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3 Ways To Make Your Small Business Seem Like A Big Business

3 Ways To Make Your Small Business Seem Like A Big Business

Inside every small business owner is a corporate giant just waiting to get out. Just because you own a small business, it doesn’t mean that it has to seem like a small business. There are so many things you can do to make your business look much larger than it actually is, which is going to give you more credibility to the public. Giving off the impression of being a big business is also going to scare the competition, which is exactly what you want to do. Here are three ways that you can make your small business seem like a big business.

Addresses and Phone Systems

The first thing we need to discuss here is your location. In order to give the appearance of being a larger company, you should have more than one physical address. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to actually get mail sent to these addresses. They could be the addresses of businesses where your friends or family members work. But, they are going to make your listing look a lot more important. After all, if there are numerous offices, it must be a huge and successful company, right? While you are at it, you should also update your telephone system. Instead of having a receptionist (which may seem weird to customers and clients if you list multiple addresses), get an 800 number. This shows that yours is an established business, and it gives callers options so they can be navigated to the right department. Again, this is going to make your business seem a lot larger than it really is. Use three-digit extensions instead of single-digit, to make it look like there are more departments and more employees.

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Get a Great Website and Use Online Sales Tools

You may be tempted to use a web host that lets you create your own website in a matter of minutes. Don’t do it! No matter how small your business is, the website should be designed by a professional who knows what they are doing. In fact, it is even more important for small businesses, because the more professional you look in the public eye, the more confident the public is going to be with your business. It is also going to make your business look bigger, because having a website designed is expensive, and not everyone can afford it. If you sell to businesses, you better skip the “web designer” altogether and go with someone who can architect the entire customer experience for you, web design, strategic content and all. You may hire inbound sales training and sales enablement from a company like SalesHub to acquire new customers from your website – “it only hurts once” as they say!

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The internet has enabled businesses of all sizes to sell to both consumers and companies alike. You should take the time to research what’s possible, and find expert vendors and partners you can trust.

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Don’t Put Your Title on Business Cards

You probably have your title listed on your business cards, just like millions of other small business owners do. While this is not necessarily a mistake, it is something that you should not do. There are actually several reason to not do this. For starters, if you have “president” or another impressive-sounding title, and you run a small business, people aren’t going to take you seriously. After all, it is just big companies that have presidents, right? Also, you do a lot of different jobs, so one job title is not going to accurately describe what you do. It is best to simply leave your title off the cards completely. If someone wants to know what you do, they will ask, and you can tell them at that time. You can also introduce yourself with any title, and it isn’t going to contradict what is on your business card.

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Last Updated on March 12, 2019

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

What Is a Vision Statement?

A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

The Importance of a Vision Statement

Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

1. Dream big and use clear language

An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

  • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
  • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
  • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
  • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

1. Disney

To make people happy.

2. Oxfam

A just world without poverty.

3. Ikea

To create a better every day life for the many people.

Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

4. Microsoft

Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    5. Nike

    Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

      Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

      6. Ford

      People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

      7. Avon

      To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

      Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

      8. Honda – in 1970

      We will destroy Yamaha.

      9. Nike – in 1960s

      Crush Adidas.

        10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

        Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

        Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

        11. Stanford University – in the past

        To become the Harvard of the West.

        12. Reach for Success – in the past

        To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

        Internal Transformations vision statements:

        13. Apple

        To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

        14. Giro Sport Design

        To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

        15. Tesla

        To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

        16. Sony

        To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

        17. Facebook

        To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

          Longer and more detailed vision statement:

          18. Walmart

          To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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          19. Coca Cola

          To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

          Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

          People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

          Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

          Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

          Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

            20. Heinz

            Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

            The Bottom Line

            Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

            Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

            Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

            Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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            To your success!

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