Do you know if you’re out of touch? It can happen more quickly than you might think. One minute you’re at the top of your game, but then you blink and suddenly feel as if the world has moved on without you. When you’re an entrepreneur, this is more than an annoyance; it can have serious implications on your business. Here are some tips that will help you to stay ahead of the curve.
Spend Time On Social Media
Social media is everywhere and it is current up to the minute. By investing half an hour online each day, you will keep yourself up to date on recent news, events and trends.
Keep Current With Technology
Read blogs and industry publications to get a sense of the technology that is being used by your customers and your competition. Take a look at your work processes and see if there are any areas where more advanced technology might benefit your business. If you’re not naturally a ‘techie’ person, find a friend or a networking contact that is, and see if they have any suggestions for you.
The best way to find out what people are talking about is to get out there and talk to people. Ask them what’s going on in their business. Network online. Those with strong networks are the first to find out about everything.
Join Professional Associations
Become a member and actually attend events such as online or in-person workshops, trade shows and conferences. These are all opportunities to make connections and find out what’s hot in your industry.
When we’re busy running a business, it might not be your top priority, but watching or reading the news is an easy way to keep yourself informed. Catch up on the news whenever you can and stay current on what’s happening in the world around you locally, nationally, and globally.
When you’re an entrepreneur, there are opportunities all around you. The problem is that if you are not plugged in, you could miss out on all of them. Keeping yourself current should be a priority that you work at on a daily basis; don’t let the world pass you by!