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Removing phone barriers for greater Business Success

Removing phone barriers for greater Business Success
In business, the humble phone is such an important tool - yet many business owners will not dial a prospect or debtor. The reasons for this span from; a simple lack of purpose, through to a real phobia or fear, however the outcome is the same - the call is not made - and this is what costs business.
 
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The 5 life-cycle stages of a business

The 5 life-cycle stages of a business

Businesses are not static beasts, they change and evolve over time - and as they do, their needs vary. By understanding the different life-cycle phases of a business, owners have the ability to position themselves differently and focus on different facets which will drive enhanced returns.

Broadly, there are 5 distinct life-cycle stages...

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I want to run my own business, so now what?

I want to run my own business, so now what?
I want to run my own business, now what?
 
I've heard this line on many occasions over the years. Bright eyed and highly energised potential business owners with a concept for a business that they want to run. Of course, as every experienced business owner will tell you, it's actually not that simple to run a business - successfully and profitable.
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The Optimal Business Staffing Structure

The Optimal Business Staffing Structure
As every business owner will have heard, the greatest asset in your business is your staff... In many ways I support this comment – having benefited from having some truly exceptional people work with me, and for me, over the years. However, the evolution of business over time has meant that the traditional staffing structures now are getting questioned........ 
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The Danger of being a SMALL Business

Business Viability, Marketing

Being seen as "small" can cost you business.

That’s not saying that the service or the quality of a small business product is poor - (often it is the exact opposite), but a common perception encountered by small business is that "big" is better or safer. In a world where you are competing with “the bigger guy”, then this perception can easily cost you business - especially in the initial marketing phase.

So the answer is simple...... don't "look" small!

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Critical Components of a Good Job Description

Critical Components of a Good Job Description
Job descriptions are a valuable tool for both staff and employers and unfortunately, they tend to be absent in many businesses.
 
For the staff member, a good job description provides ....
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Business Improvement for the year ahead

Business Improvement for the year ahead

Christmas Day has been and gone and New Years is settling in, but when you sit back in the comfy chair – wherever that may be, on the beach, by the water, camping or even just at home……now is the time to take a quick “stock take” of the year that has past.

For those in business, often there is little respite as you....... 

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Effective Business Reporting

Effective Business Reporting
To run a business efficiently and profitability takes more than just luck. In addition to having a good service or product, successful businesses typically have a strong management information framework in place to ensure all of the critical elements of the business are running correctly.
 
I often liken this information to the dashboard instruments in a car ...
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Business Trends & Patterns a simple game or is there more to it?

Business Trends & Patterns  a simple game or is there more to it?

Business trend analysis is a serious analytical technique used in countless different forms of analysis. Yet for most business owners, finding the time to complete a simple Sudoku puzzle is hard enough – let alone undertake any form of formal business review.

If you do have the time to complete a simple Sudoku puzzle, then you also have the ability to transfer some Sudoku disciplines into a more effective business management process.

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Why you should consider more than just the Easy Option

Why you should consider more than just the Easy Option

In a world where speed appears to be everything, often the compromise that is made is to take the generic or easy option. This has become so common in business, that the generic option is often the only option put forward – whereas there is generally many ways to skin a cat.

Now whilst I have no issue with a simple, cheap option when you can get it – the critical point is ensuring that it is the right option.

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9 Point Test to evaluate if a new Product Idea is Viable

9 Point Test to evaluate if a new Product Idea is Viable

We have all had them, the “business epiphanies” or “golden ideas” which come to us over the weekend whilst swinging a golf club, doing laps in the pool or just mowing the grass. In the moment….. these new product or service ideas are the perfect combination of simplicity, profitability and marketing brilliance.

By Monday morning these moments of creative thinking have….started to tarnish….

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Is Business Change possible?

Is Business Change possible?

Is business change possible - absolutely unequivocally yes…but it takes action. A great man once said, “If you always do what you've always done, then you will always get what you've always got” (Henry Ford) – so…..if you don’t like the outcome you’re getting at the moment…..then you have to change something!

It’s at this point that that the problems normally start.

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Making Sound Business Decisions

Making Sound Business Decisions

In all businesses, small or large, actions are often taken in the moment – reacting to a symptom rather than making a fully informed decision based on the cause.

Symptom management is a very frequent occurrence, with the management decisions based at a superficial level to arrest what is the perceived cause - which in the bulk of cases is not the true underlying driver.

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What information should I use to run my business?

What information should I use to run my business?

It’s that moment where you are sitting amongst a pile of information – numbers, graphs, returns, production numbers, stock levels, customer surveys…….all with seemingly important information……but what does it all mean......what information should I use to run my business?

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Maximising your Business Time Management

Maximising your Business Time Management

How many times have heard the immortal catch cry, "I don't have enough time" and then....the more scary question - how many times have you been the one to utter it?

The lack of time is really the combination of our perception and tolerance.

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Business Growth Costs....

Business Growth Costs....

Often the objective of most businesses is SALES GROWTH, but it comes at a cost..... so the real question is -  how growth ready is your business?

A basic principle of business is to generate sales (product or services) to return a profit. The natural flow on from this is to generate more sales to achieve a greater profit - but...what does this take and how prepared is your business for growth? 

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10 Commandments of Business

10 Commandments of Business

Many business owners are time poor and simply don't find the time to read the more comprehensive articles. So if you are looking for a bunch of potent tips for your business - then this short article is for you. 

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New Years Resolution for Business

New Years Resolution for Business

The start of the new year is traditionally when we pledge resolutions for the New Year ahead - resolutions around how we are going to do things differently...do things better and often…..change a bad habit from last year.

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Fail to have a Business Plan is Planning to Fail in Business

Fail to have a Business Plan is Planning to Fail in Business

"Fail to plan is planning to fail" - Winston Churchill.

Even though this well used line receives universal acceptance in conversation....... few businesses "walk the talk".

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Sure Fire Business Killers

Sure Fire Business Killers

Operating a business has its challenges due to the many and varied issues drawing on the owners time – people, product, sales, collections, just to name a few. Thus it’s no wonder that many business owners operate “in” rather than “on” their business – which has its dangers.

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The Factor of Time

The Factor of Time

Time is a precious commodity and one not to be squandered. Often time.....is the critical factor between success and failure.

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Business Decisions - play them forward three hands

Business Decisions - play them forward three hands

Many strategies and decisions are made "in the moment" - considering only todays issues with little thought given to the flow on effects or impacts.

Consider for a moment what this could look like in a practical business context;

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