Taking Your Small Business To The Next Level










Progression is a fact of life, and certainly a fact of business. We want to do better, be better and achieve better results, year on year. Successful small business owners generally have a great ability to envision positive outcomes, but it’s not enough to just have vision – you also need to know how to get there. Small actions can have a big impact, so making a few key adjustments could well be enough to set you on the path to ever greater heights. 

Be Clear On Your Goals

You can define the ambitions you have for your business in general terms, but in order to get there, you have to learn to be specific, follow up on your aims, measure your progress and even celebrate your achievements. Goals should always be slightly outside of your comfort zone, but not so unachievable you’re going to get bored and give up. It’s a fine art finding the right balance, but breaking things down into baby steps rather than overarching ones, and using the SMART goal setting matrix can give you a good start.

Improve Your Customer Service

In today’s global marketplace, the choices for consumers are almost limitless, so how do you ensure you capture customer loyalty and benefit from repeat business, while standing out from the competition? The answer is all in providing a truly personal service, where going above and beyond is standard. Surprising and delighting customers doesn’t just have retention benefits, it also gives you some extremely powerful word-of-mouth marketing and social media recommendations. How do you give the best service? It’s both simple and complex – you have to gather as much information as possible so that you can anticipate the needs of your customers, almost before they know themselves and provide highly personal recommendations in your products or services which are tailored to suit them. A great CRM system can definitely support this, as well as the old-fashioned practice of taking the time to get to know people at live events before asking them to part with their cash. Asking for feedback, resolving complaints quickly and professionally, always being transparent and accountable in your actions and providing your customers with consistent access can go a long way towards this. It can be tough to get into place but the benefits are really considerable.

Become A Specialist

Defining your niche is really going to help take your business away from competing on price or availability and into the realms of being a brand that people want to buy into for its own sake. Discover what makes you different – whether it’s working closely with a specialist supplier like cnc machine tools to be able to offer a service or technology application that no one else can, or becoming known for your company values, you can use new developments to your advantage to carve out your own niche. Make the connections that you have count and you’ll find you can raise your game.

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