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Nine tips for growing a successful business

by John Saunders
26th Oct 21 2:06 pm

Growing a successful business isn’t easy, however with a little forethought and knowhow you can make it a lot easier. Here are some tips to do so.

1. Getting organised

You need to be organised if you want to achieve business success. You will manage to finish your task and be on top of things. A good way of being organised is to create a to-do list every day. When you finish a task, check it off the list. This will help you not forget anything and complete all the tasks important for the business.

2. Keeping detailed records

Every successful business keeps detailed records. A good resource to use is FairFigure, this will help you know where the business is financially and any challenges you might be facing. When you have this information, it makes it easier for you to come up with strategies to deal with those challenges.

3. Analysing your competition

Competition leads to the best results. You should study and learn from your competitors if you want to succeed. There is something right they could be doing that you can also do to make the business more money.

4. Understanding the risks and rewards

Being successful in business involves taking calculated risks. This is important if you want the business to grow. When you want to decide on something, ask yourself “What is the downside?”. When you answer this question, you will know the worst-case scenario. When you know this, you can take calculated risks that are going to result in great results.

Understanding risks and rewards will also come in when you want to decide the timing of starting the business. Like during the pandemic, did it provide some industries with an opportunity (like manufacturing and face mask), or was it an impediment (opening a new restaurant when there was limited seating allowed and social distancing)?

5. Being creative

You need to always look for ways of improving your business so you can stand out from the rest. Know that you don’t know everything and be ready to get new ideas or use a different approach to your business.

6. Staying focused

Rome was not built in a day. This saying applies to your business. You are not going to start making money the moment you start your business. it is going to take some time because you have to let people know who you are. Focus on the short-term goals.

7. Preparing to make sacrifices

When you are about to start a business, you have to put in a lot of work. Once you start the business, the work is just getting started. In most cases, running a business means having to work more time than you would for someone else. This can force you to spend less time with your family and friends.

8. Providing great service

There are some successful businesses that forget about great customer service. When you provide your customers with good service, they are more likely to come back to you instead of going to your competition and will benefit how you’re perceived online.

9. Being consistent

Consistency is an important part of making money. You have to keep doing what is necessary every single day. This is going to be a great habit that is going to help you make money in the long run.

The bottom line

About 20% of new businesses will fail in their first two years after opening, according to 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 45% will fail during their first five years of operation, and 65% during the first ten years. Businesses that will make it to 15 or more years is only 25%. For you to be among the 25% who make it to 15 years or more, you have to use the above tips.

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