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Beating the Sophomore Slump Don't let a successful first year distract you from attracting new customers.

By Paul and Sarah Edwards

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Q: How do I protect myself from income fluctuations? WhenI started my business, I had so many customers, I didn't havetime for marketing activities. But now I've gone into my"sophomore slump," and I'm struggling to get enoughbusiness. What's the balance between serving customers andgetting new ones?

A: You're fortunate to have started off with so muchbusiness. But it's important to focus on acquiring newcustomers, too. For many entrepreneurs, this means going tonetworking meetings, creating and maintaining a blog, making phonecalls, putting out a newsletter, and participating on listservs andin online forums.

To find the balance you need to keep your business afloat, useour 5-5-5 marketing formula from our book Getting Business to Come to You.Initiate five different marketing activities each day. We suggest amix of activities, because when you're starting out, you'renot sure what methods will work best. Then, follow through everyday on five activities from the prior day or week. For instance, ifyou sent a mailing to someone, follow up with a phone call the nextweek.

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