Entries by onbiz

Pace Has Its Place

How do you feel on Friday afternoon – worn out, tired, flat? Do your body and your mind agree that you’ve made it to the finish line, and you feel finished? Maybe it’s time to set a different pace for your workdays. This doesn’t mean you’ll get less done, at least not less of anything […]

Networking For Beginners

Every time we attend a business function such as a training course, a trade show or an annual conference we have the opportunity to network. In fact, most of us network frequently, although we may not think of it exactly that way. Networking is the social part of doing business, and it can really help […]

How Many Hours In Your Day?

A professional services day is theoretically the same as any other – 24 hours long. But when it comes to how many of those hours can be dedicated by managers to earning fees you’d probably be surprised just how small the number actually is. If the working week were really 40 hours long it might […]

Even Negative Feedback Can Be Valuable

We often wonder what others really think about something we’ve said or done. The only way to find out is to get feedback from them, and it’s not always going to be positive. However, this doesn’t mean it isn’t all valuable. In fact, when someone disagrees with us and tells us why it can be […]

Backing Up Business Data – It’s Crucial

There’s no particular peculiar virtue in religiously backing up business data. It’s just that the consequences of not doing so are potentially catastrophic. Many businesses feel secure that their data are reasonably safe. They have good anti-virus software or a firewall that will stop viruses getting into their intranet. But there are other ways to […]

Problem Solving – How To Do It

Problem solving is a part of life, especially in our businesses. How you go about it is often the most important determinant of the outcome you get. Here’s a step-by-step management process for problem solving that you can use the next time something goes wrong and you have to fix it. 1. Be sure you […]

Play To Your Strengths

Every person is a combination of strengths and weaknesses. We’re only human and so we usually spend far too much time worrying about our shortcomings and too little time leveraging our strengths. That’s hardly a positive approach. Owning a business is stressful at the best of times, and we should do all we can to […]

Easy Time Management

Every person in every organization is well aware that by adopting even the most basic time management techniques they can become more effective, and hence more productive. Even if they don’t actually do it. For accountants it is especially important. They have to be able to bill accurately and profitably, and missing an important external […]

Brainstorming And How To Use It

Every organization will benefit from an input of fresh ideas. These can be about products, services, promotions, packaging, human resources – any aspect of an enterprise. Even if you don’t have any pressing problems to solve at the moment, it’s always healthy to give others a chance to have their say about your business. One […]

How Your Small Business Can Survive When A Giant Moves To Town

The arrival of a big conglomerate often serves as a kiss of death to small businesses. For how can you compete with these giants in the face of the vast technological resources, deep pockets, seasoned management, and the powerful brands of, say, a Wal-Mart, Kmart, Tesco or Home Depot? But as a small business you […]