This week was interesting, filled with changes in the weather, the price of gas and the cost of doing business. As small business owners, our lives are consistently filled with change to accommodate the market place and our customers. Our ability to shift and adapt should be part of the business plan, strategic planning and simply a way of life for a small business.
If you’re doing it right, you should be able to take a look at the past and see the milestones of change and improvements to your product and your company. Whether, it’s changing how you manage your business, adding value to an existing product or expanding into another marketplace – success goes to the business owner with the vision and the ability to change with the times.
Let’s take a step backward, remember as a startup, when you knew you had the best product or service. You knew that they would come in crowds to buy it, no matter what the cost. Reality hits and you find that the market needs your product and the consumer wants it, but they don’t want to pay for it. Moving forward, hold the thought. It’s still a brilliant idea, and a great product, you need to change the business model. The initial business plan was focused on the wrong revenue target – back to the drawing board, defined as change.
The advice and lesson for small business is an age old message – be sure to build into your business plan the adaptability to change without altering your product value or quality. Secondly, stay true to your mission and open to changes that are part of growing your business into a successful operation.
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