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    With an upcoming recession, it’s important to take the necessary steps to prepare yourself. Read our tips in this article.

    The global economic landscape has changed drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic, and many small businesses are feeling the effects. A recession is looming on the horizon, making it more important than ever for small business owners to prepare themselves for difficult times ahead.But don’t despair — there are steps you can take now to get your business ready for a recession so that you can come out stronger on the other side. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some tips and advice on how you can protect and grow your small business during an economic downturn. Read on to find out more!


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    8 Tips to Prepare for a Recession

    From planning ahead to pivoting in the midst of the tough economic times, here are seven of our best tips for staying ahead of the curve and in business throughout a recession.

    1. Know where you stand financially

    First, it is important to have a good handle on your finances. This means getting an accurate picture of your income and expenses, so that you know exactly where you stand financially. It also means planning for any potential cash flow issues in advance and setting aside funds for unexpected costs or emergencies. As the recession in Canada looms, it is important to be aware of your financial standing so that you can make informed decisions about your business.

    2. Scale back where you can

    Second, make sure to control costs as much as possible during a recession. This may mean cutting back on certain expenses or renegotiating contracts with suppliers and vendors. It also means looking for ways to increase revenue without investing too heavily in capital expenditures. In particular, look for ways to promote your business and attract new customers using digital marketing strategies so that you can maintain a steady, long term stream of income.One of the most important steps you can take to prepare your small business for a recession is to cut unnecessary expenses. Look closely at your budget and identify areas where you can reduce spending without sacrificing too much of the quality of your products or services.


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    3. Maximize your cash flow

    Make sure you’re doing everything you can to increase your income. Analyze your accounts receivable to make sure that customers are paying on time. You may also want to consider offering discounts for early payments or setting up payment plans for customers who may be struggling financially due to the recession. Additionally, look into government-funded grants and loans to help bridge the gap between sales and expenses.

    4. Develop new products and services

    On that note, it’s important to think outside of the box when it comes to generating revenue during a recession. Brainstorm ways you can diversify your product or service portfolio to give customers more value. For example, you could offer a subscription service or bundle multiple products together to attract new customers and increase sales.

    5. Prepare for the worst and stay flexible

    It’s also essential to have an emergency plan in place in case the recession takes a turn for the worse. Here are some ways that you can plan to :

    • If possible, it’s a good idea to have access to additional funds, emergency savings accounts, or lines of credit that you can use, should the need arise.

    • Take the time now to create and put a business continuity plan in place so that you can keep your business running even if the economy takes a dive.

    • Be flexible and willing to adjust business operations as needed, such as transitioning to remote work or shifting focus from certain products and services.

    • Stay in tune with customer needs so that you can tailor your offerings accordingly and continue to meet their demands for quality goods and services.

    It’s important to remain flexible during a recession and be prepared to take advantage of any opportunities that may arise. This could mean expanding into new markets or launching new products or services to meet changing customer needs. It also means being willing to make difficult decisions and adapt to changing circumstances.


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    6. Automate processes

    Invest in technology that can help automate mundane tasks such as bookkeeping, customer service, and marketing. This will free up your time so you can focus on more important aspects of the business. It can also help you save money in the long run as automation is often more cost effective than hiring additional staff.

    7. Market smarter

    During a recession, it’s important to be smart with your marketing budget. Focus on low-cost methods such as email campaigns and social media advertising to get the word out about your business. You might like to hire a marketing operations manager, too. With optimal marketing operations management, you can boost efficiency by implementing standardized and predictable workflows and automating certain tasks. You can also partner with other businesses to help promote each other’s products and services, creating a cost-effective win-win situation for all involved.

    8. Have the right insurance

    When a recession hits, it’s important to make sure that you and your business are financially secure. One way to do this is by having the right insurance coverage in place. Having the right insurance can give you peace of mind knowing that if something unexpected happens, you will be protected and have financial support when needed. From property damage to liability claims, there are several types of insurance policies available to help protect against losses during a recession. Investing in the right insurance coverage now can save time and money later on down the road.

    By taking the time now to prepare for a recession, you can ensure that your business is ready for any economic downturns in the future. Although it may be difficult, having a plan in place to protect and grow your small business during an economic downturn will make all the difference when it comes to weathering the storm.

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    Originally published December 29, 2022, updated February 16, 2024

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