Business Mentors Blog
Crime is a threat that keeps many small business owners awake at night, but there’s no reason to feel powerless. We’ve gathered some guidance on practical steps you can take to minimise risk and worry.
Emma Salmon is an experienced and qualified physiotherapist, as well as being the only fully certified Reformer Pilates Physio in New Plymouth. She has the perfect mix of expertise for her enterprise, Physio Pilates New Plymouth. In addition, her Business Mentor, Julie Beck, contributes unique mastery that has become a core strength for Emma.
What keeps you going during the hardest days at work? Many business owners are naturally driven and also have a vision of building something important. However, your paid staff have different reasons for turning up and engaging. Understanding what keeps them motivated can help everyone enjoy the satisfaction of being in a high performing team.
Offering professional development opportunities for your small team can help individuals perform better, boost your ability to compete for talent and create a stronger workplace culture. Your development plan doesn’t need to be complicated. Professional development is simply about helping people grow skills that support their work now and in the future. With a little thought, professional development can be easy and effective for your small team.
As a business owner, ‘Project Manager’ may be one of the many hats you need to wear. Fortunately, the project management profession can offer some tips to help lighten your load and deliver better results. Read on if you’d like to benefit from having a SMART goal, agreed scope and KPIs, an agile approach and open collaboration.
One million New Zealanders (24% of us) are currently living with a disability or access need. That equates to a huge market of customers and talent worthy of every business owner's attention. The case for making your products or services more accessible is compelling for business success and to contribute to a more inclusive Aotearoa.
All New Zealand businesses should have employment policies to manage important issues like health and safety and bullying and harassment. They should include how employees should act, what the rules are, and what the consequences and processes are if problems do arise.
Creating processes and putting in systems is one of the most impactful things that comes from mentoring according to many of the small businesses who use our service. Good processes and systems can free up your mind, improve the quality of your team's work and save time. And you can start simply. By keeping your processes accessible and quick to find, you'll make it easy for your team to start working more effectively. Here are some ideas for getting started.
Honest Rum founders Dave Lincoln and Luke Jones are good mates who met in high school and then worked together in bars. They earnestly made their way up from cleaning glasses to creating cocktails and eventually becoming real connoisseurs. When they launched a spirit brand of their own, the pair reached out to Business Mentors NZ and found a great match with Mentor Darryl Holt.
Adapting to change – especially ‘‘unprecedented’ change has become part of the normal situation for small business owners in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The upside of this is that you’re developing a valuable business strength. You’ll set yourself up to thrive by recognising what’s working in communication, decision-making, confidence and with the people side of change. Just ask your Mentor how important it is to be able to adapt! They’ll know, through their own deep ...