Any business that gains a credible foothold in its niche is going to eventually look to expansion as a next logical step. Go forward, or fall backwards, appears to be the watchword. But, growth, however needful, has its pitfalls in the business world. Just as with eating, one should go for manageable bites and not try to stuff the entire pie into one’s mouth. Taking the behemoth, Facebook, as a template. The now iconic site did not try to take over the Internet in one fell swoop. They had a plan. Those with a Harvard email address were invited to get on board the fledgling site. Slowly, other colleges were recruited. In this way, the fledgling enterprise gained critical mass and expansion became inevitable. By proceeding slowly, a new business can contain the chaos that can ensue with two many balls twirling in the air at once. Another critical factor is to ensure that your business has a strong unshakeable foundation before deciding to get bigger. Although consensus is not unilateral, many pundits agree that temporary stagnation is preferable to uncontained growth without the needful underlying structure to hold it. From a business sense standpoint, a great accounting team is a must, as are good employees. Remember that innovators and creatives, while a fabulous assets, are not necessarily the best leaders. Sometimes the less sexy, but highly organized that can best communicate the visionary ideas of the creatives, are more qualified to be helmspeople. So watch where you put your round and square pegs. Always pay attention to what your customer base is telling you. Pace your growth and do not let debt get out of control in the meanwhile.
- Growth is one of the primary issues that many small businesses face and it gives them the choice of deciding to scale up or not.
- Those entrepreneurs who love to learn from their peers and colleagues will find that others have made the scaling mistakes which they can learn from.
- The Roman Empire that was a gigantic empire did not grow overnight but was built over several years with planning and strategic decisions.
“When these issues aren’t dealt with swiftly and effectively, the business will eventually crumble due to scaling mistakes.”