Every business has room for improvement, and if you’re in charge of a company that’s relatively new, there will be large and important areas in which your organization is not maximizing its efficiency and getting the most value out of your investment of time and money. Below are different areas of your company’s set up which might be contributing to a lack of growth, and a variety of methods for you to rectify any places where you feel you may be underperforming.
Small businesses are likely to hire staff that they know and trust instead of screening and interviewing candidates. In some ways this can make a lot of business sense if there’s an able pool of friends you’re able to dip into and have work for your company. However, it does mean that you’ll be missing out on the best-available talent by not advertising your job; either on a free job site or through a recruitment firm.
Your website is the front cover of a book that customers, clients, and competitors will quickly judge, so having a beautiful website design which is aesthetically pleasing, well laid out, and optimized for search engine results will make a huge difference in your exposure and brand recognition. Furthermore, making these tweaks is simple with the help of professional specialists who have burgeoning portfolios of successful projects.
An area in which it pays to refine, your data can mean big bucks if handled with care and analyzed with skill. Wasted data is one of the pitfalls of small companies frequently cited in their lack of efficiency; having a good hold over your business’ information (from client details to hit rates on your website) and then analyzing these will illuminate areas of your business that had, until now, been in the dark.
In business, it never pays to be isolated. It’s natural for small businesses to be a little low on contacts as they emerge and grow into the market. However, that’s not to say that networking, building relationships and taking contact details aren’t something that should always be at the very top of your priorities list. Establishing firm contacts means help in times of need, advice when support is required, and business when clients need your services, so ensure you’re making connections on a daily basis.
It doesn’t take an experienced business analyst to know that a major threat to small businesses is one of the money running out. To ensure you’re running a tight ship with minimal unnecessary expenditure, take a full and frank look at your accounts to see where your company might be hemorrhaging money and prohibiting its growth. It might be office supplies, software subscriptions or transport costs, but all of these factors should be scrutinized, and you should always ask yourself ‘can I get a better deal?’
Refining your business can be a matter of bringing in new talent or streamlining your costs. Using these quick tips, take a look at your business to see if there are any areas that could be changed to maximize your productivity and growth.