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I’ve seen too many promising companies on the verge of growth stall or even fall apart – not because there was little demand for their product or service, but because they didn’t have the necessary skills, the right organisation or execution to manage the transition and growth. You may have gotten off to a flying start with your business, but you’re going to have to step it up a few notches if you want to grow your business from here onwards. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes I’ve seen promising business people make: 1. Thou shall not hire blindly It’s typical for businesses that are growing quickly to hire staff just as hastily, without any kind of plan, let alone a proper job description, thorough interview processes or even reference checks. Have you even considered whether you’ll need someone in that position in six months’ time? I’ve heard it said that hiring after one interview is like getting married after one date, which more often than not is destined for disaster. 2. Thou shall not surround yourself with yes–men Who doesn’t like that warm fuzzy feeling you get walking out of a meeting where everyone has agreed with everything you’ve suggested? Surrounding yourself with only people that think like you and agree with all of your ideas may seem like a micro manager’s heaven, however you end up with only one perspective. Challenging the status quo, healthy debate and creating a culture where your staff are encouraged to come up with new ideas and solutions drives innovation, allowing you to stay ahead of your competition. 3. Thou shall not sacrifice cash flow over profit It’s an ongoing challenge for growing businesses to manage the cost of staffing up and investing in new technologies while waiting for customers to pay. Don’t prioritise profit over cashflow – there’s not going to be money to fund growth if you’re struggling to pay rent and salaries on time. By all means strive for a healthy mix, but if you choose to favor one, cash-flow will always be king. 4. Thou shall not keep insane processes What works when you’re a one-man band isn’t going to be feasible when you’re attempting to manage 30-plus staff and fill hundreds of orders every week. Gone are the days you ‘pull a late one’ to help send out these orders on time. You need better systems better processes and good documentation in place so every employee knows what to do, how to do it and why. 5. Thou shall not blame anyone. Ever. Finally, remember that every business makes mistakes. And it’s a good thing. I read once about Thomas Edison, being asked in an interview if he felt like he had failed when trying to invent a working light bulb. His reply being "Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.” In the end it took over 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb, which is still in use over 134 years later. It’s learning from mistakes that lead to the greatest successes. Did any of these sound familiar? Or do you have another mistake you’ve experienced? ______________________________________________________________________ MYOB Enterprise Solutions provide a range of solutions for growing, mid-market businesses. To find out more how these solutions can help you keep growing, subscribe to our newsletter.
Windows 8 has been on the shelves for awhile now, but businesses tend not to rush in before upgrading to new operating systems. Instead they abide by the "if it's not broken, don't fix it" rule. Upgrading your business to Windows 8 without doing your homework could create more problems than it solves.
Angry Birds - one of the pioneering games that sparked the app craze It seems people are just putting the word “preneur” on the back of anything these days, aren’t they? We’re seeing entrepreneur morphed into Mumpreneur (now in the dictionary), Wantrepreneur (someone that desires to be an entrepreneur), Kidpreneur (little crazy-smart kids building businesses), Foodpreneur (oh gawd!), Propertypreneur (someone please punch me in the face).
Have you ever wondered… What is a day like for a software programmer? What happens when you punch in numbers into your cloud accounting software? Is there a method to all the madness of software development? What the h*ll is LEET speak?
Cloud accounting systems are revolutionary. How do I know? Well, my accounting practice has been using the cloud for a number of years, and we have shared this passion with many of our business clients. 90% of our clients now use cloud accounting systems too. We have seen firsthand how the cloud accounting systems impact our business clients’ lives. How? The cloud solution has reduced or eliminated redundant, time-consuming work that—let's face it—is the bane of most businesses. Mostly, cloud accounting allows greater access to real-time data, which increases engagement with businesses financials and assists in making decisions. You have probably seen or heard yourself about all the cloud accounting systems that are now available for you to utilise in your business, including MYOB Live Accounts. I would like to share with you some of the reasons clients and accountants love working in the cloud:
If your business relies on teamwork then you should be looking for better ways to work together. The term collaboration has become another one of those Web 2.0 buzzwords, but it simply revolves around the age-old concept of working effectively as a team. In the internet age, collaboration combines online communications with powerful tools which let us see what others are doing and even work together on documents.
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