Tweak Your Biz » Management

This post originally appeared on the Sage Ireland blog, Sage Ireland are official sponsors of Tweak Your Biz. Are you a Hands On Soloist that that loves the skill and craft of what your business provides or are youThe Manager/CEO type, a great mentor and leader that delegates important tasks to employees, or perhaps you are The Classic Entrepreneur that thrives on the adrenaline of a start-up environment. What type of business owner are you? Take our two minute quiz and find out. If…

Job descriptions are a powerful planning, control and management tool for both the organisation and the individual employee. A job description sets the context before starting any new role. It sets out in detail your role as a team member and gives a point of focus so that you can make a unique contribution to the overall success of an organisation. The requirement for ‘focus’ is ultra-important for the startup business promoter. So a job description should be high on the list of…

If you own a small business, sometimes you have to do things you don’t necessarily want to do. One of those may be letting someone go who isn’t doing what you need them to. When do you know if you should let your sales manager go, and what should you look for in a new one? When it’s time to let go… Nobody likes firing an employee but, unfortunately, sometimes you need to. If you are thinking it may be time to let your sales manager go, but wondering if you really should, take a look…

The quality of the proposal makes a huge difference between losing and winning the contract. For writing winning proposals, it is essential to say right things in a right manner. Some of the contracts are won just because of the correct proposals. In this article, we will discuss the important proposal writing guidelines. Determine the plan of the proposal Consider these 3 questions: – Who is your client? What do you want your client to get from your proposal? How can you make sure…

The purpose of this post about social media risks is to help you manage social media effectively in your business. Don’t let legal issues with social media ever be a reason not to use it if it is something that would benefit your business. But do identify the risks and manage them to acceptable levels beforehand.  There are few guarantees in life but I can guarantee you that it will be far more costly to deal with these types of problems after they arise than to take some simple steps to…

There is a dilemma small business owners face when they cannot move to the next stage of their own growth. This tension between where a small business owner wants to be and the health of the business is often based on limitations of such as financial, staffing and leadership. So, when is your small business not ready for you to be CEO? And how do you prepare it so it is ready? There is what you want to be and then there is what you have to be. One of my clients knows he would be a great…

The concept of an office has changed dramatically in the past eight years. In the early 2000s most small businesses could count on their employees spending their days within the physical walls of an office, but even then things were starting to change. New internet-based tools allowed employees to perform tasks without being physically present in the office. In 2005 remote employment reached a tipping point, according to these Telecommuting Statistics from Global Workplace Analytics. Since…

A new business is easier to start in modern times relative to ten or twenty years ago. Startups are becoming an engine for economic growth across the world. But there is a problem. Startups firstly consume a lot of resources – time and money. And most startups (products) fail. Ash Maurya’s book ‘Running Lean‘ will help you to manage the biggest challenge facing any startup –  to avoid product failure.  Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup praises Running Lean…

When a person realizes that they have a particular strength or have accomplished a particular feat, it is a natural tendency for them to look for ways to put that talent or experience to work.  Unfortunately, often that tendency causes them to try to tackle all challenges with that skill/experience leading to a disaster.  Remember the old cliché “If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail!”  Let’s take a look at some examples. Henrik Fisker Henrik Fisker prides himself in…

Running a small business means that eventually you will need the services of an attorney. While you may not be able to afford a lawyer on retainer, getting to know a good business law attorney can make life easier. There are many things that you can do on your own without an attorney. Naming your business, forming the structure of your business, creating NDAs, and filing other paperwork that is pertinent to the formation of your small company does not require a lawyer.   There are some…