When you’re starting out with a new business, chances are you will encounter a few hurdles and hiccups along the way. The key is to be resilient and know how to solve your way out of a problem.

But how do you become a problem solver in your day to day working life? Here are some top tips.

  1. Be solution-minded

Problems big and small can be overcome by approaching tasks looking for solutions. What is the learning in what’s going wrong? How can I put in place measures to ensure this doesn’t happen next time? Whether it’s a supplier not delivering or bad team communication, putting solution-driven thinking at the centre of your business is a must.

2. Put the customer first

It’s not just day-to-day operations that will benefit from a problem-solving foundation. Whether your business provides a service or a product, you should always be trying to solve a consumer’s problem. What can you make easier? What gap does your business fill?

Keeping this idea at the heart of your business will ensure you constantly evolve your offering to meet the needs of the consumer.

3. Go for quantity

Chances are you won’t think of that one genius idea in one fell swoop. It takes research and thinking and many, many ideas to come up with one good, solid idea that might work to solve a problem for your customers. Lots of ideas will help you build to that one killer solution.

4. Get Creative

Thinking outside the box is something we hear a lot. But how do you do it? Change your perspective, put yourself in your customers’ shoes and think about the solutions that they need that you might be able to meet. If sitting around and writing lists of ideas isn’t working for you, then change your environment and go looking for some inspiration.

5. Make sure you’re solving the right problem

People often go straight into finding solutions for problems without giving due consideration to the problem itself. Make sure you fully explore the issue at hand and don’t focus on the symptoms of a problem. You’ll much more successfully propel progress at your business by solving the core problem that its symptoms.

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