Excuses are Bad for BusinessSmall business owners have a lot on their plate. They are responsible for wearing many hats and often have to do everything themselves. This can lead to some owners making excuses to their customers when things don’t go as planned. While it may be tempting to do this, it’s important to remember that there are many consequences for doing so. This is because there are compelling reasons why small business owners should never make excuses to their customers.
Business experts wince at pandemic excuses because, well, they’re excuses, which are not the bailiwick of successful entrepreneurs—who are, by definition, problem solvers. Although tossing off a Covid excuse may seem benign, it creates a messaging problem because it’s likely deceitful: Customers are now savvy to the fact that supply chain, safety, and staffing challenges are well-established market conditions—not sudden pandemic blows. —Bloomberg BusinessRemember, customers will accept difficulties for what they are. They understand some situations are simply beyond a small business’ control. But, when others in the industry are moving forward, meeting their customers’ needs, it becomes dangerous for entrepreneurs to make excuses.
Why Small Business Owners Shouldn’t make Excuses to their CustomersCovid has become the proverbial “dog ate the homework” excuse. Sure, it is possible, but it’s also growingly becoming improbable. In other words, sure, the pandemic and shutdown may have lingering effects. But, to apply it capriciously is just a bad business practice. Some of the reasons why small business owners should never make excuses to their customers include:
- It harms credibility. When a small business owner makes an excuse to a customer, they are essentially saying that they are not capable of handling the situation. This can cause the customer to lose faith in the small business and may never use their services again.
- Businesses can suffer a bad name. If a small business is known for making excuses to their customers, it will not be long before word gets out. Customers will start to avoid doing business with them because they know that they will not be able to count on them to deliver what they promise.
- It makes owners appear ineffective. When a small business owner makes excuses to their customers, it makes them look like they are not in control of their business. This can lead to the customer questioning the owner’s ability to run their business and may cause them to take their business elsewhere.
- Customers may never return. If a small business owner regularly makes excuses to their customers, it is only a matter of time before they start losing them. Once a customer has had enough of being lied to, they will take their business to competitors who deliver and may never come back.