Monthly Archives: January 2009

Are You Feeling the Pinch?

4. YOU CAN ALWAYS CUT MORE You can forecast expenses, you can’t forecast revenue. Look for places to cut expenses. When times are good, companies tend to add staff and expenses that are nice to have, but not critical. It’s … Continue reading

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Are You Feeling the Pinch?

3. DON’T DEPEND ON ANYONE Keep a close eye on your suppliers, and have alternatives. In a downturn, some of your suppliers may become troubled as well, and you need to think about alternative sources for your critical inputs.

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Are You Feeling the Pinch?

2. COLLECT WITH PASSION On a related point, manage receivables aggressively. Businesses are holding on to their cash longer than before, resulting in late payments. These late payments are having a ripple effect through the SME community. Receivables will trend … Continue reading

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Are You Feeling the Pinch?

How are you finding the economic downturn? Is your business booming as you pick up new clients love the flexibility that a VA can offer as they are less inclined to hire staff at this uncertain time? Or are you … Continue reading

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Managing Your Own Workload – Marketing Activities

Keep on networking. This is often the first thing that gets dropped when you become busy with clients work. I know; I’m guilty of it myself. But when you suddenly disappear from groups you have been a regular at, often … Continue reading

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Managing Your Own Workload – Marketing Activities

Review your marketing activities. Set aside time each month to review your marketing activities. How many enquiries have you had in the previous month and where have they come from? Have a look at what is working for you and … Continue reading

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Managing Your Own Workload – Marketing Activities

Social networking. If you have a profile on sites such as Ecademy and LinkedIn, it’s easy to spend hours each day on and off the site responding to requests to link. Set aside some time each week for social networking … Continue reading

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Managing Your Own Workload – Marketing Activities

Happy New Year! Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin… Writing your blog. The same writing advice applies here as it does to newsletters but with the added bonus that you can schedule your posts for in advance. I’m actually … Continue reading

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