn’t matter. Every small business can not only benefit from the technology that impacts their specific industry, but also beyond this, you must monitor industry changes as they occur.

Staying abreast of the ever-changing technology environment can ensure that you make better business decisions, and can create huge savings over time.

6. Don’t be Afraid to Change Up the Marketing

This point ties directly into point number five. The use of technology places a vital role in how we conduct business, but it’s also an invaluable tool in our quest for more customers. Many small business owners understand how factors such as online marketing can add a new dynamic to your cash flow and significantly expand the reach of your goods or services. In fact, the most successful small businesses continuously explore new outlets of marketing, whether it’s online, radio, television, or billboards. If you can, develop a multifaceted, ever-expanding marketing strategy to see what produces the most interest. Trial different strategies and see what works and what doesn’t.

While it may be impossible to implement all of these strategies at the same time, successful small business owners find a way to integrate them over time. To start to generate momentum, begin with two or three that are already aligned with the way you run your business, and then apply a step-by-step process to start to incorporate the others as they start to fit. Trust your fellow small business owners. These strategies can make the difference and improve your business’ path to success.