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One of the goals of any new venture - no matter what industry you are operating in - is rapid growth. It is part of the dream. Usually there is a process that all entrepreneurs follow: start, survive, grow. However, this is no simple task and often requires a lot of tenacity, a lot persistence and a lot of understanding. It is hard work taking your business to the next level, but all that hard work will be totally worth it when you reach your first growth milestone and suddenly know the steps to catapult you further yet. To help you with this, we approached numerous business owners - some are the protagonists in serious success stories, others offered stark warnings - to offer advice for you and how to move your business forward.

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Hiring Is Important

Hiring the right people is one of the single most critical steps to take when looking to expand. You can’t even consider growing with having the right people in place to ensure it is all possible. But landing the right people is its own art form. It isn’t just about employing people with all the right credentials on paper, or all the right qualifications and appealing experience. No. It is about their personality. You can teach skills, but you can’t teach hard work. A great place to start then is with a headhunter. Work with someone that specialises in finding top talent and knows how to persuade them to take on a new role. By working with an expert like this, you can place an emphasis on attitude and that you are looking for someone that will roll up their sleeves and really get stuck in when the road gets tough. They’ll have the inside scoop, and may even know the candidate you are after, whereas you’d just be lost in the dark.

Invest In The Business

When you started your business, any money you were making was probably going toward staying afloat. That was a sensible move. But it is not going to get you to the next stage. Your ability to invest in yourself now, and invest wisely, is going to have a direct contribution on your ability to grow. The heavier you invest, the quicker you will grow and succeed. This could be investing in marketing, people, networking, partnerships, real estate or designers. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you invest everything you can afford to.

Think A Few Steps Ahead

Agility and adaptability are two very important qualities when it comes to surviving and weathering certain storms. However, you’ll also need to have a plan. It can often be impossible to plan accurately because there are so many factors to take into consideration. So plan for as many different scenarios as possible. This will allow you stay grounded while also grow at a steady rate. If you can anticipate the different scenarios that could happen, you can plan for them too, and that is going to be a huge asset when it comes to expansion.