In the last few years, many businesses took a direct hit that rocked the foundation of their financial business security. Different mentalities have emerged in reaction to the shift in economy from “go for broke” to “just give up.” Rather than dig the hole deeper or give up the years of hard work you have put into your business change the paradigm in thinking. Review your current business strategy and consider what actions need to take place to stabilize your business again. Once you have stabilized the foundation of your business you can begin to grow again. Consider the following strategies to regain control.
Act … Don’t React
The strangest things happen to people when they get scared, but the worst is the reaction of business people that think their hard won business is going down hill and they begin to react. Reaction cause calamities such as the loss of additional much needed funds as we throw money at any marketing ploy that looks like it might work. During a time of uncertainly, hold tight to your funds and take extra measures to research advertising before making an investment. Learn to take a deep breath and be pro-active, not reactive to the situation at hand.
Reign In Expenses
Most businesses expend money is areas that are not needed during difficult times. Although these expenses might bolster a business image they are not needed for strict survival or stabilization of the business. If you have luxuries in your business that are not absolutely necessary now is the time to cut them out. Items like cable Internet services, high rate cell phone services, (option for the lower plan), etc. Read the following articles:
Strengthen Your Networking Now
Now is the time to make all those phone calls to business friends you haven’t had time for in the past. Reconnect and start nurturing the networking process again. Build and strengthen your social media network.
Do not, I repeat, do not advertise your business hardships. Maintain your positive attitude. Let your business friends know about your plans and offer them a commission for any business they send your way. Make it worth their time and they will be worth your time.
For more on networking, read the following articles:
- Networking as Your Sole Marketing Vehicle
- Top 10 Turn-Offs About Networking
- Networking Tips: How to Introduce Yourself
- Six Essentials for Networking
Make a Six Month Survival Plan
Give yourself some peace of mind by making a six-month survival plan. Once you know exactly what you will need to stay on top, your anxiety will lesson and your creativity will increase. This is a perfect example of being pro-active instead of reactive. Read the article “Recession-Proof Your Business: Small Business Survival Guide.”
Understand The Ebb and Flow of Your Business
Keep exact records of sales week-to-week and month-to-month every single year. By doing this you will begin to understand the busy times and slow times of your business. In turn this will allow you to plan financially for the slow times. Every business has a slow period during the year, it’s important that you know what yours is in order to plan for the success of your business.
Diversify Your Marketing Techniques
Do not depend on one marketing avenue to get you through tough times. Perhaps this one marketing technique has worked for you in the past, but obviously something has changed, and now so must you. Make a list of possible marketing avenues and begin researching which methods are most cost effective in relation to results.
Get Professional Help If You Need It
Smart business people understand when they need outside help. Do you? If your business is doing more sinking than swimming it’s time to seek a professional to help you put your business on stable ground. Many, many businesses have filed bankruptcy when it wasn’t necessary. Professional financial mediators can help you with creditors and get your business moving in the right direction again.
A downward shift in the economy can cause heart-stopping reactions where your business is concerned, but once you learn how to work through the situation you soon realize you and your business can weather any storm.
Recommended Books on Small Business Strategies:
- Small Business Marketing: A Guide for Survival Growth and Success
- Small Business Survival Guide
- Financial Crisis Planning for Small Business – Winning Today’s Battle For Business Survival
- Small Business Survival Guide: Starting, Protecting, And Securing Your Business for Long-Term Success
- Survival Jobs: 154 Ways To Make Money While Pursuing Your Dreams
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