Here are some business development questions that you, as a business owner, need to ask over and over as your market evolves and your strategic plan changes. Very often, the answers will change in response to evolving conditions. It is important that you change as well, when it is necessary.
1. What business are you in? What business are you really in? A typical business owner will answer this question by explaining the product or service he sells. But this is not the business that you are in. The business you are in is customer satisfaction. As a business owner, you must always define your business in terms of what your product or service does to improve the lives of your customers.
You don’t sell life insurance, you sell peace of mind. You don’t sell cars, you sell safe, dependable transportation. You don’t sell houses, you sell comfortable family homes.
In order to implement successful business development for your company, you must realize that customers’ needs, desires, hopes and expectations are constantly changing, and you must change with them or your sales, cash flow and profitability will suffer.