10 Sure-fire Ways to Increase Your Business’s Profit

There are different reasons why people go into business. You may have a passion for a certain product, have the skills to provide a top-quality service or simply want to make money. And for a business to succeed, it needs to make money. Even if your sales are booming, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are making profit. Yes, sales and profit are connected, but there are other aspects of business that also affect your profits. There are some small changes that you can make and things you can do in different areas of your business that can boost your profits. Here are ten things to consider if you are looking to increase your business’s bottom line.

1. Increase Your Prices

The easiest way to bring in more money is to increase the price of your service or product. Many businesses are wary of making price increases in fear of scaring away sales, but if what you sell is of quality and is needed by your customers, a small price increase of between 1 and 10 percent is unlikely to cause any backlash or lost customers. Even such a small price increase can result in you seeing a big difference in profit margins.

2.  Attract More Customers

The more customers you have, the more you sell, and the more profit you make. Expand your customer base by appealing to the widest range of customers possible. Using different marketing techniques is an easy way to increase your reach and become known to a larger audience. Social media has given many businesses a competitive advantage in marketing and bringing in new customers when done effectively. There are multiple ways of advertising that you can use to maximise your exposure and make people aware of your brand or company and the quality service or product that you provide.

3.  Expand Your Knowledge

You need to be equipped with the skills and abilities to deal with any business, management, and financial challenges that you encounter. There is no such thing as a perfect business; there are always lessons to learn and ways to improve financially. Studying an MSC in finance and management ensures you have the capability to face any difficulties head on and find effective solutions. Ashton University’s MSC Finance and Management programme will give you the tools to strengthen and maintain a company’s bottom line whilst giving you the ability to solve problems using innovative methods.

4.  Provide Incentives

You need to make customers want to buy your products and use your services over your competitors. There has to be a reason that they choose you over everyone else. Providing incentives will draw attention to your business and bring customers in. Incentives can be anything from loyalty schemes and rewards systems to additional samples and trials. Anything that gives the customer a good deal will help boost sales and profits.

5.  Increase Referrals

Word of mouth can be a powerful thing. When people have a good experience with your business, they are likely to recommend it to a friend or colleague. Making sure all your staff have excellent customer service skills and any issues are dealt with professionally and effectively is likely to make customers remember their experience with you and pass it on. To boost this even further, adding an incentive for successful referrals will encourage and remind existing customers to spread the word.

6.  Keep Up with Trends

Things come in and out of fashion, and to be a successful business that generates maximum profit, you have to keep up with all the top trends, giving you significant market advantage. Currently, there has been a boom in consumers looking for services and products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly, and businesses have picked up on this and used it to their advantage. As different trends come and go, try integrating them into your marketing scheme, product, and service to increase business profits and remove the risk of customers seeking the service elsewhere.

7.  Run Promotions

There is no denying that everyone loves a good promotion. You see that sale sign and it’s hard to turn yourself away. People love to feel like they’re getting a good deal or a bargain price, so running and advertising business promotions is an easy way to bring in more customers, boost sales and see improvements in profit. Buy one get one free, buy one get one half price, half-price sale, summer offers; all cliché promotions, but equally effective methods that will see business profits soar.

8.  Subscriptions and Reminders

An email comes through in the evening, and suddenly you find yourself ten pages deep into the online directory searching for a new pair of shoes you didn’t even know you wanted. That is what’s called an effective marketing strategy. Email, post or text reminders and subscriptions send out notifications to gently push your business into the view of customers and tempt them into spending their money. The more people remember and are reminded of your business, the more likely they are to buy your products or use your services, leading to increased sales and higher profits.

9.  Loyal Employees

The process of advertising, holding interviews and hiring someone new is long, time consuming and wastes a lot of money that would otherwise go towards profit. There are so many benefits of having loyal employees. Make them feel valued and respected by giving them consistent praise and rewards. Employees that are listened too and appreciated will work hard, go the extra mile, and stay with you for a long time.

10.  Talk to People

Listening to what employees and customers have to say about your business is one of the best indications of how well you are performing as an organisation. Get advice and suggestions from employees on how to improve efficiency, talk to the customers and see what changes they would like to see from you that would make them come in and use your company more often.  Interacting with customers in general will build rapport and loyalties, which has a positive effect on sales and profit.

Money provides you security, potential and opportunity, and if you follow these ten tips, you’re sure to see your business’s profits soar.