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Luck Part 2: Preparing for Bad Luck
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All March long we’re exploring luck in business with this blog mini-series – what you can do to get more of the good kind, prepare for the bad kind, and one particular strategy you can use to make yourself more lucky. Our second entry is about bad luck…and what you can do about it!

No business is immune to bad luck, but being prepared can make all the difference in how you weather the storm. Here are a few strategies for managing risks and mitigating the effects of bad luck:

Diversify Your Offerings

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Diversifying your products or services can protect your business from market fluctuations or the failure of a single offering. We’re not saying to branch out into unrelated ventures – instead, think about what new offerings you can provide your customers that add value to them, creating stability for your business.

Build a Financial Safety Net

Maintain a reserve fund to help your business survive during tough times. This might mean cutting back on non-essential expenses during good times to save for potential downturns. We know many small businesses run on a razor’s edge of profitability, so if it’s close, consider paying yourself just what you need so you can have a few months of a rainy day fund in your business’s bank account.

Invest in Insurance

Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for your business. This can include property, liability, and business interruption insurance, depending on your specific needs. Yes, it’s expensive and rates have gone up a lot recently, but if worse comes to worst, it’s a business life-saver!

Develop a Crisis Management Plan

Outline a clear plan for potential crises, from natural disasters to cyber attacks. Knowing exactly what steps to take can save valuable time and resources when disaster strikes. The odds are one in a million, but it never hurts to have an “In Case of Emergency” plan if your passwords are compromised, your site is hacked, or worse.

Listen to Your Customers

Stay in tune with your customers’ needs and preferences. Adapting quickly to changing demands can help you stay ahead of potential downturns in your industry. You might not be able to avoid tough times, but with some forward thinking, you’ll be better prepared to anticipate customer needs and solve potential problems.

Encourage Open Communication

Foster an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing concerns and ideas. Early warnings from your team can help you address issues before they escalate. Try to avoid minimizing their worries – you might just overlook a problem in your own personal blind spot. Solopreneur? It’s hard, but be honest about your business’s shortcomings to get ideas from your peers, like those in our subscriber-exclusive community.

Check back next week for our final blog post in this series – Networking as a Luck Strategy!

Carol Gavhane, owner of Sparkle Hustle Grow

I’m Carol Gavhane, Owner of Sparkle Hustle Grow. My team and I use this blog to share our favorite business tips, introduce you to thought leaders in our community and to feature products from SHG boxes.