4 Things That Can Derail a Business
We’d hope that our business will go from strength to strength, but alas, that can’t always be the case. If you need any proof of that, just think about this — 45% of businesses fail within the first five years. These failures don’t just come out of thin air. It’s usually for one of a number of reasons. While you can’t always protect your business, if you’re aware of what the threats are, then you can take proactive steps to reduce the likelihood of them coming true. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most common things that can derail a business — and offer advice on how you can protect yourself.
Failing to Adapt
Things might be going well right now, but how long will ‘right now’ be around for? Not all that long. The future is coming whether you like it or not, and it’s unlikely that things will be exactly the same as they are now. Perhaps the biggest reason companies fail is because they fail to adapt to changes in the market, customer demands, things like that. Always make sure that you have one eye on the future.
Behind every great company is a great team of staff. However, there’s always the chance that your key employees will move on to other things. Think of your business like a sports team. There have been some extremely successful teams who have entered a spell without any trophies, all because they failed to replace their key players when they left. You can keep your best employees by treating them well, but even if you do, you’ll find that there are always times when employees leave. Try to have an ongoing hiring process, so you’re always bringing fresh talent into your team.
Everything could be going extremely well, but, in the blink of an eye, everything changes – and suddenly, the business is facing closure. How does this happen? Through crime or other unpredictable occurrences that often seem out of your control. One single act of crime can cause significant financial hardships to a business, which they may be unable to recover from. So make sure that your business is safe and secure. Video surveillance systems, strong internal security practices, and placing an emphasis on digital security will help to make your company more secure. If you don’t, you might find that you face a big bill that is difficult to pay, all because your business was targeted. Other unpredictable external experiences that can send your business into a total spiral are things such as extreme weather events. Falling victim to an intense flood or a serious fire could have catastrophic consequences, so it’s absolutely vital that you can take the time to implement a few preventive measures to protect your business in the event of such an emergency. Having a top quality commercial plumbers and a reliable industrial electrician on speed dial can certainly help to put your mind at ease if the worst were to happen, as they can come out immediately and minimize the damage down to your internal systems. Having the right kind of property insurance should help to cover the cost of any repair work that you need to fork out for.
Small Mind Thinking
Finally, have a think about your own approach to your business. Many company owners accidentally make their future much more uncertain, all because they have a small-business mentality. There’s nothing wrong with being a small business, but the mindset should be bigger. If it’s not, then you’ll be liable to play things too safe. To run a business is risky, but that doesn’t mean that you should stay in the middle lane all the time — sometimes, you have to take chances. You’ll run the risk of dying a slow death if you don’t take this approach. Instead, maintain an open mind and be encouraging for both your team and yourself, as this way you can reach for the stars rather than holding yourself back! Nothing brilliant will ever be achieved inside your comfort zone, and if you want to protect your businesses future then you need to channel energy into expansion and adaptation!