For many people, planning for the future right now might seem like a lesson in futility. However, if you have a business that’s been able to survive 2020, you’ve got to have a plan in place for the next year if you’re going to be able to keep things running. 

To help you in doing this, here are three things to consider when preparing your business for the future. 

Keep Things Flexible

While this might seem like a weird thing to plan for, what many businesses will need to plan for in 2021 is how they will be able to be flexible as things change. 

To prepare for this necessary flexibility, Tom Himmer, a contributor to The Business Journals, advises that you look at your business and think about how you can adapt things as different needs arise. In some instances, this might require you to be flexible with your business space and put up something temporary if need be. You may also consider how you could pivot your products or services if things get worse for you than they already are. By playing out these scenarios before they become realities, you’ll be ready to make the necessary changes if and when the time presents itself. 

Think About Customer’s Needs First

Although it can be very hard to look past the needs that your business has in order to keep the doors open and the lights on, if you want to have any kind of longevity into next year, where you should really be putting your focus is on the needs of your customers.

According to John Boitnott, a contributor to Entrepreneur.com, what many consumers need right now is some flexibility in their payment options. Knowing this, you might want to consider expanding what you allow as far as payment. Things like payment plans, layaway, or different options for giving payment could all help your customers keep you in business, even though it might take a little stretching on your end. 

Take A Look At Successful Businesses Around You

If your business has made it through this year, you must have been doing something right. That being said, there likely are other businesses who have been doing more right than you, and you could learn from them.

To do this, Adam Witty, a contributor to Global Trade, recommends that you take a look at what your competitors are doing to keep their heads above water. If they’ve taken advantage of something that you hadn’t thought of, you may want to see how you can use similar ideas to push your business forward as well. 

To help your business continue to find success in the coming year, consider using the tips mentioned above as you plan for the future of your company.