SimonStapleton.com

Tips To Survive A Rough Business Patch

Estimated reading time: 3 mins

Life is unpredictable in so many ways.

One moment your business is thriving, and the other moment your cash supplies are dwindling. You have hit a rough business patch. 

Financially tough times can happen unexpectedly. And while it’s easy to get discouraged when this happens, there’s nothing that sheer tenacity and hard work can’t defeat.

When things get rocky, try focusing on your business’s daily operations and financing, maybe you will find a loophole that can be easily fixed. And even if you can’t, instead of spiralling into a financial hellhole, continue reading this article to get everything back on the track.

Accept Your Situation

First things first, when your business hits a rough financial patch, accept that there’s a problem and that your finances aren’t in a good place.

Start off by analysing your current position, do you have an emergency business fund? What about the profits that your company has earned? Do you have a backup plan in place? 

Question yourself until you have an answer. Next, talk to your employees and keep them in the loop. 

Procrastination Is A Subtle Act Of Corruption

Don’t wait for someone to come save you. It’s your company, and you will have to be your own hero. 

Budgeting And Cost-Cutting Are Important

Overspending may have landed you in the situation you are in today and this can be tough, time to create a budget to help you annualise and distribute your future expenses.

Identify your current monthly expenses, and curate your cost-cutting priority list. What operations or services can you eliminate easily?  Write them down and cut down on costs one-by-one. However, be careful of what you are eliminating.

If it’s a big problem, a temporary fix won’t cut it. You will have to take serious steps to make things under your control. 

Take Out A Loan

Consider taking a loan. Various business loan options can get you access to fash cash. If it’s a temporary situation, go for a short-term loan. 

If you need to make a major capital investment, search the web and check if you qualify for a long-term loan. 

Get Market Information

Invest time studying the market. Conduct your competitive analysis. Know what your competitors are doing.

Understand what works for them and what doesn’t. Get into your customers’ shoes and understand their needs. 

Business can only succeed when their offerings benefit consumers, which brings me to the next point…

Upgrade And Improve Your Offerings 

Based on your knowledge and understanding of the market, create an exit strategy that will end your troubles and make the customers happy.

One step at a time. Do not make massive changes. Improve your offerings and test the market for it. Your offerings will get better if you focus on market feedback.

Work On Your Operations 

If your competitors are succeeding even after offering an inferior product or service, it may be best that you start working on your operations.

In this instance, try to create a robust online presence. Work on your website’s design, marketing methods, advertising tactics, and social media presence. To spread brand awareness, it’s important to be present where the customers are.

Keep updating your marketing efforts according to the latest trends in the industry.

Final Thoughts

Like Taylor Swift once said, “Nothing lasts forever.”

Your business may not be working well now, but nobody knows what the future holds. Address your problems and use this as an opportunity to grow and thrive.

 

About the author /


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.

Post your comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Affiliate Promotion

simonstapleton.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

Polls

When answering Employee surveys, do you always answer completely honestly?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
My latest book: ACE Your Performance Appraisal$4.99 on
How Am I Doing?

Did this discussion solve your problem?

Then please rate this post or leave a comment.