By Jerry Mooney
I don’t think you’d be able to find many entrepreneurs who don’t want to see their business grow like never before and blow all of their competitors out of the water. Growing your business can take time. You need to be prepared to do what it takes to grow your business if you’re serious. Here are the 8 clever steps you can use to grow:
1. Start Hiring
If you’re getting lots of interest and orders but you don’t have the staff to fill those orders, it could be a good time to start hiring. Knowing exactly when to hire is crucial for your success. You shouldn’t get ahead of yourself and do it too soon, but you shouldn’t wait too long either. If you know that the time is right, take a leap of faith and start hiring for your business. All you need to worry about then is making sure you hire the right people!
2. Get Serious About Social Media
Don’t have social media as an afterthought. Get serious about social media. It’s a huge part of any marketing plan for businesses these days, and things can even go viral. This can help your business to grow and get exposure far quicker than normal. Make sure you’re using the right platforms and posting at the correct times. Hiring a social media manager could even be a good idea.
3. Start Writing Blogs
Writing blogs allows you to share your expertise with your audience. Although you might feel a little precious over what you know, you shouldn’t. Sharing this information will prove that you’re a source worth trusting and working with.
4. Offer Unbeatable Customer Service
Offering unbeatable customer service will create loyal customers that keep on coming back. Treating your customers properly will make a big impression on them. Make sure your staff are on the exact same page when it comes to customer service too.
5. Listen To Feedback
Listening to feedback from your customers is another important factor. Finding a way for them to give you anonymous feedback will make it much more likely that they actually give you something to work with. If something comes up regularly, you know it’s something that should be worked on.
6. Make Sure Your Business Is As Efficient As It Can Be
Having an efficient business will help you to grow faster. You can make your business more efficient by finding ways to automate certain processes, and even having teams in place that can get you back on track when you need them. Managed IT services are an important investment for any online business that wants to function efficiently.
7. Don’t Be Afraid To Make Changes
You should never be afraid to make changes as a business owner. Clinging on too desperately to the way you did things in the past will only hinder you. All of the successful entrepreneurs will tell you this!
8. Diversify And Branch Out
Maybe there are ways you can branch out and diversify to get your business name out there. Could you write e-books, or speak publicly at conferences? Brainstorm and figure out what you could do!
Jerry Mooney is co-founder and managing editor of Zenruption and the author of History Yoghurt and the Moon. He studied at the University of Munich and Lewis and Clark College where he received his BA in International Affairs and West European Studies. He has recently taught Language and Communications at a small, private college and owned various businesses, including an investment company. Jerry is committed to zenrupting the forces that block social, political and economic justice. He can also be found on Twitter @JerryMooney