As every savvy business owner knows, their company is not only subject to seasonality in at least some industries, but it can also be positively or negatively impacted by the overall national economic landscape and more particularly, the macroeconomy of their local community. So, there are cycles, or ups and downs, which more or less can be predicted. However, these factors don’t necessarily dictate every aspect of how they operate their businesses during good or bad times. Entrepreneurs still have quite a bit of say and it’s essential to understand that business owners are not totally helpless in uncertain times. The smartest and boldest entrepreneurs know and understand this, which is why they use recessionary periods to their advantage. One of the biggest debates in the business world really centers around individual personalities. In other words, two business owners in the same industry competing for the same consumer dollars might react in two totally different ways. When inflation spikes, interest rates go up, and consumers pull back their spending, one entrepreneur might also decide to pull back and scale down.
This is not the time for inertia and despair or running around like the proverbial scaredy-cat. Instead of dwelling on the negatives as so many others do, realize that their preoccupation gives you a chance to one-up them. In fact, to be really contrarian about it, think of this catastrophe as a gift. The gift of challenges and opportunities. Challenges are what make business so exciting. Now’s the time to look for new, sustainable opportunities to grow your business and make it stronger. —Inc.comMeanwhile, the other business owner looks at this as an opportunity. Although consumers may be pulling back a bit, it doesn’t mean they can totally go without the goods and services they need. And, seeing that one of his chief competitors has decided to play it safe means there is a serious opportunity to be had for the bold entrepreneur.
How Successful Entrepreneurs Turn a Recession into OpportunityUnfortunately, as stated above, this really depends on personality or more particularly mindset. Entrepreneurs who play it safe and try to ride out economic downturns will probably survive and even grow when things turn around. But, those people who played it safe might see a competitor grab up more market share because that rival decided to do the opposite. Here are some of the ways savvy business owners can take advantage of a recession:
- Increase advertising. The companies who continue to market their businesses aggressively will practically always reap the rewards and gain a return on investment. While others cut back on their advertising, entrepreneurs who are bolder and continue or increase their advertising put themselves in a stronger position in the marketplace.
- Buy out competition. This is something that happens regularly in certain professions, for instance, financial advisors. When one individual retires or a firm is winding down its operations, buying a book of business is quite common. Think about doing the same in your industry and how that could benefit your company in the long term.
- Streamline operations strategically. It’s not all just about going bigger, it’s also about being smart about how you’re running your business. Take some time to review your logistics and budget to see where you can streamline things to cut expenses while maximizing revenue.