The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael E. Gerber This book is the most recommended business book. If you only read one business book in a year then this should be the one. I’m not overly excited by the format of the book but it’s the content that blew me away. The book consists of the author having a discussion with a business owner. Listening to her woes and hearing how tired she is, Gerber then tells her what her problem really is and how she can fix things. He tells her what problems she’s encountered in the past, how she mismanaged her solutions to these problems and how she could have managed things better
The one part of my business I hate the most is accounting, marshalling those invoices, expenses and whipping them into order, bringing them into line and making them do the things they need to do. It’s an agonising process and I always look forward to earning enough money to be able to outsource it to a bookkeeper. It’s at this point I need to put a disclaimer. I’m not a bookkeeper or an accountant, this article should not be taken as advice but as a springboard for your own research. I’m making no recommendations here as to which is the right kind of accounting package for your business. There are so many different accounting packages around it’s really hard to know which one to use.
Juggling time, always a fun thing to do and never more so than when you’re taking on so many different tasks at once. All the people I know who study or work from home and have small children are very organised. One friend actually sells a product called Mayhem Manager which helps you to organise yourself, your house and your kids. It’s an awesome product but I’m not here to talk about this except in how it can help me manage my life. I’ve just taken on the task of studying English Literature. I was hoping for a daytime class but that was cancelled as they didn’t have enough enrolments so I had to switch to Wednesday nights. For most Wednesday nights during the year
One of the biggest problems of working by yourself from home is always being your own impetus. I’ve really been struggling with this and you might have noticed a lack of articles here due to that. This morning I put on some music and insisted I get motivated and get some actual work done as opposed to fake work that could be relegated to a few minutes here and there. I chose some offbeat music and one song that came up gave me the impetus for this article. Called ‘My Boomerang Won’t Come Back’ by Rolf Harris I had to get to the end of the song to get my muse. If you don’t know the song it’s all about an Aboriginal who has a
Buyers and sellers have a complicated relationship, we sell and they buy which sounds simple but in Australia the buyer is protected by the Trade Practices Act 1974, yes it’s old but it still applies. There’s also the Sale of Goods Act and the Fair Trading Act and if there are problems and the buyer is not getting satisfaction from the seller there’s always an Ombudsman to complain to. The Trade Practices Act regulates areas such as: * a system of fair trading, as opposed to misleading or deceptive conduct in the marketplace * accurate and reliable information, as opposed to false and misleading information * sales techniques – to ensure they are fair and not misleading or one-sided * product standards for a wide