Much attention is given to the start-up stage of a company, since that’s an especially crucial time.

The decisions made and actions taken in the planning and initial execution of a new venture could affect how that company operates and succeeds for years. Or, in many cases, the business can fail and be an example of what not to do.

While the early days are important, business experts recommend thinking about future business growth at all stages.

This can help the company’s vision and how everyone anticipates possible opportunities and challenges. While it’s difficult to predict everything that can happen five, 10, even 20 years from now, using your imagination can be a fun exercise and a way to plan and be prepared for future business growth.

At what point do you need to add more people? Seek more funding? How many years in will you consider selling or buying another company?

A good way to begin calculating business growth questions is by learning the different stages of an organization, where yours is now and where it could be.

The beginning

This stage answers basic questions of its basic identity, including goals, vision, structure, and initial market. It also sets a basic budget plus extra spending as everything ramps up.

Basic survival

This is when the training wheels come off and the company moves forward. Were initial assumptions correct? Are customers getting what they want without draining the budget?

Initial success

Owners can consider if major adjustments may be needed. This includes some partners leaving, new partners coming in, or larger institutional changes. All the while, the company continues to grow.

Future funding

As a company matures, it might need even more complex financial efforts, such as going public. This will help improve its financial security if all goes well.

Final stability

Some companies run the risk of getting unwieldy that decisions can’t be made. Other companies may take steps to return to earlier stages, such as divesting divisions or downsizing.

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