Being a working mum isn’t as challenging as it might have been back when women were expected to drag themselves to the factory for 16 hour days and then come home to make dinner for the men. But that doesn’t mean we still don’t have to work hard to build on the successes we’ve achieved so far.
A lot of mums are happy to run their side business alongside their regular career, but not everyone’s the same. For some, the itch to go bigger, get better, and widen their horizons is too difficult to scratch. For these business-minded gals, it’s time to expand their small business and transform into something much more. But what do you need to do before everything starts moving?
Growing the Team
Building a team is undoubtedly the first thing business owners need to consider if they hope to expand successfully. While you may have managed to do it all alone now, you can’t maintain this forever, and so looking for people to bring in will have a massive benefit for your business.
You need to think about the type of person you want at your company and how they complement your skills. You must think about the company culture, and understand what their duties will be within your company. You should also make their integration as easy as possible and follow an employee onboarding checklist to ensure their transition is seamless.
More Space to Work
If you’ve been working out of a spare bedroom since you started this little operation, you might feel a twinge of sadness that you need to say goodbye to your personal work area. However, with expansion and growth comes the demand for more space to work in, especially if you want to bring other people into the mix.
You can’t expect them to work cramped next to family heirlooms and boxes upon boxes of discarded children’s toys, so a new office is certainly in order. You’ll need to shop around, find somewhere convenient but also suitable and safe, and hopefully not too expensive. If you’re struggling, coworking spaces make for excellent stop-gaps between permanent offices.
The Boring Legal Stuff
While it’s exciting to start building your business skyscraper to stand on the skyline with the best of them, there are other more severe factors to remember. Primarily, you must look into the legal aspects of your company and ensure everything is registered correctly and that your finances are in order.
You may have already done this, but if your original business was closer to a hobby that didn’t make enough to warrant reporting, you’ll need to go through the proper measures to make sure it is legitimate. Otherwise, you’ll get a nasty knock on the door from the bailiffs, and that’s the last thing you want.
From Small to Big to Bigger
Growing your business is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. There’s a period of uncertainty, but as long as you’re prepared for the influx of more business and higher demand, it’s something you can manage with ease and focus ahead on expanding even further.