Visions provides a total office support service to businesses. With well
over 20 years of experience, we offer a highly
professional and competent service, managing and
supporting all your business needs.
:: Many business
owners feel they should be able to manage their own
business documents without help. Whilst they may hire
accountants to handle finances, many feel guilty about
hiring someone to deal with the day-to-day
administration. However, a VA can free their time for
marketing and working on the growth of their business,
leaving them free to do what they do best.
"Lots of people have commented on how impressed they are
with my PA, and Iíve been really surprised at the
personal nature of the service - someone who really
wants to help."
GROWING YOUR BUSINESS!
Without growth you are at the mercy of your
competitors and market forces. A new competitor
entering the market or the development of a new product
or service to rival your own can seriously damage your
Business survival requires change, innovation, and
identifying and creating new opportunities. In
essence, growth doesn't just mean improving upon the
business you already have - it means sustaining it and
ensuring that your clients want to come back to you time
and time again.
Achieving growth is not easy, but it is
worthwhile. Business Visions provides a service for
small and medium sized businesses, which can help you
achieve this. Some things to consider:
Evaluate your current performance. The first
stage for any growing business is to clarify how well
the business is doing now. Start by reviewing your
core activities. What makes them different? What
benefits do they offer? How might they be improved and
how can you launch new ones? In particular, consider how
effectively you are matching your goods and services to
your customers' needs and what distinguishes your
successful products from your competitors?
Next consider your business efficiency and financial
position. Consider any internal factors that are
holding you back and how these could be addressed. Look
carefully at the way you are managing your cash flows,
working capital and time! Do you have the right balance
of money flowing in and out of your business or could it
be used more productively.
Once you have analysed your business's current position,
you will need to develop a clear growth strategy for
taking your business forward. Ask yourself four
questions - What's my direction? What are my markets -
now and in the future? How do I gain market advantage?
And what business environment am I competing in and am I
portraying the right image?
Be innovative - There are many options available
to businesses looking to grow. The most obvious is to
consolidate your existing performance. Increasing market
share requires a thorough understanding of your customer
base and rival businesses. Your consumer and competitor
reviews should enable you to identify areas of potential
expansion, and ways to develop new services or improve
upon existing services to make you more competitive.
Will the strategy work? Developing a growth
strategy can be all consuming and there is a danger your
closeness to the plans means you 'don't see the wood for
the trees'. Try to take a step back from your strategy
and ask yourself the following questions before
Do you have the resources and capacity to make your
business grow? For instance, will you need to employ
more people, offer more training, move to larger
premises or invest in technology? Do you and your people
have the necessary skills to proceed?
Business Visions offers you access to additional
resources and it is also useful at this point to get
an outsider to 'sanity check' your strategy.