How to Take Your Small Business to the Next Level

You’ve gotten over that startup stage, and your company is operating nicely under the moniker of being a small business — you don’t want to stay small forever, though, do you? You have big dreams for your company, and the only way you are going to reach those lofty heights is if you put the work in now to take your organization to the next level.

How to Take Your Small Business to the Next Level

No matter what hurdles you currently face, overcome them, and take your business to the next level. To find out how this all-important task can be made a little easier, make sure to check out the following advice.

Improve Your Communication Flow

If the communication flow around your workspace (and beyond it) isn’t as good as it can possibly be, you’re going to have a tough time taking your business to the next level. Clear and coherent communication is required across the board if you, your employees, your partners, and your clients are going to work together to take your organization forward.

To improve your business’s communication flow, you should:

  • Be sure to check in with your employees
  • Make internal knowledge pertaining to your business easily available.
  • Automate your internal and external communication strategy by making use of the patented boomerang messaging
  • Make use of social intranet software.
  • Enforce an ‘open’ door policy throughout the duration of each working day (and even after the working day, if you’re feeling particularly ‘open.’)
  • Use social media as a tool to communicate with employees outside of work.
  • Try to create a language that your business speaks internally (you don’t have to go full Klingon and create your own language, just use certain acronyms/monikers for certain things.)
  • Send out an internal newsletter either every month or once every quarter.
  • Rearrange your workspace to ensure none of your employees are left to sit on their own in the office.

Set Deadlines Regularly

Even if you don’t necessarily have to (because a customer isn’t demanding your product or service right away, for instance), you should be sure to set deadlines regularly. By doing so, you will create a sense of urgency around your workspace that’ll make your employees work more efficiently and feel far more productive. There’s nothing like a looming deadline to speed things up a bit!

You might also want to try allowing your employees to leave the office early once a week should they meet their quota of work on that day. This will also put the wind in their sales and give them the push they need to get more done in their working hours.

No matter what that next level may be for you nor how much hard work it entails to get to it, take action now and make that step up as soon as you can. If you do, before you know it, you will have clawed your way to the pinnacle of your market.

Improve your communication flow, set regular deadlines, and be sure to put everything you have read above into practice.

    Takis Athanassiou is an IT Consultant, Blogger, Trainer & Writer, active in the areas of leadership, business consulting, e-Learning and social media. He aims at the development of people, business and assets! You can check out his blog, add him in Google+ and follow him on Twitter.

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