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Successful business signposts: clues that you will thrive


This guide outines the signs that indicate you will have a successful business and can look forward to growing it even further.

Women entrepreneurs don’t go into business to fail. They want to succeed. But how can you tell if a company is really going to reward you for all the effort you put into it and become a successful business? That’s the million-dollar question. 

Signs you will have a successful business

In this guide, we take a look at some of the signs that your business is going to thrive. This way, if you notice any of them, you can reassure yourself that you’re on the right track

You’re In A Growing Market Segment

If Larry Page and Sergey Brin had set up Google in 1992, the company wouldn’t have succeeded. Back then, there was simply no market for search engines. Fast forward six years, and they were in the perfect position to launch. The internet was just getting started and everyone wanted to find web pages as quickly as possible. 

Google (and many others) managed to survive and thrive because they were riding the crest of a wave to a successful business. And you want to do the same thing. If you’re in a fast-growing industry, the chances of your personal success are considerably higher.

All Your Metrics Are Trending In The Right Direction

While your profits might be flat or you could be in the red, if the rest of your key metrics look good, then there is a high probability that your business will succeed.  No, you might not have a completely game-changing idea. But if people are buying, that’s fundamentally what matters fr a successful business. 

Pay particular attention to your social media metrics. These tell you a lot about the level of engagement and interest in your products.  Just remember, there isn’t a single benchmark that will tell you that you’re going to succeed. But if everything is moving in the right direction, that’s a very good sign indeed. 

People Recommend Your Business

Customers are always on the lookout for quality. They want to work with businesses that really meet their needs and solve problems in their lives.  A lot of companies focus on the price and don’t really offer their customers great service. They’re trying to earn as much money as possible with as little effort as they can get away with. But if you can deliver value to your customers, they’ll start recommending you to their friends. And that can help your business thrive. 

Personal recommendations are among the strongest forms of “social proof” that you can generate for a successful business. That’s because customers who do it are putting their own reputation on the line to recommend you. 

Your Cash Flow Looks Good

One of the things you learn in a Wall Street Prep financial modeling course is the value of cash flow forecasts. The cash coming into your business is your lifeblood and lets you continue paying workers and suppliers.

If cash flow is looking good, then the chances that your business will survive are quite high. That’s because most businesses fail on a cash flow basis, not because they’re unprofitable long-term. 

Take a look at your cash flow figures and ask whether you’re making excess money on a monthly basis. If you are, then it gives you a certain margin of safety you can use to your benefit going forward to a successful business standing. 

Your Customers Keep Returning

Customers who keep coming back are the biggest asset your company can have. That’s because they are much cheaper to acquire than new customers.

If you find yourself getting repeat business, it’s a sure sign that your brand is on the right track. Make sure that you regularly solicit honest feedback so you can figure out what people really think of your organization. Use polls, reviews, and free samples to figure out what it is that is making you a success and capitalize on it. 

You Can Change Direction When You Need To

Businesses need to change direction regularly to keep up with the times, but relatively few ever manage to do it successfully. Most are like supertankers, unable to change direction, or only able to do so incredibly slowly. 

However, if your company can pivot when it needs to, then the likelihood of becoming a long-term successful business goes up tremendously. Very few firms have the ability to fundamentally rethink what they are doing. But if yours manages it, it means that you could be around for a long time. 

Please note, though, that the ability to change direction applies more to some businesses than others. Classic professional service providers, such as accounting firms and law boutiques, are unlikely to have to change a great deal over time. However, tech companies and finance institutions may have to change how they do business considerably as disruption comes their way. 

You Find It Easy To Sell To Your Ideal Buyer

Finding it easy to sell to your ideal buyer is another sign that your business will thrive. Fundamentally, it means that you have a market for your products and services.

To check this, you’ll need to ask your customers a few questions first to learn more about them. You’ll want to find out more about their demographics and psychographics. And you’ll need to learn what makes them tick. If some customers are rejecting you because you don’t quite fit into their niche, that’s okay. What counts is your sales rates to the people who really can benefit from what you have to offer. 

If you discover that your ideal customer doesn’t want to buy from you, you’ll need to go back to the drawing board. That’s a sure sign that something is terribly wrong and you are not developing a successful business. 

You Have Something Better Than The Competition

Firms can outcompete the competition for a short time, but most struggle to sustain an industry-leading pace over the long haul. However, if you have an embedded advantage that just won’t go away, that’s an exceptionally good signpost to a successful business. It means that your business has something protecting it from the competition, letting you charge higher prices and maintain fatter margins. 

Of course, you can’t be world-beating at everything, so you’ll face compromises along the way. However, you need to make your advantage clear and explain to your customers why you are the best. 


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