Why You Need to Hire Help

When you start your own business, you may find it hard to hire help. There are a lot of things that go into hiring your first employee. Also, having someone sort of control the fate of your business can be a scary thing to deal with.

Of course each and every situation is different. Some businesses may be great with just one worker (you). However, many need more workers in order to grow and survive.

Below are reasons for why you need to hire help:

Why You Need to Hire HelpYou can’t do everything. 

You might like to think that you can do everything, but that is very difficult for any business owner. I have seen someone open up a retail store, and they did everything themselves. They had hundreds of thousands of dollars in inventory, so this was not a small store.

This business owner did everything. He would open the store, close the store, stock the shelves, handle the accounting, ring out customers, deal with distributors and so on. Just thinking about everything he did gives me a headache.

This store does not end well though. He never hired help, and his business suffered because of it. He couldn’t trust anyone, and that led to the demise and closing of his store.

Plus, you will probably want to take time off eventually. If you control the whole business and have never had any help, then it would be very hard to ever take a break or a vacation, because there would be no one to step in and run your business while you are gone.

Your time is valuable.

Yes, your time is valuable. In the above situation, the business owner definitely should have hired employees. Instead of spending time growing his company, he had to do many little tasks, such as stocking shelves and cleaning the store.

You need to determine where your value lies. Could you hire someone to do the smaller tasks while you handle the more important tasks of the business?

Hiring someone else may allow you to grow your business.

If your business is not growing, one of the reasons may be because you DON’T have any help. Extra people may be able increase sales, make the business more efficient and so on.

If your company is a sales driven company, then more employees is usually better since there is only so much that one salesperson can do.

 

When did you decide that you needed help with your business? Are you glad that you hired help?

 

A quiet night in: an exercise in frugal saving.

image1As much as any couple, family or group of friends might like going out, it’s never cheap. Whether it’s fine dining or going out to your local bar or restaurant, these are costs that add up all too easily. They may seem cheap once in a while but once you start doing it on a weekly or semi-regular basis, it becomes a larger and larger chunk of your expenses.

In contrast to this, understanding the benefits of a quiet night in can prove useful. More than offering something different and relaxing it can demonstrate a way to stay cheap and cost effective whilst still enjoying the usual perks of life.

Food

If you go out to eat, you should know how much this can cost. Cooking for yourself is usually the cheapest but there are still other options. For instance, if you have the urge for Chinese food, it may be cheaper for everyone to pool money together for chinese takeaways than visit your local restaurant. It’s much cheaper and doesn’t have the added costs of additional drinks and restaurant prices and other service charges that are often forgotten about.

Entertainment

Likewise, if you’re not going out, there is nothing to stop you from being social. Your home can prove entertaining enough with the right company. Cheap entertainment can be anything from a movie rental (if you’re only going to watch it once, don’t buy something you don’t need) to various games, which offer entertainment again and again. These are all cheap, whether you use it once or buy it to use again and again. This is another lesson to be learnt in saving, by understanding the real value of something.

If you come across some movies that you and your friends love, it makes sense to purchase the DVD so you can all watch it whenever you like. Luckily, you can save money by ordering your DVDs online, so you do not have to worry about breaking the bank. To make things more interesting, consider having each person purchase a DVD online and then choosing between your favorites every time you gather.

Additional expenses

Hopefully the two areas above should highlight how easy it is to cut down on those little costs for every social occasion but there are always other areas to look at. Take your appearance, for instance. If you don’t go out to an expensive restaurant you might not need to risk your best shirt or shoes. It can also save on other expenses, such as getting a taxi home late if you’ve been drinking or other travel costs.  So, next time you think you might go out, suggest staying in to the others and see how much can be saved.

5 Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Grow Your Freelance Business

When you own a freelancing business you are like a shark; you move, or you die. Not only do you need new customers, an occasional support request for a service provided earlier and increased revenue, you also need the encouragement and promise of growth to stay engaged. Getting your business to grow can be challenging, especially if you’re new to world of entrepreneurship, so here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Try Cross-Promotion

Chances are, you have plenty of clients out there who would be beating down your door–if they only knew you existed. One way to get your name out to more people is through sharing promotional efforts with a related business. If you design and create fancy plugins, for instance, you could reach clientele through cross-promoting with a website designer. Have you written a cookbook? Try selling or advertising it through gift shops and gourmet food emporiums, whose products you’ll also recommend. Get creative, cast a wide net, and you should be able to find several other business owners (local and online) who will be excited about working with you. Here are some ideas to try:

  • Share advertising. Ads can be expensive. Share costs, share the ad, share the sales.
  • Send out joint promotions. Fliers, postcards, newsletters, electronic or snail-mail.
  • Joint sponsorships. Get out in the community! Sponsor a team, an event, a booth.
  • Joint contest. This is another project that can be held online, in your community, or both.
  • Joint coupons/special offers. Customers who buy one of your items or services get one of hers free, and vice versa. Coupons are a great way to spur some sales.
  • Share samples. Because you attract similar clientele, you should each enjoy increased sales. It can also be done locally, or online.
  • Share space. You sell a little of their product, they display a little of yours. You both reap the benefits. This can be done in a “bricks-and-mortar” store, or online.

2. Add Value

You’re in the business of supplying what your clients need and want. But it’s easy to lose touch with those needs, or to miss additional sales opportunities because you get stuck in a rut. Ask yourself: what related products or information are my clients looking for? How can I provide them? Take some time to brainstorm. Bounce ideas off your friends. Ask clients via blog post, newsletter, or survey, then add products you believe have the greatest potential. If there are some you’d love to offer, but can’t, seek out entrepreneurs who do, and work on some cross-promotional ventures. [Read more…]

Five Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Avoid Being Overwhelmed in Your Business

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. It can be a combination of deadlines, stress, fatigue, and a huge pile of laundry. Give it a few days, and it passes. But if you find yourself feeling continually overwhelmed in your business efforts, it may be time to implement a few changes…

1. Adjust Your Expectations

You’re an ambitious person, with high standards and goals for yourself and your business. After a long day at work and a long night at home (and still more work), it may seem, however, that for all your ferocious paddling, those dreams are drifting further away. When you find yourself weighing your goals against your progress, and finding the latter wanting, it may be time to reconsider both. Ask:

  • Are my goals realistic?
    You may want to break into the Fortune 500, dominate e-pubs, or be the state’s best caterer by the time you’re thirty. However, that level of success usually requires years of effort and–dare we say it–occasional failure. Before you berate yourself for falling behind, make sure your goals are reasonable to begin with; ask a friend’s objective opinion if necessary.
  • Is my progress measurable?
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Tick Tock, Tick Tock. Try These Time Management Tips to Control the Clock

If you’ve attended any time-management seminars, you’ve heard the old saw “everyone has the same twenty-four hours,” and been made to feel guilty that Thomas Edison spent his inventing 70 bazillion things, while you can’t get one stupid presentation done. You start work every morning positive you’ll accomplish great things–only to find, when five o’clock arrives, you’re no closer to finishing anything than you were at eight. That means another late night, either at your desk or on the couch at home, struggling to stay afloat while other priorities (family, friends, housework) dangle, neglected. This isn’t how you thought your life would turn out.

The thing is, everyone starts the day with twenty-four hours but (sorry, Ms. Inspirational Speaker), we don’t have the same twenty-four hours. Our ability to apportion our time is affected by our circumstances and our work styles. Some of these are changeable, while some aren’t. The trick is to find a time management system that works for you. So, rather than a one-size-fits-all program, here are some hints you can use to take control of your own twenty-four.

1. Find Your Prime Time(s)

You’ve no doubt heard of circadian rhythms–the rhythms that govern all natural functions, including our own. You’re probably aware of your own “body clock”–whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, or in-between. But did you realize you can make those rhythms work for you?

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Stop Procrastinating… Now!

It’s easy to spot a procrastinator. The day after, anyway. They’re red-eyed, irritable, and anxious, having subsisted on coffee for the last 36 hours while they worked frantically to get that presentation done. Their voices are raw from screaming at the printer, then the copier. They sport a bump on the forehead, where the desk hit it as they struggled to stay awake.

Of course, all you may need to do to find a procrastinator is look in the mirror.

Why Do You Procrastinate?

If you procrastinate, you likely come off an adrenaline-fueled work session wondering just why you do this to yourself. There are as many reasons as there are procrastinators, but here are some common ones:

  • Perfectionism: Some people believe they must do something perfectly for it (and by extension, themselves) to have any value. At the same time, they realize their efforts are going to fall short of the ideal. As a result, afraid of failure (or success), they wait until the absolute last minute to complete a task, the minute where the fear of not finishing something eclipses the fear of a less-than-perfect result.
  • Thrill-seeking: Many people have some early experiences with procrastination, often in high school or college. For some, a couple of failures, or simply the stress, is enough to persuade them to manage their time more effectively. For others, however, the charge they get out of pulling something off at the last minute becomes habit-forming. They may even believe that they “perform best under pressure.”
  • Lack of Self-Control: Other procrastinators simply have not learned the self-disciplinary or administrative skills they need to get work done calmly and reasonably. It’s incredibly difficult for them to forgo instant gratification (computer games, TV shows, a good book, going out with friends) to achieve something of greater value (work project), which is, at the same time, difficult or unpleasant to reach.
  • Difficulty Making a Decision or Commitment: Some are leery of making decisions, because they then bear the responsibility if those decisions are poor. In the case of a work project, they may avoid the task because they fear the inherent responsibility.

Why You Should Stop

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