There are experts to help you with the legalities of opening a business. There are experts to walk you through the financial realities. There are professionals who can provide you with what you need for insurance and taxes and all the other big things. But… the Devil’s in the details.
We can help you get a handle on the day-to-day trivialities that can overwhelm you and keep you away from conducting the actual business of your business.
Business Plan: Creating a business plan isn’t essential, but it’s a good way to get all your ducks in a row before you start. We can’t provide the answers for you, but we can help you to understand the questions, advise you on how to find the answers that are appropriate to your situation.
Planning for Failure: Failure in business is always an option. According to the Small Business Administration, 50% of businesses fail within the first 5 years. It’s important to have a plan in place to deal with this possibility. It’s also important to have a “divorce” plan in place in case a partnership breaks up.
Planning for Success: Growing too fast can also cause problems. Planning for what to do if you succeed more than you expected can help you get through the growing pains.
Customer Relations Management (CRM): A CRM tool brings together your leads, sales, and follow-up. A good CRM will allow you to keep all your customer and vendor information in one place, keep notes and histories of client activity, and track where your conversions are working, and where they’re falling off.
Scheduling and Communication: The days of the day-planner are long gone. Businesses today have a vast suite of options to track schedules and keep the lines of communication clear. Choosing the one that best fits you now–and in the future–can save you time and money.
“We’ve always done it that way” is the worst excuse for maintaining bad habits. We’ll walk through your day-to-day procedures and point out ways to increase speed, reduce errors, and eliminate entire steps–or even entire procedures.
Do You Know Your Business?
Before you go further, ask yourself these “5 Cliché Questions“:
- What is your strong point?
- What is your weak point?
- What makes you stand out from the crowd?
- What do you bring to the market?
- Where do you see your company in 5 years?