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How to keep your business in tip top shape: running a small business smoothly

By Samuel Williamson

2 min read

As a small business owner, you’re already familiar with juggling multiple jobs at once – it comes with the territory. But how can you ensure you stay on top of everything at all times?

Here are some tips for running a small business smoothly.

1. Stay focused on your staff

Retaining staff will save you time and money. Depending on the nature of your business, staff retention can be achieved through providing adequate training, promoting a flexible workplace, building a strong team culture and offering incentives.

Put simply, cultivating happy and loyal employees will save you from the huge costs associated with staff turnover.

2. Resolve cash-flow issues quickly

Understanding your cash-flow cycle is essential for a well-oiled small business. An important step in cash flow management is ensuring customers pay on time. Whether that means setting up a reminder system or simply picking up the phone, you should always stay on top of your outstanding invoices.

Understanding your suppliers’ payment terms is also a must – that way you can prepare for any outgoing expenses ahead of time. If necessary, negotiate more flexible terms with vendors.

3. Regularly analyse your revenue and profits

Once you have a good understanding of your costs, it’s vital you regularly evaluate your revenue and profit. It’s common for entrepreneurs to get so caught up in the daily running of the business that they forget their main goal is to turn a profit.

Analysing your revenue will clarify how your business is performing. This in turn will allow you to make informed decisions about your costs, as well as reveal future trends.

4. Look for areas to save money

As your small business evolves and grows, so will your costs. Keeping a keen eye on any areas where you can save money is not only beneficial for your business, but it can improve your productivity.

Cutting costs doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality – it’s about reviewing your products and services and then determining what is unnecessary.

For example, do you have an ongoing subscription you no longer use? Are there simple but time-consuming processes that could be automated?

5. Embrace technology

In the age of IOT (Internet of Things), technology is king. Don’t be scared to embrace new technology that will free up resources and boost productivity, to help you with running a small business smoothly.

Bookkeeping, invoicing and accounting are all activities that can be made easier with the help of online accounting software. Networking apps and social media can open doors for new business, and useful project management software can streamline task scheduling.
A little time focusing on the important issues can go a long way in keeping your business in tip-top shape.

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Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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