Tradies spend a lot of time getting work done on various projects for clients with the goal of business growth and profitability. Business growth and profitability are closely related, on the one hand, growth requires a tradie to be in control or have oversight of the various business functions and profitability on the other hand, is as a result of sound financial management principles.
As your trade business grows, there will be a need to add new team members in order to service new and existing clients. Potential employees will come from different backgrounds and with different levels of experience. As the business owner, you need to be sure that the people you are hiring add value to your business.
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.
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.
To conclude our blog series into the recent amendments made to the QBCC Act, we will discuss the increased penalties, fair commercial conduct and rectification changes.