June 10, 2014
The quality of the customer service your company provides will have an effect on the net profit of your business.
Even with the best of intentions, many companies only give lip service to this very critical area. It is necessary that every employee be tuned in to how he or she can contribute to outstanding customer service – the kind of customer service that keeps customers coming back again and again.
"Customer service" includes every element of the sales transaction between your business and a customer. Though you may consider customer service just a matter of being polite to customers, it actually involves many areas, including the following:
* Being truthful in advertising your product or service.
* Providing a product or service that meets or exceeds customer expectations.
* Being prompt in delivering your product or service.
* Letting customers know you appreciate their business.
* Handling customer complaints or other concerns promptly and politely.
* Being polite and cheerful in dealing with customers – even when they are "just looking" instead of buying.
Every one of your employees should be able to compile a list of the behaviors that contribute to good customer service in your specific line of business. Have your employees bring their lists to a staff meeting and compare notes. Discuss the areas where your company could improve customer service. Then decide on specific actions to take and decide who will take them and when. It's important to follow through to be sure that the changes you decide to make are actually made.
Get your employees involved. Be persistent and consistent in improving customer service. Your net profit will show the positive results of your efforts.
This tax season is an important one for many business owners because it’s the first that will be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). How big of an impact is dependent on your unique situation. We’ve compiled this short list of provisions that may affect the business community:
According to Forbes.com, Super Bowl viewers traditionally load up on millions of pounds of less-than-healthy foods during the big game—including ribs, pulled pork, tortilla chips, nuts, popcorn and bacon—all washed down with beer (the Super Bowl beverage of choice). If you are trying to stick to your New Year’s resolution to eat better, consider a few healthy substitutes for the traditional Super Bowl eats:
The combination of running a business and your life and preparing for tax time can drive some people into a slight panic. But no need to get stressed if you are prepared. Now is the time to start organizing all documents required to file your tax return.