When you run your own business you and the business are totally intertwined and understanding how you work is as important as understanding any other key part of your business such as important computer software.
However, unfortunately, we don’t come with a manual or a fault management guide so you need to develop your own manual which will include what to do when you develop a problem.
Here are six important parts of the manual
Find out about how to get more from your negotiations and how to use the Negotiation Planner tool
This is a planning tool to use before important negotiations so that you have all the information you need and have thought through your strategy
Negotiating has become a dirty word as Brexit drags on and on and people comment about how poor a negotiator Theresa May and others have been.
We often don’t think that we have to negotiate, yet every day we do it from agreeing what TV programme you are going to watch with your partner, to buying and selling in your business life.
Five steps to greater confidence
Here is a summary of the topics covered in the business skills session about the five steps to confidence
This is the tool for you to map when, where and with whom you feel confident or feel drained of confidence
This is the tool for you to list everything that you have achieved and is great in your life so you can get an immediate feeling of confidence and will being when you look at it
Here are 5 warning signs that your level of confidence may be undermining your business:
How to manage your time as a business owner
Strategic tools to improve your time management
A summary of how to plan your diary and the types of days you have. Some people plan the whole year in advance some just a week or a quarter.
Audit what you are doing now and what would be ideal. This digital tool in Word can be used to create a plan to improve all aspects of your life which will contribute to your time management.
Here is the business skills session, make sure you download the tools before you watch the session
The One Page Marketing Plan(c) is designed to let you summarise your marketing strategy and outline activity on one page, while the marketing action plan is a practical tool for tracking your marketing activity and measuring success.
Every paper and every radio and TV newscast includes something about Brexit, and often it is not positive. No one knows what is going to happen so do you need to worry? I contributed to a blog about the impact of Brexit on SMEs last month where I gave my thoughts on things that make sense to do to be prudent in the run up to Brexit, but should you worry?