With the spring season officially getting underway tomorrow, business owners all across Canada are thinking of inventive ways to welcome the season. At least, they should be. The spring is a great time of year as it signifies the beginning of warmer days. And, as most business owners know, warmer days encourage more consumers to come out of their homes.
But is there a way you can bring your business to your customers? There certainly is! Depending on your industry, you may just want to take the upcoming warmer months as your opportunity to take your business on the road. Many entrepreneurs choose to operate their businesses from a variety of remote locations. It’s an excellent way to vastly expand your customer base. But what is the first step to running a successful on-the-road business?
It starts with being social.
There won’t be a point of becoming a travelling entrepreneur if you’re not much of a people person. Being able to connect with others and truly relate to their needs and concerns is an important facet of being a travelling businessperson. How else will you expect to connect to various new faces on a regular basis?
“If you’re not the type of person to start conversations with strangers then this activity will be self-defeating,” write Sean Work and Mark Hayes on Shopify.ca, “However, if this is right up your alley – then this adventure can be the start of small business empire.” The authors go on to note that huge corporations like Nike started out of the car of the company’s co-founder, Phil Knight.
Seek as many networking opportunities as possible.
Naturally, you’re not going to want to start a business road trip without an itinerary. A comprehensive plan has to be set in place. It’s wise for that plan to include various trade shows and conferences that you can make appearances at. It’s hard to argue that there’s a better way to build new customer relationships than to meet new people in person.
“Make a list of tradeshows, meet-ups and business networking mixers that are on your route,” advise Work and Hayes, “Be sure to email the organizers to see if there are any potential registration pitfalls that may keep you from attending.” It’s also important to determine how long you plan on travelling and what budget you can set aside for travelling costs.
Secure a mobile payment method.
These days, it’s important to be able to accept credit card and debit card payments no matter where you may be. If you plan on taking your business on the road this year, be sure to secure a mobile payment solution you can trust. At Canadian POS Corporation, we proudly offer VirtualMerchant Mobile – a secure and complete payment solution that transforms mobile devices into POS terminals!
With VirtualMerchant Mobile, you’ll be able to accept payments with your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer quickly and securely anywhere, any time without a major investment of money or effort. Our secure mobile solution is a natural extension of our full service offerings that builds on over 20 years of industry experience by providing flexible, secure and scalable payment solutions to businesses of all sizes.
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