5 Signs you’re losing control of your business
There are many warning signs to make you realise that you’re losing control of your business. Don’t bury your head in the sand – take heed and take action before it’s too late.
1) Overdue, overdue, overdue
There is no clearer sign than a stream of creditor letters chasing overdue debts landing on your mat. If your cash flow is crippled and your creditors are constantly on your case, then it’s time to reassess your business strategy. This doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel – many successful business have spiralled out of control at some point, only to regain their composure and go on to achieve great things.
2) Please accept my resignation…
If you’re also starting to receive an influx of letters that begin with ‘Please accept my resignation….’ then it may be time to wake up and smell the coffee. If your staff are fearful of their job security and starting to desert what they perceive as a sinking ship, the knock on effect could put yet more strain on your business operations. When it comes to fight or flight in the workplace, those with mortgages, rent to pay, children to support are more likely to take flight!
3) Productivity pitfalls
A concerned workforce is usually an unproductive workforce and when times are tough, that’s the last thing you need. If your employees are spending more time huddled in the kitchen discussing what might happen to your struggling business, you can be sure they’ve already taken their eye off the ball. Once the rumor mill starts, it can be hard to stem the flow.
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4) Operational chaos
When you’re fighting fires it’s easy for other areas of your business to tumble into a state of chaos. Lack of processes and procedures result in inefficient operations, poor staff management or clear direction leads to reduced productivity and before you know it your overheads are going through the roof, whilst your income and profit margin are plummeting through the floor.
5) Work / Life Balance – What’s that?
Amongst all the stresses and strains of trying to regain control of your business, your personal life may have taken a back seat. Is your work / life balance a distant memory? Constant worry impacts your home life, leaving little time for quality family time, relaxation or enjoyment. When you’ve reached this point it’s time to stop, pause for thought and investigate tangible ways to turn your business around.
It’s important to remember that you are not alone and you are not the first business owner to face these challenges; many before you have crumbled, only to find the right solution to transform their doom and gloom into a dynamic business model.
Here at Business Rescue, we support businesses through their troubled times offering advice, support and practical solutions to provide a brighter outlook. Our proven successes show the level of expertise and passion we put into each and every company we work with.