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How local businesses can avoid financial loss

Author: James Rudd Published: 14th April 2016 11:32

Chances are that if you have managed to start up your own business, and you have enough coming in to pay the bills and put a little away at the end of each month, you may well be happy with the situation. Any other problems are likely offset by time constraints set only by yourself, and an opportunity to wake up each day knowing that you’re about to do something you love.

There are so many rewards on offer for following this kind of career path, but what happens when a change in market conditions affects the performance of your company? It can be a potentially stressful matter to manage, but there are many options available to coax you through these kinds of issues.

It isn’t simply the case that just one problem will throw all of your projections out of the window; rather, a collection of oversights and stumbling blocks that may well appear out of nowhere can be enough to throw you off kilter. Certainly, over the last couple of decades, smaller shops in the UK have been struggling to compete with supermarkets and out of town hypermarkets that can offer more products at lower prices, due to their ability to invest more capital in potential. This inability to adapt to the developments of competitors is one of the main downfalls of many a business.

Other aspects beyond your control can also have a negative effect on business. Declining sales due to a change in consumer habits, or a rise in product costs due to fluctuations in commodity markets can affect your sales projections almost overnight, especially if you don’t see it coming and diversify your business in some way.

It isn’t all doom and gloom, even if you happen to be looking at a negative balance sheet. By employing some good market research, and most importantly, being able to take some potentially negative feedback on board, you may well be able to find out how your core client base feels about your products, and what steps you can take to attract more business.

A typical sticking point in terms of finances is the general management of them. If you have enough entrepreneurial nous about you to offer the kinds of products consumers keep coming back for, but find getting your head around all of the checks and balances isn’t always an easy task, then an option that is worth considering is accountancy for contractors. This can allow you to focus on the most urgent needs of your business and let professional services handle any financial management aspects that are causing you to worry.

Finally, though this may seem like one of the most obvious suggestions, remember that relationship building is the key to success. These building efforts can range from simple rapport development between clients that can encourage them to come back again and again, to making an approach to secure earlier payments for your services, which can really help with cash flow. 

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