As the New Year recently kicked off, what do you envision in terms of having more business success over the next 12 months?

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Even though there are a number of means whereby you can improve your business model, some obviously will work better than others.

With that being the case, you should always have your eyes and ears open as to how and improve your small business.

Keep in mind that your company’s financial health will always be at the top of the mountain when it comes to importance, but there are other facets of your business that need constant reviews.

So, are you ready to look into some ways to improve your business model going forward?

Where Should You Start?

For starters, making sure your company is financially healthy can prove quite taxing physically and mentally.

As for the physical part, you and your staff (if you do not run a one-person operation) are always looking for ways to add more customers. When it comes to the ones you already have, you know how important it is to always try and keep them happy.

When it comes to the mental side of things, working long hours and trying to keep your small business afloat can prove tiring too. It certainly isn’t uncommon to hear about many small business owners having their share of sleepless nights.

In order to keep your business model healthy and improving, remember to focus on:

  1. Payments – First and foremost, having a healthy cash influx coming in from your customers is critical. While you very well may have some ebb and flows in your small business over time, you can’t get into a regular habit of being financially in the red. If you’re not already doing so, accepting credit card payments is very important. Not only do many consumers like to use plastic to pay for goods and services, but many of them typically spend more when they do not have to pull green out of their wallets and purses. Make sure your credit card payment system is as error-proof as possible, making such purchases smooth and satisfying;
  2. Service – As important as bringing money into your small business is, the level of customer service you provide can’t be taken for granted either. If you are consistently giving consumers the best service possible, most of them will stick with you, even when times may get tough for them financially. That customer service should also include looking at ways to reward customers (see more below), showing them how much they mean to you.

Reward Those Loyal to You

  1. Rewards – Although you can’t give customers the farm, you can give them some rewards for coming back to you time and time again. For example, if you run an Ecommerce store, you likely know that online shopping is a booming business these days, one you should be capitalizing on. That said offers digital coupons and other savings incentives to those customers buying from you regularly. By doing so, you will likely encourage them to tell their family and friends about your brand;
  2. Future – You should also be thinking ahead as to how your business model can continue to improve over time. Sure, you may feel overwhelmed as it is now with all that is on your plate, but you can’t turn a blind eye or deaf ear to the future. So that your small business is able to continuously grow and prosper, it is important that you look to the future. What trends may possibly impact your business? Are there warning signs ahead that could create some bumps in the road for your company? Lastly, should you be more pro-active in embracing technology and the impact it can and should have on your business?

As someone owning a company, what are you doing to improve your business model in the months ahead?