by Christian Zigler

Learning store management skills is something that cannot be delivered from pages of the school book or from somebody who said that this is easy. There are many great solutions out there that can assist your business and make it run smoother. You could gain a lot looking into these and be successful in having many returning customers to your store by following a simple guidelines for managing your store.

1. Hire valuable people

The people you choose to represent your business are an important core of your image. Think carefully about what you value the most and make sure that everyone is on the same page.

2. Train your staff

There is nothing worse than an incompetent shop assistant. Through training every employee will not only get to know every feature of the product but about, but the market and competitors as well. When trained, they will feel more comfortable on their positions since they can serve a customer with their extensive knowledge and advice.

3. Provide excellent customer service

We all know that “customer is our king”. You should always be there for your clients and establish clear communication so they will return happy to your store. Do not underestimate word-of-mouth recommendations – you will be surprised how many you can get.

4. Think carefully about your stocking

Selecting and managing merchandise might be one of the most time-consuming tasks you will face. Remember to keep the theme of your shop and general purpose of your products.  You will find it helpful to distinguish yourself from your competitors. Remember – uniqueness is what customers like.

5. Stay current and stay true

Everyone loves following the trends but think carefully if they fit into your vision and your general purpose. Do not change just because something is trendy for the next six months – you should communicate with your customers because they always know what they are looking for.

6. Keep your financials in one place

Search for a solution that will help you to keep on track all your expenditures and earnings. Think about a point-of-sale system to take care of all your administration tasks, so you can save your valuable time and save costs.

7. Be active on Social Media

A dialogue is a key success in order you to be “top-of-mind” with your customers. Do not be pushy and sell your product at any given chance. Most of the successful brands have accomplished their goals by implementing valuable web content.

8. Offer to sponsor local events

Becoming familiar with local businesses is a great chance for networking and expanding your business. Be present and active on those events: remember to always have a business card with you, ready to hand out.

9. Invest in hardware

You can catch a lot of attention of your potential customers by simply having a modern checkout system. Think about an iPad, cash drawer and Bluetooth receipt printer decorating your counter.

10. Have fun

Running a business is a hard task, but don’t forget that we are all humans and the right mindset is a key to success.

Remember:

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

— Vince Lombardi