Eilidh MacRae http://www.threecherries.co.uk 4m 529
The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
If you own your own business you’ll know just how precious it is. For many of us it is our main and only source of income from which we pay our bills and support our families. It is also the name we have made for ourselves, one of the first things anyone asks you is ‘what do you do?’ Our careers are a big part of us and often define a large part of our lives. This is why it’s essential that as a business owner you ensure if anything were to go wrong you already have it covered with a solution to rectify it. Just a few small incidents could cause real trauma to your business leaving you with bigger problems. Ensure your business is supported from all angles for the best chance of making it work.
If you employ more than a handful of members of staff you may want to consider employing a part time careers guidance advisor. No matter how happy your staff seem they will from time to time have individual issues whether inside or outside of work. In order to get the most out of your staff and ensure they are always happy it can be helpful for them to talk things through with a professional who is trained to help people in the work place. To help ensure your staff are in it for the long haul consider having two afternoons a week where a careers guidance advisor comes in and staff can book a session to discuss any issues they may be having and seek advice.
Almost every business across various industries rely on technology and I.T to run on a daily basis. When something goes wrong or systems go down this means precious time could be wasted leaving you unable to work or trade. By having the back up of an I.T support team you can ensure your systems are always up to date and less likely to suffer problems. If your machines to suffer malfunctions leaving you unable to use them having an I.T support team in place means you can be sure things will be fixed as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Many businesses also work online and store a lot of important data on PCs. Your I.T support team can also offer you help with connection problems and data backup.
Finances are something that need to be kept a tight rein on in every business and take a lot of monitoring. Run out of money or take a back seat approach to your finances and that could be the end of your business. If you have little time to manage your finances properly than hire someone to do it for you as it is essential that a close eye is kept on them at all times. Paper work needs to be kept in order, budgets set and monthly reports error free to enable you to always have a clear picture of where you are and how you are doing financially.
Eilidh MacRae works for Three Cherries who provide support for I.T. in Bristol.