You’ve reached the point; we all know it. The all too familiar feeling when your business begins to sink and you can gradually begin to feel it falling into a slump. It’s inevitable and, unfortunately, bound to happen at some point during your career. Whether burnout, clients, or something else, it’s often the little things that trigger the downward spiral.
Once you hit the business slump it can be hard to know how to recover. You begin to feel discouraged and at times think that you’ll never reach the top again. It feels as if your company is in a constant battle to merely stay standing against the wind and there’s nothing you can do to help it.
What can you do when your business is in a slump?
Take A Break
Burnout can be one of the causes of a business slump. You’re working too hard, putting too much pressure on yourself and setting unrealistic expectations for you and your company. Take a step back and examine it from a new perspective. If you’re unmotivated or feeling discouraged when it comes to working, it’s probably time for a break.
Ask yourself if you think that you’ve reached burnout and, if so, figure out how to recover. Take a couple of weeks off and spend that time figuring out what initially caused the burnout and how to avoid it in the future. Spend some time relaxing and fully stepping back from work. Sometimes the best way to re-charge is to let your body and mind get a full rest before starting again.
Switch Things Up
Buy a new desk, hang a new picture on the wall, schedule the meeting for a new time; switch things up. A routine and schedule are great, but it can also cause your days to drag by and it can be discouraging when each day is the same as the next. Sometimes something as simple as changing up your office can make a world of difference.
It’s odd, but we find motivation in the smallest things. Something as small and simple as having your office walls painted a new color could give you the motivation to go into work tomorrow
smiling. Start with the small changes and, if they aren’t as successful as anticipated, try a major change.
Refresh Your Mind and Come Up With New Ideas
Often your company will fall into a slump because you have fallen into a slump. Are you still using the same system as a year ago? Been a while since you’ve felt a burst of inspiration? Sometimes the lack of motivation and the stillness of a company are what keep your business from evolving.
To stay afloat companies must constantly be changing things and coming up with fresh and original ideas. Try something new, even if the idea initially sounds crazy. Ask your team what they think and ask them for their ideas. Sometimes all your company needs is a fresh pair of eyes and ears to have input.
Get Involved With The Small Tasks
Just because you play a bigger role in the company doesn’t mean that, on occasion, it isn’t necessary to roll up your sleeves and dive into the smaller roles in the company. Sometimes doing the smaller tasks, and joining your team on a PR or designing project is the easiest way to clear your mind and see things in the company from a different perspective.
If you’ve been in the same role, probably leading the company, for a while, it can be counterproductive. You begin to see the company from one point of view, which isn’t always a good thing. Seeing the company from the perspective of one of your team members can help you to have a different view of the company and what it needs.
Take Your Advice – It’s Your Company
The best advice that anyone can give you is to listen to yourself. This is your company and you, better than anyone, know what it needs. Before taking the advice of the internet, ask yourself what you think your company needs and listen to that first. Nobody knows your company better then you and nobody can give you better advice about it.
When it comes to businesses falling into slumps, each one needs to be approached differently. Take a step back, examine your company, and identify what’s working and what isn’t. Figure out how to approach the failures and understand what has to be changed to succeed.