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Andrew Frazier
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Running Your Small Business Like A Pro: The More You Know, The Faster You Grow
A common sense guide for learning how to run your business as a professional enterprise. It provides a fundamental understanding of the challenges small businesses face with real-world solutions that drive results. It also introduces tools and techniques that any business in any sector can easily deploy to achieve long term stability.
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10/29/2018
How to Adjust Your Business Strategy as Your Company Grows

You may wish you knew the internal strategies of your big competitors, but in fact, what you need are strategies that match your growth stage‚Äč

BY MARTIN ZWILLING, FOUNDER AND CEO, STARTUP PROFESSIONALS@STARTUPPRO

As an advisor and mentor for many startups and small business founders, following my initial career in big business, I realize that the key strategies to achieve success in small businesses are often different from those that make larger businesses successful.

The primary difference is the amount of time you have to spend working in the business versus on the business.

Small business owners have to do both and split their time carefully between the two. Big business executives have the luxury of spending all their time working on the business while delegating the operational tasks to other people and processes already in place to handle these.

Continuing to micromanage both as your business grows is the downfall of many entrepreneurs.

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I found this challenge and others outlined well in a new book, Running Your Small Business Like a Pro, by Andrew Frazier, who also brings many years of working with big and small companies.

He recommends some key techniques, learned by both of us the hard way, that every small business owner can and must deploy to achieve long-term sustainability and growth:

1. Must be more creative and flexible to compete effectively.

With a tiny organization, small businesses can make decisions quickly, allowing them to respond quickly to customer input and changes.

Sharing the same physical space also facilitates creativity. Big companies become divided up into silos and often fail to collaborate or communicate.

For example, in the sales silo of my former organization, it was common to point to marketing or development as the source of a sales issue, but communication across to these organizations took forever, and agreeing on a common solution was difficult.

2. Must learn to grow beyond initial traction and survival.

As a small business owner and entrepreneur, you may relish the flexibility and the challenge of getting that first traction and customer recognition. But continued growth requires a focus on staffing, more collaboration, and formalizing processes to meet the rising transaction volume.

I was recently an advisor to a very smart entrepreneur who insisted on getting personally involved in closing every sale, as well as every new feature development.

The result was a growth plateau, as well as entrepreneur health and family balance challenges. He refused to begin working primarily on the business, rather than primarily in it.

3. Small businesses need to create automated processes.

A successful business has many components, including sales, marketing, finance, and operations, and these need automated interaction rules and leaders.

If you find yourself getting calls at all hours on the same issues, the business is running you.

One solution here is to hire help rather than helpers. Helpers do only what you tell them, whereas true help comes from people who know more than you in their specific areas, such as sales or finance. You can delegate to them, and you learn from them over time.

4. Find a coach who has a holistic view of all elements.

Big companies are in a position to benefit from experts or consultants who focus on a given function.

Small businesses, on the other hand, more often need advisors on the overall strategy, funding, and the integration of individual components. The solution here is more likely peers than experts.

For example, there are several entrepreneur community networks, like EO and TiE, which offer education, mentorship, and peer networking for new business owners in the early growth stage of their business. Match your advisors with your business stage.

5. Surround yourself with people with complementary skills.

As a small business owner, you have a broad range of responsibilities, and none of us can be experts in all.

Therefore, it important to find people who can fill in the gaps we have, perhaps in finance or marketing. In big business, you can use multiple people with more skill depth.

Too many entrepreneurs I know tend to hire people like themselves, to provide the positive feedback they crave, but can't help them fill in skill gaps. Of course, all of us need to continually be in learning mode, as the business world is changing around us.

Going forward, the economy and competition will continue to become more challenging for small business owners, and hopefully, your small company will grow into the ranks of the larger successful ones.

Thus the more you learn about and use the right strategies at every level, the better prepared you will be to rise above the crowd now, and in the future.

10/31/2018
Small Business like A Pro's Andrew Frazier Publishes Secrets to Success

Topics: Entrepreneurship…Business Startup…Business Funding…Technology & Operations

Well known as a mentor to New York metro entrepreneurs, Andrew Frazier currently serves as the Business Pro @ Small Business Like A Pro. As a trusted advisor, he has facilitated the growth of many startup and early-stage businesses, helping them grow revenues, increase profitability, and obtain financing. For the last 10 years, Andrew has used his expertise in business strategy and financial management to achieve superior results for clients as a coach, consultant, and trainer.

Mr. Frazier served as a US Navy Supply Corps Officer in logistics management after being awarded a degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Subsequently, he earned an MBA from NYU. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

For nine years, he has produced a quarterly Power Breakfast event for business owners, providing them with networking and education on best practices. The events have facilitated relationships that resulted in millions of dollars of economic growth for more than 1,000 participants.

Mr. Frazier’s prior experience includes working as an operations manager at McMaster-Carr Supply Company, a financial management executive at New York Life, and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Executive Leadership Council.

Andrew serves as an advisory board member for the Rutgers Newark Small Business Development Center and served as a Board member for One Hawk Capital, LLC and CALIBR. He has also been involved with Urban Youth Action, Inc, the ELC Institute for Leadership & Development, and the Granville Academy. In addition, he been an adjunct professor, workshop facilitator, and instructor for Rising Tide Capital’s Community Business Academy.

Publications:  Andrew’s book, released in 2018, is entitled Running Your Small Business Like A Pro

His articles have appeared in the digital edition of Sales and Marketing Management, and “Octane”, the worldwide Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s blog.

Speaking: Based in Montclair, NJ, Mr. Frazier has recently addressed audiences in several venues, including:

  • NJ Real Estate Investors Meet-up
  • Power Breakfast
  • Small Business Development Center at Seton Hall University

Online Presence: 

Websitewww.SmallBusinessLikeAPro.com      

LinkedIn:  Andrew_Frazier

Facebook: SBLikeAPro   PowerBreakfastAF     

Twitter:  @Andrew_Frazier   

YouTube: Andrew Frazier Jr.

To Book Andrew as a speaker, contact: Barry Cohen AdLab Media 973-521-7849

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2018
  • 187 pages
  • $9.99
Audio Details
  • 08/2018
  • 187 pages
  • $14.95
Paperback Details
  • 08/2018
  • 187 pages
  • $25.00
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