At some point in time every business had a starting point, and that point was small with aspirations to be successful and grow. 

Apple is a great example of how a small business became a juggernaut in the world of computers and who expanded into other diverse areas such as watches, tablets, music, wearable health devices and much more to come. It all started when two innovative individuals had a dream that was created in a garage to develop new technologies for personal computing. Those individuals were aware of the power of other companies such as IBM in this field; however, they were convinced that they could deliver something completely different which would change the world of personal computing, bring technology and operating systems to the masses designed for an eager consumer public.

We’re all familiar with the phenomenal success of Apple and no doubt how it’s vision to change the way we adopt technology in our daily lives will continue to offer new advances and convenience to the way we work and play.

Professional development of a small business is critical to its future success. While we can’t all be Apple’s, we can adopt a business attitude where our business no matter how big or small can embrace professional development processes and up-skilling. You’ve invested both energy and finances into building your business and most importantly want long term sustainability for your venture.

We can get caught up in the day-to-day functions of running a business and lose track of things like strategic decisions towards enhancing our business profile. This effectively stymies’ the growth potential and likewise can be a significant disadvantage if your competition is catering for the needs of the changing market environment.

Professional development for your small business is both a company and personal endeavour. Up-skilling is at times daunting and for many, unfamiliar territory. Engaging companies or consultants to support you is a very sound strategy, leveraging the experience of others with similar issues you’re encountering.

It’s easy to say “do it yourself” but having a different set of eyes from persons trained in this field has a much higher level of success. Professional support agencies have the competency to develop easy to follow process plans, personal development programs, reviews and feedback sessions, goals and of course celebrating WINS.

Be mindful of your small business baby and nurture its development with a professional mindset for long term profit and growth.

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