Frustrated small business owners frequently reach out to me after months, even years of failed attempts to fix their problems. Problems vary; some struggle to expand their customer base while others struggle to improve efficiency within day-to-day operations to increase their bottom line. One of the first questions I ask when meeting with a new client is “What have you done in the past to remedy your problem?” Almost always the business owner lists off a series of attempted strategies that are either identical or only slight variations of one another. All too often, business owners invest time and money in a “solution” that has proven to be ineffective time and time again. When I question these practices I hear responses such as “I couldn't think of any other way of doing it,” or “it’s worked in the past; I don’t understand why it isn’t working now.”
It is easy to grow complacent in one’s work; people struggle with it constantly. One of the biggest advantages of hiring a small business consultant is your business gets a fresh, unbiased mind working on your issues. Consultants are highly skilled in developing creative and unique solutions to problems. We are natural problem solvers. Paired with the experience gained while working in a variety of industries, consultants have an arsenal of problem solving techniques up their sleeves. Analytics and creativity should be equally used when coaching any client. Additionally, in my practice, I strive to develop strategies that are not only effective but also budget and environmentally friendly.
I encourage all of my clients to be open-minded to alternatives rather than continue with mainstream techniques. The marketplace is constantly changing; businesses must maintain adaptability to be sustainable long term.
Grand Rapids, MI -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/11/2015 -- Lange Solutions, a newly formed small business consulting group, solves problems. Every day, businesses are faced with challenges. Some obstacles have simple remedies and are easily overcome. However, sometimes an answer is less clear or seems too costly or cumbersome to be a realistic option. Lange Solutions will pinpoint the issue, develop a practical and effective solution then offer coaching and support throughout the implementation process.
"Frequently, small business owners find themselves emotionally involved in their business and struggle to approach problems analytically," says Andrea Lange, owner of Lange Solutions. "Emotional ties to any situation can cloud one's judgement. Individuals over analyze and stress when faced with problems near and dear to their heart. These seemingly mountainous issues, when viewed by an uninvolved third party, are instead minor bumps and easily navigated roadblocks. Other times, business owners find themselves lacking the financial, technical or social capabilities to solve a problem and then seek help from sources with outlandish price tags. These are the opportune moments to make minor investments in a company such as Lange Solutions. We'll efficiently and cost-effectively handle the problem and leave the business owner with one less headache."
Lange says, "Local businesses are the building blocks of any healthy, self-sustaining community. They help define a city and give it uniqueness and character. Small businesses support local economy and are an investment in the longevity of a community. Lange Solutions values local businesses and is committed to their continued vitality."