"You might be very good at what you do, but how good are you at business?"

Author: andrea

Dreams into plans …

Perhaps you have been toying with the idea of setting up your business for a while now or maybe you are bumbling along quite comfortably in a business you have worked in for a while, but what do you actually want to achieve? That might sound a bit daft – surely it’s obvious – you want to earn a living…

The end of the Annual Return is nigh!

Did you know that the amount of tax not collected due to avoidable taxpayer errors and carelessness has risen to over £8bn a year. This not only costs the public purse – it also creates cost, uncertainty and worry when HMRC is forced to look into their affairs. So in order to help self employed folk and small businesses get…

Social Media Marketing

Marketing – a few posts on Facebook, yep? Or how about a couple of Tweets or RT’s on Twitter? Witty meme on Instagram with a strong # ? Er, no. Sadly not. If you rely exclusively on social media you will probably find that your diary isn’t full and your phone isn’t ringing off the hook and whilst it certainly…

Keeping cash flow flowing …

One of the most common reason small businesses fail is poor cash flow. It really is the life blood of any business. Cash flow is basically the amount of money coming into your business versus the amount going out – and in fairly simplistic terms, it’s about making sure it is managed in such a way that more money comes in…

Making it add up

As a small business owner, we know that you will probably take responsibility for most of the jobs within your business – dog walker, van cleaner, marketing guru, leaflet poster, book-keeper …. however one area that we would always recommend you delegate unless you have previous experience and skills, is to an accountant. Year end accounts, tax and so forth…

What is your true value?

Nobody will pay you what you are worth – they pay you what they THINK you are worth! You control their thinking by how you position your business, how you describe what you do and the language you choose to use when talking about yourself and your service. We need to learn to clearly define and communicate our value and…

Make it easy for people to do business with you

One of THE most important rules of creating a successful business is to make it as easy as possible for people to do business with you. As human beings we are really rather lazy – if it means hassle and effort for us, we are less likely to bother if there is another easier option. For example, so many people stay…

Franchise or build your own?

There are lots of different business opportunities now where you can buy into a franchise operation, which does indeed have it’s benefits in some ways over starting up your own business, however, it is not a business model that will suit everyone and you really do need to check out the set up and small print before rushing in to…

Pawsitively Exhausted!

As a small business owner you will no doubt find yourself on occasions chasing your tail – hurrying to get things done, never enough hours in the day, days in the week – and when something doesn’t go to plan and throws your schedule out, it can create huge stress. All it might take is for your van to leak…

A marketing moment!

The question that I get asked the most often is about winning new clients and having a steady income stream, which generally tends to come from winning new clients, which means people need to know you exist and choose to do business with you and that’s where this marketing challenge begins … Marketing is not everyone’s cup of tea –…