You have big dreams of growing your eCommerce business, but the truth is that you barely have time to fulfill all your orders now, so the idea of getting any bigger simply seems impractical.
You’re not alone, lots of online entrepreneurs have the same problem. When scaling seems impossible or impractical, it’s time to take a step back and a deep breath.
Scaling Your Business the Easy Way
If you don’t have a business plan, this is the time to make one that can guide your direction as you grow. If you do, it might be a good idea to revisit it and make any necessary changes before you expand your scope or business. But that’s not the end of things, not by a long shot.
We put together this list of top ways to scale your business without losing your mind:
- Automate everything. Shopping cart integration on your website, automated metrics gathering and other tools can make it easier to streamline your operation. Automation doesn’t care how many customers or orders you have, automation does its job efficiently and saves you hours of transcription or manual order processing. If you’re using an eCommerce platform, there’s a good chance the tools you need are already at your fingertips.
- Outsource what you can. You really don’t have to do everything yourself. You can call for help. It won’t make you less of a business owner, it’s actually going to make you a better one. Learn to delegate and find companies that can take up your slack, like answering services and 3rd party logistics (3PL) companies. Outsourcing can be an incredible trick to help your business scale indefinitely, only limited by how large you want to grow.
- Have a plan for customer service. When you get one complaint, you work hard to make it right, but the more customers you have, the more complaints that will follow. Having a plan for customer service now will help guide the growth of your business and allow you to implement a consistent customer service approach when the time comes.
Scaling your eCommerce business should be the ultimate goal, but if you design your process carefully, it can scale indefinitely without your having to stop and invest a lot of time to reinvent the wheel. With the help of automation, outsourcing and lots of pre-planning, you’ll have no problem creating the company you’re dreaming of.