Preparing your small business for 21 century

How to Ensure Your Business is Equipped for the 21st Century

by Andrew Boyd

In the fast-paced business world, things are evolving all the time. If you want to maintain the success of your business, you need to ensure that you are keeping up with the changing times, and adapt to all of the new demands that are being thrown your way.

Although the economy does seem to be on the right path once more, it can still be a difficult time for businesses if they do not embrace all of the new types of technology and marketing that is available to them. So whilst some of the things we are going to talk about in this post may cost you some money, they are all to help your business stay successful in the long term.

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5 Essential Apps to Systemise Your Small Business

The most successful businesses are ones that are systemised because business owners are not stuck in the day-to-day grind of work, but rather developing their business. Businesses that have a solid foundation of systems are able to grow much more smoothly, creating fewer headaches for the business owner or manager.

There are 3 key pillars to business systemisation including People, Process and Technology. As a business starts to grow, people are usually employed to perform certain tasks. Typically business owners don’t document what needs to be done and what the most efficient way of doing it is, leaving employees to deliver important work to customers in different ways at varying degrees of standards. In turn, employers are left with inconsistent work, rework and unhappy customers.

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The Biggest Technology Mistake Even Experts Make

What is it?

I’ve been working in technology longer than I want to admit and I’ve seen the same thing over and over again. It happens to I.T professionals, even university level teachers and high level government officials. It happens to micro business and small business owners and even school children.

At times in my life, usually when rushed, distracted or under stress, it has happened to me. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, financial status, education level, IQ, or gender but it can be prevented or mitigated by simple changes in process.

So what is it?

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Five Biggest Outsourcing Blunders

After the birth of my daughter in 2012 I started my own Employment Consultancy with a major focus on creating resumes, selection criteria and cover letters for people that either didn’t know how or didn’t have the time.

At a certain point in 2013 I needed to look for outside help to keep up with the demand and after reading ‘The Four Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferris I decided outsourcing was the way to go.

Now in most cases this has been a great investment but there have been some bumps in the road that I will share with you so you don’t make the same mistake. These are:

Not checking references:

I’ve used www.elance.com with great success. Elance encourages feedback about their freelancers so you can check out references before assigning your job to someone. I received a fantastic proposal from a resume writer with examples of past work he had completed and although he was new to Elance and had no actual references, I hired him based on his examples. It turned out that he had poached the examples from someone else and couldn’t write the most basic of all resumes. When confronted he told me that he was a single dad and needed a job to support his children and could I please pay him anyway. This caused a major headache when I had to redo the resume from scratch within a really short timeframe. ( I no longer outsource any of my writing for this very reason).

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Google Gadgets

Free Google Tools and Gadgets

Gmail

Gmail is a new kind of webmail, built on the idea that email can be more intuitive, efficient, and useful. And maybe even fun. Gmail has less spam, mobile access and gives you lots of space, so you never have to delete any of your messages.  You can access it anywhere in the world, so it’s particularly great if you are travelling.

http://mail.google.com/

Google Notebook

With Google Notebook, you can browse, clip, and organize information from across the web in a single online location that’s accessible from any computer. Planning a trip? Researching a product? Just add clippings to your notebook. You won’t ever have to leave your browser window.  For more information go to:

www.google.com/notebook

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