Strategies: All you need is love ... to run your business

9. Love your suppliers. Good suppliers with good payment terms are a critical part of a growing company's success. I've worked with my biggest supplier, Transcontinental Printing, for over a decade. I love my sales rep (love you, Wade!) and I love the payment terms I get (merci, Michel). But they love us because we love them — we pay on time, communicate when we have cash flow problems, let them know our growth plans. Suppliers want to work with you.

10. Love the future. Yes, I know we live in uncertain economic times. But entrepreneurs are optimists. We not only trust the future — we create it. We change the world. After all, all we need is love.

Rhonda Abrams is president of The Planning Shop, publisher of books for entrepreneurs. Her newest book is Successful Marketing: Secrets & Strategies. Register for Rhonda's free business tips at For an index of her columns, click here. Copyright Rhonda Abrams 2009.

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