Running a small business can be a lonely task. You must be able to provide leadership, make good decisions, stay on top of the industry and competition, and manage your time, as well as that of your employees. How do you do all of the above plus run the business? Start by learning from other successful business owners. What are the qualities they embody? How do they inspire their employees?
You don't have to feel adrift. There are plenty of resources to help you evaluate how you are doing and then improve what you are doing. The following highlights the most important aspects of running and growing you business.
Understand the differences between management and leadership, and incorporate skills to grow your business.
Become more effective in your business by cultivating the following common characteristics and personality traits of successful leaders.
Quick online business quiz to determine if you are doing everything you can to be a good leader.
Ways to show leadership on a daily basis with employees and customers.
Ten steps to help you make better decisions, as well as common mistakes to avoid.
Site with numerous resources for new managers including practical articles written by experts, forms for running your business, and tips for survival.
SBA's guide to why you should stay on top of market trends including a list of ideas to help you keep current on industry, competitive and customer trends.
Ten tips on how to manage your time and decrease the daily chaos of juggling work, family and social responsibilities.
Understand the roles and responsibilities of mentors and protégés to determine whether you're ready for a mentor.