Have you already successfully started your business and are ready to take the next steps? Wondering what you can do to help your business grow?

Here are 10 of the SBA’s best suggestions. Choosing the proper steps for your business will depend on the type of business that you own, your available resources, and how much money, time and resources you’re able and willing to invest all over again.

Open another location. This is often the first way business owners approach growth. If you feel confident that your current business location is stable, consider expanding by opening a new location.

Offer your business as a franchise or business opportunity. Franchising your business will allow for growth without requiring you to manage the new location. This will also help to maximize the time you spend improving your business.

License your product. This can be an effective, low-cost growth medium, particularly if you have a service product or branded product. Licensing also minimizes your risk and is low cost in comparison to the price of starting your own company to produce and sell your brand or product. To find a licensing partner, start by researching companies that provide products or services similar to yours.

Form an alliance. Aligning yourself with a similar type of business can be a powerful way to expand quickly.

Diversifying. is an excellent strategy for growth, because it allows you to have multiple streams of income that can often fill seasonal voids and, of course, increase sales and profit margins.

Target other markets. Your current market is serving you well. Are there others? Use your imagination to determine what other markets could use your product.

Win a government contract. One of the best ways to grow your business is to win business from the government. Work with a local SBA and Small Business Development Center to help you determine the types of contracts available to you.

Merge with or acquire another business. Two is always bigger than one. Investigate companies that are similar to yours, or that have offerings that are complementary to yours, and consider the benefits of combining forces or acquiring the company.

Expand globally. To do this, you will need to find a foreign distributor who can carry your product and resell it in their domestic markets.

Expand Online. Very often, customers discover a business through an online search engine. Be sure that your business has an online presence with search engine optimization in order to maximize your exposure. Another online strategy to consider is starting a blog or boosting your social media presence.

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the U.S. Small Business Administration

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is a government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of the Small Business Administration is "to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters". The agency's activities are summarized as the "3 Cs" of capital, contracts and counseling.