How You Can Create a Sustainable Business

Angela McDonald • 24/02/2019

In today’s business environment, nothing is stable, everything is prone to drastic changes at the drop of a hat. What may have worked for your business yesterday, will not necessarily work for your business tomorrow.

As a result of this constantly shifting landscape, businesses need to ensure that every aspect of their business is sustainable and able to thrive under changing circumstances. While, we are not able to predict and plan for changes, as a leader within your business, you are able to create and mould a culture that is sustainable and easily adaptable.

Below we discuss five ways you can create a sustainable business capable of succeeding in any landscape.

Building on core beliefs

Every business is built on a set of core values and belief, and these should not change. No matter how much your business evolves and progresses, you should never stray away from the original plan.

If you ever find your business is stagnating or declining, ask yourself, what are our values and then compare your current position to them. This will give you a good understanding of where your business is and if there is a need to change.

By staying true to the businesses core, you will be ensuring long-term sustainability because you are not simply chasing revenue and profit. These will come as a result of fulfilling your core values.

Never standing still

Your business can no longer afford to stand still and rely on what once made it successful. Instead, we need to constantly be evolving and asking ourselves, ‘how do we improve?’

Regardless of what industry your business is in, chances are there are ways you can either improve your offering or improve the way you deliver your offering to the end users. Make sure you are constantly looking to adapt or evolve your operations. Whether this is automating and digitising your processes, outsourcing certain tasks or producing new offerings, your ability to seek improvement will ensure a long and sustainable future.

Focus on customer value

In order to create a sustainable business, you ultimately need to provide your customers’ value or something that they can not get anywhere else. Every business is focused on being profitable but the businesses that are able to generate long-term success are those that focus on solving their customers’ needs.

This all boils down to your business’ value proposition, what makes you special? What is it that customers get from you that they can not get from your competitors?

Is it a superior product, unrivalled customer service, connection to a great cause or is it a status symbol? Once you understand what makes your business different, hone in on this and use it to your advantage.

Never get too comfortable

Comfort and growth don’t go together, in fact, they are complete opposites. If your business is to experience long-term success, be mindful that you will not achieve that by being comfortable.

To be sustainable and viable in our volatile business environment, you need to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Growth comes when we constantly push our businesses to their limits. For your business that may mean expanding your operations, pushing into a new market or overhauling your internal systems.

While these changes may be uncomfortable initially or create a downward trend, if you are able to commit to these changes, eventually you will see the benefits.

Focus on a core offering

Arguably, it is better to be great at one thing, rather than being good at several things. So for many businesses, becoming sustainable is about being able to determine what they excel at and then leveraging that to carve out their own niche within their marketplace.

Once you have become the go-to name within your industry, you can then start evolving and diversifying your offerings. However, at your core, you’ll always have that one offering that stands out from the rest.

 

In today’s business landscape, we can no longer afford to stand still and hope that our customers will stay with us. Customers are constantly looking for new and better ways of satisfying their needs. And, if they discover their current provider or agency is outdated, they will move on.

To avoid this happening to your business, you need to create a sustainable business that is built on a culture of innovation. This will ensure your business is always evolving and improving, meaning that you will remain at the forefront of your market.

For a number of businesses, who are looking to create long-term success, outsourcing is becoming the preferable tool for creating long-term success. Outsourcing allows businesses of all sizes and industries to streamline their operations and redirect their focus on their core values and offerings.

If you would like to discover how outsourcing can help your business, contact us today.