Accountants First want you to be on top of your game and enjoying building your business so here are a few tips. Maybe one or two will ring bells for you and make a difference, as they did for Imran Kamal, Accountants First Managing Director.
- Establish a morning ritual.
Don’t start the day late, groggy or hungry. Enjoy time in a favoured spot (living room, local café etc). Feed your brain, breathe and ease into the day.
- Exercise regularly.
It will increase blood flow to your brain, relieve stress and offer much needed time out from work.
- Expand your social horizon.
As they say, get a life! Don’t be trapped by daily boredom. Bring back variety.
- Relinquish control.
Enjoy your time outside the office; your business can probably survive without you.
- A holiday is a break from work.
Turn on your Out of Office Assistant, record a detailed voicemail message, ignore your mobile, and if necessary, delegate responding duties.
- Get out and improve strategic brain flow!
Partake in regular strategic brainstorming outside of the office.
- Don’t get hung up on what hasn’t been done.
Focus on the current task and give it your undivided attention.
- Don’t take on other people’s issues.
It’s great to support a colleague or employee in personal conflict but don’t let someone else’s baggage weigh you down.
- Learn to say no.
Too much on your plate? Surrender! Analyse what is consuming your time and delegate.
- Invest in your personal development.
Grow your skills, both relevant to and independent of your current role. You never know when a new role could emerge.
- Carefully manage your calendar. Leave space for impromptu things and ‘share’ your schedule with others.
- Write a blog.
Direct some of that pent-up creativity and vision online – it might even help your business!
- Become a volunteer.
It might satisfy you to offer your skills to something outside of your own organisation.
- Get back to the drawing board.
Review your job description and key tasks, what could you do better, more
creatively? Just imagine it’s your first day on the job.
Burnout can take years to set in and finding the right solutions won’t happen overnight either. Learn to recognise your triggers, and the reasons behind why you’re feeling stressed by your working life. Then you can make direct choices to get back on track.
All the best from Imran Kamal and the Accountants First team in Porirua and Wellington.
At Accountants First we’ve been in the privileged position of watching businesses grow from nothing and business people grow with them. However running a business is not all roses and often when owners finally seek help they are stressed and ready to throw in the towel.
A contributing factor in the downfall of many SMEs
What once made you joyously jump out of bed can leave you hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock, post-work related nightmare. There are many reasons for burning out:
- Burning the candle at both ends.
Driven workaholics often find their ambition pushes them over the edge.
- You’re tired and bored.
You’ve been a mouse on the same wheel for too long, and productivity is probably slipping along with your enthusiasm.
- You’re under-stimulated.
Your current role offers few challenges and little recognition of your skills. You feel unmotivated, on a one-way trip to nowhere Any bells ringing? Perhaps it’s time to figure out why you’re feeling this way in order to make effective choices and get your career on track. Your job accounts for roughly 40% of your waking life – generally it should be stimulating and enjoyable.
Any bells ringing? Perhaps it’s time to figure out why you’re feeling this way in order to make effective choices and get your career on track. Your job accounts for roughly 40% of your waking life – generally it should be stimulating and enjoyable.
A great Accountants First tip from Imran Kamal
Whenever you’re in contact with a client or customer, take the opportunity to ask them about their experience with your company. At Accountants First we find that most customers are happy to give feedback and appreciate that we care for their opinion. You’ll get valuable insight and a potentially glowing testimonial for your website or marketing material.
Imran Kamal’s advice? “Engage your customers”
Testimonials build trust with future clients, sidestepping the need for ‘hard selling.’ As text is written from a customer’s perspective, it’s considered to be much more reliable than standard marketing.
“Engage your customers”. Any point of contact is an opportunity to upsell, gain further trust or a testimonial, even if it stems from a complaint. Don’t be shy. When Accountants First get positive feedback, Imran Kamal will ask if its OK to use it for our marketing.
Ask the right questions
Be specific, how have you helped them? Focus on benefits. Make your testimonials credible. Where possible, use names, client location and if applicable, photos. The more information you provide, the more credible you become. Imran Kamal stresses the importance of getting permission first! Accountants First never use a testimonial unless we have asked the client.
Think about sending a gift and be sure to thank them for their feedback. They’re endorsing your brand, after all.
For more business advice contact Accountants First and ask for Imran Kamal.
Accounting, taxation and business advice from Accountants First knowledgeable professionals
As your business grows and matures, challenges may surface bringing new risks and unforeseen issues. Accountants First’s solid business experience allows us to tailor business solutions directly to your circumstances.
Imran Kamal owns businesses himself and understands the challenges you face on a daily basis. Imran appreciates the importance of growth and efficiency in businesses small and large, and through Accountants First he offers concrete solutions.
Accountants First can help you and your business
Contact Accountants First and ask for Imran Kamal to talk about:
- Valuations for purchase, sale, or shareholder buy outs
- On-going improvement and development
- Benchmarking – Industry comparisons and insights against other comparable businesses
- Start-ups – Including all aspects of setting up your new business
- Finance applications and proposals
- Business plans
- Annual consulting to improve overall business performance
- Negotiations – Contracts, tenders, proposals and negotiations
- Key Performance Indicator monitoring to identify areas of business performance and non-performance
- Business Monitor – On-going monitoring of business performance
- Continuity and recovery planning to help struggling businesses return to profitability. Problems often stem from performance issues or IRD debt
- Business coaching and mentoring to promote growth, profitability or business creation
- Business Builder – Business health check and diagnostics reporting that stimulates growth
- Franchise – setup, purchase and sale.
Accountants First and Imran Kamal Case Studies
As you know, we have a proven record of delivering effective business advice to our clients whether they specialise in retail, manufacturing or the trades. A few Accountants First case studies can be viewed here and Imran Kamal is happy to talk about others in your arena,
Contact Accountants First today and ask for Imran Kamal – Accounants First are Certified Practising Accountants in Lambton Quay, Wellington and Porirua.
Imran Kamal can also help you with plans and pricing.