When you are running a business, it’s essential that you have more money coming in than money coming out. This is so you can remain financially solvent as a company and avoid getting into debt. Making sure that you can do this can be a rather difficult task, however, especially if you do not know where to start. Nonetheless, with a few innovative ideas, you can find your business becoming a financial success. To learn more, whether you are working as a change consultant or you are actually the CEO of a company, read the guide below, which has been written for your reading pleasure below.
Pivot to Remote Work
The response to the coronavirus pandemic has shown how remote work has fully entered the business world as a truly viable option for an array of industries. If you are running an industry that is within the white-collar sphere — i.e. most of your employees sit at desks and work at computers — you could be in the right position to help it pivot towards remote work. The benefit of this is that a whole host of office costs are almost completely eliminated from the off, including the cost it takes to rent the actual space, and maintain the utilities, IT upkeep, Wi-Fi network and more. By pivoting to remote work, you should be able to get the same commitment from your employees with actually a whole lot less of the hassle.
The question you might be asking yourself when moving to remote work, however, is how are you supposed to replace the traditional front-of-office that people call when they want to communicate with a business, especially for the first time. Thankfully for you, there is an amazing alternative in the form of a Virtual HQ. Simply put, this is a third-party business that can help to handle all those costs for you. While they will cost some money, this is nothing compared to the traditional cost of hiring a full-time receptionist.
Consider Merging With a Competitor
Mergers and acquisitions often form the basis of a whole host of television and film plot-lines because they are such huge decisions with often massive ramifications for the wider world. Sometimes taking months and even years to fully complete, they often can result in a massive overhaul of an entire company’s philosophy and structure.
Nonetheless, in certain cases, it can be a great idea to merge with a competitor. The reason for this is that you get all the benefits of the other business while being able to trim the fat from your business that no longer matters. It’s worth going into this with some circumspection, however, as this decisions usually result in lay-offs for many employees. That’s why if you do decide to go down this route, get ready with generous packages for those who sadly will not be able to make the new and restructured business.
One of the simple truths that businesses are coming to terms with in recent years is that you don’t actually need a human to do many tasks. Thanks to the power of automation, many concepts can be completed with machine learning tools instead, a move which has been accelerated by the coronavirus crisis. It’s worth taking a look at your company at the types of tasks that you have your people working on and considering ways in which their roles could be replaced by automation. This doesn’t necessarily mean laying people off, but what it will allow you is to help to free up the work of your employees to have more creative ideas, also helping your business to grow far more in the long run.
If you are working in an office that seems to be printing all sorts of documents off, it might be worth embracing a paperless solution. Not only is it great for the environment, given that paper is one of the key reasons that the rainforests are slowly being destroyed, but it can also help you to save a whole lot of money in the process. It’s worth pointing out that when it come to showing a worker a document in a physical way, there’s no reason why you can’t simply download it onto an iPad.
Just be aware that going paperless can be a rather difficult process for a lot of people, especially if they are used to using paper a lot. That’s why it’s good to set a date to give them a fair amount of time to prepare.