The difference between hanging a picture up using a manual screwdriver and an electric screwdriver can mean suffering blisters, or not. It can mean one hour of hard labour (for some) or one minute! It can mean a cracked screw head, or not. So why do we spend all that time and resource doing a job that a convenient tool can do for us using a fraction of the time and resources? Well I will let you answer that one for yourself and meanwhile let’s look at a few simple approaches we can take to our business that provide a bit of TLC, DIY style!
A Power Tool is by nature, and by science, a very powerful implement. Using a Power Tool is utilising
The Angle Grinder
The Angle Grinder is a small but deadly tool. Relative to its size, it makes a hell of a lot of noise, can do some serious damage if not utilised properly and with proper care. The Angle Grinder sits quietly until needed, and once plugged in, you better be ready for the power of this tool.
Investors and others who invest time or resources into our business are quietly sitting until called upon. So when you contact your investment partner (or bank perhaps) you must be prepared for the onslaught that pursues. Have your plan in place and know exactly what you need to achieve once the power is switched on, as it may to too late to consider putting on the safety gloves once this tool unleashes its energy.
The Table Saw
The largest Power Tool we will need for some major TLC for our business is the Table Saw. We use the table saw to cut, shape and trim the supporting beams and flooring of our business. Perhaps a supporting beam or joist in the business needs replacing or updating. If we do not maintain these aspects of the business, it will eventually crumble down around the fancy paintwork and fixtures.
This could be a basic funding issue, or ensuring the VAT or accounts are submitted on time. It could be sourcing and securing the services of the core partners who will help us drive our business forward. Web developers, Accountants, Solicitors, Business Coaches and Training Partners all help us build our business from the foundation up.
The Power Drill
The Power Drill is a double use wonder. We can use it to drill holes, or fill those holes with screws, depending on the attachment. Such a versatile tool, it helps us undo things, rebuild things and create new things. And the key here is speed. I remember my husband drilling a 6 inch hole in a double cavity wall to install an extractor outlet in our kitchen. With the power drill it took a whole weekend to complete both sides. Imagine that job without power? It can be done (think of Pyramids in Egypt) but where we lack the resources for “muscle power” we make up for with the more cost effective power drill. When something needs installing in your business, or perhaps repairing, a Business Coach can be worth their weight in gold (perhaps not literally), and speed up a recovery process or empower the business owner to quickly and effectively make the required changes.
Sometimes aesthetics just matter! Sometimes we need to spend resources on the finer things of life, and business. The quirky business cards, the quality letter heads, the PR event next week, these are all important aspects of managing and driving our business. For some it may seem unnecessary, even vain perhaps, but etching the finer curves and angles on the framework of our business can help it look more attractive to a prospective client.
The Table saw has allowed you to prepare the fundamental aspects of your business. And no tool kit should be without the wonderful Jigsaw. When we need a more guided cutting made, or a curved shape cut into one of the larger structures, this is where the Jigsaw shines through.
Have you ever run your fingers across a table in a restaurant or coffee shop, and pick yourself up a splinter? Ouch! What’s the point in having beautiful wood with elegant curves and paintwork, when it becomes such an unpleasant experience, and all we remember is the emergency first aid while trying to enjoy our glass of Grenache? Sand down those edges of your business, pay attention to the finer details, ensuring your customer experience is the best experience they can have when interacting with your business.
But of course, no power tool should be used without protective clothing, goggles and first reading the operating manual. Imagine our manual being like the Business Plan for our business. We need to go back to the Business Plan to read and understand how our tools operate safely and with the required support. Perhaps some hardware needs addressing, or beams need strengthening. Perhaps it is just some decorative work that is required.
And of course, a DIY job should never be taken on alone! Cups of tea, measuring tape, level and a sharpened pencil are paramount. Share with us below the Power Tools you have in your Business Toolbox…