40 Small business trends and predictions

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Ideas, trends and predictions to keep in mind in order to make the most of 2017 for both your business and the people it serves.

Entrepreneurial Challenges Newsletter Sixtieth Edition - Small Business Trends and Predictions

40 Small business trends and predictions for 2017

What do business owners, professionals and experts expect 2017 to hold for small business? Entrepreneurs can finally expect a little bit of certainty and stability. Keeping an eye on key trends and new developments, of course, is always imperative for any business that wants to position itself advantageously.  Here are 40 key ideas, trends and predictions to keep in mind in order to make the most of 2017 for both your business and the people it serves.

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Entrepreneurial Challenges Newsletter Sixtieth Edition - Small Business Trends and Predictions

The habit of perseverance

Persistence is the greatest tool for success.  Many people today find it too easy to quit.  The smallest set back and they are ready to throw in the towel!  Instant gratification has become a buzz word in society today and it is not a good thing.  Young people should be taught from early on in their lives that persistence pays off and to never give up on your dreams and goals.  Do not let failures and disappointments discourage you and drag you down.  Life is full of them and the ability to never, never give up and have persistence in achieving your dreams and desires is what you should strive for.  Set realistic goals for yourself and take small steps. Learn here how to persevere.

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Lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Dr Seuss

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you know, the more places you’ll go.” This doesn’t only apply to reading; it applies to knowledge in general. Attend seminars, read opinion pieces online, buy business books, follow blogs and set up coffee dates with mentors. Knowledge is power and you need to absorb as much as possible and learn something new every day.  Dr Seuss’s iconic words feel like they’re perfectly written for entrepreneurs.  In fact, there are many tales from Dr Seuss that have lessons to teach business-owners. Read them all here.

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Are you productive, but ineffective?

It’s so easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up servicing clients, delivering products and chasing the next sale. Where can you fit in the stuff you need to move your business forward?  You may be productive, but you’re also ineffective.  You’re so caught up doing the ‘busy work’ of your business you never get to the things that allow your business to grow. Which means it’s time to get your priorities straight. Everyone is striving for a successful business. Everyone’s busier than we want to be. The truth is, everyone can become an effective performer. Get started with these tips and watch with delight as your business finally takes some key steps forward.

Entrepreneurial Challenges Newsletter Sixtieth Edition - Small Business Trends and Predictions

Success story: Sacks Packaging

Sacks Packaging’s floor is a constant hive of activity, where different types of paper bags, used in everything from cement to sugar packaging, are made.  Behind this activity lies the fairy tale story of a young man who grew up in a disadvantaged home, a management buy-out funded by the IDC and a massive commitment to help others.  Kevin Kistan, owner and CEO of Sacks, started life at the bottom, but through sheer hard work and determination this dynamo now has seven degrees, runs the only 100% black-owned packaging company in South Africa and has created employment for 200 people. Read more here.

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“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You’re on your own. And you know what you know.  And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr Seuss

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