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Future Poof Your Business
And This is How YOU Can Take Advantage
Don’t be too carried away in the moment to forget that your business must have a future. Don’t leave the future to chance; plan for it. See the current trends in international market; see how your business will fare with digitalization and automation. Will your business go under water with automation? These are pertinent questions you have to answer. Ensure that you are taking steps that will secure the future of your business. It may take you paying consultants, listening to podcasts, venturing into a new part, or adding innovation to the way you do business.
Here are ways you can future proof your business.
Don’t depend on one part of your business for complete success
Have multiples part that will ensure business is essential. If you depend on a part which is currently successful and it eventually fails, your business may crumble. You need another option that you can fall back on when the unexpected happens. The wave of digitalization is spreading fast. Paper companies are trying hard to focus on other markets as paperless billing and a whole lot of other new factors have cut the money that used to be in paper production. In the next 30, 40 years, the world is expected to be paperless, if no new avenue is created to make money, the companies will go under. This was the case with the typing pool industry when the computer came onboard fully in the 198s. Focus on new aspects so that you will not be left in a deserted island alone.
Rethink Past Strategies
Are you sure they are still working? Rethink them and see their viability. You should always put your strategies to test to see if they are fitting for the future. They may be working now but in the future will they be? For instance, a mail order business may be in action today but in the future, with everything digitalized, only electronic mail orders will be useful. There would hardly be the mail post business going around. Thus, you should see if your strategies can stand the test of time. Some strategies are very useful now and in the future but they will need some brushing up on. Start to apply the brush up from now.
Predict the Future Demands Today
The future demands are easily predictable. It was before computers that the present demands would be incomprehensible for the average mind. Imagine telling someone in 1929 that in the same century, people will send and receive letters they can’t physically touch. It may be interpreted as witchcraft or wasteful thinking. However, when the century was about to wind up, Yahoo was launched in 1995.
Thus, to meet up with the competition in the future, you have to start predicting what can happen. Luckily, we have podcasts that talk about trends and what can happen. Thus, give your business that opportunity to be relevant. In the future, more people would consider car sharing because of expanding population, due to increased expectancy, and the need to cut down on carbon emissions.
Identify and Start Managing Risks
Look at possible risks and fallouts on your business. And from now, start to manage those risks. The risk that you may not be needed has to be forestalled from now. Start to manage these risks by making yourself relevant in the future marketplace. Don’t be caught unawares by innovation – innovate into newer ways of doing this and conducting business. If your company produces catalogues for shopping. This is basically offline. Start looking at ways you can get a mobile catalogue app and software that will people can interact with much better in this age. More people are getting educated and using the internet; tap into it.
Listen to customers and observe their behavior
You have to pay attention to the way customers react to your business; are they wishing there is a better place or a better way. Ask them questions. Give them rewards to entice them for surveys and reviews. Before you start to lose customers to smarter ways of doing business, incorporate the smartness in your business. You should ask them to suggest ways you can do better and serve them faster and better; you will be surprised how fast they would surprise ways.
Follow the trends in developed countries
Some countries are doing it better and smarter. For instance, China and Japan are highly developed countries and their level of automation is high. Follow trends of how things are done in your niche in developed countries. It may take you subscribing to magazines and surfing the internet to get better ways of doing it. You shouldn’t wait till the wave comes to your country before you start to look at way to do it better. Remember that your competitor is also looking for ways to do the business better. Be the first to introduce innovation in your niche.
Watch for Influencing Factors Surrounding Your Business
Look out for influencing factors surrounding your business as they may change things faster than you might be preparing for. For instance, money is a factor. With more money in the economy, people want to explore much better ways of customer service. Also, some complementary products for your products can affect your business. You have to consider all these factors and watch out for them.
Create Favorable Environment for Innovation
Allow innovation to take its full course by creating an enabling environment for it. Allow your employees to think up solutions to problems. This is very important as you cannot think up all the ideas. Allow a room to innovate – celebrate innovation in your workplace. People can be innovative; it takes the freedom for innovation and a challenge to get the groundbreaking idea.
In conclusion, you must not forget the future of your company because money is fast coming in at the moment. Invest in the future by planning and strategizing for it. You can stand in the future if you flow invention and innovation.
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