There are also a number of measures you can take irrespective of how the initiatives may impact your business.
How can you do business differently and keep your doors open for business survival?
I was talking to a client who sells products in the disability sector. They are already finding opportunities to provide online services to their customers which previously would have been provided in a face-to-face environment by health professionals who are faced with isolation requirements.
We talked about what would happen if one of the staff in the office became infected thus requiring the entire team to self-isolate. I suggested finding someone they trusted who wasn't on the team who could go into their office. Then whilst they were there instruct them on what to do to send out orders.
If there's a...
Marketing gurus spruik the benefits of having an online business where you can make money while you're sleeping. Whilst there's a degree of hype in their messages, the underlining model is where the future lies.
People avoid looking at the numbers for many reasons.
I explained my top list of reasons why people avoid looking at the numbers in a previous article. But I believe that you don’t need to avoid looking at the numbers, so let me dispel those reasons for you.
This one makes sense. If you’ve not had some basic training on the core financial concepts then you don’t have the knowledge or understanding. The challenge is to understand the importance of seeking out that training.
There are many skills required in business. The key is that you don’t have to be an expert in all areas. As the business owner and leader, what is important is to have an overview and general understanding of them all.
When you started in business, did you have all the skills you needed from the get-go? Perhaps yes, perhaps no. If no, did you learn about those areas as your business grew? You may have learnt through trial...
What is it that makes business owners avoid looking at the numbers? I’ve been pondering this question for some time, because, to me, it is a choice. It may be a choice by default, but it is still a choice you make.
There are some business owners who have made an effort to understand the core financial concepts. Yet there are others who shy away from any mention of the numbers.
Some time ago, I remember the head of a woman’s group putting up a post on social media, asking about why is it that women don’t talk about finances and money.
The funny thing was, no one responded! Well, it’s not funny, really. But I did think it was interesting that even the question about why was met with stony silence.
So why is it?
My theories on why you may avoid looking at the numbers are:
Maths was not your strong subject at school, so you avoid anything that is number related. I believe this is fundamentally a...
How Do You Choose Who You Learn From?
As business owners, we need to continue to learn to improve. We need to learn skills we weren’t taught earlier in life. We need to learn new skills based on changes in technology and the way businesses operate in today’s’ world.
There are three levels of learning when it comes to business skills. This includes both soft skills and hard technical skills that are industry specific.
When you’re looking to learn the basics of any skill, you need to find trainers that cater to your lack of knowledge in the area. They need to explain the concepts in simple, easy to understand language and allow you time to absorb the information.
Once you’ve got the entry level learning under your belt and feel reasonably proficient with it, it’s time to add another layer to that knowledge. This will provide you with the tools to apply it to different...
Christmas without cashflow can mean a crisis, but it doesn’t have to be.
The Christmas decorations are already out in the shops, and we’re starting to think about the holidays. It may be that you shut down your business for a week or two (or more), or it may be the impact of others shutting down business and/or taking holidays then to enjoy our Aussie summer.
Either way, as a business owner, Christmas may mean an impending cashflow crisis.
Here are my three tips to help you through this time:
Regular customers or clients can help with your cashflow if you have a conversation with them. Yes, a real conversation. You know the one. Pick up the phone and talk to them. Or if you’ve got a meeting, even better, talk to them face to face. Don’t be afraid to talk to them about cashflow.
Tell them that you’re looking into your cashflow over the upcoming couple of months and ask them to arrange to...
How is your reliability? Do you do what you say you’ll do? Are your actions in alignment with your words?
We’ve all heard the saying “Actions speak louder than words” (Abraham Lincoln).
While that is true, I recently came across another quote from Abigail Adams, wife of American President, John Adams, who said:
“We have too many high-sounding words and to0 few actions that correspond with them.”
While that was written 245 years ago, it got me thinking about what we do in business today. It’s more than about being reliable.
I believe there are three ways to look at and interpret Abigail Adams’ quote.
High-sounding words could be complex multi-syllable words that the average person doesn’t use on an everyday basis.
Equally, it could be the use of jargon, terminology or abbreviations which aren’t well known or understood.
In “accountants-speak”, like many industries, we have lots of...