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Reflecting on the Past: How Has Your Business Evolved?

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2016-12-09 7:00 am --

The world of small business is a perpetual roller coaster with an endless supply of obstacles and ups and downs along the way. Now, as the year is winding to a close, you have the opportunity to look back on the years of progress and relish in the successes that brought you here today. By assessing the evolution your business has taken over the years, you can better map out the future of your company. 

Is Evolution a Necessary Part of Operating a Business?

All business models are different and every entrepreneur enters the world of business with different goals and intentions. Nonetheless, no matter your business model, evolution and adaptation are integral parts of surviving in the current consumer climate. Business Insider explored the relevance of business evolution in an interview with Steven Greenbaum, the co-founder and CEO of PostNet, a printing, shipping, and design company.

Greenbaum said that, in the process of analyzing past trends in PostNet, he noticed the pack and ship industry had changed over time, as had the competitive landscape. These changes forced them to look toward the future and begin planning their next steps, as changes in the industry forced them to diversify their tactics. He realized that PostNet couldn’t continue to operate in the same way, or they would fail to thrive as a company. Instead, they had to be willing to adapt to shifting circumstances, so they could continue to compete in the marketplace.

Remembering Your Past, While Planning for Your Future

Effective business evolution relies on the elasticity of your company and its ability to perpetually adapt to new circumstances. There are a variety of aspects that impact the evolution of a company. These three factors are perhaps the most critical influences in business evolution.

  1. Technology: Technology is rapidly evolving, and businesses need to evolve alongside it. It’s essential for businesses of all types to remain informed of technological trends, so they can access the cutting-edge technologies that will give them a lead on their competitors.
  2. Competition: A core reason businesses are pushed to evolve is to keep up with their competition. If your competition is evolving and your business isn’t, you’ll soon be left in the dust. Stay on top of industry trends and the trends of your competitors, so you can strategize ways to continually stay ahead.
  3. Business partners: Part of evolving means shedding old business partners along the way. As you review your progress over the preceding years, consider whether your business partners were bolstering your success, holding you back, or whether they had a neutral impact on your company. If the companies you partnered with weren’t providing the support structure your company needs to thrive, it may be time to seek out new partners moving forward.

The evolution of your business depends partly on the other businesses you partner with. If your business partners aren’t holding up their end of the bargain, it could result in slowing profits for your company. This coming year, vow to partner alongside only the best suppliers in the industry, so you can give your small business every possible advantage.

At DollarDays, we understand the critical role that suppliers play in the success of small businesses. That’s why we treat all of our clients as though their business is our own. Your success is our top priority, and we’ll go above and beyond to ensure your orders are fulfilled to your highest expectations. Contact a representative today at 877-837-9569 or click here to visit our website.