5 Things That Can Save Your Business

Editor’s Note: Here at Dispatches, we are always looking for ways to help our readers do things. For some of our readers, that means helping navigate the working world, for others, it means assisting in the ever challenging question, “what’s for dinner?” For still others, it means figuring out how to balance family life with everything else. In an effort to aid in all of these endeavors, we have collaborated on this article written specifically for our readers.

As much as you may want to always enjoy success in your business, it may be tough to actually do that when things aren’t going well. When things don’t take off like you thought they would, or you lose momentum, it can then make you feel unmotivated and like things are never going to change. This feeling does not help you grow your business. If you want to succeed make sure you are pushing on, staying positive and doing what you can even when things aren’t going well. So here are some ideas to help you.

  1. Taking A New Approach: The first and smartest thing you can do is to just try a new direction. Definitely don’t look to do this if you’ve just started, because you may just need to give it time (see point five). But, if you’ve really been trying and things just do not seem to be working, then you may need to go at things with a new angle. Maybe you need new branding (we can help!) or a new attitude? Maybe you need new products or to try and new audience? Try to go back to the drawing board and see where you could make positive changes.

  2. Hiring Experts: From here, you may benefit from hiring experts. Maybe you need some help with what you’re doing because you’re not skilled or experienced enough? Then you will definitely find that experts can be a great help. From blockchain development to business consultants, you will find an expert in pretty much any area. And when you have their skills and knowledge, it’s going to help you to get back on track.

  3. Being Consistent: A really important factor that can help is to make sure that you’re being as consistent as possible. If you find that you’re jumping between ideas and that you’re not putting out the same thing into the world time and time again, you may be confusing your audience and that will stop them from connecting with you.
  1. Creating A New Promotional Schedule: Maybe you just need to freshen up your marketing? Maybe you’re not being consistent and you’re not putting out the right content that will engage your audience? Then creating a marketing strategy that helps you to have a vision and keep on track could be exactly what you need to save your business.
  2. Being Patient: This last point is a little different. Because maybe your business doesn’t need saving after all. Maybe the reason that things aren’t really happening for you just yet, is that it’s not quite the time. Sometimes, you’re just one customer away, one post away, one sale away from getting the results that you want. So here, patience is just so important. Keep on doing what you’re doing, believe in yourself, stay consistent, and it will happen for you.
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Learn The Secret To A Business That Just Won’t Quit

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To be a great leader in business – you need many skills. Tenacity. Good judgment. The ability to sell a vision to disinterested people. But perhaps one of the most important attributes is being able to see into the future. That doesn’t mean that you need a crystal ball- but keeping ahead of the curve when it comes to industry trends and macroeconomic conditions is vital.

Understand Generation Z
While the headlines are full of news about millennials, the up and coming generation is going to be your customer base sooner rather than later, so pay attention to the specific needs of those born from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. There are many positive attributes here, from their stance on ethics, the environment and a focus on community and transparency and can-do attitude. But this generation is multi-tasking digital natives that move at the speed of light, so make sure you adapt your marketing strategies to align with their needs – as the customer make up changes, this could make or break your business. Revisit your business plan, brief your business manager and use analytics to determine how much of your current customer base belong to this group, and lay the foundations for future expansions and campaigns to match what they are looking for, as they become an ever more prominent and numerous segment of the customer opportunity.

Invest In Your Tech
As a big-ticket purchase, it’s only smart to consider future needs as well as current when paying out for new tech. Use your projections and business plans to get a picture of where you are likely to be in a couple of years’ time – will this current solution still serve you then? How easy is it to upgrade capacity or integrate with new systems? If you have engagements and customer meetings all over the place, is it better to invest in tablet computers and use Wi-Fi to access cloud systems wherever you go rather than paying to upgrade desktop PCs? What systems are there specific to the industry that you operate in that other companies are using successfully? It’s also worth investigating refurbished hardware. A lot of larger companies upgrade every year, meaning you can get nearly-new technology for a fraction of the price of out of the box. If you manufacture and you need access to specialist kit, work with a known supplier like Northern Mat & Bridge to ensure you get the benefit of the latest developments.

Get Support and Training
It’s no good spending money on new tech if no one knows how to use or maintain it. Consider hiring in specialist IT support on a temporary basis to troubleshoot any problems and make sure everyone is up to speed on the new systems. Have training manuals produced in-house that can be referred back to in case of any future complications? And make sure you are signed up for alerts on any security patches or upgrades that become available so you can stay ahead of the curve and keep your tech as up to date as possible. 

Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Rice

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Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Rice
This summer we were looking for a quick and easy dinner that would use up some ham and leftover rice. This was delicious and has earned a place in our regular rotation. Even the preschooler loved it!
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Make two cups of rice using coconut milk and pineapple juice. Allow rice to cool. If you'd like put it in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Toast your coconut in a non-stick skillet until in is toasty brown. Set aside.
  3. Place your coconut oil, onions, garlic, ginger in the pan until aromatic. Add the ham and cook quickly until lightly golden. Add your cooked basmati rice, Chicken Soup Base (we like Penzy's) and white pepper and mix quickly in your pan until all of the rice is covered evenly with the coconut oil and seasoning.
  4. Add the pineapple, green onions and continue stirring quickly, just until warmed.
  5. Serve on plate and top with crushed macademia nuts, toasted coconut and green onions.

Hiring A Business Manager Might Be The Best Decision You Ever Make

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Are you one of those creative people who come up with lots of excellent ideas but struggle to turn them into a reality? Do you have problems when it comes to planning and organization? Then you might think about hiring a business manager (like us at J&A Creative Group!) to deal with issues of that nature. 

Business managers know how to problem-solve
You are almost sure to come up against lots of issues and problems when you attempt to get a new business concept off the ground. Hiring a business manager will mean you benefit from the skills and expertise of a first-class problem-solver. That will help you to save time and money.

Business managers know how to communicate
If you struggle to communicate with your employees, clients, and suppliers you’ll likely encounter problems at some point. Business managers have excellent communication skills, and so they should help to ensure the smooth running of your operation.

Business managers know how to plan projects
When you come up with a new idea you need someone who can plan and organize the project to make sure you work in an efficient and productive manner. Again, hiring a business manager with lots of experience could be the perfect solution.

Business managers can help you build your brand. View the infographic below to learn more about the essential management skills to consider as your business grows. 


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Review your operations for improvement

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Even some small businesses rely on factories. If you are one of those small businesses, then it is in your best interests to ensure that your factory works as productively as possible. There are always places to improve and the list below has some good starting points. 

Review How You’re Working
Before you can figure out where you’re going, you need to know where you are. Most factory operations, while “managed” when they first get up and running, grow organically. That is, they tend to fall into whatever’s most convenient. This is rarely what’s most productive! So take a look at how you’re currently doing things. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, or you’re too close to the factory to see things clearly, then you can hire an outside expert to take a look at things. You might be making some basic, fundamental errors that are easy to switch up, but you won’t know for sure until you take a look.

Staff Improvements
Your staff is the backbone of your factory operations and the better trained they are, the better the outcomes and output. This begins by making sure that you hire the best staff for your advertised positions. But even hiring the best won’t cut it: you need to provide them with the training they need to work to the highest level. Also, get feedback from your staff. They work on the shop floor all day, and will know things that you don’t know or can’t know.

Get Speedy
Time is money and you should know what the price of every delay and slow down is to your bottom line. Sometimes, it’s as simple as your staff taking too long taking goods from point A to point B, and it’s not their fault. It’s could be that your factory isn’t set up to work so in a quick manner. You’ll want to have surfaces with casters, so your staff can quickly transport heavy goods from one place to another. It’ll also make sense to group your most commonly used items nearby to where they’re used. It might seem like it only saves a minute, but those minutes add up when spread over a year or more!

Automate Where You Can
You won’t want to automate too much, as there’s value in having workers on the shop floor. Indeed, in some cases, automation may prove to be more trouble than it’s worth. But there will be some space for automation. It’s all about adding subtle automation processes to help the worker and save time. If done correctly, it could increase productivity. 

A Clear Working Space
Finally, remember to keep things clear! Factories can be messy places, but there are a lot of benefits to keeping things clear. It’s much easier to work effectively when there’s no clutter around the place.