One of the main reasons that businesses fail is poor or inconsistent cash flow. It’s also frequently the cause of sleepless nights for business owners. It’s important to operate a cash flow forecast so that you know, in advance, how much money is likely to come into your bank account and how much needs to go out, ideally on a daily basis looking weeks ahead. Getting paid is…Continue
Here's a short (5 min) version of the talk I gave at Business Biscotti in Winnersh on 8th Jan.
Talking to an audience about coaching or mentoring is difficult - it's hard to get across that a coach does not tell you what to do, but help you with your ideas, options, and plans. It's even harder in an online video, but hopefully this…Continue
Added by Guy Griffiths on January 28, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments
Just preparing to fly back to the UK following my successful week of marketing training in Dubai. I covered:
There are lots of opportunities for businesses in Berkshire to do business in Dubai.
Added by Steve Mills on January 24, 2013 at 19:50 — No Comments
If you want to grow your business, then you need to either create more leads, or convert more leads. If you want help creating leads, then download my free e-book 'The 10 biggest lead gratin mistakes most small businesses make'. To download it go to Marketing Training.
If you want to turn more leads into sales go to …Continue
A business that is worth something to someone else will be growing and profitable and well-managed – in short, everything that you would want your business to be right now, even if you aren’t thinking of selling it.
If you simply wake up one day and decide to sell your business or receive an offer out of the blue, without proper preparation and planning you will obtain only a fraction of the true value of the business you have put years of your life into.
So start preparing…Continue
Added by Nick Bettes on January 24, 2013 at 18:06 — No Comments
What works for you when networking or meeting new contacts? Do you feedback to yourself what worked well, what you could do differently, and what actions you will take next?
I tried out the 10-12 businessnetwork club today, and found a refreshing mix of familiar and new faces. The format was great; a round of 40 second introductions, a couple of short engaging…Continue
Make sure that Google connects the video with your online assets & content. In the YouTube description of your video you need to include a link to your website – we…Continue
Added by Annelouise Norman on January 24, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments
Here’s something new. Business owners have known for a while now that a good Blog can help you get remembered, draw web traffic and heighten your profile in the business community.
Then someone plugged a camera in. Video blogs were born, and many pioneers have tested the idea.
The best written blog article will be referenced, draw traffic and be shared over Social Media. Good writing coupled with good content that offers the…
Added by Simon Twilley on January 23, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments
The start of 2013 brings more misery to train travellers with rail fares for season ticket holders increasing by an average of 4.2%. Is this the year that employees say enough is enough?
Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the TUC and chairwoman of Action for Rail, said: "At a time when real wages are falling and household budgets are being squeezed, rail travellers are being forced to endure yet another year of inflation-busting fare increases.
The TUC has claimed average…Continue
Added by Kim Board-Allam on January 22, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments
New Marketing is about a power-shift to the prospect
Fragmentation of the media
Information and choice…Continue
Added by Nick Bettes on January 21, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments
As you identify more and more things you need to do, you soon run out of time. At some point you need to stop doing some things so that you can do other things instead. What would you add to your ‘stop-doing’ list?
We’re continually have ideas that we want to accomplish and our normal reaction is the add them to our list of things to do. I regularly hear the…Continue
Added by Rob Pickering on January 21, 2013 at 10:21 — No Comments
For all of you Sports instructors out there. Spaces are available on our Sports Injury Emergency Care Course on Thursday night 6-10pm. More information can be found at Sports Injury Course Link or by emailing…Continue
Added by Mark Davis on January 19, 2013 at 14:28 — No Comments
Knowing how to manage knowledge is vital in any business but this can be more of a challenge in a small business where reasons for not managing knowledge better include lack of time; lack of staff; lack of training; and too many other (and conflicting) priorities.
However, where knowledge is one of the core assets of a small business, the ‘do nothing option’ is not really an option, and is certainly not sustainable as businesses not only need to leverage their existing knowledge, but…Continue
Added by Ian Wooler on January 18, 2013 at 10:52 — No Comments
Do what you do best
Commit to doing more of what you enjoy and less of what you don’t! These may be the tasks that take up too much of your time or cause you stress - so make life easier and learn to delegate. Remember, what you see as chores others see as challenges! Spend more time on activities that accentuate your talents and…
Added by Lisa Chaffey on January 17, 2013 at 12:26 — No Comments
2012 really flew by and we saw more and more small businesses waking up to the fact that social media can be a useful, dynamic marketing tool rather than just something to kill a few minutes during some down time.
Due to the fast moving pace of social media it is really hard to tell where things will go in 2013 but we thought we’d take a crack at it and…Continue
Added by Lisa Chaffey on January 17, 2013 at 12:25 — No Comments
How to implement clever cost control
It’s not the most exciting part of running a business but it’s critical.
The sooner you can systemise cost control the sooner you can get on with the bits that you enjoy. There are nearly always areas where you can make savings so to find out where these might be read more.
Added by Mary Carter on January 17, 2013 at 10:12 — No Comments
Steve Mills Marketing launch 2013 marketing training programme. for details of dates, times, types of training and costs, go to - Marketing Training Berkshire
Added by Steve Mills on January 15, 2013 at 23:29 — No Comments
On Thursday 21 February 2013 I am attending a seminar in Reading that uses a case study to show how one small business got an extra £2.3 million to keep and spend in any way they wanted, and how other businesses can get broadly similar results.
The speaker is Steve Pipe – a Chartered Accountant who, according to LinkedIn, is one of the 10 top speakers in the UK (you can see the 350+ recommendations for him on his LinkedIn profile here …Continue
Added by Steve Mills on January 15, 2013 at 23:00 — No Comments
I'm pleased to announce that the development of The Floor Works, Flooring, Bethnal Green, City of London is now complete.
The Floor Works offer flooring (including Wood and Carpets) options to both residential and commercial clients with a range of options and first class workmanship.
If you have any requirements in this area, check out their website:…Continue
Added by Chris Lunn on January 15, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments
At times we all slip into Blame, Excuses and Denial. But in reality we can change just about anything if we start by taking Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility. WE GET WHAT WE TOLERATE, in business and in life generally.
If that thought doesn’t make you uncomfortable enough, here’s another one: YOU”VE GOT THE BUSINESS THAT YOU DESERVE. Or if you’re an…Continue
Added by Rob Pickering on January 14, 2013 at 14:28 — No Comments