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Don’t Launch Your Small Business Without Understanding These Skills

Every new business needs a great idea to get things started. That lightbulb moment when you identify a gap in the market and realize that this is where you can thrive. But a successful business can’t run on inspiration alone. 

You need to make sure that you have a firm handle on the key skills it takes to not only keep your business running, but to keep it growing. If you are planning to launch your business this summer, here are some tools that you will need to have in your skillset.

Social Media

Throughout the pandemic, we saw just how important it was for small businesses to be able to communicate with their customers. We could tell our customers about new opening hours, how we were meeting COVID-19 restrictions, offered support to anyone who needed it, and even offered virtual workshops and tutorials. But social media is also about representing your brand. You need to show who you are and what sets you apart. You need to show that you are accessible and trustworthy.

SEO

These days, almost everyone has a reasonable grasp of what SEO is and why it is important. But it’s not enough to throw a few keywords into your website copy and call it quits. As Google continues to update its algorithm for how it sorts and ranks sites for search results, you need to be investing a good deal of time into making sure that your content is up to scratch. That means creating high quality content that demonstrates expertise and services user needs. It means making sure that your content is current and that it meets the latest requirements.

Digital Marketing

Good digital marketing can be such a game-changer for a small business. However, there are several skills that you will need to master if you want to make a dent in such a competitive marketplace. Can you target the right audience on the right platform? Can you convey what makes your brand unique? Can you cut through all that noise? 

Companies of all sizes have been battling it out online with greater and greater resources poured into digital strategy. If you are not completely confident in your digital marketing skills, you should think about taking a digital marketing course online. 

Accounting

You don’t get to the point of launching your own company without some confidence in bookkeeping, but if you’re going to hit the ground running and keep moving forward at such a turbulent time, you need to have the skills to back that up. You need to make sure that you are keeping on top of your taxes, any wages you are paying to your employees, and looking for any specific grants and incentives. 

Accounting can be time consuming, and it takes real skill and knowledge to look for new ways to make and save money as well as just getting by. For those reasons, it may make sense to bring on a professional to save you time. 

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