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Is your business ready to grow?

Updated: Aug 7, 2023


Signs Your Business Is Ready to Grow

So, you crossed the 5-year milestone sometime back, having successfully navigated the multitude of challenges every business owner faces. You have reached a stage where your processes are set; your schedule allows you free time, your mind has been buzzing with new ideas, and you’re itching to try something new. This is when most business owners covet growth for their business and start moving towards it. However, growth is about timing and not itchy fingers. If you adopt a trigger-happy approach to growth, chances are it will misfire. Recognizing the right time to grow a business is crucial.


Growth is critical to the success of a business, but it needs to be handled carefully. Many successful businesses have sunk because they got their trajectory wrong. Our very own Kingfisher Airlines is a classic example of a growth trajectory gone wrong. Fortunately, such expensive mistakes can be avoided by simply reading the signs right. Observing signs to grow business is essential.


Signpost numero uno is – A steady cash flow. You know you can think of growth when your revenue is clipping along in a regular, predictable manner without too many inflections. You have a steady stream of regular business and do not have to chase revenue. This is often the first sign of a business growth opportunity.


The industry is growing. Your business may be making money, but the industry is either stagnating or degrowing; that’s a sure sign to curtail any expansion plans. However, if the industry is growing at a comfortable pace and you have new competitors being added every year, then that’s a good sign for expansion.


Demand is outpacing supply. This is a no-brainer. Suppose your customers want more of your product, service, or hours. That’s a sure sign you need to expand. All you need to assess is the character of the demand – is it profitable and easily scalable? These are often clear signs of a growing business.


You’ve been posting regular profits. If your net income has been expanding for at least three years, then it’s a sign you are doing it right, and more of the same could result in fatter margins. This often signals the right time to grow the business.


You’ve the right people in the right place. Your current revenue model cannot be disrupted to make way for growth; then, the whole enterprise will implode. Hence a critical assessment is that you have the right people at the right place to ensure continuity. Similarly, for growth too, you need to be sure of those who will handle this for you. Plunge in only when you are confident of your team.


No single factor can predict whether you’re ready to take the dive into growth. Rather it will be a combination of these factors and a certain feeling of readiness born out of confidence in your current dynamics.


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