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Ralph Waldo Emerson says it beautifully, “Your actions speak so loudly, that I cannot hear what you’re saying.” This year was no different. As 2015 draws to a close, small business owners from around the globe revealed what was most important to their business success by what they read.

As you sip on your holiday cheer, enjoy our most read blogs of 2015! 

  1. Strike a Pose: The Super-Hero Pose for Greater Power in Your Business – Running a business isn’t for the faint of heart—unless you strike the super-hero pose and gather your powers!
  2. Buyer Persona: The Ultimate Tool for Small Business Success in a Crowded Market – It’s highly likely that your ideal client is looking for you. Enter your buyer persona—the one and only tool for lead generation.
  3. 10 Fun Ways to Repurpose Blog Content to Grow Your Small Business – Although much has changed in marketing for small business, one thing has not—time! Your small business blog saves time and grows your business.
  4. 5 Game Changing Tips for Women Entrepreneurs in 2015 – Women entrepreneurs make up a large portion of the business world. This article lists five tips for becoming a successful woman entrepreneur.
  5. I Run a Small Business #LikeAGirl & Achieve Because of It – If running a small business #LikeAGirl means achieving in spite of overwhelm, conflicting priorities, and being scolded for ambition, count me in! (My personal favorite.)
  6. The Business Skills Needed to Create a Million-Dollar Solo Business – A million-dollar solo business is closer than you think—especially with million $ business skills.
  7. 6 Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Strategic Thinking Muscles – A regime of regularly practiced strategic thinking is a must to grow your business. When that happens depends on you.
  8.  10 Reasons Entrepreneurs Achieve Greater Coaching Success Than Others – There’s no mystery to why some entrepreneurs achieve greater results from business coaching than others. It’s all in the behavior…
  9. How to Create 50 Blog Topics For Your Small Business Blog in 5 Days – Struggling with content ideas for your small business blog? Not to worry! Follow these 5 sources for 5 days and net 50 topics.
  10. Bridging the Expectation-Reality Gap to Eradicate Overwhelm at Work – Overwhelm at work leads to burnout, stress, and diminished performance—until you learn how to bridge the expectation-reality gap.

As I reflect on the the topics that seem to be of great interest for many small business owners, I’m encouraged. 2016 is going to be a break out year! 

What was your personal favorite blog article in 2015?

Business passes through various points that lead to accelerated growth. Like a plane preparing for takeoff as it accelerates down the runway, there are points where a business breaks out and achieves consistent revenue growth. These are called inflection points. Build your business right at these points and achieve growth that withstands the test of time.

According to Wikipedia, an inflection point is a point on a curve at which it changes. It’s a turning point after which a dramatic change, either negative or positive, is expected. An inflection point is like a fork in the road on the growth chart of your business.

Interestingly, those who study growth businesses recognize businesses that achieve sustainable growth share a common inflection point.

The Growth Surge

The first stage that every business passes through is the entrepreneurial stage. This is the phase during which you transform your idea into a viable business with products and/or services offered to actual clients. Systems are also developed during this phase that allows your business to sustain its growth.

Although this phase varies in duration, the average amount of time it takes a business to pass through the entrepreneurial stage is five years. This marks the first inflection point for the business.

If a business grows through this inflection point at a revenue growth of at least 30%, it earns the right to achieve one of the three common time-frame trajectories: four, six, or twelve-years. It is during this time frame that business growth accelerates.

Reflections on Inflections

Before I knew about inflection points, growth rates, and stages of business growth and development, I learned this directly through launching and growing two businesses.

My inflection point was 12 years. Like magic, my business began its exponential growth curve. Unfortunately, at the time, I had no idea how it happened or what caused it.

That’s no longer the case. I’ve learned the significant nature of the inflection points and how to leverage the growth opportunities that lie in wait at those important junctures.

What is it that you want more than anything else? You want your business to grow — and keep growing — through good times and bad, right? If so, pay attention to your inflection points. Do you know what it is? And, more importantly, will you be ready to build the right business at that point?

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Brooke Billingsley

Vice President
Perception Strategies

Synnovatia is a strategic coaching firm that is detailed and knowledgeable about business. i have a small business that grew from $150K to $750K because of the goal setting and resources that Synnovatia provided. It saves me years of learning on my own.

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