A recession is a temporary economic decline that is often devastating for individuals and small businesses. During a recession, large organizations face uncertainty but have stable resources, adequate funds, and multiple other plans to survive the recession. Unfortunately, small businesses can significantly suffer during a recession due to low funds or assets.
The current global pandemic has increased the chances of a global recession, and some critics say that the recession has already started. Regardless of whether the recession has begun or is impending, it is unwise to wait for the worst-case scenario. It is better to have a recession-proof strategy that supports your business during a crisis.
Below are some factors that can help support a small business during a global economic recession:
During economic prosperity, investing in a new venture is a positive risk, but it is essential to focus your efforts on a core product or facility in a recession. This focused effort will help maintain operations sustainably and stable sales throughout the recession. Do not spend your capital on experimenting with new products or services. Instead, invest in marketing your core product to keep cash flow moving and create new revenue possibilities.
Never Stop Marketing
If your brand presence is weak during a recession, then it is likely your competitors will out-perform you. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for people to remember a brand due to crisis chaos since most individuals are focused on their financial or personal problems. In short, if you are not heard or seen enough during a crisis like a pandemic, then consumers will forget you.
An effective online presence and targeted marketing are prominent strategies that provide your business with an expansive reach during a crisis. Online marketing is affordable and effective, which is the perfect combination for marketing during a recession.
A company should never compromise its presence and always invest in promotions to positively impact its customers. How can you improve your presence online? Here are some tips:
- Use Pay Per Click (PPC) if necessary
- Try to engage all previous or lost customers by marketing something new and attractive
- Actively connect with consumers by consistently sending relevant emails
- Keep your social media accounts active and post something new regularly
Control the Cash Flow
When you have decreased cash flow, you have to spend your resources quite carefully. However, it is not easy to budget a business since revenue is disturbed in a recession. Therefore, it becomes challenging to survive, and low or zero cash flow can result in complete business failure. Because this is the worst-case scenario, it is best to strategize and react to a recession accordingly. Some ways to react appropriately include:
- Do not spend unnecessarily. Check your expenditures and inspect any possible way to save capital by preventing miscellaneous or unnecessary use of funds. Try to arrange essential items in the most affordable prices.
- Negotiate on vendor terms. Recession affects everyone, and even a small vendor is stressed because of the crisis. He has many concerns regarding his business and understands his market position. Therefore, he is likely to negotiate terms and settle on conditions that are beneficial for both parties.
- Have a Plan B for financial support. A recession can also create unexpected situations, so it is better to be prepared before anything occurs. Always have a guaranteed financial backup in the form of an easy bank loan or shares that can sustain operations during a crisis. While creating a plan that does not require any external assistance is ideal, it may be your only option during a recession. It is better to explore different financing options, and you’re your business, than lose it during a recession.
Do not give up
Sustaining a business in times of recession is indeed stressful, difficult, and challenging, but it can be a time of new beginnings and new possibilities.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 platform where their QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools are hosted in an efficient SSO 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.