How a small business can get between an MP and Mayor!

How a small business can get between an MP and Mayor!

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By Angela Morris

Hi Everyone

In making the most of summer to promote my small business, I decided to take a stall at the West Croydon Carnival. To be honest I had not thought of doing this before, but a trusted business colleague told me it would be a good idea to get involved. I am so glad she did!

 So I decided to register and at minimal cost, I was able to do the following:

 

  1. Borrow a table and a couple of chairs
  2. Set up my small gazebo (in case of rain)
  3. Put up my roller banner
  4. Print some flyers and brochures
  5. Have baskets of sweets and cookies for passers by
  6. Talk to passers-by

It really is that simple! Raising your profile as a small business in the community can be another effective way of marketing your business. People won’t necessarily know you are there if you don’t let them know where you are!

I realise this may also put you out of your comfort zone but that is all part of the territory when you are a small business. You have nothing to hide behind and sometimes that is the best thing ever!

This was my first time participating in an outdoor event (I have done a couple of small business shows) and in spite of my initial nerves, I must be honest and say I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I introduced myself (well who else was going to do it?) to the Deputy Mayor of Croydon Wayne Trakas-Lawlor and Steve Reid MP for Croydon North who were both very engaging and happy to take pictures with me.  I am now going to follow them on twitter and of course sending this blog out. Oh and by the way, this is how you get between an MP and a Mayor!

 

Between an MP and a Mayor

 

 

Remember you cannot be shy when building your small business. Why? Because…

 

“Life’s Too Short!”

Ps: A big thank you and shout out to Julie Agbowu at All Inclusive Training in Croydon for encouraging me to join in with the community spirit!

Useful Reading:

 

Further reading

 

/10 simple yet powerful marketing tips for promoting your small business

Ideas for marketing your small business

promoting small businesses on  small budget

If you are looking for personal one to one support for your business in areas planning, finance or training, why not give me a call for a free no obligation chat? 

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5 ways to promote your business over the summertime

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By Angela Morris

5 ways to promote your business over the summertime

Hi Everyone

I hope you are enjoying the fine weather!

A common expectation in business is that summertime brings the “quiet period” we all dread, however this need not be the case. You must remember to promote your business! Yes, I am talking to the entrepreneur which resides in you!

To run a business you need to keep a pipeline filled with potential clients, contracts, deals etc. Never forget that a business will not grow itself! Yes, I know some people have the knack of making it look like that but behind the scenes you can be sure there is a whirlwind of activity in order to keep the money coming in! If you are having a “quiet” period why not do some things to promote your business and get the phone ringing?

There are lots of things you could do to actively promote your business during the summer time. It is a great time to get yourself out there especially if you don’t have a shop front. Who knows come the autumn you may reap a great harvest!

 

Promote

 

Here are 5 simple cost effective ideas for you…

  1. Sign up for a stall at your local festival or carnival to promote your business – they are not expensive at all
  2. Print some brochures and flyers and start talking to people in your local shopping area or high street
  3. Organise a competition or prize draw to build your data bank-  why not be creative about the prize?
  4. Arrange a one-off networking event for lunchtime or evening-  but please make it interesting and fun!
  5. Create a “summer edition” newsletter – another great way to promote services for free

Running a business is not for the faint-hearted but would I have it any other way? Of course not! Why? Because…

     “Life’s Too Short!”

 

 

Useful Reading

 

 

Further reading

 

 

5 cheap ways to market your business

10 low cost ways to promote your business

Promoting your business in the quiet times

 

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