Since starting my business 5 years ago I have been very lucky to have been surrounded by a network of great people who have given me help and advice, helping me develop my company in the best way for me.
Much of this advice has been freely given, without any thought of direct benefit to the advisor. Most of the advisers believing in the mantra ‘what goes around, comes around’.
I believe this too.
If you treat people as you would wish to be treated you can’t go wrong. Further, it is those people who give most freely of their time and energy who have the most successful businesses – not just in terms of money but also in terms of the enjoyment and satisfaction they find in their business life.
Of course, you have to make a living and it does not do to give away the crown jewels for free if they are your source of income. However, there may be people who will never become clients, who can be assisted along their journey.
For that reason I have written a number of business guides for small business owners for whom having a management accountant is an unrealistic expectation. These guides can be found by linking to: http://www.fionabevanfinancialmanagement.co.uk/guides.php
You do not need to register with me to down load the guides and they really are free.
Over the last couple of months a couple of my strategic partners have really helped me beyond the normal level of service I would expect. This blog is to thank them.
Firstly, my great friend Trevor Lever (Trevor Lever Consulting) really helped me to get some perspective on a tricky client issue I had. Just before meeting with said client I luckily bumped into Trevor in his office at Starbucks, Wells. Because I know Trevor so well I was able to really talk through my concerns and bounce around some ideas with him. This really helped prepare me for my meeting – which meant I got the results I needed.
When we work on our own it is difficult to be totally subjective and to think through issues which affect our business in a logical way. Having partners like Trevor is a real boon and makes running my business a less lonely experience. Thank you Trevor.
Secondly, my excellent IFA Andrew Stinchcomb (Integrity Financial) is really helping my husband and I to put together a robust financial plan for the future. He is always coming up with wheezes to make us better off financially. He has saved us thousands in pension fees and is now looking at how we can pay off our mortgage earlier – without paying anything extra! Now you will think that that is his job: and it is. However, Andrew is unusually generous with his time and energy. Thank you Andrew.
Finally, my web designer Jeff Bevan has been working tirelessly to keep my website up-to-date and running efficiently. Now he is my husband, and living with the client is certainly a way to keep the pressure up. However, Jeff does a lot more than just what I ask him to – he is always on the look out for ways to make my website better. Thank you Jeff.
I believe a small business is much more than just the business owner and their clients. It is the cloud of goodwill from strategic partners and suppliers too.