You've put your heart, soul, and just about every waking hour into creating your small business, and now it's time to start thinking about taking it to the next level. You may ask yourself: Is my business sustainable in the long run? Do I have the right type of business insurance? What tools do I need to ensure my business is successful on a larger scale? Read on for some of our best advice on how to ensure your business is prosperous well into the future.

1. Growing Too Fast

Like all business owners, you're anxious to grow, but premature scaling can be detrimental to the long-term wellbeing of your enterprise. Take time to focus on what you're doing well before expanding into new territory. Only once you've perfected your current business model can you confidently move up to bigger and better things.

2. Trying To Do It All by Yourself

Despite the expense and potential aggravation of bringing in more staff, a business cannot be successful without a well-balanced team. If you don't hire the right people and learn to delegate, you will burn out fast. A business's growth trajectory will be pretty limited if you don't gradually add people to meet growing production and/or service needs.

3. Not Staying on Top of Compliance Issues

Whatever type of business you might be in, there are statutory compliance regulations that must be adhered to. Saying “I didn't know” after you get in trouble simply won't cut it with government regulatory agencies.  It is critical that business owners understand the legal obligations for their particular industry and remain proactive when it comes to ensuring compliance.

4. Taking on Too Many Customers

Don't say yes to new customers or clients if you aren't ready yet to serve them effectively. It's critical to have the right resources in place to provide exceptional customer service – without this, no business can last for long. In today's online world, news of poor customer service gets around fast and can severely undermine your reputation.

5. Not Dealing with a Reputable Insurance Broker

Having the right kind of business insurance can save you from countless potential difficulties down the road. Insurance is one of the most important resources for mitigating risk in your business. Before you take your company any further, sit down with a reputable broker to tailor the right insurance package for you. This is also a good opportunity to discuss exclusions, deductibles, and liability limits that will give you the risk protection you need.

6. Ignoring Cash Flow Gaps

The increased demand your business has been enjoying inevitability results in an increase in costs to meet that demand. Cash gaps emerge when the demand can't be financed until invoices are paid – this can quickly become a vicious cycle. The bottom line is, keep a very keen eye on your cash flow and don't do anything until you have the funds in place to pay for it.

If you need support making sure your business is safe from an insurance perspective, we're here to help! Call us today at Society Insurance Network.

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