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Good practices to keep your business thriving.

They say an “apple a day keeps the doctor away”.  The same can be said for implementing good practices to keep your business thriving.  A healthy business is a successful business.  

There is no one size fits all approach. However, there are proven ways to reach growth milestones. We have compiled a list of some of these ways to keep you on track. 

Assess your current practices on a regular basis.

Running a regular assessment of your current processes is beneficial. Your assessment will help pinpoint if there are any bad practices that don’t serve your business.  Cut them out and work to put your time and energy into the good stuff.

Of course, you’ll need to have systems in place for tracking your goals and performance. It’s good practice to monitor things like website traffic, sales, subscribers, and of course, finances.

Without adequate profits, regular flow of cash, and strong sales numbers, no business can be successful. 

“In order to assess the performance of your business, there are many critical questions that need to be answered. Is the business running smoothly? Is it successful, or is it failing? What part of the operations setup act as bottlenecks, and what parts are acting as growth drivers? The answers to all these questions lie in regular financial monitoring of the business."

Good practices: Business Plan

Refer back to your business plan.

It’s key to have a business plan in place. It should outline your objectives, how you’ll run, and your financial and marketing strategies. 

Financial advisory company Wave talks to business plans as road maps. ‘It’s possible to travel without one, but that will only increase the odds of getting lost along the way.’ 

Owners with a business plan see growth 30% faster than those without one, and 71% of fast-growing companies have business plans

Referring back to it often helps keep you focussed on your targets and goals.

Need some assistance with your business plan? 

Our friends at Xero have written a great blog on how to write a business plan. It’s well worth a read if you need to start afresh or modify yours.

Adapt to change.

If you’re going to stay in business for years, you’re going to have to adapt. Change helps keep your customers engaged.

Keep an eye on changing communication strategies and be agile enough to adapt. Along those same lines, you might also notice new technology emerging that could help your business in some way. If you keep an eye on these tools and are able to adapt quickly, you can take advantage of opportunities before your competition.

Lead by example.

When it comes to leading a team of people, it can be tempting to micromanage. But the best way to ensure that people are working up to your standards is to show them.

It’s common for business owners to try and take on too much. But there are people out there who can help you if you actually trust them to do the work.

Reduce your risks.

Risk is an inevitable part of starting and growing your business. It’s impossible to control everything, but there are many ways to limit threats to your company’s growth. This is an area we can help.

The theft of employee data, and customer records, and privacy breaches can destroy a small business. Not only generating significant costs but also eroding customer confidence and loyalty.

It’s a good idea to get a privacy policy and your website terms of use implemented, so if anything happens to go wrong – you and your staff know exactly what to do. These are services we can provide.

As your business grows, you may start to hire out your goods/ personal property to others. Ensure those goods are protected.  We can assess this for you and register your goods on the PPSR. To find out more about how we can help, click here.

Your Terms and Conditions of Trade are also vital for the smooth running of your business.  Having the necessary clauses, such as payment terms, customer data use and PPSA will help cover your business as you expand.

Want to know more?

Our team have a wealth of knowledge. We will assess your business’s systems and processes. Work with you to implement solutions to help your business thrive. And be on hand to support you every step of the way.

We are here when you need us. Request your call back If you want to have a chat about any of the services we provide, we are only a phone call away. Request a call back and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Thank you to SmallBizTrends and Business News Daily for your amazing content to help write this article for our clients.

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