How to create good habits in business

If you’re like most small business owners, there are never enough hours in the day to complete every task on your list. Often you’re faced with prioritizing what you need to do right now – deal with a customer, meet a deadline, attend an event – and the things you know you should do for the ongoing growth of your business. Scheduling time to attend to these business activities on…  Read more

Your business should be your most important investment

This week, we want to talk to you about what may turn out to be the most significant investment you could ever make. It is your own business. You may be surprised to hear that most financial planners are actually prevented from advising clients about their own business. Their licencee (the person under whose authority they provide advice) will not let them do so. Licencees typically insist that the advice…  Read more

You and your business: time is your scarcest resource

Being self-employed requires an entirely different ‘mindset’ to being an employee. In our own experience, and in our observations of other business owners, a number of particular attitudes need to change if we are to succeed at – and enjoy! – running our own business. The main change in attitude is to ‘let go’ of the relationship between time and reward. If you are an employee, you make a basic…  Read more

Succession Planning

  It is inevitable that a business owner will eventually leave their business.  Whether they sell, retire or leave due to health reasons, it is important to be prepared for when that day eventually arrives. Creating a succession plan is a simple and common sense approach to ensure continuity in a family business.  Succession plans enable smooth transitions and decrease the likelihood of disruptions.  Early succession planning can maximise a…  Read more

Seven ways to tell if your business idea will succeed

We find that there are seven common themes that arise when assessing whether a business idea will succeed. 1.  Your idea has a strong point of difference To survive in business, you need a compelling point of difference.  If your idea is not novel, then what makes you different.  The stronger this difference is, the stronger your competitive advantage will be. 2.  People say “WOW” (and want it) An instant…  Read more

Why it can pay to buy an existing business

For many people, buying an established business is very appealing.  Not only do you get experienced staff and an existing customer base, your location is established along with a brand and network of suppliers. Within a few years of starting up, the majority of small businesses have closed for one reason or another.  Purchasing an existing business should give the buyer some assurance that they are buying an already tried…  Read more

Becoming a Better Leader by Developing Communication Skills

Perhaps you have noticed that it is not always the smartest or most capable person that gets a promotion or has management roles seemingly thrust at them. Studies have shown that a person with better communication skills can typically achieve a higher level of success than someone who simply has the highest qualifications on paper. This is good news for anyone looking to develop the skills it takes to stand…  Read more

Bookkeeping Basics for Small Business Owners

On average, small business owners spend 10 hours each week recording, organizing, and processing financial transactions – everything from accounts receivable and payable, to employee payments, expense receipts and supplier invoices. While the process may be time-consuming (and tedious!), effective bookkeeping is the foundation of sound financial management – which in turn, is the lifeblood of your business. Feeling overwhelmed by mountains of paperwork and complex calculations? Here are three…  Read more

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