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Can you tell if your business is sick?

When you’re sick you go to the doctors.  Whatever your opinion on western medicine, the doctors can probably figure out what’s wrong with you and can probably get you back to 100% within a few days.  Even if you need surgery, they can do that too in most cases.  The bottom line, is that you can probably get fixed.  But what do you do if your business is sick?

Can you tell if your business is sick?


Every illness has some sort of symptoms.  Some are visible and easy to see.  Others are not and lurk below the surface.  If your business is in trouble who can you turn to if you notice some symptoms appearing?  It depends on the symptoms.

What if you’re having a cash flow problem?  What if your suppliers aren’t as responsive as you need?  What if your customers don’t come back to become repeat customers? What if you’ve lost touch with your local demographic niche and they’ve gone elsewhere?  What if your store looks dated?

Each symptom may need a different specialist in order to fix.  But it’s you, the business owner, who needs to recognize the symptoms that need to be addressed.  And don’t be that person who tries to put off getting help for your sick business.  That could just make things worse.  If problems are caught early you could have a fantastic chance of making a full recovery.  If not, your issue may become fatal because you chose not address the symptoms.

The inspiration for today’s blog post is two fold.  My sick kids, who it turns out have strep and pink eye, (the third had strep last week) are one part.  And my friend and I are going to start business consulting.  Either way, I need to go tend to the sick.

  1. February 16, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Although owning a business is fulfilling, especially if you are passionate about what you are doing, but it is a lot of work. When you are your own boss you need to be constantly thinking of new innovative ways and be willing to roll with the changes or you just may be left behind.

  2. February 16, 2011 at 6:54 am


    Exactly! You need to keep your finger on the pulse of the business. It’s like preventative maintenance for your product or service. Keep it healthy and it will thrive.

    Thanks for the comment, I’d love to hear more about your business and how you keep it healthy.


  1. February 22, 2011 at 10:03 am

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