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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.
If you're a small electrical business then delegation of business management tasks is always tempting. Focus yourself on the tools and pay others to do the rest. Nice idea, but it's a short cut to bankruptcy if you don't follow some basic rules.
It's pretty much a given that you have to delegate tasks you can't actually do yourself. The obvious example is the use of an accountant for preparing end of year returns. Very few of us have sufficient skills to do that, and we simply have to outsource it.
There are also less obvious examples such as a phone answering service, a book keeper or an office assistant. Most electricians could easily do these tasks themselves, but delegation would free up valuable 'tool time'.
I'm suggesting two rules to help you decide what to delegate. Firstly, if your marketing has not provided you with a full diary, then keep expenditure low and do as much as you are capable of doing yourself (especially more marketing!). Secondly, it's not really worthwhile delegating tasks you could do to someone who is paid more per hour than you are. It might make you feel better, but it will lower the profitability of the business.
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!