Worried About The Looming Economic Slowdown? Here’s How You Can Recession Proof Your Business
The term “recession-proof” refers to industries or businesses that are generally immune to the negative effects of a downturn in the economy. Recessions frequently occur after the economy reaches a peak and then contracts, resulting in two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.
Starting a business is both exciting and stressful. However, no matter how successful and efficient your company becomes, it is still vulnerable to external factors. Changing global events, volatile markets, and difficult economic times make running a successful small business difficult – but ultimately rewarding once the storm passes. Everyone suffers when the economy contracts and enters a recession, but small businesses are often the most vulnerable.
Some businesses and industries thrive during a recession for a variety of reasons. One method for identifying recession-proof businesses is to look for those with negative beta values. This means that the price of their asset moves in the opposite direction of the market. The healthcare sector, for example, has higher negative beta values because, regardless of the economy, consumers will always require medical care — even more so during a crisis. Here are some pointers to help your small business remain viable.
Be smart about debt
Many small business owners see large corporations incurring billions of dollars in debt and assume they are struggling to survive. In reality, they typically use that money to expand their operations. The trick to financing is to keep a healthy level of business debt, which many small businesses struggle with. Smaller businesses do not have the same financial backing or deep pockets as their larger counterparts, so they must exercise caution when incurring more debt than they can handle.
Keep investing in marketing
Businesses are naturally inclined to start making cuts across the board when a recession hits, and a lot of the time, those companies are quick to turn to market before evaluating other departments.
In some cases, businesses see marketing as more of a “nice-to-have” than a “need-to-have” amid economic uncertainty, but you need to avoid falling into that trap. Sometimes, the best defense against a recession is a good offense.
Attracting new business is often central to weathering economic turbulence, so avoiding significant cuts to your marketing budget can be a good bet when you’re trying to recession-proof your operations.
Master your core competencies
Diversifying your small business is always a good idea, but simply adding products or services for the sake of trying something new is not the best strategy. Even during an economic boom, attempting to enter new markets can harm your core business by siphoning away valuable time and money. Instead of jeopardizing your company by deviating from what it does best, concentrate on your core competencies.
Lead by example
Great leadership begins with setting a good example. It allows employees to see what the future holds. A great leader’s responsibility is to inspire employees to work hard and do their best for the company or organization. To accomplish this, the leader must become involved in the process and show their employees how to exit. Do you need to increase your working hours and reduce your pay? Begin with yourself. Work more hours and accept a pay cut. Demonstrate to your team that you’re all in this together.
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