Just click on each of the links below to view the Mini Blogs:
Cut It Out
Find Time For Everything
How Did You Do That?
No, You Do It
Protect Your Online Image
A Computer Never Forgets
The Business Satnav
No I Can!
Can I Have The Bill Please?
Write It Down
The Computer Lost It
The Anti-Social Media *NEW*
There's heaps of material 'out there' in books and on websites, that explain all the ins and outs of small business managment. Our Mini Blogs really just aim to get you thinking about your business - to give you some core ideas so that you will then go and find out more for yourselves.
Why not try to find a few minutes at the end of each working week to reflect on how the week went. Was there any business-related task you could have done better? Was there any task that seemed to take up so much of your time it limited the time you could spend on the tools?
If the answer to either question was 'yes', then ask yourself (and others) if there are more efficient ways of doing those things. Always seek to be leaner and more efficient with your business administration. If it won't help profits, and isn't a legal requirement, don't do it.
Finally though, don't over-think things and don't make change a habit. That could distract you from your main goal of earning money. Once you find simple processes that work for you and give you space for plenty of chargeable hours per week - stick with them - until success and growth demand a new round of improvements.
Self employment is a something of a step up from a regular job. There's a bunch of things you have to do as part of the working day. It's pretty clear that, right at the beginning, you need to be out on the tools as much as possible - because that's where the money comes from. But if you don't leave just enough space for all the new stuff, then you will follow the route of many before and be back in a regular job.
There is good news! Pretty well all these new tasks are simple and need few skills beyond basic computer knowledge and simple arithmetic. So don't be daunted - get stuck in - you CAN do it!