A wise man once said it is only when you replicate the same enthusiasm, belief, and hard work you put in at the start, you will be ready to expand your business.
The passion and goal you set when starting a business should be reapplied when you want to expand. That way, you can focus your path to successful expansion in the same way you ensure your business’ survival in its crucial years. It is important to note, however, that early profitability is not enough evidence on its own that you are ready to expand your business.
Here are the tell-tale signs to look for when considering business expansion.
One of the strongest indicators for expansion is that your business is attracting more interest than you have the resources to handle. The moment you notice that you have more than enough demand, then you know it is the right time to expand your business to meet your customers’ demand. You would not want a situation where you lose your customers to your competitors.
Experiencing increased demand can be synonymous with a specific time of the year however, for example a festive season or event. You should try to balance results by tracking sales by month. Once you are positive that the high demand does not coincide with festive periods, events, or holidays, then you can move on to planning your next steps.
Mark Zuckerberg once said he can only employ a potential candidate that fits his role, which means he seeks employees that if the roles were reversed, he would be able to work for them. Having employees that understand the mission and vision of the business is crucial to business expansion. If you are certain you have a reliable team behind you, then you work to grow the business together with them.
When expanding your team globally, you can contract any Professional Employer Organisation (PEO) to assist you with effectively recruiting new team members.
With a PEO, you do not necessarily need a physical entity in the new country or state you are expanding to. So during the process of business registration, renting a physical space, and setting up your new office, you will already have capable employees readily available for work.
If your current team is not ready to scale globally, then you need to halt the process and take the time to strengthen your core business structure before considering expansion.
The moment you start planning to open a new business, you also need to have another plan for business expansion– that way, when you are ready, you can expand immediately without any constraints. The key to this roadmap is whether you have the right partners or investors in place.
In addition, you need to ensure your team is reliable. At the same time, evaluate your leadership skills and whether you have the proper training to pass on to your new employees. All of the above needs to be factored into your growth plan.
Reaching Your Goals
Like most projects, it is important to set goals and have a plan on how you will achieve them, but what is even more important, is being able to reach these milestones. If you are not hitting them, then your business will remain stagnant. This does not mean you start all over again, but retrace your steps, and reassess.
When you start hitting your milestone within the time frame you set for yourself, then you can start considering business expansion.
Expanding your business may be in most founders’ goals, but it is important to look for crucial signs and wait for the right time. Sometimes you may not even feel you need to expand, but the demand is there. Many customers will pull owners to expand to a particular location so they can have access to their products more easily and when this occurs, it is a sure sign you are well positioned to scale.
Additionally, you will need sufficient funding to actualise your goals, so above all else, ensure you have enough cash flow before getting started.