Thu 26 Jun 2008
How to Turn Around a Floundering Business
Most new businesses flounder at some time or another. It is during these tough times that you need to gather your wits and dig deep to not only stop the downward slide, but also climb back up to the winner’s circle.
Below are some tips that will help you turn your floundering business around.
Identify the Disease
It is important to identify the problem that is plaguing your business in order to find a solution.
If it is higher prices that are driving clients away, then search for new vendors so that you can offer more competitive pricing. If it is lack of quality service, then you may need to retrain your staff to make improvements.
By ignoring your problems and wishing that they will go away, you will only be letting your business fall further into the hole.
Review All Expenses
Put an immediate stop to all your expenses and review the situation calmly.
Then, go ahead with only critical expenditures and defer all others until you recover financially.
Take Out a Temporary Loan
If you have identified the problem and are confident that you can turn the business around, then you can take out a temporary loan to help you ride out the crisis.
Remember that you will need to pay interest on that loan so take out the smallest amount possible.
Learn From the Turnaround
As you claw your way back into the red, remember what led to the problem in the first place. Change your business strategy so that you do not fall in the same trap again - and have mental red flags in place to warn you if you start sliding toward a similar situation in the future.
While it is tough to negotiate a successful turnaround of your business, true grit and tenacity will ensure that it gets back on track as soon as possible.