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Succeeding in business today requires flexibility, focus, discipline, perseverance, good planning and organizational skills. Businesses fail every day for many reasons, from mismanagement to changing market conditions, and while it is difficult to predict the success or, failure of any venture, there are certainly steps you can take to maximize your chances of success.
- Start with a great idea. – Too often would-be entrepreneurs start up a business with only a vague idea of what it is they want to achieve. You don’t necessarily need new products or services to establish and grow a business, but you do need to have passion for your business idea. Unless you are genuinely excited about your business, it will be hard to motivate yourself and persevere through the tough times.
- Look for a niche market. – Do some market research. Find out what is already available and how you can make your product or service stand out from the competition. Often a new twist on an old idea will give you a competitive advantage. Is there something that customers need that other businesses are not providing?
- Write a business plan. – A well-crafted business plan provides you with a road map for your business. Since one of the major reasons for business failures is poor planning, attempting to launch a business without a plan to guide you is courting disaster. You can find excellent resources online to help you through the process.
- Begin branding your business immediately. – You need to establish your presence in the marketplace. These days all businesses need a website, but for online businesses your website is your brand. It should be professional, informative, well written and have good search engine optimization. Utilize a variety of internet resources to market your products and services.
- Stay on top of the day-to-day tasks that are essential to the success of your business. – Stay organized with a daily to-do list and check things off as you complete them. And keep detailed records. When you are busy, relying on memory alone is not a good idea. Being organized and knowing exactly where your business stands at any given moment, can allow you to recognize and head off potential challenges.
- Learn to take calculated risks. Successful entrepreneurs grow their businesses by taking calculated risks. They analyze potential opportunities by looking at the downside; the worst case scenario. That knowledge can help you determine if your business can afford the risk. Calculated risks can generate impressive rewards.
- Provide great customer service. Providing excellent customer service creates loyal customers who will return to you time and time again. It can also be one of the factors that will give you a competitive edge.
- Don’t lose your focus. Just because you turn on your computer or open the doors of your business, doesn’t mean you are going to make any money right away. It takes time to get established and grow your business. Stay focused on your business plan and achieving your short-term goals.
More than half of new small business start-ups fail within the first four years. More often than not it is because they have failed in one of these areas. To survive and grow your business you need to make sure you leave as little as possible up to chance.