What Are You Doing To Improve Your Business?
What about improving yourself?
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then so is the road to a better business! I meet a lot of business owners, and only a few do things to continuously upgrade and improve their knowledge of what they are doing ...
If you want to improve your business, you should improve yourself first!
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However, lots of them say that it would be useful and probably important to go on more courses and read more business books, or even get a mentor.
"So what are you doing to improve yourself? What are you doing to improve your business?"
How many courses have you been on in the last 6 months? How many personal improvement books have you read? How many webinars, seminars and workshops have you been on? Do you have a business coach or mentor?
Put simply, what are you doing to improve you, because you - the business owner - are probably the most important aspect of the business that needs to be improved.
Sure you may have a technical skill, but that may need freshening up from time to time. But what about all the other skills you need to run a business? What about the stuff you don't know yet?
In the past the UK's education system has not provided training on how to run a business; the majority of schools still don't. Certainly, there are MBA courses available at University, but not enough general learning about how to run a business.
So if you are one of the approximately 5.5 million self-employed, or 3 million company directors of small businesses, how do you deal with this?
One solution is your trusted accountant. I need to add a caveat that not all accountants are the same and therefore you may want to check out several different ones. Some accountants are great bean counters, but not great at giving you business advice.
Another solution is to find a business coach. Well, like accountants, there is usually plenty of choice. Before you say yes, what can you do to check them out? Obviously, you can browse their websites and social media for all sorts of information. One critical part of checking is looking at testimonials and maybe even following up one or two of them with a phone call.
If you are looking to improve your business, then start off by considering working with Jonathan Vowles Chartered Accountants. We provide the peace-of-mind that comes from being looked after by a professional, full-service firm of advisors.
For positive, pragmatic help and advice to enable you to get more from your business, call me on 0333 335 0422 or click here to send me an email enquiry and book yourself in for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Until next time ...
I've been an accountant in and for business since 1987 and have a wide experience of consultancy, audit, accounts, taxation and wealth planning work from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations and charities.
My eclectic interests in growing and developing business span a number of areas … and can be summarised as strategic business advice and tax saving advice.
I have worked with the Chamber of Commerce to deliver courses for people about starting up in business and have lectured about tax for a major accountancy practice and for Milton Keynes College.
I relax by reading fiction and by getting away from the office in a campervan.