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Articles tagged with: growth

Business growth and good coffee takes time

on Tuesday, 02 April 2013. Posted in General, Consulting, Start-ups, System Implementation

Business growth and good coffee takes time

Why do some small businesses not grow? I believe the main reason is that these small businesses wants their growth the same as their coffee. When their budget is tight they are indeed prepared to make the coffee themselves, so they make instant coffee. When funds become available they buy freshly roasted coffee from a drive through, instantly.

My point is that whether these small businesses have funds or not, they want growth to be instant. Some of these small businesses do implement measures for growth and then they quickly realise there is no instant results. So in most cases the measures fade away because no results are visible. Most real sustainable growth happens over time, similar to planting a seed today and only harvesting the crop in a future season and the crop may fail a few times along the way.

Being a coffee enthusiast myself, I can tell you that a good cup comes at a cost. I prefer to buy my beans from the roaster or a retail outlet that is directly affiliated with a local roaster, meaning they get freshly roasted coffee at least weekly. I do not buy the beans that are on the shelves on most supermarkets as they are in most cases guaranteed to be stale after a month from roasting date. Further I do not buy ground coffee as with that the freshness along with the taste is basically lost 3 minutes after grinding it. I buy beans and grind it myself, preferably with a hand manual grinder. An electric grinder is fine if it is a decent burr grinder, but the decent ones are usually the industrial ones and are rather expensive for the home user. You have the electric blade grinder as a cheap alternative but it gives you an inconsistent grind (coffee particles vary in size) and the heat of the rotating blades damages the coffee's taste. There is a reason to this madness, if done correctly you will get the most amazing and authentic coffee taste. Coffee should never be bitter. And you should never kill coffee with sugar! The reason people drink sugar in their coffee is exactly because it is prepared incorrectly and then tastes bitter.

Please reread the above paragraph with instant versus patient, cheap versus quality and healthy versus unhealthy in the back of your minds. Now compare the analogy to your own business and measures for growth, if any.

I want to communicate to small business owners that they must not give up on implementing strategies to grow, rather develop patience and a long term view. Be relentless in implementing small additions to your main vision of growth and direction, but remember it takes time, so also be relentless in developing patience.

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New financial year - time to get your house in order?

on Thursday, 28 February 2013. Posted in Accounting, Consulting, System Implementation

Follow up on the Small Business Sins series - Implementing a business system

New financial year - time to get your house in order?

We are entering a new financial year for the majority of small business owners and individuals. In follow up to my previous blog regarding the small business sins, I believe a new financial year is a great time to start fresh.

For the majority of small business owners, time and money is a scarce resource. Hence implementing a proper structure and system is not at the top of their priority list. Most only spend some resources on complying with statutory obligations for SARS and CIPC, because they have to do so by law.

There are some profound underlying changes that occur when you get your house in order, but for now let’s focus on some of the more obvious ones. The typical small business owner does not want to spend time on creating a structure for their business because they perceive this as a waste of time. The reason they believe it is a waste is that they think they should rather spend their time on making more sales or getting more clients or to just do what they have to do to survive.

Make no mistake, the majority of small business owners work very hard and it is understandable that they may make this critical error in underestimating the value of order because they focus on daily survival. However order is essential for creating spare time in the future. It may seem the other way around at first when you are implementing a new system, but be sure if it is a solid logic system, you will reap the benefit in saving time in the future.

Once you reach the stage where your system takes on maturity and start running on its own, you will be able to start breathing more and returning to your original role of business strategist rather than operational slave. Remember that time when you started your business, your thoughts were occupied with questions such as what will work? What if I change this? How will this influence that? Now you have become operationally enslaved with questions such as: What time do I have to be there? How am I going to remember to do that? When do I have to pay this? What type of part did he want? What was it Mrs Jones ordered? How can he say that is bad service?

How do you ever want to grow without order as a foundation?

Is it time to get your house in order?