Wolters Kluwer BizFilings Podcast Examines the Challenges Facing Small Businesses in 2022
Inflation isn't the only challenge facing today's small businesses, which are also being forced to confront the realities of a highly competitive labor market, elevated consumer expectations, and the rapid shift towards digital services. But according to a recent installment of the Expert Insights podcast from BizFilings, a leader in online incorporation services for small businesses and part of Wolters Kluwer CT Corporation, there are key steps that small businesses can begin taking now to future-proof their organizations against an increasingly dynamic business landscape.
Mike Enright, Operations Manager at BizFilings, notes that many small businesses are attempting to mitigate the impact of inflation and supply chain bottlenecks by advancing purchasing schedules or diversifying their vendor portfolios. However, addressing the constraints of a volatile labor market or facilitating the types of seamless digital transactions that customers grew accustomed to during the pandemic may require a more internalized focus.
Enright urges small businesses to consider how they might leverage incentives such as flexible work hours, remote working or learning and development opportunities to help retain their existing workforce and attract new employees. Sustaining customer loyalty, on the other hand, might push companies to double-down on digital service options such as online ordering or contactless payment.
"Small businesses should continue to reevaluate their existing employee and customer engagement strategies," Enright says. "Don't assume that what was once attractive two or three years ago is still going to be attractive today."
For nearly 130 years, Wolters Kluwer CT Corporation has been the leading provider of registered agent services, incorporation services, and legal entity compliance. It is part of Wolters Kluwer's Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) division and has a global reach into over 150 countries. More than 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, 95 percent of AmLaw 100 law firms, and 350,000 small businesses trust CT Corporation to handle their compliance needs. The other legal services business of Wolters Kluwer GRC is Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions - a global provider of enterprise legal spend and matter management, contract lifecycle management and legal analytics solutions.
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