Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a Sushi lover. Some time back, during a trip to IOWA, I insisted on dragging my travel buddies along to a local Japanese restaurant. One member of my party, who is not too keen on eating anything that has not seen the inside of a hot pan, was excited to say the least when she realised that the eatery offered “Stir Fried Chicken”. Only to be totally shocked to learn that the Japanese interpretation of stir fried (seen here) is as far removed from what she is accustomed to as IOWA is from my home in Central Florida! After some coaxing, she tried it and let’s just say, it’s a good thing she did not really like it going in !!!!! 🙂
This weeks’ article, 7 Ways To Manage Change In Your Online Business, takes a brief look at how our response to unplanned events and changes can make or break your online business!
You know the old saying that the only thing we can be certain off, is that things will change. This is especially true for Online Businesses that depend on the development and creation of tools etc. by others. Think Facebook and WordPress!
No matter how much planning we put into anything, you are certain to encounter at least one instance where things did not go quite as expected.
How we respond to the unexpected occurrences in our Online Business, will dictate how well we survive.
Here are 7 things that you can do to help you respond appropriately to likely changes that impact your online business:
- Stay abreast of technology changes – every online business is built on a platform. Knowing when changes occur to your platform and adapting as recommended will decrease your downtown and other possible frustrations.
- Learn the basic skills required for your online business so that you are not totally reliant on someone else, in the event they suddenly become unavailable.
- Engage in forums and other spaces that share information about your industry so you get new information quickly and in a timely manner.
- Keep a list of all of your applications, software etc used in your online business at hand so that you can respond quickly if necessary to issues that might arise.
- Always download and install manufacturer updates for software, hardware and other applications that impact your online business.
- Test your website and all web pages on a regular basis so you can fix any issues that crop up. (Broken links, plugins etc.)
- Update articles that contain outdated information, where possible.
In an online business environment, most change is good but if you are not ready to take the necessary action and do not have a “change attitude” it could lead to frustrations which translates into lost leads and customers.
To your online success!