How to Ensure Growth in Small Business

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Smaller businesses have a slightly more difficult path to success than others. To achieve success as a small business, you’ll need to do everything you can to ensure its growth. Various steps need to be taken, but there are also some tips and tricks that you can use to give yourself an edge.

In any case, this article will teach you how to ensure the growth of your small business and how you can keep it on top for a long time. After you’ve read the article, you’ll have some extra knowledge up your sleeve that will definitely benefit your small business.

Let’s start!

Developing an effective & efficient small business framework

The usual frameworks that work with big businesses can actually offer some insight for smaller businesses, but there are a couple of problems. Small businesses don’t necessarily need to grow constantly to be able to operate. Also, big businesses don’t need to spend a lot of time managing the start of their existence, while small businesses have to. Developing an effective & efficient small business framework is imperative to its survival.

Specialize in one thing & give your best

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You won’t get far if you try to do everything at the same time, especially if you don’t specialize your business in one thing. Most businesses that try to achieve multiple things end up burning to the ground.

Don’t multitask because you will have to divide your resources and attention to multiple things and that isn’t good. Pick one thing and give your best by constantly working towards improving your business and the service/product it offers!

Partner with another small business

It’s understandable that most people want to work alone, without interference. This is mostly true for big businesses as they don’t need to partner with others except in the case of an emergency or an expansion.

Consider partnering with another small business as you will both get a boost in the number of customers and you’ll be making more money. Explain your business goals to the other business owner and discuss the terms for partnering. This also builds up trust, so you’d be wise to do this.

Using checklists

Checklists are fairly necessary when it comes to managing a business because they let you gain insight into your clients’ needs plus you’ll be able to get a better perspective on what needs to be improved regarding your business. Even though it might seem redundant at first, checklists are important, and they shouldn’t be overlooked. So, invest in making a great checklist for the business.

Become a leader in the industry

Once you’ve set your business up correctly, strive to become the industry standard. Lead by example and show others that you are a leader. It will not only help your own business in getting more efficient and recognized, but you’ll also gain the respect of other business owners that may look up to you. Provide the industry with something new and provide it in a special, interesting way. There are many things you can do when it comes to this so be creative!

See Also: 3 Easy Ways To Reclaim Your Power As A Leader 

Boost up your e-mail marketing

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E-mail marketing has somewhat fallen out of favor, but it’s still a very powerful and important tool in marketing. Social media is currently the base platform for advertising, but e-mails are just as powerful.

Try not to send generic emails all the time because people get bored of them quickly. Think of new ways you can promote your business through e-mails and you’ll start seeing an increase in clients!

See Also: 8 Top Marketing Tips for Small Businesses 


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ProBlogger Most Popular Posts on Finding Readers 2016

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Earlier posts this week include the most-read ProBlogger articles on creating content, monetization, and social media.

How to Get 10x More Traffic Without Spending a Dime on Advertising | on

How to Get 10x More Traffic Without Spending a Dime on Advertising

It’s a situation most of us find ourselves in – trying to grow our blog so we can make money, but we don’t often have wads of cash to help us do that at the start. So extra traffic for zero financial outlay? Yes please! No wonder this one was popular.

Read it here.

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How I Turned One Blog Post Into a 7-Figure Business (And How You Can Capitalize on Going Viral)

See that! One blog post. But it’s true, I’ve seen plenty of people go viral and then not know how to make the most of the influx of visitors. Don’t be caught out next time you get picked up on the social media wave.

Read it here.

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Get Your First 1000 Readers: Here’s Your Step by Step Plan

One of our fabulous regular ProBlogger experts, Ali Luke, shares the exact plan you can follow at the very beginning of your blog to find someone other than your mum or dad to read. Also handy for getting your next thousand… and the next thousand!

Read it here.

The one reason your amazing blog post hasn’t gone viral (and 8 things you can do about it) |

The One Reason Your Amazing Blog Post Hasn’t Gone Viral (and 8 Things You Can Do About It)

Another of our amazing experts, Kelly Exeter, tells us the hard truth – but also makes it all better by giving us some solid instructions to ensure that we get a tsunami of traffic. Which, if you’ve read the earlier post on capitalising on going viral, you know exactly what to do with!

Read it here.

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Warning: Are You Making These 8 Traffic-Killing Mistakes?

Ali is back with some serious talk about what bloggers are doing to make sure nobody visits their blog! Which of course, we don’t want. The more traffic the better, right? I love these kinds of posts, often I don’t know I’m making a mistake until someone tells me. I’d rather find out this way ;-)

Read it here.

What stood out to you? Was this a good year for you traffic-wise? Or was it difficult to find readers? I hope these posts helped!

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Car Searching Tips for Buying a Used Car

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A car is an important purchase. If you need an affordable car, you should purchase a used car. Used vehicles are reliable, and some used cars have aftermarket accessories.

There are several things to consider when buying a car.

Choose a Maximum Price for a Used Car

You need to decide how much you can afford to spend on a car. If you do not set a maximum price, you might go over your budget.

Years ago, buying a used car was a complicated process. Fortunately, several things have changed in the used car industry. Most used cars have warranties, and many used cars are in great condition.

Use Car Finders

When you visit a car finder website, you can find tips for buying a used car. You should use the comparison tool on the website. You can find detailed information on the vehicle’s interior and exterior. If the car is a newer used car or truck, the vehicle may still be listed on the manufacturer’s website.

Select a Few Cars

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Make a list of used cars that are within your budget. If you want to save money, you should consider several brands.

You should compare at least four vehicles. The dealership might not have your first choice, but the dealership might have other vehicles that fit your criteria.

See Also: What Science Says About The Car You Drive 

Locate Used Cars in Your Area

When you know what type of vehicle you want to purchase, you should start searching for local dealerships. If you live in a large city, there might be several dealerships in your area. You should search for dealerships within a few miles of your location. If you have any questions about the vehicle’s history, you should contact the dealership. All new and used motor vehicle dealerships must give consumers accurate information.

Test Drive the Vehicle

You should check the lights and windshield wipers. The dashboard should not have any illuminated lights. If any red lights are on the dashboard, you should let the car salesman know about the issue. A mechanic can let you know if the lights are a small or large issue. You should also check the mirrors. You should look for blind spots. You need to be comfortable while you are driving, so you should make sure that the seat is not too firm. If you are short, you may need adjustable seats. You should also inspect the tire tread and tire pressure.

Bring a Mechanic to the Dealership

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You may want to have a mechanic look under the hood for additional peace of mind. In addition to inspecting the car, a mechanic knows how to buy used car accessories.

A professional car dealer should not have a problem with you seeking a second opinion. Some dealers will allow you to take the vehicle to a mechanic. If the dealer allows you to take the car to a mechanic, you will have to pay for the inspection.

See Also: How to Find a Good Mechanic in the Age of Social Media

Use Car Brokers

If you cannot find the perfect used car, you should use a car broker. The broker can help you find the best used cars to buy, and he can give you used car buying tips. Some brokers will help you negotiate the price. A broker usually charges a percentage of the used car price or a flat fee.

Complete the Paperwork

If you are financing the vehicle, you should have a clear understanding of the contract’s terms and conditions. You should sign the paperwork when you are satisfied with the price.


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Why You Don’t Need to Have Your Whole Life Figured Out Right Now

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“On any one day you can massively change the direction of your life.” ~Jim Rohn

Have you ever felt as though you needed to have your whole life figured out right now?

When we’re young, we are often encouraged to consider the same common careers such as being a police officer, firefighter, doctor, lawyer, or teacher. Then in high school, we feel pressure to make a decision because we’ll have to major in something in college.

We may love music, writing, or something that people associate with struggle, only to get bombarded by advice to do something that will make money.

People constantly ask us what we are going to do with our lives. The pressure on all of us is huge.

In college, this pressure only increases, because with a major, now everyone wants to know what you’re going to do with it. For example, I majored in sports medicine and Hispanic studies, and people would constantly ask me about my plans. When I said I wanted to be a physician, there was even more pressure from people. This creates stress and anxiety, and can push someone toward burning out.

There is a certain expectation that we need to pick a traditional career path, especially when we speak to older individuals who chose a career and stayed there until retirement.

The older I get, the more I realize there are many things I want to accomplish in this life, and I have no desire to stick to one career and be defined by it.

There are parts of me that are strategic, other parts that are itching for me to take crazy risks, and others that tell me I want to be the best doctor. There are so many things to fulfill that I am not quite sure what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I know there are other people who feel the same way. If that’s you, I want you to know that…

It’s okay to not know what you want to do, or to have a plan for a lifelong career.

There is time. Time to look at different careers and do as we please. No longer do we have to follow the traditional route of getting a job right away and sticking to that one job right for the rest of our lives. If we want to change, there is a way to do it.

After graduating from college, I traveled around Europe, took some classes, worked in the entertainment industry, and grew as an individual as I was exposed to different areas of life.

I met many different types of people who all provided different perspectives. The amount of learning and knowledge that I absorbed throughout these meetings was more than I could have gotten from any type of formal education.

Currently having my vision set on being a physician is great. I love medicine, and as of now, I want to be a doctor. However, I am not defined by my title of physician, because later on I may change careers. I may decide it’s time to open a business or join a jazz band and travel the United States.

I’m not sure what I will be doing for the rest of my life, but I know that if I continuously remind myself to have a smile on my face, I will be happy.

You don’t need to worry about other people’s opinions.

One of the things I struggle with is worrying about what other people think. The majority of people I met while working at a hospice center told me they were not afraid of failure or afraid of doing what they truly wanted with their life; they were afraid of what people would think of them.

This was eye-opening, because I realized how often we limit ourselves based on what other people say we should do, and that their opinions don’t matter because they are not living our lives.

The people who tell you no and criticize are often the ones who are not following their own dreams. They may have been knocked down by not succeeding and may have become jaded by the world. You don’t have to live your life based on what they say.

When I tell people that being a doctor is only a fraction of what I will accomplish in my lifetime, more than half of them make a comment or show through their body language that they don’t believe in my plan.

It’s frustrating how even the people closest to me do not support some of my views on life, and they make sure to let me know it. I am still learning to not be affected by this because it’s challenging, but I urge you to do the same.

Tell more and more people about what you want to do with your life because then it will become your truth, which will make it much easier to stick to your plan.

At the beginning of my undergraduate career, there were over 100 people interested in the pre-medical track. By the end of my college experience, there were around twenty who were still dedicated to the pursuit of medical school.

Time and time again, people told us how hard it was going to be, the sacrifices we were going to have to make, and how there were always people better than us. Those opinions discouraged the majority of my peers. As hard as it has been, sticking through it has been the most rewarding experience ever.

You can create a worthwhile future while enjoying the moment.

When we get wrapped up in believing we need to know what we’re going to do, we can lose sight of the present. I know many people who are constantly worried about the future. They’re afraid things won’t work out, and they never truly live in the moment.

We need to think about the future in order to create it, but we can actually do that most effectively when we focus primarily on the present.

People who diet often talk in terms of the future and how much weight they need to lose, but if they were to focus solely on the day and what needed to get done, before they know it, the results would show!

This kind of focus can be challenging, as this requires us to engage in positive habits every day in order to find success in what we desire. However, when we become conscious of what we must do every day, we can then relax knowing that in due time, the results of our consistency will show.

It’s okay to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life. I see a negative stigma associated with people who do not have a clear plan for their career path, but there’s nothing wrong with going with the flow and allowing yourself to grow, evolve, and change.

What is life if you make it to the end and do not have any exciting, crazy memories to look back on and remember with a smile on your face?

We should all go out and explore many different fields to see what we truly love—and we may need to do this several times throughout our lives.

Whether it’s working from a remote location, working with children, or becoming a missionary, do it all and see what you like best!

At any time we can change the course of our lives. It might not always be easy, but all we have to do is put one foot forward, knowing we’re creating a change that will bring us more joy in life.

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About Armando Quintana

Armando Quintana III is a master’s student and signed model. One of his main goals is to be a physician and educate people on the natural healing powers of the body. In addition to being a public speaker on alternative ways to reach success, he mentors high school and college students. He can be reached through social media at @armandoq3 or  at

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53 Incredible Paulo Coelho Quotes

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  53 Incredible Paulo Coelho Quotes 1. “‘That’s how love got lost,’ he said. ‘When we started laying down rules for when love should or shouldn’t appear.’” – Paulo Coelho 2. “But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in […]

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Living The Dot Com Life At 1010 Lounge

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On this episode of the Dot Com Life Vlog, I took the Tesla Model X on the car pool lane all by myself to LA for a party at the Ten Ten Lounge. Being able to use the car pool lane solo is one of the coolest features of driving an EV in California. It really cuts the travel time during rush hour.

The models in the video were Daria Dali and Dr. Gauhar Moldahmetova. I’m giving them a plug because they asked to take a picture with me. Yes, I am that famous. 🙂

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Community Discussion: Do You Take Time Off Your Blog at the End of the Year?

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Community Discussion: Do you take time off from your blog or online platform at the end of the year? Or plow right on through the holiday season? Come chat on

Sleigh bells are ringing, Christmas lists are being written, plans are being made – there’s an unmistakable buzz at the end of the year, and thoughts often turn to getting together with family, having some time off to recalibrate (and if you’re in Australia, spend some time in the very warm great outdoors!) and start afresh in the new year.

But hold up – we don’t have employers or people telling us when our holidays are. We work for ourselves on our blogs and social platforms, don’t we? (Well, mostly!) – who’s going to run this ship while we’re on the couch watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation/out on the back patio with a beer?

You might be the kind of person who shows up, rain or shine, on your blog. No matter your belief or social conventions, it’s your pride and joy and you like being there. You might have a more commercial situation where some well-written earlier posts can be re-floated over the holiday season, posts written and scheduled in advance, or just some radio silence after a final “we’re taking a break” message. Or perhaps a bit of both!

We usually do a mix here at ProBlogger – some super-useful posts are rounded up and repurposed, and there are a couple of days between Christmas and New Year where we take our ProBlogging hats off and put some Christmas cracker paper crowns and wide-brim shady hats on instead. We always advocate a balance, and to get off your blog sometimes and into the real world, otherwise how else would you have a life you could ever possibly write about?

So for this fortnight’s community discussion, we thought we’d dive deep into the Holiday habits of our readers. What do you do? Where do you go? What happens to your blog when you’re doing it? Are you a repurposer? An avoider? A creator of brand-new content to tide you over? We’d love to know!

If you are thinking of taking a break, you might like to wander through the advice we’ve given over the years on doing just that:

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12 Websites That Will Help You To Save Money

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These days almost everyone is looking to save money wherever they can. There are lots of websites that can help you save money, from offering coupons on goods and services to connecting you with neighbors willing to sell you their items at a lower price than the store. With this arsenal of websites in your back pocket, you can be sure you’re getting the best price on whatever you’re looking to buy.

Here is a list of a few websites that will help you to save your  hard-earned money.

EBay: With EBay’s bidding system, you can often get a massive discount on almost every product under the sun.

Aliexpress: AliExpress is another great website to shop anywhere you are in the world, and they offer a huge discount on their products.

LivingSocial: Check out all of the great deals on goods and services in the area where you live.

MyCoupons: Instead of fruitless searching for retail deals, MyCoupons finds all of the discounts for you and puts them in one easily searchable place.

Booking Buddy: The site will help you extract the traveling cost from all the various booking websites and give you great discount.

Poshmark: Allow Poshmark be your guide to buying and selling clothes. It’s super easy to list your property on the site if you are in need of some additional money. The site also has all kinds of product deals that are waiting for you to enjoy.

Renttherack: Shop for designer clothes that are usually massively discounted. Reserve an item for a set period of days, use it and then return it. Wear the best clothes in the industry for a fraction of the price.

AwardWallet: This website keeps track of your reward programs, such as regular flyer miles and credit card points. With AwardWallet, you can see all the points and deals you’ve earned all in one place so you don’t forget to act on them.

Priceonomics: This page will extract information from the Internet that will help you to know prices on Craigslist or eBay items with the most profitable margins.

Craigslist: There are many sites online that save money, but with out a doubt, you can always visit Craigslist for great deals. If you wish to sell or buy almost anything in this world, this site is the perfect place for it.

Temptalia: This database will assist you to find the best deals on all cosmetic products, whether you are searching for something that is sold out or something that is just easier on your wallet.

StubHub: This site will help you to re-sell unwanted tickets, instead of losing money on an event you can no longer go to. The website has great reviews and simple instructions too!

TaskRabbit: Have an errand or task that you are unable to do? This online application will connect you with people in your area who are willing to take care of your chores for a cheap price.

ZILok: Do you need to rent something? The odds are iLok have items people are willing to let you borrow for a small price. Alternatively, make a bit of money letting others borrow your own items!

RetailMeNot: This is the world’s biggest coupon marketplace, so this is a great database for deals on just about everything.

NeighborGoods: Share thing with your friends and neighbors through this website. The service will link you up based on your location and connect you with people who live nearby.

Alshop: is the region’s premier online shopping platform for great consumer goods, varying from mobile phones to laptops, home devices to well being equipment, perfumes to make up products and printers, cameras, founded in 2008, with its headquarters in Dubai, UAE.

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ProBlogger Most Popular Posts on Monetization 2016

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I have a feeling this post will be a popular one! Blog monetization continues to be a growing trend, and it’s one of the main reasons people visit ProBlogger – to find out how to get started, what kinds of income to explore, and how to make more money!

These were the monetization posts that resonated the most across 2016, and you can find the most popular content creation posts here. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see our best social media tips!


My Blogging Income Breakdown for the First Half of 2016

The most popular post of the year was the one where Darren drilled down into each of his income streams to demonstrate which ones work best, and what is possible. Inspiring, huh?

Read it here.


How to Get Entrepreneurial Ideas out of Your Head and Into Reality

Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income is a huge favourite in the world of blogging, and Darren sat down with him at the start of the year to find out the hows and whys and whens of Pat’s rise to online entrepreneurial stardom.

Read/listen here.

Are you making these 26 Blogging Mistakes That Are Costing You Time, Money, and Credibility

26 Blogging Mistakes That Are Costing You Time, Money, and Credibility

And nobody wants to lose money, let alone time and credibility. Are you making these mistakes? Were you?!

Read it here.

Lauren in Maafushi, The Maldives

How I Got a Book Deal Through My Travel Blog

Travel blogger Lauren Juliff from Never Ending Footsteps made us all jealous with her exotic stories, stunning location photography, and of course, the ever-elusive book deal. Lauren really breaks down why she was chosen and how you can be attractive to prospective publishers too.

Read it here.

3 blogger monetisation lessons from FB branded content policy

3 Blogger Monetisation Lessons from Facebook’s Branded Content Policy Update

This post came off the back of Facebook changes to influencers and what they’re allowed to share online. The changes scared a whole bunch of folk, so I’m not surprised they flocked to this post in droves!

Read it here.

What stood out to you? What kind of monetization method did you try? Was it your lucky year for a book deal?

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ProBlogger Most Popular Posts on Social Media 2016

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Well it’s no secret, and probably not much of a surprise, to find that Facebook dominated the search results in social media this year on ProBlogger! The algorithm changed so much and left us all scrambling to figure out how to still reach our audience on the world’s biggest community-connecting platform.

Never fear folks, we had the best people on the job! Did you catch all of these? I remember being pretty blown away by the Facebook advertising one…

So far we’ve covered our best tips for the year on creating content, and monetization in this week’s deep-dive into our 2016 archives. Tomorrow is the last in the series – finding readers! You won’t want to miss it. Traffic makes the world go round.


A Quick way to Get More Facebook Likes for Your Facebook Page

Such a simple hack but one that was getting overlooked – at the expense of a new possible audience! Darren showed us the one tip that pages with a smaller readership can employ to boost their numbers.

Read it here.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Give Facebook Live Video a Go

And Darren was back on the Facebook train with some tips he’d gathered from quite a few experiments with livestreaming on the platform. I’m willing to bet there’s even more reason to take the plunge if you haven’t already!

Read it here.

5 Facebook Advertising Features You Probably Didn’t Know Existed |

5 Facebook Advertising Features You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Now here was some seriously deep digging into allll those functions in the back of Facebook Ads that you just don’t see as a newbie. Everything from free fonts to extreme targeting are laid out to give bloggers the edge.

Read it here.

Karlee's Kupcakes: the cake and Instagram queen dominating Brisbane's celebration scene.

How to Rock Instagram to Promote Your Small Business

Karlee’s Kupcakes now has 113,000+ followers on her Instagram account, compared to the 13,000 she had when she shared her tips for growth a few months ago. They clearly work! This is one you really don’t want to miss.

Read it here.

12 Bloggers to Follow on Snapchat Right Now: confused about the platform and who's doing it right so you can get some tips? I've rounded a few notable Snappers up for you on

12 Bloggers to Follow on Snapchat Right Now

Ahhh, the social platform that confused us the most this year. Why was everyone on it? How did you find anyone on it?What was the bloody point? Well, I explained all that and more when I rounded up a few folks who were doing it really right. One glance at what they are doing and it all makes sense. Get inspired to get a filter today!

Read it here.

What stood out to you this year? Did you find the posts on Facebook helpful? Did you catch the one on Twitter?

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