The goal of every business should be growth. That said, growth is not an end in and of itself. As your business grows, it still has to be nurtured and managed. Failure to do so can end your business, so you’ll need to be aware of how to protect your business as it grows. Below are a few basic tips that will help you to guard your business as it becomes more successful.
Pay Attention to Values
Your core values are what let your business grow as far as it has. It’s easy to lose sight of this fact as you bring on new employees and open new locations, though, so make sure you have a solid statement of purpose available to everyone you hire. If you lose your company’s values, you lose everything that made you great – and in time, your business will fall prey to the same issues that have caused countless others to fail. Don’t be caught in this trap.
Choose Your Partners Carefully
As you grow, so too will your staffing needs. In many ways, this goes back to the same issue as before – preserving culture. In addition, the people you hire will have an inevitable impact on how well your company performs. While having warm bodies available to man the counter is always helpful, it’s more important that you work with people who are dedicated to the success of your company. This might mean paying more than the shop down the road, but it will help preserve the spirit that helps your company grow.
Remember the Legal Issues
As your business grows in size, so too will its legal responsibilities. Simply put, there are certain things a small business can get away with that its larger counterparts cannot. You’ll need to look into the responsibilities you have to your employees as you bring more people on. You will also need to look into the tax consequences of opening locations in new areas, the legal issues surrounding your trademarks, and other municipal codes you might need to consider.
Be Willing to Change
Business owners need to be reminded that they will have to be willing to change you as expand. While you should preserve your core values, not everything scales with size. Some of the practices that have brought you to the table will have to be abandoned as you shift into a new modes of production and service. Keep an eye on what works and be willing to abandon that which does not.