Creating a successful business is a wonderful and hard thing to do. You’ve surely gone through the startup process, and it’s probable that you’ve attained the success you initially dreamed of. But, as you may have noticed, taking your business to the next level can be expensive, time-consuming, and difficult. This article will examine various ways to grow your business while ensuring that your wallet and overall business plan stay intact.
Open Another Location When people think about business expansion, they probably consider opening another location first. For many small businesses, success and popularity are achieved by a combination of great products, great customer service, and word of mouth from customers. All of these attributes play into the idea of opening another location for your business.
First and foremost, choose a location where your business can thrive. Focus on your target customers—in which parts of town do they live? What do they like? How can you improve their experiences with your business?
Of course, opening another location can be burdensome. Make sure the specific location works for your business. Make sure you have the money to take on such a project. Make sure you tailor your business plan to account for an additional location. Make sure you’re not overextending your business.
Ultimately, make a decision based on what’s best for your business. If you find a second location that is perfect for your business but the rent is too high, don’t jeopardize the rest of the business. Balancing all of these ideas is key to success.
Diversify Your Products When you started your business, you might have limited the services and products that you offer. That’s great, but it might only get you so far. Another way to take your business to the next level is to offer a wider variety of products or services. Giving customers additional options can only help your business—they’ll come in for one thing, and they’ll leave with more.
You can also step up your diversification and growth by holding events related to your product or service. What better way to promote your business than to show people what you do? By giving people a taste of what you have to offer, you’re getting your name out there and creating brand recognition.
Use the Internet The Internet is the primary place where people get information these days. There is so much information on the Internet that it’s almost impossible not to find what you’re looking for. You can take advantage of that fact.
First, get a Web site. Many people like to research businesses before they visit. You don’t have to make your site elaborate at first. Just get your business name out there, along with a description of what your business provides. Even if it’s one paragraph long, it’s still something. It gives the customer a glimpse of what he’s getting into. You can eventually expand your Web site and reach new customers by selling products online. Many companies can help you create an e-commerce site when you’re ready. Again, start slowly and build as you go.
After you launch your Web site, use social media. Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter provide business owners with avenues to get their names out there. Create a page for your business on Facebook, get a Twitter account, and have links to these pages on your Web site. E-mail your customers and ask them to like your Facebook page and follow your tweets. Once you do, word will get out. Friends of friends will begin to see your name, visit your Web site, and hopefully become customers themselves. The best part is that it’s cheap and easy.
Opening another location, diversifying, and using the Internet are only a few methods of expanding your business, but they’ve proven successful for others and most likely will for you too.
Jon Schmidt is senior vice president of Newtek Business Services, Inc., which offers business and financial services to help eyecare practices increase sales, reduce costs, and minimize business risk through Vision Business Builders. Contact email@example.com with comments and/or suggestions for future topics.