Operating within a global economy has both pros and cons. On the positive side your market is expanded to include nearly everyone on the planet, you have a multitude of niches to fill and you have a great potential to make a good profit. However, on the flip side, operating within a global economy means that you have less physical interaction with your customers and it is a greater challenge to develop a positive business reputation. One solution to these global economy problems is to develop a relationship with your Better Business Bureau, or BBB.
Better Business Bureau Accreditation
There are many ways to work with your Better Business Bureau to improve your market position. The first way is to become a Better Business Bureau accredited business. To do this you will need to take several steps. First of all you will need to have been in business for at least one calendar year. You will also need a good reputation, meaning that you either do not have any complaints made against your company with the BBB or you have adequately responded to any complaints made. You will also need to fill out paperwork, pay a fee and meet other requirements, such as licensing and bonding.
Interactions with the BBB
If your company gets a complaint filed against it at your local BBB then you need to take immediate action. Do not just ignore these complaints as they can lead to more serious problems for your company. When you receive a notice that a complaint has been filed you will need to respond stating that you are investigating the complaint. Then investigate the problem and try to resolve it. Then send another statement to the BBB to explain what you did to resolve the problem. Your quick action will help you to maintain a good standing with the BBB and it will show people who inquire with the BBB about your company that you are a legitimate company and that you will deliver what you promise.
Promoting Your Good BBB Status
When customers come to your website or to your company they will be looking for signs that you are a reputable business. A good way to prove that you are a reputable business is to promote your standing as a BBB accredited business. This can be accomplished by first getting accreditation and then by displaying the BBB sign on your website or company signage. This simple action can lead to increased sales, word of mouth advertising and repeat business.