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Most small business owners can’t afford to think small. They always need to keep their mind on growth strategies to help them achieve long-term profitability. But becoming profitable in the first place often requires business owners to work long hours on a shoe-string budget. They don’t always have time to implement systems that will support them when they’re ready to scale. It’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to use free or low-cost software solutions that can get them up and running, but hold them back as their needs evolve. Read on to learn if it’s time to upgrade your current systems to support your small business as it grows – and what to look for. 1. A growth spurt If you’ve noticed, month after month, your profits are continually increasing, it’s likely time your business takes steps to increase capacity. Beyond financial growth indicators, at this stage you may have already noticed a need for change. You may have experienced:
- A spike in the number of buying customers, which has put stress on your current systems, resulting in service delays
- Internal bottlenecks which have negatively impacted productivity or
- Poor cash flow because you’ve fallen behind with outdated systems for creating invoices, billing customers and collecting.
- Review your future plans for your business. Where do you hope to be in a year or two? How will you get there? Getting clear on what your business needs in the short and long term will help you decide on the right financial management, inventory, and customer relations management systems.
- Shop around for simple to use all-in-one solutions that can handle more than one need – for instance, your online accounting system may also offer inventory management. Take care to choose systems that integrate easily with each other to maximize efficiency wherever possible.
- Share plans to implement new systems early with your employees. Together discuss the problems a new system will solve so staff are eager to embrace the change – and learn how to make the most of any new system.