Optimising Your Small Business

Optimising Your Small Business
Anastasios Vasileiadis
by Anastasios Vasileiadis

If you have managed to get your small business up and running that is a great achievement. However the hard work does not stop there as you will need to keep your eye on a number of different elements in order to ensure that you are maximizing your income while minimizing your outgoings.

Business Management

Getting a business going is one thing, keeping it going is something else entirely. Nothing is static in the business world, you will find that prices of various items will fluctuate, which will include any stock that you buy in. Therefore although you will have carried out an evaluation of your suppliers when you first started your business, you should carry out a regular evaluation of your supplier options. Make sure you revisit the advice on how to evaluate suppliers as it is not necessarily all about cost. There are also other elements to take into account, such as timeliness of deliveries, ability to deliver the quantities you require and there may also be other elements to consider, such as whether items are bought on a sale or return basis.

You should also maintain an awareness of all of the processes that there are within your company. Are you carrying out jobs, such as stocktaking, effectively? Are you maintaining your accounts and financial information efficiently, or do you find yourself spending large amounts of time at the end of the month coordinating your finances?

"Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them." - Paul Hawken
Don’t stop looking for additional help and advice just because your business is already up and running as there are tools available that may help you to streamline your financial processing and help to provide you with a better understanding of all of the financial elements within your business.

Another way to optimise your business is to make sure that you are employing the right people. There are likely to be a range of skills required in order for your business to function properly. You do not necessarily have to have all of the skills yourself, but you do need to be aware of all of the skills your business needs. Therefore with careful recruitment you can ensure that the right balance of skills is maintained within your company. Hiring new employees may seem daunting, but once you have identified the skills that they will need you can find guidance on creating a job description that will attract the right sort of applicant.