May 20

10 Survival Strategies for Today’s New Entrepreneur: Part 2

Welcome back to our exploration of foundational strategies for building a successful business. In the first part of this series, we discussed the importance of partnerships, preparedness, inclusivity, team support, and maintaining a unique business identity. In this second installment, we continue with 5 more strategies that are essential for modern entrepreneurs aiming to thrive in today's competitive market. Let’s get started!

Strategy 6: Embrace Digital Transformation

In today’s fast-paced world, leveraging digital technology is essential for business efficiency and growth. You simply can’t run a business without it. Digital tools can streamline operations, enhance customer engagement, and open new channels for marketing and sales. So invest in building a robust online presence, utilize e-commerce platforms, and explore digital marketing strategies, such as content marketing and social media, to reach a broader audience. And don’t overlook data analytics to gain insights into customer behavior and preferences, which can inform business decisions and strategies. A LIFTed Business Advisor can help you put the data to work for you and create a plan for business growth. Read to the end to find out more.

Strategy 7: Develop Financial Acumen

Sound financial management is the backbone of any successful business. Understanding the basics of accounting and financial analysis is crucial. Keep a close eye on cash flow, as it is the lifeline of your business. Have a line of credit and business credit cards so you’re not only covered during a shortfall, but so you can also grow your business beyond your current revenue limitations. Develop a solid plan for managing expenses and revenue, and use financial forecasts to guide business decisions. Regularly review your financial statements to understand where your money is going and to identify trends or issues early. Educating yourself on financial principles or working closely with a financial advisor can provide a clearer picture of your business’s financial health and guide your growth strategies.

Many entrepreneurs are creative visionaries who may not be comfortable with numbers. That’s why a LIFTed Business Advisor is a crucial member of your team. They can help you learn and feel comfortable managing your finances, and will often have a trusted and vetted financial expert on their team who can offer personalized advice for your business.

Strategy 8: Focus on Customer Experience

Enhancing customer experience should be an ongoing endeavor. High-quality customer service can turn first-time buyers into repeat customers and advocates for your brand, without having to invest more time and money obtaining new customers. Offering a high level of service, therefore, is one of the wisest and most efficient ways to achieve success. So invest in training your staff to provide excellent service, and solicit customer feedback regularly to improve your offerings and ensure your products or services deliver maximum value. Constantly be willing to improve your service, even if you receive negative feedback from customers, and you’ll only learn more and grow.

Strategy 9: Prioritize Sustainability and Regeneration

Today’s consumers are increasingly aware of environmental issues and often prefer to support businesses that prioritize sustainability. Implementing sustainable practices can not only reduce your environmental impact but can also improve your brand’s image and attract a loyal customer base. Consider sourcing materials ethically, minimizing waste, recycling, and using energy-efficient appliances, if applicable. Communicating your commitment to sustainability can also strengthen your relationship with customers and differentiate your business in a crowded market.

The most successful businesses, however, will go beyond sustainability to regeneration. Regeneration means creating more, not just sustaining what you currently have. If you’re merely focused on sustainability, your resources will ultimately dry up, so it’s important to think ahead and innovate. Entrepreneurs who are able to do so will not only survive, but thrive.

Strategy 10: Network and Engage in Lifelong Learning

Never underestimate the power of networking and continuous learning! Attending industry conferences, participating in webinars, and joining professional groups can provide valuable insights and open up new business opportunities. Networking allows you to learn from peers and experts, stay updated on industry trends, and potentially find mentors who have been in your shoes and can provide insightful advice. Additionally, continually updating your knowledge and skills can help you stay competitive and agile in a rapidly evolving business environment.

A note about learning: All business owners make mistakes. But what differentiates successful ones from unsuccessful ones is what they learn from those mistakes. Those who see mistakes not as failure, but as opportunity, will make great strides. Those who see only failure will get stuck in a negative mindset that not only makes business ownership stressful and overwhelming, but can lead to business failure. A LIFTed Business Advisor can help you see opportunities when you may not be able to, and advise you on how to move forward and implement the knowledge you gain.

Bonus Strategy for Local Businesses: Build Strong Community Ties

Starting a brick and mortar business in your local community can offer numerous benefits for growth and success. Engage with local business associations, participate in community events, and explore local government resources that might be available. Building strong community ties can enhance your business's local reputation and create a loyal customer base. Furthermore, local resources such as small business development centers and local business groups can provide invaluable advice and support, helping you navigate the early stages of your business.

And now you’re armed with 10 essential (11 of you have a local brick and mortar company) strategies for business success. You know that building a successful business is a multifaceted venture requiring dedication, strategic planning, and a proactive approach. By implementing these strategies, with the guidance of a trusted advisor by your side, you position your business for growth, resilience, and long-term success. Here's to your entrepreneurial journey—may it be challenging, rewarding, and ultimately prosperous!

The LIFTed Business Advisor You Need

Having a trusted LIFTed Business Advisor at your side for all stages of your business is the best way to achieve success. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re growing your company, locking down these essential strategies with the help of someone who is as invested in your company’s success as you are is a surefire way to achieve success quickly.

And as your LIFTed Business Advisor, I’m here to serve as the trusted advisor you need so you can focus on growth and increasing cash flow with ease and confidence.

Schedule a complimentary call with us today to get started.

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