A lot of small business owners spend most of their time acting and reacting to situations in their office or local market. This causes a lot of small business owners to feel like they are just spinning their wheels and not making any type of progress at the end of the week. It is not difficult to get caught up in this type of routine but it is also easily avoidable. Take the time to make sure you do proper business planning to help avoid these types of conflicts. You can involve your staff either directly or indirectly into your business plans, whichever is more comfortable to you. You should map out what you want to do over a predetermined amount of time and then take steps to put those ideas into action. This way you can ensure your business is always taking steps in the right direction
A new small business owner will already have a basic plan from which to work from, but knowing how and when to adjust those plans comes with experience, even the best laid plans will need to be revised at one point or another in your career. The local market that you are trying to tap into could change or need a new demand and the sooner a small business owner can identify these changes in the market or demand the more successful they will become.
While some market trends may require you to alter your current business plan or approach it is important to keep in mind that you do not want to change your companies image by introducing drastic changes. It can be hard to find a good balance with any potential changes that you may want to incorporate into your business. I have always found that talking with members of your staff about some of these changes and getting their feedback before you implement any of these changes can help your office from spinning into complete chaos. Often times you can get a lot of valuable feedback from your staff. They are on the front lines of your business and can tell you what trends they are seeing on a daily basis.