Keep growing your business even during the hard times
In every business there will be times when everything is not going according to plan. A million things can influence the running of a business. The economy, newer establishments, change in the area where your business is situated, change in clientele, these are all factors in keeping your business afloat. Most of these you cannot do anything about. It is not in your power to change these things, but you can work with them, or around them, and even straight through them.
There is always something else you can try. Remember that your business is driven by customer need. You built a stable client base and should use this as a point to grow from. Keep strong relations with your clients. Good results and Excellent Customer service attract business and is always a good way to get free advertising. Word of mouth goes a long way to selling your business and its reputation.
Don’t stop growing, always keep on moving forward, even if it is one tiny step at a time, eventually you will get there. Remember your long term thinking and planning, the vision you had for your business. Think out of the box and see the opportunities that no one else wants to take. Take a chance that nobody else wants.
Empower your personnel to make their own decisions and to take pride in their work. Everybody should have a voice. Good ideas come from anywhere.
Always plan for the best, but expect and prepare for the worst. That way you will have a backup plan at the ready. Always stay positive, even at the worst of times.
Perseverance is essential for survival. You started your business in good faith. You did the research and delivered your product or service. It was always going to be hard work. Just keep on going. Keep thinking out of the box. Keep knocking on unopened doors, and inspect all the possible avenues you could still explore.
In the end, you are still the decision maker that decides if there is a way forward. You will know when to call it a day. But that should be the very, very last avenue you should take.
Working in the food industry, you need to do your planning for each day to the tiniest detail or get swamped. A scheduled routine should be established for the operation to run effectively. There should be enough time for preparation that needs to be done before opening time. You need personnel that love food and your business as much as you do. Owning, and running a food shop, eatery or restaurant, you need to stay on top of new inventions that will make your day-to-day life easier.
5 Innovations to help you be efficient and proactive in your shops daily activities
1. Touch screen Food Vendors: Could be used in all kinds of food establishments. Be prepared to pay for this convenience, but in the end it will be worth every cent. People like new technologies and would love to create their own orders. Your business might even benefit by reducing go between staff.
2. Tablet, Restaurant/food shop/ take away, Management: When very busy, which all business owners wish to be, this will give you instant information on what is happening in each sector of the business. It can even process sales and deliveries as well as sends orders through to the kitchen. There is a monthly rental rate and updates are free.
3. Automatic Biodiesel Converters: You pour in your used oils, vegetable or animal, and the automated BioPro processors will produce small batches of industrial grade diesel. This diesel can be used in your delivery vehicles, etc. This invention will save you money on fuel costs, waste removal and used oil removal.
4. LED Alert Systems: Kitchens are normally very noisy places. This system alerts staff by lighting up when certain jobs are done or should be done. Any busy cooking area could benefit from this type of alert system. You cannot always hear, but a flashing light would draw attention.
5. Webcam Enabled Monitoring: This kind of system could be very helpful to owners of more than one business. You can now monitor all facilities simultaneously.
With all the new technological inventions, saving time and money, you can have more hours to think of new ways to boost your business and reach more possible hungry customers.
Starting a business is not for the faint at heart. A new business can be very stressful and demands total focus and almost every minute of your time. You have to decide beforehand if you will be able to cope with all the demands on your time and all the chores that have to be done. It is very hard work. You have this brilliant idea, but will it be enough to make a successful business?
5 Tips to help you evaluate the chances of your intended new business
1. Start by doing Market Research on the need for your product or service. Who needs it? What age group will benefit the most? Where do you find your target group? Will this service or product enhance the life of people? You can circulate a questionnaire, online and by distributing pamphlets, to get an estimate on the demand for your product or service.
2. The business location is of great importance. You found your target market. Find a location where the business will be visible and accessible. But always keep in mind the cost. You are starting, and do not have a regular income or client base, as yet.
3. You need to establish a Budget plan. What kind of money do you need to start your business? Do you have this money available? If not, are you going to ask people to invest in your business?
4. Develop a business plan that state the business’ mission, the product or service, what kind of structures you will use regarding personnel, the target market and financial projections. If you need investors you will need this to persuade them to give you money.
5. Make a decision to be adaptable to input from your, probable, customers to optimise your business’ service delivery. You might have to modify certain ideas about your business or product to assure good customer service. Decide to learn as you go, and change your initial thoughts if better solutions are available.
Also keep in mind that honesty is always the best policy. Renew your outlook, concerning the business, regularly. And always remember to be patient; Rome wasn’t built in one day.