Give Your Business a Tune Up!
7 tips to transform your business in 6 weeks or less
It is the middle of winter in Australia and many businesses face a
lull in activity. In the face of this, the natural tendency is lay low
and chill out. It's more than likely that this is what your competitors
will be doing; which is why this is the best time for you to shift gears
and take advantage of the quieter time.
Here are the 7 things that you can do to gain a competitive advantage over your competitors:
1. Take advantage of quiet times.
Remember those times that you bemoaned your crowded schedule and lack
of free time? And remember all those things you had to place on the
backburner because you lacked the time to attend to them? Take advantage
of downtime by doing those things you may not have had time for before:
networking, de-cluttering your office, researching industry trends,
reorganizing your files, following-up with prospective clients, etc.
2. Systemise your business.
We all have frustration in areas of our business, often these are
activities that you don't really enjoy or have the skills to do as
effectively as the activity should be done, or activities where staff
always have ‘issues' in performing the activity. These sources of
frustration are the very best place to hone in on first. Apply our 5
step process - identification, outcome, cause, system, implement and
communicate. Start by identifying the top three activities that cause
the greatest frustration on a consistent basis and apply the process.
3. Prepare your business for an influx of new clients.
Think positively and prepare your business for what might result in an
influx of new clients for you. As you market more aggressively (see six
below), build your staff, and take advantage of downtime, you'll find
that your client roster will begin to grow. So use this time to prepare
yourself by ensuring that you have the resources necessary and processes
in place that will enable you to manage all that business more
4. Cut expenses. Of course it's a good idea! Take a
look at your budget and what you have spent for the year and see if
there's anything you can cut or reduce. While you may not have much
overhead, you can consider various ways in which you can streamline your
workflow to accomplish more in less time. Your objective should be to
increase efficiency while cutting unnecessary expenses.
5. Diversify your products and services. What new
products or services can you add to make your business more appealing to
prospective clients? Are you providing your clients with a full service
offering that meets their needs? Do your clients only by one product or
service when they could be buying more?
6. Practice aggressive marketing techniques. Chances
are your competitors are currently trying to maintain their activity or
even reduce activity rather than grow activity. Put in place some
aggressive marketing tactics to stimulate your client base into action -
importantly don't forget to test and measure the results. When you
market like there's no tomorrow, you inspire more confidence in current
clients who see your efforts as evidence that your business is thriving.
7. Expand your mind. Start learning more about how to grow your business with E-learning from astutemarketingacademy.com - this
online resource provides you with the resources to take your business
to another level. It's on the WWW! So it doesn't matter whether you're a
small business is in Warnambool, Mudgee, Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney
these valuable resources are available for you 24/7.