7 Effective Ways to Grow Your Online Business

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bigstock Online Money 5632044 300x199 7 Effective Ways to Grow Your Online BusinessGrowing your online business takes time and energy.

After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?

Success does leave clues though, and here are 7 of my favorites!

  • Know your goals.  I’m not talking lofty goals like “make a million bucks this year” that can’t be backed up with a plan.  I’m saying write down yearly goals, break them down into quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily (yes, daily) goals where you track results.  The quicker you do this one task, the quicker success will come.  You will know really fast if something is not working and can tweak according.
  • Outsource.  I know.  You run a mom and pop shop without a pop.  But here’s the thing.  You can’t possibly do it all and the sooner you hand over the mundane and repetitive tasks to someone else, the faster you will see results.  Start with outsourcing on a part-time basis and see where it leads.  You can thank me later icon smile 7 Effective Ways to Grow Your Online Business
  • Coaching.  If you are serious about wanting your biz to take OFF and be profitable, you will use a coach.  This is my personal favorite because it’s helped me the most.   Do your research.  Find someone who has achieved the success you want and hire them.  Again, if your funds are low, look at group coaching to start.  Also, if after you start, you don’t mesh with that one, find another one.  Don’t stay married to a coach if it’s not working out.
  • Collaborate. Joining forces with others can catapult your business.  Also mastermind groups can help generate ideas that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.
  • Build a list.  You knew this one was coming.  There’s a reason for the saying, “The gold is in the list.”  Your list are prospects that will one day possibly  buy your products.  They are your prospects and you should be continuing to build that list every.single.day.
  • Videos.  This is one area that is growing by leaps and bounds.  It’s a fantastic way to get in front of your audience and let them “see” who you really are and what you offer.  Got a smart phone?  You can do videos!
  • Social Media.  Put yourself in front of prospects on a daily basis by sharing content, tips, and overall smart knowledge and  you’ll grow a following.  Offer products that your following wants and your business will continue to build.

Now, you know what to do.  Get out there and start thriving!

Peace,

-Martha

 

 7 Effective Ways to Grow Your Online Business

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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Kerry Armour October 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Goals. Collaborate and Social Media. yes, yes, and yes! In fact all of these are great tips!
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Melanie Kissell @SoloMompreneur October 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I’m sold! I’d hire you in a heartbeat! ;)

I’ve outsourced a few times, Martha, and I’m always looking for opportunities to do more outsourcing any time my budget allows. It’s money well spent.

As expected …
Marvelous post!
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Maralana October 20, 2012 at 2:13 am

Great tips I really enjoy reading them I’m just wondering when you talk about your list do you mean a hypothetical list or do you actually make a list… And if so do you the spreadsheet or how do you keep them organized

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Moira Hutchison October 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Excellent tips here – Thanks Martha… I’m going to keep this as a reference guide to keep me on track ;).
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Norma Doiron@Where Aspiring/Budding Business Owners Start, Grow & Strenghten Their Online Business October 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I love your tips, especially the one about the coaching. It is so true that you need to connect with your coach or you move on to someone you do. The other tips I liked to, putting out great content, tips. You rock, Martha! Woohoo! :)
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Nancy October 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Martha, really fantastic tips. Build A List is at the top of my list these days for the very reasons you mentioned. Added videos to my list recently, but it goes back to the time and energy dilemma!
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

And time and energy go back to outsourcing. You can DO THIS!! Go Nancy!
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Ann Mullen October 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I think my hardest obstacle is making goals. I am not sure where to even start. I am so now oriented that the idea of the future (and I mean beyond 12-21-12) is like the thought of stepping on Mars.
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Well, maybe you should work backwards? Figure out what you want and break it down into the steps needed to make it happen. Try that and let me know how it goes Ann.
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Jan October 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Outsource… That’s next on the list. Been burnt a few times so it’s hard to let go! Great tips for success, Martha thanks for sharing :)
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Yes, sometimes it takes a while. Be sure and ask for referrals. That will close the gap on some of the disappointment. Good luck to you Jan!
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Brooke Ballard October 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Know your goals is my favorite! How can you design your strategy without setting goals? How can you measure analytics without setting goals? How can you decipher success without having (and knowing, and sticking to) your goals?!
I think lots of people forget that setting goals isn’t just a “feel good” moment, but an important moment for succeeding!

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Martha October 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I think many just start out “winging it” and don’t take the time to figure out where they are going. Setting goals is the key to success, no matter how you slice it!
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shawn October 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Those are great tips. I have followed some of them, others I need to do. I am always ready to read anything that will help me grow my business.
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Thanks for your comments Shawn. Glad you found the post helpful!
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Olga Hermans October 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Love your tips Martha, they are great and so doable. Sometimes, we just need to sit down and think about our own strategies instead of just keep on doing the normal routine, isn’t it
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

True Olga! Thanks for your input!
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Brenda Spandrio October 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Good solid information. “Outsource” definitely resonates with me. It’s so easy to think we are ‘saving money’ by doing things ourselves, but too often the reality is that we are not MAKING money with many of those tasks. Thanks for the post!
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

It was hard for me in the beginning but now I outsource like crazy!
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Mallie Hart October 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

So very true. It can be so hard, though. I’m often guilty of my own pursuits and plans falling prey to “the cobbler’s children living without shoes”. It takes dedicated effort.

I’m in the midst of 2013 planning and have bookmarked this to provide both stimulus and impetus!
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I know what you mean! Glad you are already working on your 2013 plan. That shows a LOT of initiative and will help you make 2013 an amazing year!
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Helena Bowers October 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

Great tips for online success Martha! I totally second what Ali said about knowing what to do and not always doing it. Like, I know I really need to start outsourcing, I just haven’t got it all figured out yet. :)
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Start small. Take your most dreaded task and turn it over to somebody else. Believe me, it gets easier!
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Ali Bierman October 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

FAntastic summation of what it takes. Thanks, Martha! IT isn’t that I don’t know this stuff. It is that I don’t always do what I know. This one is a keeper.
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Martha October 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Don’t I know it, Ali?? Sometimes I need a dose of my own advice. Especially on those videos!
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