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A Guide to Smoothing out Rough Business Edges

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A smooth business is a productive one. Think of it this way: if your business has a lot of rough edges, such as unhappy employees, a shaky business model or a terrible relationship with customers, then the chances of you succeeding as a business suddenly become very slim. You might be fine now, but when the going gets tough and you’re presented with tricky decisions (such as whether to diversify or specialise your product line) it’s going to be difficult. So in order to smooth out your business, we’ve identified several key points that always need to be on your mind.

Plan for continuity

Whether it’s calling up a technician to fix your computers or phoning a fuel company like New Era Fuels to help a forgetful driver that neglected to fill his tank before he left, keep some business contacts handy so that you have a good continuity plan to make up for mistakes. Some other examples of continuity include a lawyer that can protect your copyrights and a financial advisor that can help you deal with complicated tax matters. If you don’t plan for continuity, then your business will go through some turbulent times that could ultimately destroy your business if you aren’t prepared.

Understand your audience

If you don’t understand your audience then how do you ever hope to provide them with the best product you can? Unless you’re a trendsetter, you have to follow what your audience wants and give them a product they deserve. The main issue is picking between diversification and specialisation. On one hand, diversifying your products will invite more people to your business and you’ll ultimately get a wider audience. However, your loyal fan base might see it as a way of watering down your product to appeal to the masses, and thus might feel betrayed by your decisions.

Maintain good relationships with customers

A business needs customers in order to survive. If you aren’t going to maintain a good relationship with your consumers, then you may as well stop acting like you’re a business. Make sure you’re always on social media to speak with them, don’t neglect to respond to customer queries, and ensure you have open channels of communication in order to speak with them on a regular basis. Without this link between consumer and company as a foundation in your business, you will ultimately fail.

Employee satisfaction is important

If you aren’t willing to put your employees as a priority, then you risk upsetting them and causing them to lose faith in your business and leadership skills. Make sure you give them space to grow and ensure you aren’t locking them down with poor micromanagement skills. In fact, you should try to avoid giving them orders as much as possible. Employees want to feel like they’re part of your business, not that they’re a slave being ordered around. Employee satisfaction directly correlates with their productivity, so keep that in mind

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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