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Good Personnel Management Means Better Profits

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Most small businesses operate a tight ship.  They manage overhead expenses and watch cost of sales to stay on the credit side of the ledger. But when you’ve reached a point where you cannot see any further ways to reduce costs, there could still be an opportunity to increase your profits through increasing productivity. Probably the most important way managers can increase productivity is in the way they manage their people. There are a number of practical steps you can take that revolve around your people management systems. Read More

Putting Together A Pricing Strategy

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

For many small businesses pricing products and services is more a matter of guesswork than logic. Mindful of competitor pricing, they make the mistake of simply undercutting to win business rather than carefully working out the price they need to charge – a price that not only covers the cost of doing business, but makes all the hard work worthwhile by returning a reasonable profit. Read More

Protecting Your Business With Credit Policies And Procedures

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

If you were in the money lending business would you hand over money to people without arranging a repayment contract with them? It doesn’t sound too smart, but most businesses are in the money lending business in just this way. In effect, by offering credit to your customers, you are providing them with a loan. Companies that lack sound credit policies and procedures take unnecessary risks and can jeopardise their very existence. Read More