Best_Business_AdviceAs a professional freelance copywriter, I try to network when I can. At a recent meeting of my women’s networking group, as we rose one by one to introduce ourselves, we were also asked to share “the best piece of business advice I’ve ever received.”  That day, our little group of 40 or so women entrepreneurs created a true treasure trove of positive inspiration that I felt I just had to share on this blog!

Here is the top ten pieces of business advice that I received that day.  I believe in each of these and try to practice them daily, although some of them are definitely a challenge for me!  How many apply to you and your business?

1. Say yes to opportunities.  Even when it’s scary or you have to figure it out to succeed, say yes. Opportunity may indeed only knock once!

2. Growth only happens when you step out of your comfort zone.  If it’s hard to do, it’s probably going to change you in some wonderful way.

3. Don’t undervalue yourself and your services.  It’s easy to do when you’re hungry for business but in the long run, you’ll just end up resenting the client, and working too hard for too little.

4. Don’t try to do everything yourself.  Delegating the non-essential tasks of your business can save a lot of time and hassle.

5. Say thank you.  Thank those that help you succeed on a regular basis. This includes co-workers, referral sources and clients.

6. Stay in touch with clients.  Get personal. When you read something or see something of interest to them, take time to share, even if it does not directly relate to your business.

7. Cultivate referrals.  When you’ve satisfied a customer, ask if they know anyone else who may be in need of your services. The worst thing they can do is say no.

8. Learn from others.  The world is filled with people who know more than you. Find out who they are and follow them online, read their books or go to see them speak.

9. Be strategic.  Create a mission statement.  Run your business the way you do for a reason.  It will give you focus and help you succeed.

10. Surround yourself with positive people. Seek out others who can encourage and help you in your journey. Network and flourish.

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?  Leave me a comment and let me know!