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Cash Flow – Taking Control

Be aware. Cash flow forecasts will not mean that you have a crystal ball that predicts the actual future of your finances, but they will give you an element of certainty that will arm you in your decision making and planning. The starting point for your cash flow forecast is now. Look forward in incremental steps – you may want to put a forecast in place for next week, next month, next quarter or next year. The more detailed you get, the better you will be prepared for the future…

Cash Flow – Smart Collections

Any growing business is of course keen to grow sales. But improving your receivables is about more than just boosting the volume of cash into the business, it’s also about a focus on improving the speed of payments. From the best customers to the worst, there are a range of things that you can do to support your customers paying on time – or even early. Here is part three of our five part series on managing your cash flow…

Cash Flow – Payment Behaviour

It’s not what you pay; it;s how you pay. Every business needs to keep a close eye on its expenses, especially if you are growing and you risk being short on cash. Keep an eye out for costs that increase faster than revenue, and follow these steps to stay on top of what you are spending. Read on for part five of our five part series on cash flow management…

Why Do Some Small Businesses Never Get Off the Ground while Others Go Gangbusters?

Two words – Social Media.  Social Media is the sticky, catchy, viral ‘glue’ that connects us digitally to everything we want, need and dream of.  Want more customers for your business? Get social. Looking for a product, service or brand? Socialise online and you’ll find it.  Customers and businesses chat together openly in this huge online playground. Facebook lets you find your exact customer, by age, gender, location, behaviour and very specific interests (Hobbit Desolation Smaug, anyone?) while Instagram uses #hashtags to bring people and brands together through #commonground and #commoninterests…

Measure of Success

Whether you want your business to grow in leaps and bounds or at a steady incline, there is no doubt about the importance of metrics as a business tool. Do you want to chart your progress but are not sure where to begin? Read on for our five step guide to using metrics to drive your business ahead.  Define success: Whether you choose one, five or 10 years as a time period to build your goals around
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Are You Pushing the Right Buttons?

Motivating your team is important if you want your business to be a success. Staff and business partners who are motivated are more productive and harder working. They are also less likely to leave. So read on for our suggestions on how to get your business moving by focusing on recognition and development.  Recognition is the process of highlighting an important achievement and thanking someone…
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Setting Your Standards to Exceed Customer Expectations

The act of saying that you would like to exceed the expectations of your customers is easy. Actually doing it is much more challenging. We take a simple look at how your business can plan ahead to make customers very happy.  Build it into your strategy: If you are pitching for a company culture that exceeds the expectations of its customers, the first step to success is to note down your desire to do so at a strategic level. This will be a driver for the way that you interact with your customers at every touch-point across your business…

The Human Factor in Small Business

One of first steps in scaling a business is putting more people on the job. Whether it’s contractors, freelancers or permanent staff, the move to adding human resource to a business is a defining milestone. Here are six things to consider when taking the next step…
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Lean, Mean Small Business Machine

Simple tactics to grow with what you have.  If you’re small and you want to get big, don’t rest on the thinking that growing your company requires massive investment. We not only have some great products to help you on the way to your business goals, we also have a few tips to share too. Here are three ways of working that can help fast track your growth…

Three Reasons why Mentors Mean Business

Punch above your weight… be a sponge. A small business is exactly that: small. So with limited resources, how do you make sure that you have the expertise you need to make your business a success?  We’ve seen a lot of small business success, and often a trusted mentor is in the background, helping to steer the ship. Here are three of our top reasons why having a trusted mentor is essential for small business…
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