Making business decisions is tough at the best of times. It can be nigh-on impossible to convince yourself you’re making the right call, especially as a voice in the back of your head is always convinced that you’re missing out on the other options. Whether it’s the furniture you’re going to have in your living room or just what you’re having for dinner – being decisive is tough.
Big Business Decisions
When it comes to your business, then making decisions is even more difficult. The echoes and concerns about the possibility of business failure seem to lurk around every corner; committing yourself to a decision can feel like you’re taking huge risks. So how can you learn to strategize and make decisions in the most effective manner possible?
1. Explore Your Options… Within Reason
If you’re looking for business insurance, then of course you should look for quotes and policies from a variety of sources. Everyone knows that just going with the first policy you happen to stumble across doesn’t mean you’re going to get a good deal. So you look things up, make a few phone calls, and get an idea of what’s available.
There is a limit, though. If you try and track down a quote from every company possible, then you’re going to exhaust yourself. While it’s good to focus on getting a good deal, it’s not a good deal if you focus on it so much you’re doing nothing else. The same applies to any kind of decision you have to make; explore your options, but don’t feel like you have to explore every single option there is. Keep it simple, or you’re just complicating matters for very little gain.
2. Talk To Someone Outside The Business
Let’s say that you’re considering expanding your business. If you talk to employees or partners, chances are they are going to answer in the affirmative. Anyone involved in a company wants to see it grow, expand, become more profitable. That’s nice, but it’s not what you need to hear – you need unbiased opinions.
Talk to someone about your potential decisions, but keep them well outside of the business fold. You could take them to a mentor or just to online network and discussion groups. You can be sure any answers you get from an independent source are worth listening to.
3. Set Yourself Deadlines
There is little point in prevaricating over a decision; in fact, this can be just as damaging as rushing to a snap decision. While it’s good to take a few days to think through your options, don’t let decisions roll on and on for weeks without any conclusion. It’s better to bite the bullet and move on to the next step than it is to exist in a state of suspended animation, waiting for a decision to be made. Set yourself a deadline and don’t exceed it.
Making business decisions is always going to be a challenge, but if it’s a skill you manage to hone, then you and your business are going to be the better for it.