Chapter 10: Tips for Running a Successful Business

Given that this is a book about how toll-free numbers can boost your business, it seems only fitting to include a chapter featuring tips on how to run a successful business. Here are some quotes to keep in mind when striving to achieve your business goals and create a business, large or small, that thrives even in shaky economic times.

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”-Bill Gates.

imagesThis quote really says it all. If you learn from your mistakes and fix the aspects of your business that are making your customers unhappy, you are on your way to running a successful business. Remember, superior customer service is key; without it, you will be left with only the dream of a thriving business. Treat every “negative” encounter with a customer as a lesson on improving your business practices.


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”– Walt Disney.

imagesAlways be proactive. Don’t simply create dreams; try your best to live them. Anyone can make plans to expand their business or run it more efficiently, but it’s another thing to actually do it. That takes true leadership and a keen business sense, both traits you must develop if you want to run a successful business in any industry.


“You have to think anyway, so why not think big?”-Donald Trump.

imagesAnyone can plan a small business that only makes them enough to get by, but it takes a true businessperson to build the next Fortune 500 company. As Mr. Trump put it so well, if you already have to think of new ways to improve on your business model, you might as well think BIG.


“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”-Oprah.

imagesThis is a good quote for both your personal and professional life. Only surround yourself with friends, business colleagues, and employees who are going to improve your life or bring success to your business. Get rid of toxic relationships and ineffective business partners. Always try to fill your professional and personal life with relationships that are going to be fruitful and worthwhile, rather than ones that are going to weigh you down.


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”– Thomas Edison.

imagesThis is a fantastic quote by one of the most famous inventors in American history and is sound advice to anyone starting out on a business endeavor. You are undoubtedly going to come up against failure in your career and business, but never let that stop you. Just think of each little failure as a giant leap toward figuring out a solution that works. Remember, trial and error will get you a long way in business and in life.


“Find something that works well and then replicate it.”-Michael Dell.

imagesThis quote goes along the same lines as “don’t reinvent the wheel.” If you see something that is working perfectly for someone else, even a competitor, use it for your own business. For instance, if you notice that another company is using a new marketing technique, what’s stopping you from doing the same and improving upon your business marketing plan? Don’t let pride get in the way of using what you know is already working.


“There’s no free lunch. You won’t make it big in one day but persistence will take you there.”– John Templeton.

imagesYou have to work hard for success. Don’t simply think that it’s going to suddenly come to you one day without perseverance. You are most likely going to have to fight for it and make sacrifices as well. Just keep in mind that it will all be worth it in the end when you have a thriving business and are reaping its many rewards. Running a business can lead to headaches, and having to deal with the daily operations is usually no cakewalk. However, being your own boss and seeing that your


“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”-Thomas Edison.

imagesYet another great Thomas Edison quote. If you have ever given up on anything in life and later wondered what would have happened had you held on longer, you know the exact feeling to which Mr. Edison was referring. Just keep working at your business dream, even if things appear to be a little rocky right now. You should only abandon a business if you can absolutely see that there is no success to be achieved with it. Otherwise, you should avoid giving up and try to find new ways to forge your path to success. Nobody ever said that running a business was going to be easy, so you should know that you’re determined to run it regardless of how difficult it might become.


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