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How business workshops can get you up and running…

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By Angela Morris

 How business workshops can get you up and running…

When you are starting out in business there will always be some who are for you and some who think it is not a good idea. Those are the straight-forward people who tell it like it is, from their minds and from their prospective.

But what about those friends, family or people, who say you have good concept or idea…..but go on to plant questions in your mind:

“Is this a good time to get up and running in business?”

“Ooh, rather you than me!”

“It all sounds a bit risky, are you sure?”

Or words to that effect. Opinions are great, but do you think?

Perhaps you are constantly asking yourself that question and feel a bit afraid of getting up let alone running in business! This is all perfectly normal so you can rest assured this is not abnormal however what you may be lacking is some information and some tools to help you get up and running in business. Why not invest some time into finding out what is needed to start-up a business by attending a short series of business workshops?

Well now there is help at hand in the form of informative, practical business workshops that will help you make your mind up as to whether having a business is for you rather than listening to others who really cannot give  you the guidance you need. You will even get help with your business plan!

Throughout the month of March, working with a team of experienced and accredited advisers, AM Total Business Solutions and Bromley Council are running a series of business workshops titled:

“Getting You Up and Running”

Just click on the link below for further information of the subjects covered as well as what to do if you wish to attend:

Register here for Getting You Up and Running business workshops 

Who will these business workshops be good for?

  • Anyone thinking about starting a business and needs help with business planning
  • Anyone who has a business and needs some support with finance and accounts
  • Anyone who has started a business and needs help with marketing & social media
  • Anyone who just wants to know more and ask questions!

Don’t wait a minute longer (plus spaces really are limited!) sign up today to secure your place!

Register here for Getting You Up and Running business workshops

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5 things to consider when starting your business

AM Total Business Solutions Ltd - www.angelarmorris.com

By Angela Morris

5 things to consider when starting your business

You have printed your business cards, fined tuned your business plan, you have a great marketing plan so why are you not getting any (or very much) business?

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Remember Edison? Inventor of the light bulb? Let us take a quick look at some of his quotes:

 

  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

And my personal favourite:

  • “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work!”

Here are 5 things to consider when starting your business.

 

  1. PEOPLE PREFER THE EASIEST WAY!

People will seek to accomplish whatever needs to be done with as little effort as possible. They most successful inventions are the ones which make life easier! Think about all the gadgets you use on a daily basis, you have probably traded and upgraded at each opportunity. Why? Because we are quite lazy really. But that’s good, lots of business ideas flow from taking the burden off someone else’s shoulders! Keep your ideas simple.

 

  1. PEOPLE REFUSE TO WAIT!

The old adage “act in haste, repent at leisure” doesn’t really apply to the current generation! We now live in the age of “fast food” and “microwave” dinners. Parallel this with business. Remember that we are now in a society where people are not patient at the best of times and impatient at the worst.  Be careful about promoting a business that requires the customer to wait because they might feel that they are working too hard for your service!

  1. IT IS NOT AS QUICK AS YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE!

Regardless of how it may appear meteoric rises for a start-up company are few and far between (Yes, I know you want to be the exception!) so common sense must prevail. How many of you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Well starting a business is just like that, slow and deliberate, with no immediate rewards. Please bear in mind the more unique your goods or services, the longer it may take to educate and persuade potential customers of its benefits.  Be prepared for the long-haul and if it comes any quicker, count it as a bonus!

 

  1. BE READY TO KEEP DEVELOPING YOUR BUSINESS

Regardless of how much time you spend carefully crafting your business plan you have to concede that the first, second or even third version of whatever you’re selling won’t be perfect.  It is a process of trial and error to ultimate see what works, what customers really want and what it will take to deliver against those expectations. You need to keep up with the market place no point in selling video tapes when we can download movies!

 

  1. YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE WISE CHOICES!

Sometimes we just have to decide what not to do! This is a tough one I know, but it is the only path to excellence! Sometimes it is hard to say “No” to a customer especially as a start business and you really want to make some money. I like the following saying “if you chase every shiny penny you see on the sidewalk, don’t be surprised if you end up somewhere you didn’t want to be!”  Of course will be times when trade-offs have to be made and it will take mental discipline to make hard choices. Everyone may be running to you because you’re cheap, but is this the image you want to portray?

 

Don’t be put off! Put it in your business toolkit. Why, Because….

 

“Life’s Too Short!”

Need any extra help or support? Feel free to send me an email: theboss@nullangelarmorris.com

Further reading:

Further reading

 

 

Five secrets to business success

Start-up founders 6 secrets for success

Business owners share secret weapons for success

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Are you showing off your gifts and talents in your business plan?

 

AM Total Business Solutions Ltd - www.angelarmorris.com

By Angela Morris

Are you showing off your gifts and talents in your business plan?

talented

 

Did you know that the business plan can be a great place to show your gifts and talents? It is a place where you can really blow your own trumpet!!! You cannot really be shy when it comes to business.

For some of you, the problem may be that you have more than one gift. In fact you have so many, it’s hard to know which ones to focus on let alone put them in a business plan!

Let’s look at the definition of the word “gift” mean?

The dictionary defines this as “a natural ability or talent”

Not appreciating the word “gift” then let’s look at the word “talent”

Which means “natural aptitude or skill”

However you want to interpret it still goes back to using skills which other people may find difficult, but you find it easy!

How do you start evaluating, for yourself, what you a good at? Here are some helpful tips:

Step 1. Take a few moments and reflect on what you were good at during your education years? What did your teachers always say about you? For example, even if they said you talk too much that is still a skill which many people have to pay others to learn! Think about it…..

Step 2. What is the area within your life where you find achieving easy? You know! The accomplishments or talent that everyone raves about and you lower your eyelids and say ever so meekly “Oh that…it was nothing, really!” (feel free to add your own dramatic flair to it)

Step 3. Take your gift for spin! When did you last use your gift? Make up your mind to dust it off this week! Be it singing, baking, designing, writing, drawing, building, public speaking or even blogging? Just give it a go to see if you’ve still got it, you may be very pleasantly surprised. Even if you are out of practice!

Step 4. Keep practising and developing until you are very good or even outstanding at what you do. Don’t go into it half-hearted, at the same time, don’t let others throw cold water on it either!

Step 5. Keep an eye on those who encourage you and test it out on people who don’t know you and can give you honest feedback. They may tell you it’s good but not great. That is helpful because it means you need to fine tune your talent.

Of course there are always more steps, but you can do the rest of the work on this one!

Finally put yourself in your business plan, don’t hold back! If you  don’t try, how will you know if you will succeed? Why? Because….

“Life’s Too Short!”

Life's Too Short - by Angela R Morris

Life’s Too Short! (So handle your business) An ebook – by Angela R Morris

Need some support putting a business plan together?  You can email me at: theboss@nullangelarmorris.com for further information.

 

 

Further reading

Further reading

The difference between talent and strength

3 Reasons why you must use your talents now

Are you showing yourself off in your business plan?

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Does your business plan reflect your vision?

AM Total Business Solutions Ltd - www.angelarmorris.com

By Angela Morris

Does your business plan reflect your vision?

Business plan and vision

Does your business plan reflect your vision? You may think this is a strange question, however we don’t always consider this as a factor when discussing or planning our vision. Think about it, people usually want to meet the individual behind the vision when they are impressed with what you are doing, but where lending money or investing is concerned, it is normally about the vision behind the person! This is where a good business plan with a great mission statement is very useful.

Your business plan should consist of relevant information and be a “working document” which includes, your vision for growth and moving forward in a progressive, methodical way. It can even include when you plan to exit your own business!

Not sure what your vision is yet? Here are a few questions you could ask yourself:

 

  1. What tasks or services are you naturally good at? Oftentimes you find you have not been trained to do it. It just flows out of you!
  2. Does it make you happy when you do it? Just because you can, does not always mean you should!
  3. If you could make a living out of it, would you? We don’t always know how to turn our gifts into revenue but your business plan can show you if this is possible!

Did you know that many successful businesses have their starting point in working with a natural flair or talent, which may not have been recognised initially?

 

It takes courage to take a step towards your ideal role, of doing what you love and loving what you do, to generating income. Your business plan may show up some gaps which you can quickly remedy. These steps may include:

  1. Taking up a course of study to finely tune your skills or get certified for them
  2. Creating or joining a network of like-minded people who can support you and vice-versa
  3. Devoting some time and energy to creating a picture of what you would really like to do and how you would like to do it.
  4. Be prepared to invest in yourself to make progress, regardless of supports you.

Remember the old adage:-Nothing ventured, nothing gained? I conclude by adding, no point living in regret of what you didn’t do. Why? Because…

 

“Life’s too short!”

 

Life's Too Short - by Angela R Morris

Life’s Too Short (So handle your Business!) An ebook- by Angela R Morris

 

 

Further reading

Further Reading:

Does your business plan reflect both vision and your expectations?

 How to write your business mission statement

Does your business plan explain your vision?

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3 reasons to have a good business plan in 2015

AM Total Business Solutions Ltd - www.angelarmorris.com

By Angela Morris

3 reasons to have a good business plan in 2015

 Business plan

You have a good business idea but no business plan?? You need  a plan and not just any plan, but a good business plan!

There are many reasons why you should have a good business plan.  There are lots of debates around whether it is worthwhile having a business plan. Some may disagree but personally, I struggle to see your vision when it isn’t documented anywhere! I will give you some food for thought and you can decide for yourself whether you think it is necessary or not. So here we go…..

3 reasons you need a good business plan:

  1. It demonstrates that you are serious about your business– there is no point saying “it’s all in my head!” When I hear people saying this, a voice in my head says either:-

(a) This person is very lazy,

(b) They are not serious

or

(c) They don’t know how to do one

You go ahead and choose the appropriate answer. If you don’t know how to do one then ask for help. If you’re not really serious about business best get off the bus now!

 

  1. It demonstrates that you can think strategically about your business-when you are able to explain what you are doing, where you are going and how you plan to achieve it, you are likely to attract interest to your business and who knows where that could lead to! Just suppose a crowd-funder came to see you and said “I have £30k I am looking to invest in a start-up or up and coming company, I heard your name mentioned and would like to see your plans” What would you do? Hopefully pull out your well-presented, business plan, show him (or her), get the money and run!

 

  1. It demonstrates that you understand that circumstances, income, outgoings and people are subject to change and that you are prepared to deal with the unexpected! In other words you are mature enough to recognise that everything is subject to change and you need your business plan to be flexible enough to keep going or recover!

I therefore invite you to make it a goal to create a good business plan in 2015. Why? Because…

 

Life’s too short!

Further reading

Further reading:

The importance of having a Business Plan

5 Reasons why you need a business plan

Having a good business plans