manage a business

6 Tips to Help Manage a Business in Uncertain Economic Times

Kurt Graver Business Development

Making sure you understand the best way to manage a business is even more important when negative factors that are not in your control are affecting it. More small and medium-sized businesses are pessimistic about the future than positive for the first time in four years, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).  Small business‘ concerns are growing that …

Budget

How To Set A Budget & Stick To It

Kurt Graver Business Development

Budgeting is one of the most important business tasks in running a business as it sets expectation and parameters for your business to operate.  If you do not set a budget it increases the risk of risk failure and closure. Most companies that set a budget just see it just another administration task and do not stick to it because …

how to brand your business

How to Brand Your Business & Take It To The Next Level

Kurt Graver Business Development

If you are looking for ways to improve your business, most business owners try to look for operational improvements, however, the answer may be improving your identity through branding.  Branding is not just for large companies, it is an essential way for small business to communicate with their customers what they stand for and what to expect from them. Branding …

Values

How To Write Your Business Plan: Values & Philosophy

Kurt Graver Business Plan

Along with your mission and vision statement, when writing your business plan you need to convey your company’s core values and principles. A company’s values and philosophy act as a “guiding beacon” that underpin your mission and vision and provide your business with a purpose beyond making a profit. The importance of stating what your company stands for should not …

business vision statement

Writing Your Business Plan: Vision Statement

Kurt Graver Business Plan

The first section of your business plan after the executive summary is your business strategy.  In this section, you will have to explain what our business is about, where you want to go and how you will get there.   The first stage in developing your business strategy is defining what your business is and what it will be in the …

Business Perfomance

8 Ways To Improve Business Performance

Kurt Graver Business Development

There is always room for improvement in every business. Most small business owners do not have the time to review their business as much as they should. Below are business performance strategies any small business owner can implement quickly to help improve their business. 1. Accounting Software Getting the right accounting software is crucial for your business. Get an accounting …

Management Accounts

Management Accounts – Why Your Business Needs It To Grow

Kurt Graver Business Development

Many small businesses do not produce management accounts, by not doing this they are putting at risk. Small business owners tend to perceive management accounts as just another administrative task. Booking keeping & financial statements are focused on record keeping and compliance. You can leverage management accounts to help understand and improve your business. Key benefits of producing management accounts: …

BUSINESS PLAN

The Modern Business Plan – How Business Plans Have Changed

Kurt Graver Business Funding, Business Plan

The economic crisis of 2007/8 had a profound impact on how entrepreneurs and business owners finance their business and write business plans. Banks have been reluctant to lend money to start-ups without them offering significant collateral against the loan. Despite all the publicity that they are lending more money than ever banks are still assessing loans based on the CAMPARI …

protecting your ideas - intellectual property

How To Protect Your Ideas – Your Intellectual Property Options

Kurt Graver Business Development, Business Plan, Business Start-up Advice, Business Start-up Advice

If another business is able to copy or steal your ideas, inventions, contacts, designs or knowledge your business is at risk. Protecting your ideas and intellectual property is crucial for the sustainability of your business, potential investors will reluctant to invest in a company whose intangible assets are not protected. There are five main ways to protect your business‘s intellectual …