Successful businesses grow and expand. It’s often gradual, with many steps taken intuitively, like increasing production of a product or offering another service.
There are some steps forward that must be taken deliberately because they don’t happen naturally.
Unfortunately, it can be hard for businesses to know which step to take next!
If your business seems to be stuck in a rut and you’re not sure how to take that next step, consider one of the ideas on this list that will undoubtedly enable your business to grow.
Streamline Shipping and Fulfillment with Professional Help
When selling products, most businesses start by dealing with all the shipping and fulfillment themselves. Doing it all on your own can simplify the process, but as your business grows, you’re sure to run into snags.
ShipHero notes, “Many online merchants encounter certain shipping issues such as mispicks and misships. A mispick happens when the merchant selects the wrong product for an order, and a misship happens when the wrong item is sent to the customer.”
The more items you’re packing and shipping, the more problems you’re likely to run into, which will result in more returns and more unhappy customers.
Instead, take a huge leap forward and hire a shipping and fulfillment company to help. They will ensure your shipments are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
Hire an Assistant
You probably know when it’s time to hire an IT professional or a financial advisor, but what about other roles?
Some roles, like personal assistants, can be difficult to hire. Why hire someone else to do it when you can just do it yourself?
It’s true that personal assistants can do many of the things you do, but that’s what makes them so helpful.
They can do all your extra tasks so you can free up time to do other things!
A personal assistant can help by:
- Scheduling important meetings
- Delegating smaller tasks
- Balancing your personal and professional lives
- And more
Create an App
Think mobile apps are just for social media-based businesses and game developers? Think again!
There are many different types of apps out there, which means there’s an option for every kind of business you can imagine.
With the right app, your business can enjoy some serious benefits that include:
- The ability to be visible to your customers 24/7
- The ability to market directly to interested customers
- Providing valuable loyalty programs and discounts to customers
- Improving customer engagement through quick and easy communication
- Standing out from competitors that don’t have an app
Just make sure you take the time to develop a useful app, and have a plan in place to maintain that app to provide users with the best possible experience.
Move into a New Space
Sometimes the simplest solutions are also the most difficult to realize. For example, a company that could use a new space may spend a lot of time and effort optimizing the space they have, when moving into a new space would be a better solution.
Moving into a new space isn’t just for expanding businesses that could use a bigger space. It’s a good idea to move into a new space if you’re downsizing and you are looking for ways to save money, or if you would like to add a new location without getting rid of your old location. Moving into a new space is also a good idea if you’re looking to relocate to a trendy area to boost sales.
Try a New Marketing Strategy
Chances are, you already have a marketing plan in place. You may have even taken the step to hire a professional marketing company or crew to help. But, if business seems to be a bit slow, you may want to consider some creative content marketing strategies.
That might mean exploring a new way to market, like using online advertisements or influencer marketing, but it might just mean taking a new approach to your current marketing efforts.
For example, you might decide to inject a little humor into your social media posts. It could be something as simple as hiring a creative photographer to take some new shots of your products, or trying a new social media platform.
Sometimes, you can’t just sit back and wait for opportunities to grow your business to show up on your doorstep. Take the bull by the horns and help your business grow with the ideas on this list!