Taking a Break to Manage Unsustainable Accelerated Growth
by Maria Emilia Maisterrena
While growth is the ultimate reason people get into business, sometimes growing or expanding too quickly could lead to some unexpected complications. The challenge for any business owner is not to limit growth but to manage growth and capitalize on it if possible. The effects of unsustainable accelerated growth on your business could include:
- Having demands from clients that you cannot meet
- Disorganized structures and weak workflows will overwhelm your team
- There may not be enough space for your entire team to work efficiently
- Growing fast could mean changing your product, especially in terms of quality
- Rapid growth often means taking in more debt to cover expansion costs
Fortunately, there are ways you can mitigate the unsustainable accelerated growth of your business. How you choose to address the situation depends on the factors that are making the growth unsustainable. The following key steps can help you achieve healthy growth for your business.
Develop a strategic growth plan
The strategic growth plan identifies sustainable growth priorities that are specific to your business. By taking a break, you get time to review all possible strategies and select the ones that will not crush your business in the process. However, executing the plan requires funding, among other resources. If you don’t have the resources or capital to execute the plan, consider shelving the objective momentarily.
Key performance indicators (KPIs) and financial data will offer you insights into your business’s performance. You can create financial models that will help you analyze the business’s monthly operations while monitoring KPIs that are already established and other financial metrics like gross profit, cash flow, savings ratio, etc.
Conduct a SWOT analysis
A SWOT analysis involves examining your internal weaknesses and strengths as well as external opportunities and threats. To control your business growth rate, you need to have a clear picture of the factors accelerating the growth. Remember to measure performance against expenditure and ensure that you have the resources for initiatives that support business growth goals.
However, so that you can focus on running your business, it would be best if you outsourced or consulted with a professional business adviser who might generate better results.
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