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Business can be slow sometimes, these tips should motivate you to start plotting and planning again..

• Revisit your mission statement. Is it still the same? Could you add anything to it? Click here for a guide to help you craft your mission statement.

• Once you are happy with your mission statement, look at your business plan again. If you never had one or its too long. Use mine it’s a one page business map and captures your vision, mission and objectives all on one page

• Are you happy with your current customers? Are they your ideal customers? If you were not struggling would you still hold on to them? Define your ideal customer? They should value what you do and be willing to refer you to their network of friends and family. Referrals are the easiest way to grow your business. If your customers are not happy with you, ask them why. Learn to demand feedback, use to grow your business

• Revamp your social media. Are you a technophobe? Well if you cannot afford to hire a marketing team, you need to get with the programme and become familiar with Social Media, We are living in the greatest time ever for small businesses. With technology you can be a small GLOBAL business, reaching parts of the world our predecessors could only dream of. Make LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and your Website your very own marketing team. Put yourself in front of your customers. Your business could be the next one that is featured on CNN, but you have to be in it to win it

• Finally, are you having fun elsewhere? Content and happy people make great business leaders. What did you enjoy doing as a child? I have recently gone back to doing arts and crafts, which I enjoy, it’s so therapeutic. I go on Pintrest to get ideas and try to re-create them in my spare time. I have also recently taken up golf. So think about something you used to do that gave you joy or learn something new – Perhaps, a new language or a new hobby? Treat yourself to something you have always wanted, you deserve to be pampered