Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Thanks leads to Small Business Success

In this week of Thanksgiving, I want to take a few minutes to reflect on Giving Thanks in the context of running a small business. I recently acquired two new motivational posters to hang in my office along with my business Vision Statement. These are visual reminders about the reason that I am in the business I am. Both of the motivational posters have a line in them regarding being thankful. 

In a customer focused business model, who are the people that you should be conscious about thanking?
Thank your customers. Thanking your customers not only shows your appreciation but makes you approachable so that you can build a relationship with your customers which will keep them coming back. This relationship also allows you to ask for feedback in order to keep your company focused on your customers’ needs.

Thank your vendors and subcontracted service providers. Let them know that you appreciate the role they play in providing the services and products which allows you to run a successful business. Cultivating strong vendor relationships creates a win/win situation and allows you to provide better service to your customers.
Thank your employees. Let your employees know that they are an integral part of your team. Allow them the opportunity to shine and contribute to your business success. 

Thank your business acquaintances.  Drop a note of thanks for providing a referral or for sending a good article which you were able to apply to your business. The best way to encourage the continuation of behavior that you appreciate is to genuinely provide some positive reinforcement. A thank you is just that.
Thank your partners. They are the ones in the daily grind with you and they are often the last ones thanked for their efforts.

Thank your family and friends. Every successful entrepreneur has people in their lives who patiently endure long hours and endless conversations about work and who pick up the slack in our personal lives. Be sure to thank them for the effort.

Is there anyone else that you would include in this list? Give Thanks!

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