When you’ve invested so much time and energy into your business, it’s like having a garden full of rose bushes. For your roses to flourish, you must give them the love and attention they need so they can grow and bloom. Your business is like pruning a garden…. sometimes you need to prune the dead weight in your business.
Pruning for Success
If you are hesitant about pruning your business, or scared to step on a few toes, remember these things:
- Pruning will make your business healthier. When a plant has overgrown and has unhealthy branches, it will become stressed. The plant then invests in precious resources to revive these dying branches. This pursuit can end up depriving the healthy limbs from getting the nutrients they need. Consider not investing in resources to something that’s dying in your business! Eliminate what isn’t useful before you end up compromising healthy functions within your business.
- Pruning will make your business more appealing and organized. Nothing is more discouraging to potential consumers than a disorganized and chaotic business. Evaluate things like software that needs to be updated or replaced; or vendors that aren’t serving your business needs.
- Pruning allows you to modify and shape your vision. Prune back so you can explore new territory, meet new demands, and reach new consumer markets – all aligning with your vision.
- Prune so you have less of a mess to clean up later. The less time you spend cleaning up messes, the less you will have to manage, which means more time for you to focus on the direction of your business.
It’s never easy having to make the decision to do some pruning, but once you move forward with it, you will be so grateful you did.