Sabotaging your business can happen in several ways. It’s a silent killer of businesses for growth and success. It’s like wood termites that infiltrates behind the framework of your home as a result when finally uncovered it results disastrously.
Where on the surface, a business can look amazing. Sillly things people do can turn a business into a disaster. So are you quietly sabotaging your business?
The other day I visited a modern-looking café. At the cafe the staff allocated me a table. However they failed to clean it resulting in us having to move the dirty dishes of ourselves. Only a small thing but bad service. Then after we finally ordered a coffee, it came in paper cups . The staff apologized, stating they had run out of cups. Though more likely lack of cups probably they weren’t clearing the tables and understaffed was the main reason for poor service and delivery.
Well, the outcome was a big nar. Next time we will go somewhere else; the poor service sabotaged customer service and what had the hallmarks of an excellent place for a coffee.
How and why people sabotage their business !
While it is unfortunate, there are several ways in which a business owner may sabotage their own small business. As a result here are a few common examples of what we see as pure an unecessary self sabotage of a business
Poor financial management is a killer for a small business . Failing to keep track of finances, not budgeting properly, or mishandling funds can quickly lead to financial problems and the downfall of a small business. Disregarding the ATO debt and even following up with your own debtors will as result lead to a cashflow disaster.
Fail to plan and lack of strategy. Not having a clear business plan, neglecting market research, or failing to adapt to changing trends can hinder growth and sustainability. Without proper planning and strategy, businesses may struggle to compete and survive. This includes exit planning.
Ineffective marketing and branding marketing efforts or a lack of brand development can make it difficult for a business to attract customers. Neglecting to promote the business effectively or failing to build a strong brand identity can lead to limited visibility and diminished customer interest. Unable to project your vision means you may not be attracting the right customers.
The big killer and one that can be easily fixed!
Poor customer service is a massive sabotage for a small business. Failing to prioritize customer satisfaction can damage a business’s reputation and result in lost customers. Ignoring customer feedback, providing subpar service, or not addressing customer concerns promptly can lead to negative word-of-mouth and a decline in sales.
The final one that impacts a business is Internal conflicts and mismanagement: Disagreements among business partners, ineffective leadership, or a toxic work environment can create internal conflicts that distract from the company’s goals. Poor communication, lack of accountability, or an unproductive work culture can impact by undermining employee morale and overall business performance. A toxic environment is a bad business.
A strategy for you to build growth.
Developing your growth and exit plan needs careful planning. A business owner’s reluctance to adapt and lack of resilience can unknowingly sabotage the business. A business owner must adapt rapidly to a changing business landscape. Sometimes the inability to adjust to market trends, consumer demands, or industry disruptions can lead to business failure.
Resilience, flexibility, and a willingness to embrace change are essential for long-term success.
Part of what we do for our clients is help them plan. For growth Growth, prepare for change and plan for an eventual exit.
As a Chartered Accountant and business adviser, we help you through the journey. Ask these questions if you are at a fork in your business journey pathway.
- Am I happy with my business and my lifestyle?
- Is it time to consider if the business still lights my passion or am i over it?
- If your business faces change or uncertainty, are you prepared for it or ignoring it will sabotage the business.
- What are my options now and into the future concerning my role and ownership in the business?
Any decision about business direction needs to be quietly evaluated. Sometimes not stopping and assessing you and your business as a package is a sure way to sabotage the business. Move forward with confidence by having a plan that works for you with a clear direction that make your business a winner.