Wondering Why Your Small Business is Not Growing? It Could Be Because of these Challenges

By Isaac Korir / August 28, 2018



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Anyone can start a small business, which is often a remarkable achievement, but maintaining a persistent growth is something that eludes many. Entrepreneurs give in to the many challenges that come with running a business. Large or small, every business has its share of blocks that make growth painstakingly slow. Hiring the right employees, build a brand, maintaining a constant customer base among others are a few examples.

Nevertheless, there are some challenges that can only be related to with people running small-scale businesses. They include:

  • Depending on a Single Client

More often than not, if your business relies on only one customer or client, the appropriate term for your business would be an independent contractor. This is a cause for concern solely because client diversification is mandatory for your business to grow. Although it can be difficult to procure many clients, doing it gradually will eventually pay off big time. A long-term handicap may be experienced if you rely on one client and one day they quit on you.

  • Managing Money

Cash may be enough to cover taxes and other expenses, but as time goes by, you will realize that one of them is weighing down the capital. If the idea of money management overwhelms you when the cash inflow increases, or at least when you lose track of the cost of inventory, production, and and the running capital, it is important to seek professional help. The complexity of business statements follows every client and worker, so ensuring an impeccable bookkeeping strategy is pivotal for a growing business.

  • Exhaustion

A burnout in some working environments is no new thing. Event successful people get fatigued from running up and down or working long hours than the employees. Small businesses are highly dependent on the boss and in his or her absence, work could be stalled. The problem with work exhaustion or straining too much can lead to irrational decisions. One wrong decision may lead to a total collapse of the business, which is why finding a pace that works for you and your business is ideal for business transition,

  • Founder Dependence

Delegating duties, decision making and various other responsibilities in a small business are vital. Businesses suffering from founder dependence usually cripple if the owner of the business is not around. Should an accident occur, God forbid, will the business run? Ask yourself this question and if you feel the answer is that the operations will stop, a change should be implemented. Find a partner or another employee assign them some duties. It might be a big compromise but it is worth it.

  • Finding a Balance Between Growth and Quality

No business runs smoothly without any setbacks. Sometimes, issues overwhelm the benefits. You may not be able to manage all the relationships or be able to make an informed decision on whether a product, a service or the business itself should sacrifice for growth, but it is worth investing in finding a balance between all the aspects. This calls for attention to detail and personal engagement, which will enable you as the owner navigate the business’ process towards an alternative that fosters growth without hurting the business.

To wrap it up, it is highly important that as you venture into business, expecting and considering all the possible challenges is the first step in the right direction. Always have a positive mind, and in every challenge, keep in mind that there is a positive side to it.





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