Thursday, October 25, 2007

Paradigm Shifts: Knowing When It Is Time to Grow: Gut Instinct or Planning?

Businesses by their nature go through intentional paradigm shifts just to survive and flourish. One could argue that this is beyond the typical definition of paradigm shift but the decision of some one to expand their ideas into the market place has produced more than one important social paradigm shift in our world. It is because one depends so often upon unknown discoveries but one has to be planning to be the most receptive to them. This will be placed under Paradigm Pathways Economic and Social Pathways.

via Small Business Trends | small business experts by Anita Campbell on 9/26/07
Business expansion: gut instinct or planning? Business owners always want to know, "when is the right time to expand?"

I wish there were a magic answer. If there is one, I don't know anyone who's found it yet. Most business owners tell me they rely on gut instinct to one degree or another. Gut instinct is that inner voice that tells you that it "feels right" to add another location,hire more employees or take on more debt.

I'm a big believer in trusting your instincts. But just like the famous Thomas Jefferson saying
"the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have," a similar idea goes for gut instincts. The more information you are armed with and the more planning you do, the better your gut instincts. That's why a financial person should be an indispensable member of your team, as I pointed out in "Expansion Plans" by Lena Basha in My Business magazine :

' ... one of the most important people on your growth team should be an accountant or financial adviser. "They can really help you understand your business from the inside out, which is necessary when projecting future cash flow that will help pay for the expansion expenses" .... '

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