In the past, the number of personnel in an enterprise determined whether the business was small or medium-sized. In today’s era, the difference between small, medium, and large enterprises is determined by the number of staff working full-time, part-time, IT infrastructure, and strategic managers. A giant enterprise will always have full-time personnel for IT infrastructure and their data management in modern bookkeeping.
It is challenging for a small or medium-sized enterprise to survive among giant corporations. Big businesses are the major players in the market, and their promotional budget is substantial. As the sales of their products or services are more extensive, their cost is usually lower than the production of small and medium-sized businesses.
However, the promotional budget and low prices are not the only factors that affect customer choices. Quality, efficient services, and the flexibility to produce quality per a customer’s demand all play a part in where a customer decides to open their wallet. Nurturing a sense of trust among its customers plays a significant role in the survival of a small business.
Measures to Ensure SME Survival
If you are an investor in an SME and face competition with a larger enterprise, organized bookkeeping will allow you to assess your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses. You will also be able to determine your company’s edge over your competitor, identify customer’s needs, and offer more personalized services. It will also allow you to show your capability to customize the product or services.
- Large companies also make the strategic alliance with smaller enterprises to be their subcontractor and, by doing so, will raise the success of both companies.
- Small and medium enterprises are motivated by a strategic alliance to provide a broader range of products and services to their customers.
How to Recuperate from a Business Slump
- Reinvent. Take a look at strengths, weaknesses, and open market challenges. Offer new products or services to get market share from that.
- Keep your costs down even while the big corporations refuse to reduce their costs, even in a financial trial period.
- Customize your products and services according to the needs of your clients and customers.
- Small and medium-sized enterprises often lack the marketing of their services and products. Get creative and find a way to get your name out there, even if it’s only through social media.
- Reach for a direct/face to face meeting with your customers. This ensures better trust and higher-quality relationships with your customers.
- Healthy competition and good bookkeeping will keep your business going.
- Get involved in social media and interact with your customers. Updates about promotions and offers attract more potential customers.
- Keep in contact with your customers. Even if the customer stops buying your services or products, contact them. They might come back to new products or for the same old ones.
- Vigilantly keep an eye over your employees to keep them motivated and on track.
- Review your business. Identify the changes needed and assess the risks and benefits continually.
- Prioritize the list of changes that are to be made in your SME. The changes that have no potential risks must be the top priority.
All of the above steps seem simple but can bring a considerable change in your business in the long run. Small businesses can never have the ability to play like giant corporations, but they can have their share of the market. The key is not only to profit but to survive all the inevitable valleys in the ups and downs of owning and operating a business. If you experience a downturn in business or the economy is not supportive of your business financially, remain calm, and follow the above advice. You will make it to better days.About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud-hosted desktop where their entire team and tax accountant may access the QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools in an efficient and secure environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.