The Small Business Lifecycle by Charlie Gilkey
A Guide for Taking the Right Steps at the Right Time to Grow Your Small Business

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Small businesses have much different growth patterns than large corporations. Small business owners who look to large corporations for insight and guidance on how to grow their own businesses often feel overwhelmed and demotivated. The Small Business Life Cycle lays out the five stages of small business growth and explains how you can navigate each stage in your business. To be successful, you have to take the right steps at the right time. Each stage has different challenges, strengths, inconvenient truths, and ways forward. This guide shows you where to focus your resources in each stage so you can grow your business efficiently. Whether you're thinking about starting a small business or you've been in business for a while, The Small Business Life Cycle will give you a better gauge to evaluate where you are and what you need to do next. If you’re growing fast and want to keep growing, this book will show you how to do it strategically. And if you’re stuck and don’t know what to do, you can determine what stage your business is in now and figure out what you need to do next to get unstuck. This guide will specifically help you work through: Questions to ask before you start your own small business How to get a foothold in the market and why you should be marketing fewer things to fewer audiences Why some "successful" products and services will cause you to get stuck and lose momentum What four things must be in place to grow your business How not to break a successful, scalable small business once you've got it there This no-fluff guide will lay out the foundation upon which you can grow your small business. The only question left to answer is: what's your next action?

About Charlie Gilkey

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Charlie Gilkey helps people take meaningful action on the stuff that matters. His website,, is one of the top websites for planning and productivity for professional creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. He's a sought-after speaker and advisor on small business growth and business strategy. His work is grounded in theory at the same time that's practical and actionable.
Published January 15, 2014 86 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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