CUSTOMER APPRECIATION ISN’T SEASONAL

Dec. 25, 2017, 3:43 a.m.

Most small business owners show their customer appreciation during the holiday season. While that remains a great marketing tool, small business owners need to remember that showing customer appreciation during other times of the year is equally as important to maintaining those relationships that keep customers returning to your small business.

Customer appreciation is a catch 22 for small business owners. While it's necessary, businesses must be cautious about overspending to show their gratitude.

Discount Retail Store Services, (DRSS), North America's largest developer of Dollar Stores, Party Stores, and Mailbox Stores and Business Centers have stayed ahead of the ever-changing small business world for over two decades, since opening the first Dollar Store in 1993 in Las Vegas, NV. Our all in one, 100% turnkey, individual business concept has created over 4,000 successful small business owners to date.

We do it by providing every tool necessary to ensure your success. ...

WHY SMALL BUSINESSES NEED A TEAM OF BUYERS

Dec. 23, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

According to entrepreneur.com, buying teams are shrinking and will even more so in 2018. The reason isn't small businesses need for one, it’s due to cost. The price of a buying team has continued to rise over the past several years and small business owners are feeling the squeeze to their budgets.

A “buying team,” is hired to select merchandise for small business owners to save them time and money. But as the costs continue to climb to hire these professional teams; small business owners are being forced to take this important task upon themselves.

Entrepreneur.com was recently quoted saying, "Facing that, the entrepreneurs who succeed will be the ones who are best prepared. The days of 'Let’s have a casual intro meeting' are gone. You have to be tight and ready to play -- describing in detail how you can work with that retailer, what your value proposition is, ...

HANDLING EMAIL OVERLOAD

Dec. 15, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

Though over thirty years old, there are not many changes have been made in E-mail technology. Approximately 269 billion emails are sent each day and for small business owners, this can quickly consume their valuable time. Email has been around so long that all ages groups know how to effectively use, which can become a nightmare for small business owners. Recently theguardian.com released new and time-saving approaches to handling your email overload.

Stop email instant gratification – Turn off all new emails alerts and set aside quality time to deal with the inbox. Focus on the task at hand, rather than allowing constant interruptions.

Take control – Move emails out to a folder as you deal with them (from reading to responding). Use your software to filter out all non-essential emails automatically.

Think before hitting send – Is email the best way to communicate? If not, then be bold; use ...

MOBILE PAYMENT WILL CONTINUE TRENDING

Dec. 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

Many trends swept through small and large businesses in 2017. One of the most popular, especially among millennials was mobile payment. Mobile payment allows customers to pay via their mobile device with apps such as Square and Apple Pay.

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, this is a trend that steadily will grow in 2018 and beyond.
Mobile payment applications have shown how willing customers are to part with conventional methods of payment. If your business hasn’t yet figured out how to get prospective customers to open up their wallets on the move, you’ve got options; quotes Entrepreneur Magazine.

When Discount Retail Store Services opened our first Dollar Store in Las Vegas in 1993, mobile and paperless technology was yet to be developed. We've maintained our edge by keeping ours over 4,000 successful small business owners rolling through the changes to make small business ownership as up to date as their customers ...

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY FIGURES ARE IN

Dec. 15, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

On November 25, 2017, 108 Million American shoppers participated in Small Business Saturday by spending 12.9 billion dollars.

There were more than 7,200 "neighborhood champions," which include associations, chambers of commerce and community organizers across the country engaging more than 2 million small businesses nationwide. The most popular reason for shopping small was to support the local community, according to 64 percent of respondents.

Shop and small business owners are confident and hopeful that next year's Small Business Saturday will be even bigger than this one.

Discount Retail Store Services,(DRSS,), North America's largest developer of Dollar Stores, Party Stores, and Mailbox Stores and Business Centers. Since opening our first Dollar Store in Las Vegas, NV in 1993, we've used our highly successful business concept to create over 4,000 thriving small business owners. By providing the best up to date small business training and continuous support; we provide the financing, site ...

THE SECRET TO REACHING ALL CUSTOMERS

Dec. 15, 2017, 12:05 p.m.

As human beings, we don't all learn the same, process information the same, or base our reasons for purchasing products the same.

People fall into one of three categories; Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic. What does this mean for small business owners? Visual people want to see a product and purchase it based on their like of the look. Auditory people want to hear or read about a product to decide on purchasing. Kinesthetic people purchased based on feelings; the purchase feels right to them or they want to physically touch the merchandise.

For small business owners to reach all customers and ensure sales the secret is to key in on all three types of buyers.

For your visual customers, your store’s appearance and photos of items available on your website lure them in. For auditory customers, clear descriptions and video content on your website is their draw. For kinesthetic customers, ...

START YOUR DOLLAR STORE AND GET A BLOGGER

Nov. 29, 2017, 6:26 p.m.

Blogging, it has become a favorite pastime and money making hobby for many people. Mom’s and wives all across the country are blogging about how they trim their family's budget, decorating at a discount, and multiple uses they find for low priced items at stores.

We have maintained our prosperity by staying up to date on small business trends and consumer trends.

Opening your own Dollar Store with Discount Retail Store Services is a one-stop process. We provide financing, site location of your store, the build out of your store, lease negotiations, the top small business training and ongoing support, as well as a hands-on merchandising team to select the finest quality products at the lowest cost to you.

Discount Retail Store Services, (DRSS,) North America's largest developer of Dollar Stores, Party Stores, and Mailbox Stores and Business Centers opened the first Dollar Store in Las Vegas, NV in 1993. ...

USING SOCIAL MEDIA EFFECTIVELY

Nov. 29, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Social media has become a simple and free method for small businesses to reach more customers. Recently Entrepreneur.com did the research on social media and offered small business owners the key components in using social media.

In the article, they referred to Buzzfeed and their exceptional use of social media. Your social media should be formatted in such a way that it creates the domino effect of people continually sharing your posts.

So what are those key components? A compelling headline to start with. Buzzfeed uses the “fast and slow” method, meaning a catchy and well thought of headline to lure people in, followed by a slow and simple post. This works because it allows audience who are scrolling through to read headlines without much effort before diving into the content.

Secondly, they noted using effective visuals on your posts. Social media posts with images are 2.3 times more effective ...

ALWAYS GO PAPERLESS

Nov. 23, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

In the year 2017, every small business should be paperless. Going paperless saves you time, make it easier for your customers to buy and send your gift cards, makes your business more secure and eco-friendly, and helps make your paperwork easier to monitor, thanks to various platforms that will notify you of the status, and remind your customers to sign. It is also more affordable. Keep Solid Sign is one platform to keep digital paperwork organized. It’s currently free and makes the whole process smooth and secure.

When Discount Retail Store Services opened our first Dollar Store in Las Vegas in 1993, paperless wasn't an option. We've maintained our edge by keeping ours over 4,000 successful small business owners rolling through the changes to make small business ownership as up to date as their customers are.

Discount Retail Store Services (DRSS) is North America's largest developer of Dollar Stores, Party ...

EXTRA HOLIDAY HELP ISN’T JUST FOR BIG BUSINESS

Nov. 23, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

One mistake small business owners are thinking they don't need the extra holiday help as the retail giants do. They couldn't be more wrong.

There's a simple formula for determining if your small business should hire extra help during the holidays.

Let’s say your customer count increases by 10 percent during the holidays. Will you have the time and energy needed to help them all? What if there are more than expected? When will you get your own shopping done — or holiday parties or time with family?

Not having the extra help needed can force customers out the door and into the competitor’s store. That alone may be enough to keep those customers from ever returning.

Students are home for the holidays, stay at home parents in need of extra cash are constantly seeking seasonal employment. Make a win-win situation for your small business and them by looking well ...

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