When it comes to building a successful business, no one person has all of the answers. What works great for one company may be a complete waste of time for another. But we can all learn a thing or two about building a profitable venture from our canine friends.
1) Greet Your Visitors with Enthusiasm!
If you share your home with a dog, you don’t need a doorbell. The pup will excitedly announce the arrival of any visitor. While we don’t suggest that you jump on your client the minute he comes in the door and follow him around barking out your sales pitch, a friendly greeting is always a great way to welcome folks. Don’t be afraid to let folks see your enthusiasm for your product or service. (it can be contagious)
2) Be Loyal to Your Customers
They say that dogs are “man’s best friend”. Isn’t it safe to say that customers are a business’ best friend? It’s a long-standing rule of business that it is less expensive to keep your current customers than it is to replace them. While growing your customer base is critical to growing your business, don’t push your current supporters to the side for greener pastures. Be sure to let your customers know how much you appreciate their business.
3) Focus On The Task At Hand
If you give a dog a bone, he will gnaw on it until either the entire bone is gone or his jaw is completely exhausted. Approach important tasks with the same focus. Don’t allow distractions to cause you to miss deadlines. Turn off the email, shut off Facebook and knock out those tasks!
4) Be Determined
There’s a reason why they credit some folks with “dogged determination”. If a dog sees something she wants, she will keep going after it regardless of what anyone else may think. Owning a business can be tough. It can beat you up at times. But never let it beat you down. Determination is one of the keys to building a successful business, so keep at it!
5) Channel Your Inner Guard Dog
Dogs are great protectors of their people and property. Take a cue from our canine friends and protect your business investment. Always be on guard for deals that are too good to be true or vendors offering prices substantially lower than all of their competitors. A great deal isn’t a great deal if it isn’t really what you need.
Best of Luck! Now Go Get ‘Em!