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Analysing new markets: 5 Forces analysisBefore entering a new market it is crucial that you have an understanding of the current balance of power.View
Avoiding the founder trap
Avoiding the founder trapThe founder trap is something any business owner can fall into. You should avoid it at all costs so that your business can continue to grow.View
Building your business
Building your businessAlthough you still own your business, you should always try and build it with the idea that one day it will be sold. This will help you grow your business in a way that will be successful.View
Business planning (1 of 3)
Business planning series (1 of 3)In the hustle and bustle of running a business, particularly earlier in those infancy years, it can be easy to get caught up in the daily dramas and lose sight of why you are doing it all in the first place. Business planning is a vital step if you want to run your business, rather than have your business run you.View
Business planning (2 of 3)
Business planning series (2 of 3)A lot of business owners are very hands-on and find it difficult to remove themselves from day-to-day operations. To move you’re business forward you need to be confident that it can run when you aren’t there.View
Business planning (3 of 3)
Business planning series (3 of 3)If you want to run your business, rather than the other way round, there are some key questions you should be able to answer.View
Creating a research action planBefore you can begin any kind of marketing campaign, it is critical that you have an in-depth understanding of your customer, and this will require thorough research. In order to properly direct this research, an action plan must be created and adhered to.View
Creating a successful operating system
Creating a successful operating systemIt is important to have a sufficient and organised operating system within a business so that it runs smoothly without interruptions.View
Delegation in business (1 of 4)
Delegation in business (1 of 4)The most valuable resource that a business has is not its location, offices or equipment, but its people.View
Delegation in business (2 of 4)
Delegation in business (2 of 4)Knowing the benefits of delegation in increasing overall productivity is one thing, but actually beginning to do it is another.View
Delegation in business (3 of 4)
Delegation in business (3 of 4)When you begin delegating there are several important things you need to consider and plan around. Without considering these factors, you may find yourself wasting time at the other end, or being forced to redo work.View
Delegation in business (4 of 4)
Delegation in business (4 of 4)Leverage in management refers to using your existing resources more efficiently, to get a relatively greater return.View
Identifying business opportunities
Identifying business opportunitiesA successful business is able to understand its customers by identifying their wants and needs, and then supplying it to them.View
Mapping out business processes using SIPOCIn order to improve business processes, you and your team need to have a clear idea of what these processes actually involve.View
Planning sales operations
Planning sales operationsPlanning sales operations involves understanding everything about your sales environment. A good sales manager is aware of their responsibilities, as well as their team’s, and works to ensure all goals are met.View
Production and distribution worksheetWhat will it take to create, manufacture, and deliver your product to your customers? For a manufactured product, you will need to think through and quantify your requirements for raw materials, labor, machinery, inventory, and distribution.View
Seven paths to growth
Seven paths to growthFor an existing business there are usually seven possible paths to growing revenue and profitability. The following resource expands upon these seven growths paths and will assist in determining which one or two paths you should be focusing on.View
SMART goals templateGoal setting can be challenging if you’re unaware of what’s achievable for your business, or even how to measure progress.View
Sustainably growing your business (1 of 3)
Sustainably growing your business (1 of 3)For many business owners, growth is a key part of their vision. Achieving growth is one thing, but you have to do it safely so that you don’t put unnecessary pressure on the business.View
Sustainably growing your business (2 of 3)
Sustainably growing your business (2 of 3)Growing your business can be exciting and scary at the same time. Some people strive for growth, while for others it can be unexpected.View
Sustainably growing your business (3 of 3)
Sustainably growing your business (3 of 3)Growth can be daunting, but there are some things you can do to ensure that your business remains successful.View
The ‘Big 5’ business processes frameworkBusiness improvement as a whole can be thought of as a series of smaller improvements to the processes that make up a business’s activities.View
Tips for outsourcing
Tips for outsourcing business tasksLearning to outsource is one of the best things you can do as a business owner, although you need to be confident that the work you’re outsourcing will be done properly.View
Understanding the SWOT analysisA SWOT analysis is a process you can use to identify strategic issues with a group of people in a short time frame.View
Zero based Thinking (1 of 4)
Zero-based thinking (1 of 4)When making decisions in business and in life, there are many models we can use to ensure we are thinking as logically and strategically as possible.View
Zero based thinking (2 of 4)
Zero-based thinking (2 of 4)Having second thoughts about a decision? Most of the time the issue is about having the courage to make a change.View
Zero based thinking (3 of 4)
Zero-based thinking (3 of 4)Having second thoughts about a decision? Most of the time the issue is about having the courage to make a change. Once you apply this and make changes, the only question you’ll have is “why didn’t I do this a long time ago?”View
Zero based thinking (4 of 4)
Zero-based thinking (4 of 4)Once you have an understanding of zero-based thinking, you can start to apply it to decision making in your own life or business. By working through the areas this method can be applied to, you can develop your own action commitment for your business.View

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