Stepping Up With Your Small Business

step up your business

You have established your business, survived the climate, and built a dedicated customer base who support your successful steps as a business owner. However, have things started to feel a bit… samey? It’s time to step up your business!

Sometimes, business owners don’t realise they are in a rut with their operations, and many are left wondering what to do next. Have you reached a direction that you wanted to take the business and are unsure what’s next, or have you experienced a rough few months that have made you feel uncertain about the next step?

It is okay. We all need help at some point, and Pebbles Bookkeeping Services has your back. Here are some helpful hints to make you think about how to take that next step.

Let’s Talk Money

Let’s start with the pulse of your business – those all-important numbers. Sure, it may not be the most electrifying aspect of your business, but understanding your financials supports your growth.

Let’s start checking the basics of where that money comes from and where it goes. Breaking down your services and clients and analysing profitability will reflect where your future focus on efforts should be. Without a handle on that income and expenditure, you will find yourself stuck in a rut for a while.

Customer Experience

Above all else, first impressions of new customers and clients are everything – and the customer experience gets people talking.

It is more cost-effective to sell to existing clients once you have identified your most profitable services, helping you to deliver excellence and retain them. These people act as your greatest referral partners, selling your expertise and skills without you having to spend a penny on advertising or marketing. Happy, loyal customers are essential to organic growth and those all-important recommendations.

Hiring On Potential Instead of Expertise

Maybe your business has grown to a level where you need to bring in another person to help. That is great news – it shows you have ascended to another level. However, you stand much better ground if you hire somebody based on their potential instead of their expertise.

Hiring someone based on potential means investing in someone’s growth and development, which brings long-term value to your company. People with existing expertise are always looking to grow, meaning that they may already have their sights set on where to go past your company. Someone new with space to grow will build more loyalty to your company.

Another hire you could make is an outsourced partner, such as bookkeeping services in Manchester that can handle your financial records and payroll outsourcing services. Soon enough, this area of your business will take up large amounts of your time and may require another body, but an outsourced bookkeeper can help you keep the costs low.

Contact the team at Pebbles Bookkeeping Services if you are ready to help your business get over the hump and take it to a whole new level.

What our clients say…

“Pebbles have provided professional and personal approach to all our accounts needs from processing invoices to management accounts. Based in-house they have become a valuable asset to the business and have given us a more strategic and analytical approach to our finances.”

 

Robert Flinn, Director, The Drawing Room

I just wanted to thank you both for the help you’ve given me thus far in setting up my new cloud-based bookkeeping system ‘Clearbooks’.

Having used Microsoft Excel for more years than I care to admit, I had more than a few reservations when considering changing the way I managed my books, yet understood that I had to make the change sooner or later.

After an intense training session with Sean, (where I probably asked 101 questions), my fears quickly dissipated and I can honestly say that although it’s likely to take me a little while to really get to grips with the new interface, I’ve no doubt that this simple system will save me so much time and hassle in future.

And less time spent doing my books, almost certainly means more time with the family and an end to rushing around like a mad woman at quarter-end!

Thanks again and I’m looking forward to working with you again soon.

Anne-Marie Armstrong, Amberry Marketing

“Pebbles Bookkeeping have been doing our bookkeeping for the past 2 years. Our Accountant recommended them to us and they are very professional, approachable and knowledgeble in the work they do. We send them our paperwork electronically and manually and they process it all efficiently in a timely manner.

I would not hesitate to recommend Sean and the team at Pebbles Bookkeeping – they do a fantastic job.”
Mark Gray, Taylor Made Finance Ltd

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