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Starting A Small Business – What To Think About?
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Starting A Small Business – Make Sure You Know Why
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Training Your Employees For Your Absence
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The Right Way To Reduce Business Costs
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The Right People Make All The Difference

Starting A Small Business – What To Think About?

This is the second in our series of blog posts about starting a small business, and this week we will look at what you need to think about when you are planning to start a business.

Next week, we will continue and look at the steps you need to take from registrations to opening for business.

Starting a new business is not as simple as deciding what you want to sell and opening your doors – at least, not if you want to build a successful business.

A business is made up of many parts and you need to think about how these parts will work efficiently and at the right quality standards, right from the start, so that you design your successful business from the ground up.

There are three critical parts of a business, no matter what size and no matter what you sell,

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Starting A Small Business – Make Sure You Know Why

This the first of a series of posts about the life-cycle of a business.

First, we will start with the things you need to know and consider when you are starting your small business.

But don’t stop reading if you have already started your business, or if you believe you are operating a “mature” business! You may still learn a thing or two about setting up successful businesses, and you can still use some of these strategies to improve your growth or spurt the next cycle of expansion.

In this post, I will start with making sure you understand why you are starting your small business. In the next few weeks, I will talk about all the things you need to consider, and then later the “how” or steps to take, how to check your business idea through a feasibility check, planning, hiring your first employee, and setting up standard operating procedures.

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Training Your Employees For Your Absence

Unless you own and wish to continue to own a micro-business where you work on your own in your profession or trade, it is more than likely that as a small business owner you wish to expand and grow your business to the extent that you will be employing people as you grow.

Most of us who run and operate small businesses wish to grow in size – as our sales and profits grow, by necessity we need to scale and grow our workforce so that we can produce more, or meet more customers or provide more services. We are constrained by the number of productive hours we, or anyone we employ, can spend on producing goods or services. So we employ more people.

Some of the new people we employ may not be directly customer-facing. Indeed we may need more and more “back-room” hours from new people – keeping the books, managing the stores, manufacturing or working behind the scenes.

The question is, how do you introduce more and more people and continue to control and manage the business as more and more people do the things that you used to do?

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The Right Way To Reduce Business Costs

When I was learning how to be an auditor, one of my early mentors told me: “There’s the wrong way to do the wrong thing, the right way to do the wrong thing, the wrong way to do the right thing, and finally the right way to do the right thing. As an auditor, you’re always looking for the wrong ways as well as the wrong things!”

I had to think about that.

But he was right. You shouldn’t ever do the wrong thing, whatever way you try to do it.

It’s also equally wrong to try to do the right thing in the wrong way.

All this is a long way of saying that when times are tough and we try to cut costs in our business – which is the right thing to do – some of us go about doing it in the wrong way.

Let’s look at how to reduce the costs of running your business, in the right way.

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The Right People Make All The Difference

Whether you’ve only started your small business or have been operating for a while, if you are growth-minded, at some stage you will be thinking about, if not already brought in employees to help you do the work and grow your business.

Sometimes, you strike it lucky and you find people who are the perfect fit.

They work hard, the way you want them to. They are good at whatever you hired them to do. They even get on with you and everyone else in the business, and they get on with the customers.

If you are in that boat, congratulations! All you have to do is make sure they are happy working in your business.

However, most small businesses go through some difficult periods finding the “right” employee or employees. If you’ve ever had the “right” people working for you, then you know that the right people make all the difference.

So, how do you get it right all the time?

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