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.
After you've gotten your business management working for you and things are settling down - and growth opportunities beckon - then write down in a simple shorthand way how all the business processes work. e.g. how you log new work; what needs doing after a job is complete; the methods for invoicing, quoting, purchasing parts and materials etc.
Why? Well growth can be a time of unanticipated change. The pressures on your time could well increase quite quickly to the point where you need some additional help with the business administration.
It is SO much easier to hand work off to someone else if there are clearly defined ways of doing things, and a source of help that means you don't now receive more phone calls from the office than you used to get from customers!
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!