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.
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.
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.
The government is currently offering grants to help small businesses owners grow their business. These grants can be used to help fund the development and growth of your business. The funding just requires an application to the relevant body once you are satisfied you meet the criteria. There are different grants available for specific purposes. The most relevant ones for Trade businesses owners are highlighted below.
Goal setting is more than just giving yourself a to-do list. You should set yourself a really meaningful long-term goal and then break it down into smaller achievable targets. Business owners should articulate this long term goal to the team through various mediums. Having a really well defined vision for the company provides clarity for all of your team members.
Here are 6 tips for improving some of the areas in your business that may need help.