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Hot Tips for Small Private Businesses.

July 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Business, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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(ThySistas.com) Running a small private business involves a certain amount of patience, expertise, and courage in order to record profits, earning enough cash to justify your business venture. From freelance aficionados to service-providers, mini-manufacturers and beyond, each small business will face the challenges that are to be expected when you take the plunge into being your own boss. To give you a steadying and helpful hand, this article looks at just four ways in which your business acumen can be improved, through the investment in the following tips and strategies to make your company succeed.

Clients

Your company is nothing without the clients that you manage to drum up. They are the sole source of your business, and you will need to continually attract new clients if you’re to increase profits and continue growing as small businesses require. A solid base in marketing is incredibly useful when starting a business – you’ll know how to get your message out there without breaking the bank – but if not, start on your social media channels by promoting your brand and product. People will remember you and your service, and may well recommend you to friends.

Accounts

Paying an accountant to manage your ins and outs can be an inconvenient expense when you’re just starting out in your personal business journey. Instead, if you can manage it, create the necessary spreadsheets yourself in your initial few months or years running your business, and keep all of your invoices and receipts in order for you to have a good idea of how much money is coming in. A useful feature of credit card terminals as a suitable payment method is making transactions easy and efficient between you and your customers, so invest in one in order to be able to receive digital or plastic payments.

Growth

How you see your business in five years will probably vary – some entrepreneurs will simply be waiting to reach the point at which they can sit back and watch employees run their business, with others may be more than happy ticking along at an even keel, enjoying the constant source of self-generated income they’re receiving. There is no right or wrong way to see growth, but if you do fancy expanding your horizons, you’ll need to consider hiring trustworthy staff, setting up websites, opening more stores, and increasing your marketing and advertising budgets. Take your time when expending to guarantee longevity and sustainability.

Pressure

The truth in business management and ownership is that unless you’ve been in the game for a long time, you do suffer from a certain amount of pressure that people in a normal paying 9-5 job simply will not experience. This is the exchange that small business owners should be aware of before developing their personal business: sometimes businesses fail, and sometimes sales are too low to support your life. Be prepared to work part-time to support your company, and make sure you have fair loans to turn to if you’re struggling to make ends meet one month.

Networking

In business, as in life, you never know what a chance meeting might turn into. Sometimes, putting that extra bit of effort into your social encounters can reap rich rewards for those willing to go the extra mile, whether that be idle chitchat at conferences, or a respectable, professional manner when talking to competitors or other local business owners. Be aware that you’re the face and name behind which your brand sits, and as such present the image of your brand that you wish to see projected. Always carry business cards, and introduce them at the end of conversations; you never know who might call with new business.

Balance

There are great benefits to owning your own small business – not least the fact that you’re your own boss. You don’t have to book holidays in advance, you don’t have to drag yourself into an office, and you don’t have to follow orders you feel are misguided. However, be conscious that these benefits are enjoyed at the cost of the work/life balance that is so regimented when working a typical job. You may find your work life spilling uncontrollably into your personal life, and your working weeks dragging on a lot longer than the standard 9-5 day. Don’t over-face yourself with work, and ensure you’re getting enough time off to enjoy the hard work you do.

Small private business owners require that extra bit of tenacity to really succeed; follow these tips to ensure that your business goes from strength to strength without risking failure.

Staff Writer; Susan Shaw


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