Think Before You Hire Friends

As a small business, you might sometimes feel stifled by the options available to you. This can come in the form of location, products that you offer, or in the people you hire. For small businesses there is often an impulse to hire friends and family. The results of this decision, often made in haste, is unqualified or under-motivated employees who lack accountability.

When hiring employees for your business, you should be attempting to attract the best talent in your field. As a result, this is an area where cost cutting should be avoided. Instead, get an infusion of small business funding to assure that your employees are the best you can get. The results will be a better business that you can maintain control over in a real way. It is hard to be a friend first and boss second. It is much easier to be a boss first and become friendly by building trust over time.

Funding for small business can be divided in a number of different ways. To put emphasis on hiring high-quality workers is a smart move which will guarantee that, if nothing else, your business will offer reliable and valuable services. This above all else will put you on track for success.

Adding a Service or Product to Your Small Business, Smartly

Major chain stores can seem monolithic and consistent to a fault. In truth, the scope and size of the largest retail chains allow them to experiment a lot without tampering too much with customer expectations. They can incorporate new products in a “test market” without investing too much money in something that does not have an appeal to consumers.

For smaller retail stores, where funding for business is much lower, adjusting strategies and incorporating new products and services can be more difficult. Investing in a product or service can take a small store off course and suck up more than its value in small business funding.

Here are a few ways to consider whether a new product or service is worthwhile to your business:

  • Have You Maxed Out Profit Potential from Current Products? If there is more money to be made out of your current products and services, you should establish avenues to get it before taking on new products.
  • Can You Add Something New Without Losing Focus? Pulling focus from your established business model can ruin it and put too much focus on something new.
  • Has This Product Worked Elsewhere? We all want to innovate, but knowing a product or service (or something similar) has already worked in similar markets is a safe way to invest your funding for business.