These are some of the areas where we assist small businesses like yours.
If you are about to launch your own small business, you have a whole world of possibilities in front of you. We will work with you to help you assess the viability of your business idea and will then guide you each step of the way to help you take your idea and turn it into a successful small business.
Business and Marketing plans
Many small businesses start with no formal or written plans at all. Some say that failing to plan is planning to fail and we agree. Without solid plans you don't know where your business is going or how to get there. We will work with you to produce custom business and marketing plans to help you to clearly identify and reach your goals. We will also help you plan and build a brand, including a website that will draw potential clients in.
No matter how small you start, eventually you are going to need your business to grow if it is going to be sustainable and if it is going to reach its full potential. In order to help your business to grow, we will work with you to create:
- Sales Strategies
- Personalised Sales Training and Coaching
- End to End Sales Processes
- Quality Management Systems
- Advertising campaigns that will result in sales
Websites and social media
If you have a business, you need a website supported by relevant social media. Your website doesn't have to be a work of art, but it does have to work for you. We can help you create a website that builds your brand's credibility and forms an important step in your sales funnel without taxing your marketing budget to breaking point. And if you already have an existing website we can work with you to optimise it so it does what you want it to do while providing Website Error Testing and Proofreading.
Small businesses are a lot like their owners, if they are going to be around for a long time they have to be healthy. One of the best ways to assess the health of a small business is via its financials; the numbers don't lie. We will work through your financials with you to help you to understand the current financial position of your business and to develop metrics that you can use to continue to monitor and improve the financial health of your business.
Research and exploration
No matter how well you plan, starting a new business and keeping ahead of the competition involves regularly exploring uncharted waters. Research is one of the best tools that small business owners have at their disposal to constantly know the position of their business and the safest direction to head. Some of the research tools that we help small business owners to master include:
- Market Research
- Voice Of The Customer (VOC)
- Customer Experience Testing
- Focus Groups
- Product Testing
- Soft Product and Service Launches
When you think about it, a successful business is a collection of processes that have been found to work, which are then carried out by staff over and over again to achieve predicable and desirable results. Each stage in a repeatable process is a stepping stone on a path to repeatable success. That means that you need a process for everything you do in your business and the more important the activity, the better the process needs to be. It's only by having good processes that you can have a great business. If you already have processes, we can help you to regularly review and improve these to keep up with your growing business and its evolving needs. If you are just starting out, we can help you get the right processes in place right from day one to ensure that your business grows smoothly and profitably.
Building and leading your team
If you want to grow your business, or even just take a break from time to time, at some point you are going to need to hire some help. This poses all sorts of questions such as: who do you hire, where do you find them, in what capacity do you hire them (full time, part time, contractor), how much do you pay them, how do you turn a collection of people into a high performing team and how do you lead them? It's important to have good answers to all of these questions and quite a few more because while your business is a collection of processes, your team are the business! When you are ready to hire your first team member, we can help you figure out what questions you should be asking yourself and help you to find answers to these questions.
As your business starts to grow, you will probably find that you need to make a major change at some point to capitalise on your success. Perhaps you will need to move to a new location with more space or upgrade your IT capabilities. As you get more confident, you might also decide you want to try something new in your business. What this means is that sooner or later you will be faced with managing a project in your business. The reality is that most projects don't go well and when you think about it that is not surprising because most small business owners are not seasoned project managers and don't have the time to go away and learn how to manage a project in their business before they have to lead one. We can help you to assess if the project you are considering will really add value to your business. If it will, we can help you to plan and manage all of the elements so that everything comes together like clockwork which will save you time, money and stress.
It doesn't matter if you have an idea that you think the world needs, an established business that is ready to explore listing to obtain enough equity to accelerate its growth, or something in between, we can help you obtain the finance you need. Through our partner networks we can help you through the process of securing equity, debt or a combination in whatever form will work for your business.