The start of a new year provides small business owners with an opportunity to reflect on the previous year and prep for the weeks and months ahead. It’s a time to make adjustments, set goals, and take action. To build your small business in 2019, follow the tips mentioned below.
Take Advantage of SEO
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Search engine optimization, or SEO, will become even more important in 2019. SEO is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of a website’s traffic through organic search engine results. It’s a cost-effective way to engage customers and clients.
Search engines evaluate the strength and health of your website to determine its ranking. Sites with excellent content and design rank higher and get more traffic than those without them.
Manage Your Taxes
Paying your taxes has always been vital to a small business’s success, and this won’t change in 2019. Continue to pay your quarterly taxes on time to avoid expensive fees and penalties.
If you owe back taxes, 2019 is a great year to take control of them. Don’t stall; take care of them right away and contact a tax professional for help. An experienced professional can help you decide your best course of action, whether it’s filing an offer in compromise, requesting an installment plan, or taking steps to have fees and penalties reduced.
Getting your back taxes resolved may be easier than you think. The IRS is often willing to work with business owners who are making an effort to pay their tax debt.
Personalize Your Marketing Plan
Marketing will become even more personalized in 2019. Generic content and impersonal calls to action are becoming less effective with every passing year and will continue to lose value in 2019. To grow your business, provide high-value, personalized content in your emails and on your website.
Online reviews are expected to increase in importance in 2019. Almost everyone looks at reviews when making online purchases and many people won’t even consider buying an item that lacks them. In the future, they may become the single greatest influence on your business. Don’t miss out. Encourage your customers to leave reviews to grow your small business. Highlighting your business’s online reviews and working to maintain positive ones may be the only marketing plan you need in the future.
Understand the Significance of Brick-and-Mortar Businesses
eCommerce gets a lot of attention, but brick-and-mortar businesses still play a significant role in the economy. If you have a brick-and-mortar, focus on personal relationships. Find ways to strengthen connections and build trust with your customers. In other words, get to know them. Social media and algorithms are valuable, but real-life conversations and relationships are more powerful.
To get an edge on the competition in 2019, pay attention to emerging trends in SEO and marketing. Take advantage of technology but don’t rely on it too much; the strongest customer relationships are still built in person. Finally, keep building on your strengths and taking steps to correct your weaknesses. With enough effort and attention, 2019 may be your best year yet.
*This is a collaborative post.
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