Every year, thousands of people start a new business hoping to realize their dreams of big sales and massive revenue. However, finding the right strategy to help your business meet its goals could be a challenge. Below are five proven strategies that can help your business rise to the top.

1). Build the Right Team

If you are starting out a business by yourself, you can only grow so far. In order to scale up your business, you will need to hire the right team to help you grow. Start off by hiring people to handle your most time intensive and least critical work. Then begin to delegate your more important tasks. Your job is to work on the most critical parts of the business and delegate the rest. With the right team, you will be able to scale your business to new heights.

2). Hire a Creative Team to Help With Advertising and Marketing

Every business has competition. And you will have competitors who will have more employees, more money and more resources. The best way to quickly eat into your competitor’s market share is by executing a creative advertising and marketing strategy. Hire people who have experience in your industry. Your advertising and marketing team will help you craft a unique messaging strategy to help you gain market share.

3). Seek Customer Success. Not Just Customer Satisfaction

Many companies talk about customer satisfaction or making the customer happy. However, the best companies are focused on something much more important – customer success. You see, when a customer buys a product or service, they are usually looking to solve a problem. A top company will want to make sure that the product or service has done the job. How can your company execute this? First, follow-up immediately with the customer and asked if the product or service was a success. If the customer was less than satisfied, ask them exactly what went wrong and how the product or service can be improved. If the customer is happy with the service, ask for a testimonial which can be used for future advertising or marketing campaigns. By focusing on customer success, your business will be able to stand out from the competition.

4). Invest in Technology

Every business uses some form of technology. And your business will be no different. Look for ways to make your business more efficient. For instance, you may be able to find software than can help you find more qualified leads. Or you can invest in computer hardware that can make your employees get more work done quicker. Invest in technology and you will realize a positive return on your investment.

5). Learn to Adapt

Charles Darwin said that the species that survived extinction events where not the biggest, the strongest nor the fastest animals on Earth. The animals that survived and thrived learned to adapt. And your business will see a number of changes over a short period of time. For instance, 10 years ago there was no such thing as social media marketing. Now, every large company spends a good part of their advertising and marketing budget on social media messaging. You can learn more about your business by pursuing an online degrees about new innovations in your industry. By staying ahead of the curve, you will be able to adapt to new market trends and find continued success.

Putting Your Plan Into Action

Take the above five proven strategies and craft a business plan for your company. Give your company a one year, three year and five year target that can help you and your team focus on short term and long term goals. With the right business plan and the right strategy your business will be able to hit your goals and rise above the competition.

Bio:  Jeremy is a tech and business writer from Simi Valley, CA. He’s worked for Adobe, Google, and himself. He lives for success stories, and hopes to be one someday.