Most aspiring entrepreneurs launch a venture with hopes to grow and expand. It is challenging to run a successful company, and timing is key when deciding whether or not to develop the business. If you are at a crossroads, here are some tips to help you determine whether it’s the right time.
The first question to ask when deciding whether or not to grow your plumbing business is ‘Is there a demand?’ If your customer base is growing, you have been inundated with calls and you want to capitalize on increased demand, it’s beneficial to strike while the iron is hot. If demand is falling, or you’re struggling to attract new customers, it may be wise to invest in targeted marketing rather than expanding the business.
Generating profits is the most important consideration when trying to determine if now is the right time to grow the firm. If your profits are increasing, this is a positive sign. If sales have stalled and you’re finding it hard to make ends meet, this should be a red flag. Before you spend money on expanding the company and providing services for more customers, it’s essential to balance the books and ensure financial stability. If you borrow money to invest in growth schemes, and you’re not making a profit year on year, you could run into financial issues.
Growing any kind of business requires financial investment. In some cases, company owners and stakeholders may be able to provide the necessary funds, but often, entrepreneurs will explore financing options, such as taking out a business loan or contacting an equity crowdfunding agency. Before you borrow money or start fundraising or crowdfunding, research income streams, weigh up the pros and cons and make sure you are aware of the terms and conditions. If you are borrowing money, ensure that you can afford the repayments and read the small print. You should be aware of how much the loan will cost you each month and how long it will take you to pay it back. It’s also wise to figure out how you are going to spend your money before you submit an application so that you know how much cash you need.
Every business needs customers. A loyal, established client base is a positive indicator for growth, especially when clients recommend you to friends and family and leave positive reviews and feedback. If you have a solid customer base and you receive referrals on a regular basis, expanding your business could enable you to take on new clients and increase your profits. Analyze data, use tools to see where referrals are coming from and monitor lead creation to identify the most effective marketing channels and techniques.
Growing a business is never easy, but it can prove to be a lucrative move. If you are considering expanding your plumbing company, it’s critical to make sure the timing is right. Consider the level of demand, your income and profits and losses, the size of your client base and financing options before you make a decision.