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The customer is always right. It’s a statement I’ve heard since I was 16 heading into my first job in the check out lane of my local department store. But what I realize now is that the right customers make a successful business. You need to know the main group of people you’re attempting to serve. Whether you’re a bigwig CEO of a company, a cashier at a grocery store, running your own pest control service with the help of Pocomos, building your own Etsy shop, or even a blogger like myself selling services. Yes, even we have to meet the needs of customers.
Customers run the show. But when you’ve just started your own business, those first trickle of customers is a big deal. How do you know if you’re ready?
Is Your Business Ready for Customers
To get ready for opening your idea to the masses, no matter how big or small, you’re first going to need to create a business plan. This is a written description of where you see your business in the future. It documents what you plan to accomplish and how you intend to pursue it. Not only is this useful for taking on potential partners or opportunities, but possibly most importantly when just starting out, it’s a great way to think through every angle and possible hurdle your business may entail.
Along with a business plan, you also need a catchy brand and presence. The best business plan and idea in the world is never going to sell if no one can remember who you are, which is why your brand name is one of the most important decisions. It needs be straight to the point while also standing out from the pack. It’s not an easy task. From there, invest in a professional, eye-catching logo. Expand online. Embrace social media, which is another great way to reach potential customers.
Then, once you have all the specifics in place, it’s always a great idea to survey a group of potential clients. This way, you can know how effective your business model may be. Beyond just a good idea, though, you need an idea that people will actually want to buy and come back for. How useful is your idea?
Once you’ve started building a customer base, you need some place to store all the information you’re working so hard to attain. Customer management software takes the customer relationship to the next level. This software not only safely stores all relevant customer data in one easy to access tool, but is also a great way to show sales opportunities as well as carry out sales and marketing campaigns.
Personally, I haven’t dealt with many face to face customers since I left the hustle and bustle work force with the birth of my kids. I’ve been here, sharing our kid crafts and parenting whims behind this computer, doing things my own way. But even here, communicating over email and social media, I still embrace the same principles of customer service I used so many years ago. The customer is always right. Are you ready?