25 Ways to Make Your Business Grow Over the Next 6 Months
written by Derek Weber
Growing a business is really similar to the old parable about the tortoise and the hare. You can go gangbusters and try to get explosive growth out of the gate, but you leave yourself open to a great deal of risk and a low percentage of reward. I have seen many businesses take the hare approach and more often than not they either burn out, have serious cash flow problems, or grow so quickly that their infrastructure can’t handle it and these almost always lead to their doors closing. The key to avoid this is to have gradual, consistent, measured growth. Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go after as many opportunities as you see, but just make sure that you first are equipped to handle it.
The best way to maintain measured growth is through continual improvement. By slowly and steadily improving yourself and your business, you will be much better equipped to handle and capitalize on opportunities for growth spurts within your business. The easiest way to create continual improvement is to just focus on improving one thing per week. Now that doesn’t sound so bad now does it? If you improve by just a measly 1% per week, over the course of a year, you will be almost twice as good as when the year started. So, I challenge you to every Monday morning write down one thing on your to-do list or a sticky note to work on that week. Work on making your systems more efficient, research some new blogs to read, start writing a blog, start a new book, focus on following up with new people you met, you are only limited by your imagination. Now keep this in mind, in order for this to be effective, once that week is over, you have to keep doing what ever change you implemented that week. It doesn’t do you a whole lot of good to improve something this week but not do it next week or the week after. You have to commit to building upon your improvements.
What you need to do right now is take five minutes to brainstorm a list of 25 things you could improve/enhance/add/subtract/delegate and try to knock off one per week for the next 6 months and see how much better things are going at that time. They don’t have to all be groundbreakingly big changes either, remember even a 1% improvement per week with almost double your effectiveness in a year. When you get done making your list, email them over to me and I will compile a list of some of your responses and post so of them next week to help others think of ways to improve themselves and their businesses.Derek Weber derek@goBRANDgo.com www.goBRANDgo.com 314.754.8712