Increasing your company’s bottom line seems simple. Just get more clients or customers, right?
Yes – and no. A great way to grow is to secure more business, but let’s suppose you have a solid pipeline of prospects you know you can easily turn into customers. Sounds good, but what if you don’t have the infrastructure firmly in place, not only to service and support them but to keep them coming back for more?
You must be prepared for growth, starting with getting your house in order. Begin by looking at your infrastructure. While an investment in your infrastructure will certainly cost you non-billable hours in terms of time and money, this investment will also provide a return on investment of efficiency and productivity, which will result in growth.
3 key areas to keep your house in order
Advance to the Cloud.
If you haven’t already invested in the cloud, it’s high time to do so. While your up-front costs might seem slightly higher than upgrading your programs in-house, the long-term advantages far outweigh any obstacles. Your software will always be updated, data backup is a no-brainer and you’ll never experience any downtime in case a disaster occurs.
Secure the Best Talent You Can.
Without trustworthy, competent, strong staff, you will never achieve your business goals. Hiring and retaining good people is vital to retaining clients and customers, and getting new ones.
Plan, Plan, Plan.
If the last time you sat down and outlined your goals was when we had a “Bush” in office, then you’re behind and need to catch up. Building and maintaining your core infrastructure begins with an introspective review of where you’ve been, what you’re doing now and where you want to be in the next 2-5 years.
Shoring up your infrastructure, at times, may be painful. Stick with it!