Posts Tagged "business strategy"

7 Reasons Why Your Startup Needs a Bookkeeper

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Blog

7 Reasons Why Your Startup Needs a Bookkeeper

Running a business or creating a startup is difficult – there is no easy way to say it. However, starting a business, especially when you are on a tight budget, is even harder. As a creative or entrepreneur, you are trying to do the jobs of many employees. You are marketer, customer service adviser, sales manager, bookkeeper, administrator and more. And when you are not doing those things, you are trying to be innovative to stand out from your competitors and make a real mark in the industry. There is only so much time in a day, right? Handing over your financials to a bookkeeper will provide many advantages to you and your business. Here are seven great reasons why you need to hire a bookkeeper for your startup. More perspective You are being torn in numerous directions – seemingly all at once. Often it can be easier to hire a bookkeeper to focus on your financials. They are professionals and understand what needs to be done to develop and grow your business. They can offer a second perspective on how things are going just by assessing the numbers. A business without a profit is just a hobby after...

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It’s Time To Work On Those Problem-Solving Skills

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Blog

It’s Time To Work On Those Problem-Solving Skills

As a creative in business, there is so much you need to balance on a daily basis. And sometimes, not everything goes according to plan. Just like in your own life, things happen in business which are totally out of your control, and it is up to you to try to solve those issues. Being able to problem-solve is a skill. It’s not a hard skill such as knowing how to paint or draw, but a soft skill which makes navigating life easier. Your ability to solve problems, while a definite skill, needs to become a habit. If you are ready for whatever comes your way, then empowerment will follow. Being confident in the face of a situation and being able to navigate a solution, while avoiding a meltdown, is an admirable and sometimes necessary trait. As a business owner, you cannot stop problems from occurring. Your clients, however, will not be so concerned with the fact that something went wrong but rather how you went about solving the issue. They are relying on your knowledge to guide them through regardless of your experience or background. This simple four-step process will cut through the clutter. It is too easy...

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Today Is A Great Day To Launch Your Business

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Blog

Today Is A Great Day To Launch Your Business

Plans may have been in the woodwork for a while to set up your own business. But it remains that, just a plan! Why? Perhaps you haven’t got the time, you say to yourself. Maybe you feel you are not ready to tackle the uncertainty of being an entrepreneur. Or do you have doubts about the legitimacy of your business plan? If you think long and hard about it, there are tens, if not hundreds, of excuses for not setting up your business today. It is vital you understand there is a huge difference between a real business concern and an excuse. Having a concern is reasonable but using them as excuses to hinder your goals, will ensure that it never gets off the ground. Instead, you need to understand the importance of minimising those worries and opening those doors. More individuals than ever before – of all ages – are saying goodbye to the traditional 9 to 5 jobs and establishing a business. And thanks to technological improvements and increased marketing opportunities, excuses not to do so are becoming less relevant. Fewer start-up costs for modern business owners Opening a business back in the day was a costly exercise. Today...

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Embrace Technology To Stay Ahead Of Your Competitors

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog

Embrace Technology To Stay Ahead Of Your Competitors

Whether you are a fan of technology or choose to fight it at every turn, there is no denying that it can be useful for your business. And if last year was anything to go by, this year is going to show that SMEs are relying on technology more than ever to stay ahead of their competitors. More Reliance on the Cloud A greater number of applications will continue to move towards the cloud and businesses will store more information in the cloud services reducing the need to spend as much on storage and backups. From Xero to DropBox, many companies are adopting more apps and services which take advantage of the convenient storage the cloud has to offer. Office applications such as Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365 are making the switch to the cloud easier than ever. An Increase in Apps for Smartphones While businesses are resorting to the usage of apps on their Smartphones to conduct business faster and more efficiently, this year will see many more organisations designing their own apps to take advantage of the billion dollar industry. Competitiveness, better customer experience and an increase in sales are the main reason for the growth...

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5 Ways To Get Organised For The New Year Ahead

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Blog

5 Ways To Get Organised For The New Year Ahead

2016 is quickly coming to an end. Give yourself the very best Christmas present this year – peace of mind through organisation. Remember that empowering feeling when you can finally see the top of your desk after it’s been buried in paperwork? Recall the joy of an empty inbox? No? Then you’ve obviously been letting things slide. It’s time to get organised. Read on for five handy tips to help you wrap this year up with a big, red bow and start 2017 with a clean slate. Prepare to be the most effective and efficient you, that you can be! Ditch the Paper and Get Organised Tackle that stack (or stacks) of paperwork in your office. Create three piles, “To Do”, “To File”, and the all-important WPB, “the Wastepaper Bin”. Throw out what needs to go and sort out the rest in order of priority. Next, assess the clutter on your desk and donate or toss anything that is redundant or you haven’t used in the past year. Pro Tip: Use a receipt management scanner or app to digitally file all of that pesky paper. If you’re old school and you want to stay that way, purchase an expanding file...

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