When your business is on the brink of breaking down, true panic sets in. We know how common it is for small businesses to fall at the minute, especially those within the first six months. It’s due to inexperience, and overcrowded
But when you actually get into the nitty-gritty of business, you soon realise that it’s not as easy as simply being able to pull the idea off. Everything that comes with running a business quickly floods towards you, and you can’t help but feel swamped with things to do, and things going wrong. So if this is exactly what you’re feeling like at the minute, we’re here to help.
We want to try and bring your business back from the brink with you because we know how easy it would have been to get there in the first place. So if you’re desperately looking for some help, just keep on reading, and we should be able to sort a thing or two for you!
One problem at a time
One of the things that you really need to make sure that you’re doing, is dealing with one problem at a time. When it feels like your business is sinking so much, it’s easy to try and deal with every problem that’s coming your way, all at the same time. So that feeling of being swamped is only going to get worse, and it might be that new problems are being added on top of that as you go along. So, deal with it one problem at a time, and deal with the biggest problem first. The biggest problem for most small businesses face is financial issues.
You might not have been able to start this business up without taking out a big business loan, and when your business doesn’t grow at the rate that you thought it was going to, well things quickly go downhill. So what you could think about doing, if you feel like you’re being swamped with big debt payments amongst everything else, is try business debt consolidation.
This is going to be perfect if you’ve learnt from multiple different sources, or if the one source you have lent from has started to charge interest and big payment rates. It basically moves your loan over to another company, who might give you
Changing your management style
Your management style really will define your business and how far it goes. So many of you will think that it is your business and how well that’s doing that you need to be focusing on, but the person steering the ship is going to define all of that, and if you don’t have the right management style, you’re never going to get where you need to be.
This really comes into play if you have your own employees as
Employee benefits are
A nice voucher to go and have some food somewhere nice is all that they need. But you can also go even simpler than that, and focus on the way that you’re treating them whilst they’re at work. It can be something as simple as making sure that you know everything in their life is ok, and that they can come and talk to you about any problems they’re having, work-related or not. When an employee is having a problem outside of work, it will spill over in their work-life, and making sure that you’re that support system is so important!
Bringing in the big guns
Sometimes as a novice business owner, you have to think about bringing in the big guns to help you out, because
So the big guns in our eyes is a business analyst who can come and do just that, analyse your business. There will be areas of it that they are going to better understand than you will, and having an outsider’s perspective on things can sometimes be invaluable. This is a super good idea if you feel like you’re struggling to gain perspective on your business, and you feel like everything you’re doing as of yet just isn’t going to plan.
One thing we would definitely recommend being left out when it comes to the big guns is lending to bring in more money. We feel like this is such a common mistake that business owners make, thinking that bringing in more profit is going to bring in more money.
Whilst it definitely could do, there’s also the really big chance that the money is not going to come back through, and you will actually lose out on a lot, and get yourself into more debt. This is what some companies are doing time and time
Focusing on the
If your business isn’t really taking off like you want it to, or perhaps you’ve hit a bit of a flat line, then we know it might be because you’re focusing on the wrong areas. When you think about getting yourself out of the rut you’re in, it’s most likely going to be money and products that your attention focuses on. You’ll be thinking about what money you can save where, and how you can get more products off the shelf, or how you can get more services sold. But really, you should be focusing on key three areas. Marketing, events, and customer care.
Marketing is the top one that you need to be focusing on, because if you don’t think about the campaigns that you have in place and if they’re working for you, then it might be that you’ve been wasting money, and making it harder for your company to thrive. So our top tip is to start trying out new marketing techniques, and market sales. If you put a sale on, it’s without a doubt going to bring you in some custom, even if it is at a reduced price.
Events fall in line with marketing, but they’re a great way of bringing in a large influx of customers! As long as you make the stand amazing, and give something to the customers that they actually want, like a deal, you definitely will bring in customers. The final one is customer care, which we know small businesses struggle to master. You need to make sure that you’re following up after products to check for any issues, and to make sure they’re happy. Those that do provide feedback give invaluable information as to how you can better your business!
Growing in a crowded m
Growing in a crowded market is something that all businesses seem to be doing at the minute. Changing trading laws in the EU, and strict trading laws in the US, are not making it any easier. So to grow in a crowded market, we would recommend sticking to something that’s unique and always try and stay one step ahead of the game by making your products or services different to the next.
We think that so many people are struggling with the market at the minute, simply because they’re offering something that so many other companies are offering. But if you stay outside of the box, and even make your company just a little bit different to the rest, then it’s going to be far easier for you to dive right into the market and grow!