If you’re working for a small business, chances are, you’re wearing “multiple” hats as part of your job description. And with multiple hats, you may be responsible for being the “go-to” person for any of the areas you cover in your company. So, with all of the “hats” that you wear, can you do it all and do it well?
Below you’ll find several key issues (or as some would say, “mild concerns”) that are predominant within the small business community.
I believe that this is the biggest need and possibly the hardest obstacle to address. Small businesses can have minimal amount of people to do the job and do it well. It is even harder for a one-person or two-person entity to wear the notoriously many hats of a small business, let alone the social face of one.
This, I think, is a very close second to human resource issues, if not tied to it. Side by side with human resources issues, technological savviness can be difficult to achieve without the necessary tools to become savvy. And if you employ an intern with limited technical knowledge or savvy ingenuity, then it gets harder to become relevant.
A close third deals with the moolah. The almighty dollar. The budget (you guys remember what that is?). Hard to get employees who are rich in knowledge, wisdom, and education when budgets are limited for new hires, let alone for hardware, software, and other small business expenses.
Critical time management work is essential for balancing your business needs, especially when there is a lack of human resources. Being a small business owner myself, it takes lots of time and effort to conduct just the everyday “business” of business without having to put on your social media hat. And honestly, how much time do we even take out to do social marketing when there is a gazillion of other things to do?
Generating, managing, and maintaining social relationships online is almost as hard as conducting the same in real life, except that “real life” is now involving your online social “friends.” And what of your potential costumers? Finding them, engaging with them, and ultimately getting them to do business with you is hard enough in the physical world…
What are other ways that makes it difficult for small business owners to compete in the social marketing realm? Send me your thoughts!