Getting Business Ready for Alert Level 2
Getting Business Ready for Alert Level 2
May 11th, 2020
Chris Lynch, CA, Managing Director
Camelia Petrus, Head of Business Development
Often we focus on things that don't matter and things that are beyond our control which results in wasted time and wasted opportunities. Knowing which things to focus on is key to getting what we want.
Knowing what step to take next is a key worry. We know that you invest more than simply time and money into your business. It is more than a job but part of your identity. So, how do you get more clarity around your future plans? And how do you work on the short-term future of the business, when sales, income and cash are in short supply?
Focusing your efforts in the right places
Planning the next business move is difficult at the best of times, but it’s doubly problematic when we have so little clear idea of what a post-COVID19 business world will look like.
It's difficult to plan when we don't know what will be possible.
What regulations will be in place once you can begin trading?
Will the market have changed dramatically?
Will you be able to trade over borders and continue to be an international operation?
Will you have enough cash to actually operate?
As a business owner, you’ll be continually thinking of new business-critical issues to add to this list – but the reality is that you CAN’T control all these elements. This sense of mounting uncertainty is likely to raise your stress levels and make you more anxious.
So, how do you overcome these worries and find a practical solution?
Try to focus on the things you can control:
- Identify the things that matter to the short and long-term success of the business
- Find the things you can control and over which you have some influence.
It's too overwhelming to try and work on everything at the same time.
Instead, try to focus on the one thing you can achieve each day.
1. Review your overheads and costs – one way to reduce your cashflow worries is to reduce your spending. Look at your controllable overheads and see if there are ways to negotiate better terms with suppliers, cut down on expenses or pause any subscriptions. Get in touch. We could guide you.
2. Talk to debtors and creditors – if you can bring down your aged debt, that will help your overall financial health. Talk to any late-paying customers and agree when these debts will be paid. And talk to suppliers about extending payment terms, if possible.
3. Consider alternative revenue streams – if your current business model doesn’t work well in lockdown, are there other online services that you could diversify into? Any new revenue streams will help to bolster your income and cash position.
4. Update your website and marketing – having a great online presence is vital during this crisis, when most goods and services will be purchased online. Give your website a refresh and make it easy for potential customers to find and buy your services.
5. Catch up with your team – maintaining contact with your employees is vital if you’re going to nurture team spirit. The more engaged your team is, the easier it will be to embrace change together. Check our Team Emotional Climate Survey here.
6. Health and Safety Plan for Level 2 starters - carefully consider how to safely operate at the alert level you restart your business and be compliant - have a plan and communicate it to your team. We can work it out with you - this services is fully funded by the RBPN. See details here.
7. Have your Business Continuity Plan - it pinpoints the most important parts of your business, identifies potential risks to these critical pieces and prepares you to recover as quick and easy as possible. We can work it out with you - this services is fully funded by the RBPN. See details here.
8. Xero Training - Master this accounting software so you can confidently apply changes to your payroll as a result of COVID-19. Whether you’re applying government subsidies and relief packages, calculating new sick pay and leave entitlements, or standing down staff members, staying up to date on the latest changes can be overwhelming. We can work it out with you - this services is fully funded by the RBPN. See details here.
If you’re uncertain about the impact of COVID-19 on your business, please do come and talk to us. We’ll help you get in control of your finances, prioritise the right elements of your business and find a strategy that prepares you for trading in the post-coronavirus market.
Chris Lynch, CA
Camelia Petrus, PGDip Work Psychology
Head of Business Development