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When you’re first starting out in business, it’s natural for you to feel like it’s barely organized chaos. When you’re building from nothing, you’ll make mistakes, go down blind alleys that lead to nowhere, and create internal systems which are flawed or slow. Whether you like it or not, this is the reality of a startup business. You can’t simply jump into building a company and expect it to be a linear rise from startup to a huge corporation, with no fluctuations in your progression.
With that said, you do need to try and inject some stability into your startup as soon as you possibly can in order to safeguard it for the future and allow it to grow faster and more efficiently. This might not happen straight away, but once you start to understand the business model, the market, and what it takes to grow your firm, you need to put plans in place to grow your company into a stable one.
To help you with this process, here’s the ultimate guide to establishing your startup as a stable business model:
Make sure the internal processes function seamlessly
One of the best ways to turn your startup into a stable business is to make sure that the internal processes are functioning seamlessly. This is likely to be the area that you struggle the most in because you’re having to develop these systems and processes from nothing.
However, once you’ve established a basic understanding of how these workflows will work, you need to establish some key performance indicators and work toward meeting them.
Analyze and pick your system apart like it’s a scientific experiment, changing one thing at a time and never being emotionally charged in your pursuit of a more streamlined method of working. You may want to change elements of the system — such as integrating an API management platform – or even change the entire process altogether.
Reduce the employee churn rate
Another common fault of startup businesses, which is almost an inevitability, is having a high employee churn rate.
When your business itself is so unstable with patchy profits, the constant threat of closure, and a lack of consistent client acquisition, you’re bound to struggle to keep employees for an extended period of time. However, it’s vital that as you grow and establish a stable company, you try and make your business more appealing to employees as a long-term proposition.
The reason why reducing the churn rate is vital is because it’s expensive and time-consuming to keep hiring new employees, especially when you’re trying to create a stable working environment. You don’t want to be constantly having to meet, train, and work alongside new people, because you’ll lose any momentum that you manage to gain.
Have long-term targets to aim for
Often, instability in business comes from focusing too much on short-term goals, at the expense of longer-term visions. You need to be focused on what you want to achieve in a year, two years, or ten years’ time. This will help you to be patient, construct the business that will achieve these targets, and calm you down in moments of intense stress.