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.
In my experience, the most difficult thing to prise out of some tradesmen seems to be the bill! This is very hard indeed to understand.
Old and late invoices never die, they just lose their value. Aside from any legal obligation to provide a customer with an invoice to specific timescales, it's best business practice to do so immediately on job completion. Obviously, it's something that needs to happen before you will get paid. You can combine that with a diminishing likelihood of being paid at all as the time elapsed since job completion extends.
When the customers are themselves businesses then it's downright annoying for them not to be able to close accounts for a period because of outstanding invoices - and it's doubly annoying when the costs may be recoverable from 3rd parties as they might be for letting agents.
Leave a good impression with your customers and issue invoices promptly.
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!