As a small business owner read all the management books that you can and pick up all the techniques possible to help you manage your business. In the end you will probably find that the greatest challenge is the one that you least expected.
You probably expected to just be able to exercise your trade, provide your services, without necessarily considering that you also had to do the accounting, the customer relations, the service development, the marketing, the administration and still find time to clean your premises, answer the phone, pay yourself and find time for holidays.
If you don’t fancy working 75 hour weeks and want to keep your business in proportion with the rest of your life, then you will need to be organised.
This site is designed to introduce some techniques and tools for managing your business but very often to provide guidelines and advice and discussion on how to organise your time, priorities, how to stand back from your own activities, analyse them, how to set objectives and plan to work towards them.
If you like the idea of not only managing your business but helping it to evolve, change and adapt to your surroundings, then I hope you will be able to find some material here.
We are a small business consultancy with experience in many large and medium size businesses, primarily from an IT perspective. We have also managed our own business in different domains over 20 years.
Many thinking hats
The greatest challenge we found was to wear the many thinking hats as described above, to have a multitude of roles within the business, to distinguish and separate them, and yet, just like a large business with many departments, get all of these different areas working together to move the business forward, to fulfil current orders and to generate orders for the future.
Much of this is about organising your time, priorities and your activity to meet those objectives. We believe that the best way to do this is to use the power of software, to help you lay down current and future tasks and to analyse your situation in such a way as to determine what are the best tasks to do.
To do this we would like to discuss techniques for analysing your situation, your system and the way in which your business operates, how to distil that into a plan, how to establish tasks, and how to track, monitor and evaluate your own performance.
We will therefore be discussing techniques such as mind-mapping, brainstorming, systems analysis, task organisation tools and a range of “philosophies” such as Getting Things Done, Purpose, PDCA, SWOT and PESTEL analysis, Quality, Kaizen and 5S.
The overall objective is to see how you, as a small business owner can apply some of the techniques applied in large industrial businesses which help them to productionize, develop, make profit and sustain your business development.
We hope that you will find herein what you are looking for and hope to exchange with you on your techniques, and get from you some feedback on applying the techniques suggested. We look forward to hearing from you, do not hesitate to make comments on any of the pages that you find here.