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Ten guidelines for growing a business

by John Saunders
13th Aug 21 11:31 am

Growing a new business can be tough, these tips are here to help you and prevent issues.

1. Organisation

In order to be successful in business, good organisation skills are necessary. This will ensure that you’re able to finish all necessary tasks without them piling up. You should start each day by creating a to do list. Then, once you finish each task, simply check them off. This will help a great deal in ensuring that you don’t forget any important business tasks and you finish everything that is critical to the success of the company.

2. Cashflow

One of the biggest issues for new businesses is cash flow and for many businesses, there is no profit for 18 months or more. Ensuring you have cash flow from money, loans or even US grants can help here and take the pressure off.

3. Carefully assess the competition

The good thing about competition is that it helps you to perform better. In order to achieve success, you need to be courageous and actually study and learn from competing businesses. This is because your competitors likely have good strategies that you can also use in your own business.

4. Risks and rewards

To achieve success, you need to take carefully measured risks so that your company can grow. One good way to approach this is to determine the downside of any action. By truly seeing any possible downsides, you’ll be aware of the worst things that can happen. This will enable you to take better calculated risks so that you can enjoy the rewards.

Do note that you need to be intelligent when it comes to the time you choose to start your company/business. To put this into current perspective, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you may either face an opportunity or disadvantage depending on the type of business you have. For example, you’ll be at a disadvantage if you want to open a restaurant at this time because of lockdowns and social distancing. However, if you want to open a business that sells sanitation equipment or face masks, then this is an advantage in these times.

5. Creativity

Look at all the ways that you can make your business better and how you can make your business stand out. You should also come to the realisation that you don’t have the answers to everything and you should be open to various ideas.

6. Focus

Keep in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your business. Be aware that even though you start a business, it likely won’t kick off and be successful from day one. Any business will take time so that people can become familiar with you. Therefore, it is important to remain focused.

7. Make Sacrifices

Starting any type of business would require a great deal of patience and hard work. Whenever you open your business, keep in mind that the real work would only now start. Therefore, you will have to put in more working hours when working on your own business as opposed to if you were simply an employee. This will require you to sacrifice your time and energy and you’ll have less available time to be with your friends and family members.

8. Give exceptional service

Unfortunately, many businesses fail to realise or simply forget that excellent customer service is essential. However, this is something that you should always strive to remember since it will improve your customer relationship and customer loyalty.

9. Keep records

A good business that is successful will have excellent records. By taking detailed records, you’ll always know the standing of the business as well as any issues that you need to deal with. Once you have this information, you’ll be able to formulate the best strategies to deal with any problems.

10. Consistency

In order to make money you have to be consistent. This means that you need to keep doing all of the tasks that you’ve done from the start every day. This will help you to cement great habits that will ensure your business makes money over the long term.

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