Our Top 5 Tips to Grow Your Startup the Right Way
Most startups begin with one single idea; a product or service that can revolutionise the entire market and change the way society works.
Whilst your new invention could be a gamechanger, that doesn’t mean you have the business acumen to bring it success.
Did you know, around 90% of startups fail for a number of different reasons?
Whilst this may seem like a scary statistic, with considerable effort there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Truth be told, running a business is hard work, but if you knuckle down and look at things with perspective, you’ll be able to identify ways you can grow your startup and start making profit much more quickly.
As with any part of life, you must put in the time to reap the rewards, so don’t just focus on the short-term outcomes, but look at the bigger picture.
Then, once you start creating real value and genuinely care about your customers, it’s time to build on that foundation and scale up.
Here are our top 5 tips to grow your startup the right way.
1. Focus on the Core Purpose
When you’re starting to scale your business, you don’t want to stray away from what got you here in the first place.
In other words, stay true to your vision and that way, everyone else behind you will too.
All in all, the decisions you make during this time needs to connect back to why you started the business in the first place.
2. Get Your Priorities Straight
So you need to stay true to your business’s vision, but often it’s a bit more complicated than that.
One reason being, founders and CEOs must have the ability to step back and get an overall picture of where the business is currently and where it’s going.
As times can change almost instantly, founders need to evaluate how they spend their time and ensure it’s aligned with the initial purpose.
For instance, do the goals you originally outlined still serve your business or should you be spending money on resources that will help you achieve these goals?
3. Build a Strong Team
Building a strong team is essential to achieving high profits and business longevity.
At the same time, your team must feel valued, as a team who works in harmony towards a common goal is the best recipe for growing a startup.
With that in mind, every person you hire will either be a strength or a weakness to your company culture.
So, when it’s time to make a hire, consider applicants in terms of their personality and see if you can train them through practical experience that reflects positively on your business.
Keep in mind those that are motivated by your business’s purpose and have a real interest in what they do, will reflect positively on productivity and performance overall.
4. Invest in Marketing
Having a great product or service will only get you so far.
For continued success, having a solid marketing plan is critical to create a brand identity and increase its awareness to a wider audience.
No matter how amazing you are as a business, without successfully marketing it, you won’t have the ability to grow.
More than likely, you’ll have to outsource this sort of task to experts that can help represent your business well to your target audience.
Therefore, set aside a dedicated budget for marketing to show off your business in the best possible light, generate new leads and establish yourself as an industry leader.
5. Manage Cash Flow
Consequently, startups fold quite quickly because they run out of money.
If you’re running a new business without carefully managing cash flow, you’re only setting yourself up for failure.
As such, startups need to be clever about how they spend their capital to ensure a healthier business and heading in the direction of profit.
Furthermore, avoid focusing too much on just profit – invest cash back into sales and marketing strategies for example, that will pay off over time and continue to make you money for years to come, rather than a just quick buck.
Hundreds of startups are born everyday and of course, many of them are needed in their specific markets.
Overall, to grow your startup of course depends on many factors. The above tips, however, are a good place to start to make steady progress and in time, you’ll be running a large company.
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