When you run a business, it’s easy to get mired in the day-to-day and lose sight of the big picture. But if you want to keep growing, you’ve got to keep innovating. Here are a few places you can find inspiration to be a better business owner.
Find Inspiration in Your Peers
Look at other business owners to be inspired. They can be in your own industry or something completely different. For example, I ask other marketing consultants how they craft a sales proposal to get ideas that I might not have thought of.
Find local meetups of business owners in your community (try Meetup.com) and see where inspiration takes you.
Read Business Content to Learn
Books. Magazines. Blogs. There’s so much content out there geared toward entrepreneurs, that you’ll never be at a loss for it. Find what speaks to you. If you’re currently trying to figure out how to market your business, pick up an ebook about marketing. If you just want to read regular content written by business experts, subscribe to Inc. Magazine. If you want quick how-to tips, check out a blog like this one or Small Business Trends.
Attend Conferences to Expand Your Horizons
I’m the worst at this; I sign up for the occasional conference, but have second thoughts about going. Then I learn so much, I wonder why I don’t go to more of them!
Conferences — both industry and niche specific — are great for providing education, insight, and networking opportunities. Every industry has the latest developments that you need to know, so this is your opportunity to upload a ton of great information.
Sign up for Webinars to Educate Yourself
With today’s technology, there’s no reason you have to leave your office to learn. Webinars (like what BizLaunch provides) can give you insight into new skills, technologies, and trends that give you an edge against the competitors. Some charge a modest fee, while many others are free.
The important thing is to remember that you hold the power to be a better entrepreneur. It’s simply a matter of dedicating time and energy to learning and growing.