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5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Business Sales

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Business Sales

Increasing your business’ sales can seem like a tricky process. Where do you start and how much is it going to cost you? Those are probably the questions going through your head right now, but the good news is that there are 5 simple techniques that you can implement into your business that will help you boost sales without costing you a dime or taking too much hard work.

1. Put the customer first.

The first thing every salesperson in your establishment needs to do is put the customer first. This does not just mean the brand new customers who walk through your door, but the loyal customers who have already purchased from you—those customers need to be lured back or your business will not flourish. Sure, it is great to get new business, but without your loyal customers coming back, those new customers are going to dwindle too. Help your employees learn how to cater to those repeat customers with simple tactics, such as greeting them by name, informing them of future sales, and offering them free samples of new products. The more special or rewarded your current customers feel, the more likely it is that they will come back again and again.

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2. Cut down on the time a sale takes.

Customers are busy (as we all are), which means they want to be in and out of your establishment in as little time as possible. You can help make this happen by having your sales professionals ready for any questions or problems that come up including having access to the pricing, special offers, and any other issues that may arise during the sales process. If there are questions that your sales staff cannot answer, they need to have a method of obtaining the answer fast—whether via telephone, instant message or any other way that technology allows them to provide an instant answer, taking the risk of losing the customer to a competitor that has the answer right away. In general, the quicker you can get customers in and out, the more satisfied they will be.

3. Cut down on wait time.

No one likes to wait, whether it is for a table at a restaurant, a fitting room at a retail store, or a room at the doctor’s office, waiting feels like a waste of time. Rather than forcing your customers to wait and get angry, use a waiting list management software that enables you to notify your clients when it is their turn. This efficient method of alerting clients helps to move people around your establishment and focusing on other things which is especially helpful if you are a retail store or a restaurant with a bar where clients can be spending more money. The app allows you to text customers right on their own smartphone or tablet when it is their turn. This helps to not only increase your profits, but also increase customer satisfaction, which can be directly tied to a successful business.

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4. Enlist team work.

Your employees should be able to work well together for the greater good of the clients. When you have employees that have one another’s back, you can trust that the customers are well cared for rather than having employees that are only out for themselves. For example, in the restaurant business, if you have a wait staff that not only caters to their specific tables, but keeps an eye on others to see if they have any immediate needs, you will have a higher level of customer satisfaction and a higher customer loyalty rate than an establishment with tables that get ignored because a server is overwhelmed.

5. Keep your employees happy.

No employee is going to try to boost your sales for you if he is unhappy. Let your employees know on a regular basis how important they are to you and that you value them. When employees feel like they have a special part in the success of a business, they are more likely to work hard to continue to increase sales. This step only requires you to be genuine and true to your word in order to make your employees feel good.

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If you are ready to take your sales to the next level, try a few of these simple tips. Whether you add a few simple steps to make the sales process easier for your sales professionals or you start to use a wait list management app, the key is that your focus is on the customer and how you can make his experience better. These tips will not take away from your profits; in fact, they will enhance your profits by allowing you to be more accessible to the customer in the long run.

Featured photo credit: Phil Roeder via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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