Finishing strong in 2019 | Inspiration to keep you going

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Every year around this time, it seems like the year gets too long. As a business owner, you may find yourself feeling tired, irritable and yearning for a relaxing holiday. To help you get through the last bit of 2019 – and finish strong – MMS Group wants to share some inspirational ideas with you to keep you motivated for the last stretch.

To help you overcome obstacles

“When everything looks like it’s failing, on days when you feel like a failure (and there will be many) and when all you can see are hurdles ahead of you – relentlessly persist. Do what others won’t do to achieve what others don’t.” – Natasha Alomia and Jon-Marc Carvalho, co-founders of Frost Popsicles, a company that manufactures a unique range of frozen alcohol popsicles.

Every business poses numerous challenges, and once you become tired, these challenges may seem impossible to overcome. Our advice to you is: Keep going! Do it! Despite the fear, just do it! There may be days that you feel like a complete failure, and on these days, it is especially important to persist and move forward to achieve your goals.

To help you make the most of networking opportunities

“Networking widens your relational circle, therefore it’s invaluable. Relationships are platforms for doing business, leapfrogging your learning, sharing best practices, allows for customer interaction, and drives growth.” – Vumile Msweli, career coach and CEO of Hesed Consulting, a corporate advisory company.

Through effective networking, you can build a loyal customer base for your products and/or services. Networking with the right individuals can help you to create new opportunities for your business and will enable you to grow and achieve success. Therefore, make the most of networking opportunities as these may benefit your business in the long run.

On business hacks, to make your job easier

“Typically, people scale (“grow”) their businesses by employing more people to work in the business. They tend to overlook the business processes that will make sure that employees will get the right tools and training to maintain or improve customer service.” – Marang Marekimane, founder of Business Processes Mechanics

One of the most valuable business hacks, that will make your job easier, is to hire qualified, experienced and dedicated employees to help you manage and grow your business. If you require help, find quality employees to assist you.

Motivation to keep your customers happy

“Listen, be genuine and understand the client’s needs and get to know their pain. You need to recognise that before you can sell something, you need to know what the prospective client wants to buy.” – Mike Anderson, founder and CEO of the National Small Business Chamber

Taking care of your customers’ needs is something that you as business owner should never neglect. Consumers want to connect with brands; they want brands to recognise their needs. To keep your clients happy, be genuine and pay attention.

Inspiration for young entrepreneurs

“Have a clear vision for your company – one of the biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make is to try and be everything to everyone. Know what your Unique Selling Proposition is and where you want to see your company in the future.” – Lizelle McDermott, managing director of McD Squared, a public relations agency

As a young entrepreneur, starting your own business can be exciting yet terrifying. Our advice to you is to have a clear vision of what your company stands for and what you want to offer to consumers. Have a clear strategy to help you achieve your business goals and objectives and do not try to be everything for everyone, focus on your Unique Selling Proposition.

On mental wellness, health and fitness

“The company is its own entity with its own eco-system. There must be a clear separation between it and you so that it can grow without you. The company must be bigger than the individual and speak to the vision.” – Luvuyo Rani, co-founder of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, an information and communication technologies (ICT) business

As a business owner, you should never neglect your mental wellness, health or fitness. Self-care is important and a healthier mind and body will enable you to manage your business and solve certain problems more effectively – it will also help you to push through when times start to get tough. Make time for yourself and unwind every now and again!

MMS Group offers a range of services, from accounting, payroll and taxation, to help you manage your business more effectively. By outsourcing some of your business tasks to our team, you will have more time to focus on other aspects that can help you grow your business. Interested? Find out more via our website.