5 Signs your startup is ready to expand

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Getting your startup off the ground might be tough, but keeping up the good work can be even tougher once the daily workload begins to increase beyond your wildest expectations. But how can you tell your startup is truly ready to expand? It’s not as difficult as it may sound, really: all you need to do is keep an eye out for the telltale signs that the time has come for your startup to take its business game to the next level.

Customers are lining up on your doorstep
Once you’ve built a large flock of loyal customers, it might be time for your business to move on to the next level and reach out to wider audience. You can achieve this by adding a new product or service to your brand’s merchandise arsenal or opening another store or branch office. When customers begin to line up on your doorstep ready to show you their cash, the only logical step you can take is expand and thus secure steady sales growth and long-term revenue inflow.

You have the winning team in your corner

Staff is one of the critical elements that can make or break your brand’s Success  in the niche of your preference, and it’s a factor which has a hand in startup expansion as well. If your team is motivated, experienced, and capable of handling increased workload, it’s a clear sign you can take the next business step and go after long-term expansion. With the dream team fighting in your corner, tapping into the international market and bringing profits home will be as easy as ABC.

You’ve got the money to fund the expansion
A winning team is only one workflow aspect which managers of growth-minded startups need to bear in mind when deciding whether or not to expand. Just like the startup launch, expansion of business calls for capital investments, which is why you should make sure you have ready funds to cover growth-related expenses such as rent, utilities, and payroll. If you have the resources to fund the additional costs, your brand’s expansion is already halfway complete.

You’ve scooped the cream off local marketSigns your startup is ready to expand

Sometimes profits can dry up despite your best marketing efforts simply because your brand has saturated the local market. When the local demand for your products or services drops, the only logical step your startup can take is reach out to the online community and employ media monitoring tools to track demand oscillations and ensure business sustainability, scalability, and diversification in terms of product offer and target market.

Customers are asking you to roll out extras
A good word goes a long way in business, and once your customers develop a habit of shopping from your brand, they might start asking about industry-related products or services. When this happens, take the cue and act on it right away by enlarging your merchandise arsenal to include most sought-after items. Product development requires added capital, manpower, and time, but it will turn out to be a worthwhile investment once fresh piles of profits start to flow in.

Once your startup is up and steadily sailing across business waters, you can finally let out a sigh of relief, but don’t take your eyes off the horizon if you want to grow beyond the boundaries of the local market. Watch out for special inquiries from your customers, keep an eye out on local demand tendencies, brace your budget for business expansion costs, and be sure you have the right players in your team: all of these elements are vital for sustainable market expansion and gradual profit increase. Ready, steady, go and take your startup success to a whole new level!

 

Peter is a lifestyle editor HighStyleLife and Ivania’s Mode magazine, living between London and Brisbane, Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

 

 

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