Making hard choices is often part of owning your own business. Sometimes you have to change suppliers, fire employees, or layoff staff due to circumstances beyond your control. As unpleasant as it may be, there are time when these things have to be done. Today's post will have some tips to help you deal with this situation and we'll tell you how using Stockpile easy free inventory solution may be able to help you avoid having to make difficult inventory decisions in the future.
Watch for Signs
When you're driving down the road you know to watch for warning signs alerting you to danger ahead. If the bridge is closed, there is a sharp curve or a steep cliff coming up the warning sign gives you a chance to hit the brakes and slow down. The same is true in business. If you are looking for warning signs you may realize that you are headed for a scenario that will require you to make some hard decisions. Knowing what's coming can give you a chance to make some incremental changes before you get there. If you have a problem employee you can give them a chance to change their behavior. You may be able to better weather an economic down turn if you see it coming in advance and make some small adjustments to your business strategy. The more advanced warning you have the better you'll be able to handle whatever comes your way.
Gather as Much Information as You Can
Knowledge is definitely power. The more you know the easier it will be to make an informed decision. Whatever the situation may be learning as much as you can from news outlets, your own observations, and talking with employees can help you get a complete picture and make the best possible decision on what needs to be done. Knowing that you've done due diligence and gathered as many facts as you could will also make you more confident in the decision that you make. It may not make it any easier to implement but at least you'll know that you did your best to make the right decision for your company.
Pump the Brakes
Going back to the driving analogy, you should pump the brakes instead of slamming them on and jerking the wheel to the side. Making hard decisions will often result in some hurt feelings and potential fall out. The less drastic the maneuver the easier it may be to get back on track and smooth things out afterwards. If you can take incremental action, give others a chance to correct the problem, or gradually implement your need method that can be easier on everyone involved. Remember, at the end of the day you still have a company to run and you're going to want your customers and your employees on your side, working with you.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Making hard decisions can take a toll on you. If it was easy, it wouldn't be considered a hard decision. Give yourself a break. If you've had to do something unpleasant beating yourself up over it will only make things worse. If you followed the steps above you know that you did the best you could in the given situation. Now give yourself permission to move on with a positive attitude instead of dwelling on the negative and feeling guilty about what had to be done.
Avoid Inventory Issues
Inventory issues can be a major headache. They can also lead to bad situations such as overstock, out of stock, and supplier issues. To avoid problems such as these you need to be the master of your inventory. You need to know what you have, how much of it you have, and where to find it at all times. Stockpile easy free inventory solution makes it simple. Creating item is simple. It just takes a few minutes to add items to the system. Because Stockpile is fully customizable you choose which fields to include. That allows you to track all the data that is important to your small business. Thanks to areas and locations you can be very specific about where items are kept. Stockpile easy free inventory solution is available for free so you don't have to worry about licensing fees limiting the number of employees who can have access to the system. This means multiple employees can access the system and keep your records up to date. Having accurate info allows you to utilize the full power of our system. You'll be able to easily track items within a single location or across multiple ones. Running reports is also easy. Just a few clicks and you can generate a complete picture of your inventory. You can even view your inventory on the go thanks to Stockpile's mobile compatibility. Looking for an easy decision that will have a positive impact on your business? You've found it. Try Stockpile today!