Did you know that according to the US Small Business Administration there are about 27.2 million small businesses in the U.S. today? This week we’d like to recognize all the millions of entrepreneurs in the U.S. celebration of Small Business Week, which is going on right now. We love working with you and hope small businesses feel the same way about us!
Because we know how busy small business owners and employees are, we’re rounding up all the tips and tricks, products and services FedEx Office has to make their businesses stand out and succeed in this ever-changing economy.
1. Stay Connected when you travel for business.
Do you have access to all the right resources when you’re working from the road? Is it safer to connect to hotel internet through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cord? Chief Home Officer Jeff Zbar provides advice on how to be secure and efficient on the road in this informational video
2. Interactions both big and small leave a lasting impression.
From your first email to a customer and the quality of your marketing materials, to conversations at networking events or in your store – every interaction with customers says something to them about your small business.
3. Invest in quality collateral and an online presence that reflects your business’ personality.
If you’re putting together a brochure or business cards, don’t skimp on quality of paper or photos (300 DPI for prints). Make sure the content on your website is current and there aren’t spelling or grammar errors. The image you portray online connects directly back to the quality of your products or services.
4. Thank you notes still go a long way.
With the decline of snail mail, sending handwritten cards can make a lasting impression after a meeting or interview.
5. Know the small business industry.
It is important to understand the overall trends of the market and your niche industry. We recently released a small business survey
that provides insight on how small businesses of all types are feeling about the market today. FedEx Office also has a database loaded with industry-specific business resources
and advice to help small businesses save time and money,
6. Take advantage of convenience.
Time is valuable for every small business owner, so it’s important to find and use convenient tools that reduce administrative burdens and get you back to work quickly! Services like smartphone printing
, online printing and free Wi-Fi
are great resources.
7. Be prepared for anything.
The earthquake in Japan and recent tornadoes in the Southern U.S. make us pause to think of disaster preparedness at home and at work. It’s essential to have an emergency plan for your business just as you do for your family. FedEx and the Red Cross worked together to develop a Small Business Emergency Checklist
. Is your business prepared for emergency?