What To Do When Your Online Business Is Struggling

Your Online Business is Struggling – Now What?

The reality is that your business is going to experience ups and downs over the years. It’s unlikely you’ll always be in a powerful position without any obstacles or roadblocks to overcome. Therefore, be accepting of what you’re witnessing and concentrate on what you can do to solve the problem.

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It may come abruptly or happen over time, but in any case, you might enter a stretch when your business is struggling. There are steps you can take to help you deal with and manage your situation, so it gets better and not worse.

Have faith in yourself, and give yourself a fighting chance to work through the circumstances. This will help to regain your footing and hopefully come out even stronger on the other side.

There are steps you can take to help you deal with and manage your situation, so it gets better and not worse. #onlinebusiness Click To Tweet

Revisit the Drawing Board

You should plan to revisit the drawing board and what you initially set out to achieve when your business is struggling. It’s likely a warning sign and red flag that what you’re currently doing and focusing on isn’t the right approach.

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Stay open-minded and flexible as you take another look at your business plan and make changes to your goals and plan of action. It may be that your customers have lost trust in you or your products are missing the mark. Maybe customers don’t know about new products and you could offer something for FREE as a test? 

Regardless, identify these challenges and what you can do differently now and in the future to set yourself up for success.

You should plan to revisit the drawing board and what you initially set out to achieve when your business is struggling. #businesstip Click To Tweet

Invest in Marketing & Closely Monitor Results

Now isn’t the time to pull away from investing time and money in your marketing efforts. You need to attract more clients and get people interested in what you’re selling.

Marketing your online business is an excellent way to connect with your target audience and highlight what makes your company unique and desirable.

It’s not the marketing that’s the problem but possibly your strategy and how you’re approaching it. Therefore, closely monitor your results with an Ad Tracker and make adjustments based on what you see.

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Confide in a Mentor When Your Online Business is Struggling

Don’t feel like you need to sit and struggle all alone as a business owner. There are plenty of people who’ve been in your shoes or situation before and may be able to offer advice and guidance.

Confide in a mentor you trust and ask questions to help you sort through your problems so you can develop an ideal solution. Learn more about how they’ve handled a similar business dilemma and what mistakes they made so you can avoid these same blunders.

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Take A Break from Your Online Business

When your business is struggling, you may have the urge to want to work longer hours and harder. However, this approach might backfire on you and leave you feeling drained and more confused. Instead, use your setback as a chance to take a break and step away from what’s unfolding for a day or two.

See your struggles as an opportunity to reflect on your past, the present, and where you visualize your business heading in the future.

Clear your mind through meditation or yoga and notice how the answers begin to come to you slowly. Being stressed out and overwhelmed might cause you to take actions you later regret.

Instead, relax and focus your mind to help you concentrate on finding solutions and thinking about how you want to approach the circumstances professionally and mindfully.

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Document & Review Employee Performance

One reason your business may be struggling is that you have some employees who aren’t pulling their weight. The only way to know this is to document their performance and analyze what areas they’re falling behind or causing issues.

Review each person’s performance and sit down and have a meeting with your staff members to discuss their work and what improvements they can make.

Unfortunately, you might find there are some employees who you need to get rid of or move into different positions to get your business back on track.

Remain Calm When Your Online Business is Struggling

You want to avoid panicking when your business is struggling. It’s only going to make you more anxious and matters worse. Remain calm and in control and don’t let your emotions get the best of you.

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Reduce your stress and think logically so you can get over the hump and begin to realize there are options. Your employees and clients are watching your every move, and if you start to act irrationally or worried, they’ll pick up on this energy.

Set a good example by remaining positive and putting your leadership skills into action.

While it’s okay to feel frustrated or down about your situation, do your best to remain optimistic and encourage and motivate your employees to continue pushing forward.

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Think Outside the Box

Now is also an excellent time to put your thinking cap on and get creative. When your business is struggling, it usually means there’s an opportunity to come out even better in the future. There might be processes or practices that have been causing you more problems than good and that you can adjust or get rid of entirely.

Think outside the box and be willing to experiment and try different approaches to managing your business and finding ways to improve. Consider reinventing yourself and your business and products to serve your clients better and attract more attention to your company.

Identify what’s no longer working or is broken. Then stop doing it, fix it, and replace these roadblocks with more useful and appropriate solutions.

Conclusion

While no one wants it to be them, you may realize one day that your business is struggling. And it is not performing as well as it did in the past.

Use these circumstances as a learning experience to get rid of what’s holding you back and to free up your time and energy for more productive resolutions.

Avoid wasting your time blaming yourself and feeling bad for yourself. Instead, focus on what changes you can make that will get you to a better place.

You can’t predict the future or the destiny of your business, but you can take actions that will give you a realistic chance of overcoming whatever hindrances are currently standing in your way.

Is your online business struggling lately with everything going on? I’d love to know if I can help.

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  • Hey Lisa,

    Excellent post.

    Thanks for sharing all the various steps to deal, manage and to overcome with these situations. All the tips are useful and important especially taking a break and getting help from a mentor.

    Yes very well said Lisa, and I too agree and strongly believe that having faith in yourself and giving yourself a fighting chance to work through the circumstances helps to come out even more strongly on the other side. Keep writing more similar posts.

    Thanks and Regards,
    -Rijhu

    • You are most welcome Rijhu. Many businesses are especially feeling it this year so I thought it would be a good one to feature here. Others over the years have given up way too quickly! Thanks for coming by and for your input. Have a great weekend ahead!

    • Hi Rohit, Yes, a mentor is really key to helping your business even if it is NOT struggling. A mentor can really guide someone along with their business. Thanks for coming by and have a great day Rohit.

  • Agreed 100% with you and Anil, Lisa. Taking a break is the first step to address struggles because you cannot identify struggles plowing forward mindlessly with your online business. Pause. Relax. Observe your business as it is, not as you want it to be.

    Follow a mentor with experience who easily pinpoints and corrects your mistakes. Pros learn from pros because we all have blind spots.

    • Hi Ryan, I like that one “you cannot identify struggles plowing forward mindlessly with your online business.” Been there, done that. Sometimes still finding myself doing that from time to time. Thanks for your valuable input here Ryan! I hope you have a great day and rest of the week there.

  • Taking a break and getting help from a mentor – these are TWO most powerful tips Lisa.

    I’ve been running an online business for over a decade now and over all these years, I faced so many issues ranging from not bringing enough traffic to not generating enough cash flow. But I NEVER gave up.

    I guess that works. You should plan for the long term. Don’t give up when things go wrong.

    • Hi Anil, something I could even do more of 🙂 I agree about not giving up. I’ve been too many people in this space come and go. Most gave up too soon! Thanks for coming by on this one Anil. Have a great day and week ahead.

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