There is no better way to give a better impression of your business than upscaling in size. In whatever format, whether it be taking on more staff, moving to a bigger site or extended on a site you already have: getting bigger, means getting better. Below are a few areas that you can enlarge in your business in order to take it from whatever stage it is now, be it a start-up, a modest competitor in the business or reasonably large, to actually market leader.
Taking on more staff when it comes to your business is two-fold when it comes to improving your business: one, it gets more ‘hands on the deck’ and eases the strain of tasks; and two, it shows clients, customers and even competition that you are a business to be trusted. It shows you are to be trusted because of the fact that you are obviously doing well enough to be able to afford more staff, which means that your produce is of the highest quality. It shows that you have enough bodies and personal all working towards the same goal, meaning that no stone will be left unturned. If you wish to do this and get the right people for the job, however, you may have to act quickly because, as The Guardian have reported, there are widespread plans for employers to take on more staff.
If you do, in fact, miss out on your ‘dream’ employee or you just can’t find anybody to suit the roles you are recruiting for, you could try upscaling your business in regards to the place in which it is based and resides. Doing so and taking your business into a bigger physical space will suit both the practical production of your goods and will your business seem more bona-fide to potential clients and customers. So it’s a win-win, right? Well, it can be, if done correctly; you need to make sure you know everything you possibly can about the area you’re moving to before you even consider moving, such as how it would suit your employees in regards to accessibility, and how it would affect, or be affected, by nearby market competition. First and foremost, you need to make sure you’re renting the right space for your business; but if finding the right space is proving a real headache for you, then there are still ways to create a bigger working environment: adding to the one you already have. Renovating your area by adding extra rooms to it is a viable option; however, making a major change to your building, i.e. building an extension, isn’t as easy as merely throwing up a few walls and a roof. Planning permission must be sought for any potential planning applications; Promap is an ideal service to use as when making a planning application as it lets you view, print, export and save Ordnance Survey maps which are pivotal when contacting the government with an idea. Renovating rather than relocating is a great option for those businesses that have a rich history in their local area, but still wish to show that they have the capability to expand.
The obvious flaw in upscaling is the financial factors involved — upscaling to a point where it is detrimental to your outgoing/incoming ratio is not going to induce any positives, it’s just going to leave your business, and you, with no money. The biggest bit of advice therefore is to recognise your boundaries; this, however, does not mean that you should stop dreaming big!