Judy Sahay

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Getting ready to say goodbye: the top signs that your business might be dying.

Signs of Business FailureAdmitting that it is time to let go is never easy, but if you are talking about saying goodbye to your dying business, it’s likely you have a lot of time and money invested, so your farewells might be even harder. If you think your business might be set for demise, it is important to take notice early, so you can either try and reverse the damage or prepare to cut your losses. Here are the top five signs that your business might be on the way out, and it’s a lot bigger than low cash flow.

 

  1. Lack of recent innovation

In the highly competitive business world, keeping your business fresh and new is crucial to maintaining success. If you have found that your business is lacking any forward momentum and is falling behind in the game, then you could be in for some trouble. Consumers are always on the look out for something new, and if you can’t offer that to them, then you might be in some trouble.

Luckily, this is a solvable problem. It requires some initiative on your behalf, but if your business is something you truly believe in, it’s worth the effort. Take yourself out of your comfort zone, do your research, and see what new ideas are big on the market. Figure out the right direction for you to take and get to work on a new concept that could help propel your business forward. Then, it’s just a matter of keeping that momentum going, which is certainly easier said than done.

 

  1. Poor workplace morale or high staff turnover rates

Any good business needs committed staff, so if you have noticed a high staff turnover or general dissatisfaction amongst your current employees, it might be time to prepare yourself for the worst. Obviously, high turnover isn’t applicable to every business, but for most, it means that staff can’t see a future in their current position. If there is no future for them, it’s likely there isn’t much future left for the business itself.

Fixing this problem can be difficult, and it is about getting to the root of the problem your employees are having rather than simply hiring replacements to fill the new positions. It’s about treating the disease rather than the symptom, though sometimes you might not like what the ailment actually is…

 

  1. Poor management

One of the primary reasons for a mass exodus from your staff members could actually be you. Understanding that you might be bad for your business can be a hard pill to swallow, but the truth is, if management is poor, it’s likely your business will go poorly. Luckily, with an attitude shift, you might be able to turn this problem around.

Poor management could stem from a lot of things, but if you want your business to survive, it’s important to realise that you need to prioritise your venture, particularly over your own ego or greed. The health of the business should come first, and with a change in attitude, you might be able to save it from insolvency.

 

  1. No new customers

Gaining new customers is an integral part of pushing your business forward, so if you have noticed a significant decline in new clients, it might be time to prepare for the worst. If you aren’t getting any new customers, its because past clients aren’t recommending your business anymore, your marketing strategies aren’t working, or the services you are offering are no longer needed.

Improving the situation can be tricky without new customers. It’s probably time to revaluate your business model and prepare a new marketing campaign to make people aware of your business. Otherwise, you might need to start accepting that there might not be room in the market for your business anymore and prepare to close up.

 

  1. Low cash flow

But, at the end of the day, it’s the obvious problem that could lead to your demise. A lack of cash flow could mean not being able to pay overheads for your business, let alone paying for your personal life. We’ve seen what commercial failings can do to a business in recent months, with the closing of ABC Shops nationwide after they suffered their first annual commercial loss since initial openings, and the result is probably going to be the same for your business.

It takes a lot to pull your business back when you are suffering from a lack of income, and not hitting budget will have long lasting effects on your business. Coming up with a radical new business model might be the only way of saving your business’ future in the long run, but often, you’ll probably save yourself money by accepting your fate earlier rather than dragging out the inevitable.

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