be more productive
Date: 16/02/2018 | By: Mike Gardner
Do you feel like you’re busy all day and yet you achieve very little? Do you have a sense that you need to be more productive? Mike Gardner aka The Time Doctor - and a BizSmart Select Member - tackles this subject regularly in his blog posts. And he has also delivered a webinar which gives you “10 Ways to Be More Productive”. After all, whether you work for yourself or someone else you will need to be both organized… Read More
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Date: 16/02/2018 | By: Gill Hutchinson
Business owners have been known to refer to due diligence as "the entrepreneur's proctology exam." It's a crude analogy but a good representation of what it feels like when a stranger pokes, prods, and looks inside every inch of your business.   Most professional acquirers will have a checklist of questions they need answered if they’re considering buying your company. They'll want answers to questions like:   When does your lease expire and what are the terms? Do you have… Read More
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Date: 09/02/2018 | By: Gill Hutchinson
You've done the hard work of winning a new customer, but it's what you do in the next 90 days that determines if it'll stick around.   The first 90 days of any new relationship are critical: A prime minster has about three months to inspire the electorate and gain the political capital he needs to govern. A young team prospect has but a few months to impress his coach before being sent down to the minors. A new CEO has… Read More
hedgehog
Date: 08/02/2018 | By: Kevin Brent
How to find your Hedgehog! We now have a Vision – and if we’ve followed the steps in our previous tutorials we will have a Powerful Vision that we believe in.  If you’ve got a senior team then hopefully you have involved them in creating it and we will then have made an important step in galvanising the business around a common set of values, purpose and direction. [capture_email]You can listen to the webinar Click Here or keep reading to find out… Read More
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Date: 07/02/2018 | By: lizpaintercommacomma
Dave Perrigo of Perrigo Consultants in Stourport on Severn first started working with BizSmart five years ago, at the point where he started his business. Dave is a chartered tax lawyer, and Perrigo Consultants is a tax specialist accountancy firm. Initially, BizSmart helped him to put in place the right foundations for his business and come up with a detailed business plan.   More recently, Perrigo Consultants has worked with BizSmart again as part of the Worcestershire Business Accelerator Programme.… Read More
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Date: 02/02/2018 | By: Gill Hutchinson
Are you stuck trying to figure out how to create some recurring revenue for your business?     You know those automatic sales will make your business more valuable and predictable, but the secret to transforming your company is to think less about what’s in it for you and more about coming up with a reason for customers to agree to a monthly bill.   Take a look at the transformation of Laura Steward’s company, Guardian Angel. Steward had gotten her… Read More
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Date: 25/01/2018 | By: Gill Hutchinson
Some owners focus on growing their profits, while others are obsessed with sales goals. Have you ever considered making it your primary goal to set up your business so that it can thrive and grow without you?   A business not dependent on its owner is the ultimate asset to own. It allows you complete control over your time so that you can choose the projects you get involved in and the holidays you take. When it comes to getting… Read More
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Date: 19/01/2018 | By: Gill Hutchinson
Why would two companies in the same industry, with the same financial performance, command vastly different valuations? The answer often comes down to how much each business is likely to grow in the future.  The problem is that a lot of successful businesses reach a point where their growth starts to slow as the company matures. In fact, the price of doing a great job carving out a unique niche is that the specialty that made you successful can start to… Read More
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Date: 17/01/2018 | By: davdlynesuniqueiq
If you have scheduling challenges with your workforce, now might be a good time to start using workforce management software.   BizSmart Select Member David Lynes of Unique:IQ has created two software packages that his clients use - IQ:timecard and IQ:careplanner. These products help people to tackle the complexities of workforce scheduling.   [capture_email]If you’d like to find out more about scheduling software, you can listen to David’s webinar here, or read on to find out more.[/capture_email]   The challenge… Read More