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5 Steps to Managing Business Problems Like a Pro

5 Steps to Managing Business Problems Like a Pro


In business, problems are inevitable – from stiff competition to recessions. However, whether they’re from within your business or without, you must always be ready to handle problems and get them solved as quickly as possible. This ability to handle problems effectively is what makes you a smart entrepreneur or otherwise.

For your information, managing a business is almost all about solving problems. While some people are good at this, others are not. However, effective problem solving can be learned, and mastered, too.

Here are five few tips on how to manage business problems and get them solved – professionally.

1. Find the cause of problem

Never hasten to find the solution to a problem whose cause you don’t know yet. In fact, you’ll most likely fail to find a solution. Always take your time to understand the underlying cause of a problem. This is often the best approach towards getting a solution.

Taking action in haste without understanding the cause of a problem can worsen the problem. So, deliberation is ideal. Take your time, find the cause, and find the appropriate solutions.

2. Take time to study the effects of the problem

Sometimes, knowing the cause of a problem may still not give you a clue of how best to handle it. In cases like this, the easiest path to solving the problem could be to study and clear its effects.

Always observe patiently, the effects of a problem, as they may need to be addressed first rather than the underlying cause of the problem.

3. Draw a list of multiple solutions

The more possible solutions you can get to a problem, the higher your chances of solving that problem successfully. So, after finding out the cause and effects of a problem, your first step towards solving it is to think of as many as possible solutions.

Sometimes, only one of your listed solutions will beat the problem easily. In other cases, you may need to make a “combo” solution from two or more solutions on your list.

4. Assign responsibility duly

One of the best approaches to solving a problem is finding out who can successfully solve it. Sometimes, you may not be in the best position to solve a problem. Yes, it’s your business and you know much about it. But, my friend, you may need other hands to help you out.

In fact, you may need to hire an expert to help solve a problem. In that case, don’t hesitate. Assign the task to the right hands and get the problem solved quickly.

5. Set standards for measuring the solution

You must define certain factors by which you’ll know when the problem is solved. It’s of no use mulling over how to solve a problem that has been solved already.

Also, “over solving” a problem could lead to even more problems. So, always have indicators that tell when a problem is solved.

Being good at solving problems earns you respect, and it makes you successful. Smart entrepreneurs are those who can turn problems into multiple successes. You can become one just by mastering the tips in this article and applying them to every problem your business faces.

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Published by Valentine Belonwu

My name is Valentine, founder of this site, an entrepreneur working as a moderator at Bizsugar a small business community news site. Connect with me on Google+ at Valetine Belonwu


  1. Neamat Tawadrous · February 6, 2013

    Hi Valentine,

    I love this post. You really explain it thoroughly and provided the tips on how to become problem solvers as this is what an Entrepreneur is all about.

    Everyone, no matter how successful we think them to be, has had enormous Challenges as an Entrepreneur. The important part is never to lose hope and keep that vision in site. Unfortunately, in order to be successful, one must have the discipline to face the various Challenges of being a business owner.

    Thanks Valentine for such a great post and for the tips.

    Be Blessed,


    • Valentine Belonwu · February 7, 2013

      Hi Neamat,
      Glad you liked the post. I know Entrepreneur are born to be a problem solvers and that’s the main reason why I wrote this post to educate more upcoming once.

      Thanks for your awesome comment.

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