I've been speaking to various clients, vendors and colleagues and it seems everyone has received an influx of new business already since the first of the year. It would sure be great if that's the trend. Please post whether or not you are experiencing the same thing.
I find that when I concentrate on one thing at a time, I am more focused on THAT, therefore, eliminating mistakes and actually getting it done faster. I give each task it's own personal attention and importance, and in the long haul, everything gets done more efficiently.
Of course, I still eat my cereal while I'm steaming the milk for my latte...
Thinking of ways to grow your business in 2011? Try networking. There are groups like MeetUps, or Yahoo! Groups that get together with other professionals in various industries. The more people that get to know you, the more that can refer you. Because these groups meet on a regular basis, you get to know the people on a more personal level and can feel more comfortable referring their services to friends, family and colleagues. Plus, they are fun. You will meet great people, learn about resources you didn't even know were available out there, and grow your contact base at the same time.
So, check with your local chamber, or look up some networking groups online and get out there and tell people about your business!
Are there certain services you provide that you may not advertise as well as others? Maybe it's not your main focus, but in slow times, it's good to let people know of the other things that you do.
For me, its email blasts. Most of my clients know me for being a print production specialist - but I know html too and can take care of a lot of web needs, like email blasts. I also design web banners and buttons.
Think about how you can expand your client base with other things that you are already doing.