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Going Back To SWOT Analysis When Overwhelmed

By Lisa @Lisapatb

What is SWOT Analysis?

Are you feeling overwhelmed? There are many challenges that owners face, and it is not unnatural for you to feel swamped from time to time. Especially today if you are running a small business online or offline.

From changing technologies and employee issues to cash flow and competition, the issues are endless. If you feel like this is getting too much, you should consider going back to SWOT.

Read on to discover more.

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What is a SWOT analysis?

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Analysis. This is a framework for the identification and analysis of both external and internal factors that can have an effect on the feasibility or capability of a place, product, project, or person. In this case, it will be the latter.

From senior care franchise owners to financial service businesses, no matter the structure or industry you are involved in, a SWOT analysis can help.

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Implementing SWOT

This is a simple yet effective framework that will help you to identify and address any issues you are facing at your business. As a starting point, you can ask yourself some key questions. Let's take a look at the four sections in further detail:

* Strengths - Let's begin with your strengths. Not only do you need to identify your personal strengths, but the strengths of your company as well, including any money-making assets and unique talents.

Once you have done this, you can then determine what are the most promising strengths to pursue now. Put a plan in place for leveraging these strengths effectively - determine how you are going to multiply and maximize them.

* Weaknesses - While it is important to address and deal with any weaknesses, make sure you do not become too consumed with them. So, begin by identifying company liabilities and personal weaknesses.

Then, put a plan in place for lessening these weaknesses, which can often be done through outsourcing or delegation.

* Opportunities - You must identify any opportunities that are available to your business. Are there any opportunities for your business to make money? What opportunities are the most promising, i.e. can provide you with the best ROI?

Once you have identified these, you can then decide how you are going to go about seizing them.

* Threats - Last but not least, you must identify any dangers or threats that are facing you and your company. Then, put a strategy in place for determining how you can minimize these threats, or, even better, eliminate them.

The Strategies for You

SWOT analysis may seem like a simple framework, but is often the simplest strategies that are the most effective. Once you have this analysis set up, go back to it when overwhelmed or face a problem at your business.

This will help you to get to the root of the issue most efficiently to determine what truly matters to your business and how to attain your goals in the quickest and most effective manner.

So, if you're feeling overwhelmed, it can definitely help.

Do you have SWOT analysis in place? I'd love to know how you overcome being overwhelmed with your blog or business today. Please leave a comment below and share on social media.

Going Back To SWOT Analysis When Overwhelmed

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