Business

How to Improve Business Operations?

Companies are often very inefficient and don’t realize their full potential for profit. You can improve business operations several ways, but you must evaluate all of the options before you inaugurate a new plan.
1. Start your day in high gear.
Take a notebook (or a laptop or tablet) and jot down your thoughts and plans for the day. Whether you prefer doing this in the morning or in the evening, it is always best to take a step back, review what happened during the day (or the day before), and think of ways how you can do better. Take time to review data and numbers, including your website statistics, in order to find quick hits and losses. Then list down ideas, whether for your marketing strategies, product lines, or new projects that you want to take on. Write down your ideas on how to expand and energize your business. Only through innovation and continuing adoption of relevant new products and ideas can your business improve its competitiveness and profitability. Start the ball rolling with your team (if any) and then with your financiers, lenders and bankers if you need to take on additional capital.
2. Dust off your business plans.
Review, review and review your business plan. See how far (or little) your business has taken shape from your original idea. Many entrepreneurs write a business plan at the start of the business, only to forget about it. Some stray away from their plans – and fail. Go find your business plans and update it. Since your business’ inception, a number of factors must have changed – from the overall business climate to your product line. Take all those changes into consideration, consider the business and economic climate, factor in your and your family’s goals, and get a clear assessment of the direction of your business. Get in touch with your business advisers, if any.
3. Rekindle your relationship with your customers.
Take time to tap into your customer database and get in touch with your existing customers. Whether by phone, email or letter, contact your customers to greet them  and remind them that your business is ready to serve them again. Get their opinions about what they think about your business (and make getting customer feedback a part of your business processes). You need to constantly look for ways to encourage repeat business. Although marketing and advertising are important to get more customers, quality, service and customer satisfaction are what keep a business successful in the long run.
4. Evaluate your pricing.
Think about your pricing, and the possibility of raising your rates. Get the feel of what your existing customers think about you raising your prices. Also be sure to check out what the competition’s doing and make sure your prices or rates aren’t too low — or way too high. You don’t want to overprice yourself out of the market, yet you should not bear the burden of a cash flow shortage. Give your customers a month or two advance notice should you decide to increase your rates.
5. Find ways to cut your costs.
Even if you have secured funding from investors, you need to constantly look for ways to reduce your costs. From making double-sided paper copies to ordering shipping supplies in bulk, you can reduce wasted material, effort, and time in making, selling, and delivering your product. The result is an improvement in your company’s bottom line and an increased competitive advantage.

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