Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing – Abraham Lincoln
So you want your own business! Perhaps you already have one?
The suggestions within our Sensible Business Practice series can help you in building and progressing your business whether new or existing, while helping to avoid unnecessary issues arising down the track. This is not a silver bullet to all potential problems however it is a fair step in the right direction.
There are many aspects to running a business and while they’re generally very different, it’s best to assume that each part is no less important than any other, at least until you’ve established and understand what’s required to know otherwise.
If you’re serious about having a profitable company then make no mistake, being a successful business owner is hard work. It’s not a stroll in the park or an excuse to go on holidays, nor to spend copious amounts of money regardless of whether it is there at the time or not.
Instead, owning and or running a business is about planning, systems, forecasting short and long-term projections, working toward predetermined goals, along with general checks and balances throughout the various aspects of your business (to name just a few) and all while remaining cost-effective.
Without these basic factors being addressed, progressing the business is difficult to say the least and can result in bankruptcy for those who don’t follow the proper steps.
It’s important to keep your business clean. By that we mean your financial records through to other aspects such as work spaces and attitude. It commonly known that an untidy approach in one area of life can and commonly does spill over into other areas and your business is no exception.
It’s way more cost-effective to stay clean in all areas of your business (and life in general) than it is to let them slip, requiring you to back track and pour time into things that weren’t undertaken at all or undertaken correctly.
Back tracking not only involves more time, you’ve already been paid to do it. Whether that be directly or indirectly, you can only build so much in to the cost of sale before you’re no longer competitive.
A wise business owner knows that to gain certain freedoms (the general desired outcome) that certain things should get set into play. We believe its imperative that sensible business practices understood and implemented. We will expand on this in due course.
Keep an eye out for “Sensible Business Practice – Part 2″…….
Hard work pays off later, laziness pays off now – John Evans