by Wendy Dessler

Running a business is becoming a much more viable way of making a living. Technology and a variety of different tools can help businesses become more efficient and cost less to start up and run. While it is something many people dream about doing, owning and operating a business is actually quite difficult and is full of many different challenges, no matter which industry you are operating in.

These challenges range from small issues that just take some time to fix, to those massive challenges that could spell the end of your business if not addressed correctly. With that in mind, this article is going to look at a few different challenges facing businesses in 2019 and beyond.

Security and privacy challenges
While moving business operations and holding private information online is efficient and easy, it can also open your company up to potential cyber crimes like hacks, data breaches and even accidental losses. Data breaches over the past few years have resulted in billions of data records and information being compromised, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

As a result, the security and privacy of your company is more important than ever. As experts such as Alpine Security advise, you need to have strong passwords in place, restrict access when possible and even monitor your logs to catch potential issues before they become monumental errors that put your information or the information of your clients, in danger.

How to embrace change
Change is one of the most important things to be able to do in business. There are new technologies and innovations always coming out which can help your business move forward, and you need to know how to embrace those changes in the way that makes the most sense. Are you going to be an early adopter and potentially have to deal with the headaches and growing pains that can bring, or are you going to adopt the technology later, once other people have already done the legwork?

This is a difficult task as not everything new is always better, but if it is, your old and traditional methods will quickly become obsolete, and your customers might jump ship to somewhere else. Change is constant, and you need to research and know how to best embrace it from the standpoint of your company.

Maintaining solid customer service

Out of all the things important to the success of a business, customer service is right up there at or near the top. You could offer a great product or service and have great marketing, but if your customer service is lacklustre or non-existent, you are likely to lose a ton of customers. We live in a very “on-demand” economy and people are used to instant gratification and answers, if your customer service isn’t up to the task, customers will simply move on.

So how can you ensure your company’s customer service is great even in these tough and unforgiving times? Well, the first thing is to hire the right people and have good customer service training available. In addition to that, you should look into adding a live chat. It can be an affordable way to make sure you’re always able to answer customer concerns instantly and accurately, which can help increase customer loyalty and help your company learn more about customer pain points.

In conclusion, we hope that this article has helped illustrate some of the most common challenges that businesses will face in 2019 and beyond.

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