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Not Counting on the Traditional Paths

Tiger was always the traditional business owner. For years he had managed the same business, nearly the same employees and did things the traditional way. But right outside his door there were new businesses coming in that didn’t want any part of the traditional life he had built in his business. They were unique and creative. Tiger, he thought, needed to be like these business minds if he ever wanted to get a paw up on things. Over the next few months he completely broke out of his mold and started to tweak his business from traditional to exceptional.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Business Owners Reveal How They Think Outside the Box in Business

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Measure Seven Times and Cut Once

Puma had been taught at a young age that one of the most important things about business was to make certain before pulling the trigger. All her life she had heard the saying about measuring seven times and cutting once and it was a phrase she took to heart. While some business owners may have cut corners to save time, Puma always double and triple checked her work to make sure things were as they should be before the order or product was made. That way she never had to worry about the ‘what if’ of her mistakes.

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Keeping in Contact with Clients is the Most Important Thing

As his business grew, Gorilla knew some changes needed to be made. She was getting more customers in her shop and keeping track of everything and everyone was turning out to be a lot harder than expected. Once some of the small stuff was handed off to her employees, Gorilla was able to focus on the one thing she knew was most important to the company – customers. She made a list of all the customers, past and present, she hadn’t spoken with in awhile. From then on she made it her mission to speak with them at least once a month even if it was just a quick letter in the mail telling them thanks for their service. This was Gorilla kept in contact and didn’t leave her customers out in the cold.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Business Advice

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Creating an Experience Around a Boring Service

Aware his line of work wasn’t the most exciting, Pig had been feeling rather down about it all. Next door there was a cute shop with lots of great gifts and funny products that he knew people went crazy for. When his customers came to him it wasn’t exactly a big party. So one night he decided to change that. The next day he got some funny posters, set out a great array of food and made fun of his line of work to put the customers at ease and in high spirits. Now he was just as fun as the shop next door while still providing the same service he had before.

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Unique Appreciation of Employees

Lion was a good employer to work for. All his employees knew it and anyone on the outside would immediately proclaim how wonderful it would be to work in a place like this. Instead of a strict dress code he allowed customers to wear what they liked, within reason. He gave all his workers paid time off no matter what. And his business was closed on all holidays and during the weekends so his employees would be able to spend time with their families. Plus, the culture and environment of work was fun and relaxed. By doing this his employees actually worked harder because they were less stressed.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Business Owners Reveal How They Think Outside the Box in Business

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Marketing is a Must

Gator knew he was low on cash when starting his business. Every other entrepreneur he knew was low on cash as well, but handled it in different ways. One such entrepreneur was his friend, Owl. Everything Gator knew about being an entrepreneur he had learned from Owl. So when Owl made it clear that if he wanted his business to go far he needed to put an emphasis on marketing. Owl knew it cost money, but he also knew that without marketing Gator would be in big trouble in the long run.

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No Brick and Mortar for Us

Falcon was happy with how her business was run. While everyone else in the village woke up and went to their perspective places of business, she remained at home and simply walked into her office. For her company there was no building. Each employee worked from home or on the go – whichever they preferred. Falcon knew very well this was not the norm but being able to have a flexible life and enjoy doing her work while at home was truly thinking outside the box.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Business Owners Reveal How They Think Outside the Box in Business

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Protect Your Reputation at All Costs

Mouse and a friend had their business running well over the last few months. A lot of people had been discussing with them what should be done in the future. One thing, Mouse had discovered, was that some customers would never be pleased no matter what. And some of them would even go so far as to spread mean things about a company. So Mouse decided that she would hire a consultant to make sure her brand was as sparkling as it currently was well into the future.

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Business Will Diverge Between What is Cheaply Made to Highly Personalized

Baboon had been sitting in on a meeting with his business partners and they were discussing the future of business. Some of them had some zany ideas and some reasonable ones. When Baboon went back to his office late at night, he sat at his desk and wondered himself about the future of business. Digging through a few pieces of mail on his desk he saw a handwritten letter from a customers expressing how pleased she was that he took the time to call and discuss her issues with her. This, he thought, would be the future of business.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Entrepreneurs Predict the Future of Business

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Combine Old Fashioned With New Trends

Skunk had been debating on trying to go back to the old ways of marketing. The world was so full of technology but it seemed more and more people were going back to how things used to be. His friend Badger suggested he try and combine the two to create a more potent marketing plan. By doing this Skunk got the marketing style he wanted and satisfied both sides of his client base.

Lesson: This lesson is inspired by the Rescue a CEO Post “Is ‘Old Fashioned’ Marketing Still a Viable Option in this Online World?