It is common in business that clients may sometimes delay in paying what they owe you or even fail to pay up. The question then is, what can a tradie do in a situation where a customer fails to pay. One way to protect your business is to demand payment up front which can work for some clients but then you might end up losing business to other businesses that offer better payment terms. However, another means of protecting your business against bad debts is to get credit insurance. Credit insurance covers your business, so that you still get paid even if they go under or fail to pay you.
Understanding every aspect of your business not only ensures that you are in control of your business but also enables you to forecast and prepare it for the future. Tradies that are hands on usually focus on getting the actual work done, however, the financial side of the business needs equal attention.
You have started receiving calls from potential clients that are interested in your service, soon you are busy getting work done and the money starts coming in and you are set for life! Well, not quite. As your Trade business grows, there are certain obligations such as tax, licensing and employment laws that come with it.
As your business grows, one asset that can add value to how you operate and achieve your goals is continuous learning. Change is inevitable and continuous learning, for a business owner, is a strategic approach that can ensure your business survives in turbulent times and thrives in stable times.
Strategy is an important aspect for any business, including Tradies. Knowing where you are coming from, where you want to be by a certain time and how to get there separates successful and failed businesses.
You might have just started your trade business or have been in business for a while now, but one of the things that any business owner looks for is profit. Profit is why most people start their own businesses because it comes with early retirement or peace of mind knowing your income is secure.
In the first part of the Break-even series, we discussed what the break-even point is, how to calculate it and the 3 important elements you need to employ to achieve that position. As a quick recap, new businesses might not generate expected income in the short term but can make enough revenue which puts them in a position of not making a loss but not making a profit either. At this point the business can still survive, however, the most preferable outcome is that of making a profit as soon as possible.
Making the decision to start your own business is a bold move that involves risk but can also come with greater rewards. As a potential entrepreneur you need to conduct your market research in order to estimate the size of the potential market, competition and potential sales, as these are some of the factors that will determine your business’ success.