Roadblocks are any barrier preventing you from accomplishing your business goals and more. With only one-third of businesses keeping their doors open for 10 years or more, it’s important to look within before blaming outside forces, as many harmful roadblocks are entirely mental. Before you blame your company’s problems on any one thing you should take a step back and answer these simple questions:
1. Is management focused on the day-to-day rather than looking ahead?
2. Is the sales team not hitting goals?
3. Are employees easily distracted by…SQUIRREL!...other ideas?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, your business has fallen victim to business growth roadblocks. Fear not, you’re not alone, and there are various ways to overcome these roadblocks, some of which can be fixed by simply shifting mindsets or offering more guidance as the experienced business owner or manager. Having been in business for over 20 years, these simple tricks have helped us out time and again.
1. Look ahead
Wake up, get dressed, drive to work, work, go home, repeat. It’s easy to fall into this routine of “work” instead of doing actual business. Business is more than “work” and therefore more than routine. While it’s important to have some routine in business, it’s just as important to be working toward something, which will be covered more in the next roadblock. Emphasize the importance of the big picture so that employees aren’t just clocking in at 9, checking off their to-do lists, and clocking out at 5. Cultivate an environment where your employees are comfortable enough to bring forth new ideas. While you may not use all ideas, feeling like they’re contributing can keep employees active within the company. Engaged employees are 59% less likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, so it’s important to foster a good employee than fill a seat.
2. Work toward something
In business, occasional lulls are inevitable. Use this as an opportunity to try different tactics in sales or new approaches to your business. However, if your team is never hitting goals, you may have more of an issue than a lull. Perhaps your team doesn’t completely understand all the steps needed to take to hit those goals. Don’t be afraid to take an active role and show them how to achieve the goal rather than just assigning tasks to be completed.
If that doesn’t work, they may not be a good fit for that particular position and maybe it’s time to reorganize. Listen to your employees and don’t be afraid to mix up their roles as needed.
3. Stay focused
Simply keep all squirrels off your premises by getting a fence. Jokes aside, it’s important that each employee (including yourself) stays focused. If you find that your employees are going down rabbit holes or that they aren’t actually finishing a project, it’s possible they’re not sure what their role entails. Be sure to clearly define your expectations and again, take an active role by showing them what needs to be done. By setting goals and working toward them as a team, it’s easier to accomplish the task at hand.
With these tools to overcome roadblocks, business growth will come. If you’re considering custom software to help your business grow, we can help. We’ll sit down and help come up with a plan that works best for your business.
We’re your team. We’re here to make sure you succeed. Spud Software is here for our clients.
Well it’s that time of year once again! The sun is shining and while most people might be winding down their summer plans, every gearhead around is prepping their ride for this year’s Back to the Bricks celebration. Spud Software is always ready to help promote local festivities, especially ones that have such an impact on the whole community. After all, Back to the Bricks is one of the largest events that occurs in the Genesee County area.
What was once a single day throwback to the cruising culture of the 80’s has now exploded into a week-long collection of events and festivities which thus far, has done a phenomenal job bringing people of all ages together for the enjoyment of cars. The main cruising that occurs, in fact, takes place on Saginaw Street where most teen hangouts in the area were once found, and this communal aspect is very much so reflected in the core fundamental values the event seeks to promote. Long gone are the days when teens used to drive from hangout to hangout in order to meet up with their friends, Back to the Bricks helps us to remember a simpler time when all a teen needed was his car and some friends.
The sheer variety of vehicles you will find during the event is astounding. Vehicles can span as far back as the Model-T or be as new as 2019 Camaro. Perhaps what’s even more impressive is the amount of passion and creativity people are willing to pour into their cars. In its early years, for the most part, the event would have beautifully restored vehicles and there are still plenty of those at the event now. But as the years have gone by there have been more unconventional restorations. Of course there are the classic Hot-Rods, perhaps the most common modified cars, but you’ll also find Rat-Rods, Hydraulic Vehicles, Kit Cars and much more.
There are many employees at Spud Software who love going to Back to the Bricks. During the event you might find some of us sitting along Saginaw watching the cars drive by or even see us in our own cars enjoying the cruise. Whichever way you enjoy the festivities, if you notice someone from Spud Software at the event, don’t forget to say hi!
At Spud Software, it is our mission to continue providing our employees with the best possible work life experience. Not only do we have great health benefits, 401k, true flex time, above average pay, and an amazing culture, we will now provide the convenience and health benefits of our very own Spud Café. Chef Jeff will focus on organic, healthy options for our employees, providing them with various healthy breakfast, lunch and take-home meals throughout the week. We’re also very eager for him to show off his skills to our clients at events and meetings.
Originally from Michigan, Chef Jeff lived in Connecticut for 12 years where he got married and started his family. With his recent move back to his old stomping grounds, he was drawn to this position because it allowed for him to utilize all of his skills in a unique environment, that being a “business” setting. Very passionate about nutrition, he is planning to use this love to help everyone stay healthy, especially those of us whose jobs require being deskbound for long periods of time. In his 20 years of experience, he has cooked for Bobby Flay, David Chan, Thomas Keller, Jacques Pepin. As the boss of his own kitchen, Chef Jeff is excited to treat everyone at Spud with delicious healthy meals, tasty coffee and tacos!
Outside of the kitchen, Chef Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, riding and racing bicycles, coaching, and putting his nutritionist skills to work by helping people finish Ironmans, Ultra Marthons and even the Leadville 100 MTB and Run. You can try to catch him on August 26 in Auburn Hills as he takes on the Annual Debaets-Devos Pro-Am Bicycle Race.
Stay tuned for shameless “foodie” pictures. We're already enjoying great food and can’t wait to see what he has in store for us!
Thank you for bringing a chef to Spud! Wow what a treat. Looking forward to seeing what he offers for the take home meals. It is great to work for a company that helps to enrich our personal lives while being valued at work.
- Denice Febbraro, Project Manager