At BOQ, our people know small business – it’s who we work with every day. We also know that finding the right balance at work and home isn’t always easy, which is why we’ve gathered the best business-to-business support tips for small business owners just like you.
Tips to improve your small business
Plan your day – to help prioritise tasks, set business goals and identify the number of business activities that can be delegated.
Establish regular meetings – to help track progress on your business plan, identify problems that may be a business risk and find solutions to help your business growth.
Get networking – joining a local business support group or online business-to-business networking platform is a great way of sharing and learning from other small business owners. Social media (such as Facebook business groups) are relatively easy to find and there’s also a number of women in business support groups and events to join.
Find a business mentor – having someone to bounce ideas off and learn from their experiences and advice can be invaluable support for your small business. You can also find a virtual business mentor by following the social media accounts of business leaders you admire.
Be inspired – reading a book, doing an online business course or listening to a business podcast are great ways to be inspired, hear about business case examples and get new ideas for your SME business. Here are some of our favourites:
- Read – ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey, ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu, and ‘Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike’ by Phil Knight
- Listen – TED Talks Business, Lady Start Up, Beer Blokes and Business
Give your business a regular health check – stay on top of your small business finance and business banking needs. Make sure you compare business insurance quotes regularly, check you have the best business account for your needs, and understand what government support for small business you may be eligible for.
Tips to improve your work-life balance
Schedule leave – book your holidays into the diary early so you can plan for them.
Get some downtime – whether it’s meditating, reading, catching up with a friend or spending time in the garden – it’s all about doing something you love regularly.
Family first – lock in time during the week to enjoy some quality time with your family – like going to an after-school activity or walking the dog together.
Exercise regularly – moving your body not only has physical health benefits – regular exercise can also help you clear your head and unwind after a long day.
Learn a new skill or hobby – carve out some time to learn something you’ve always wanted to do – like joining a cooking class, art class or social sporting team.
Contact us to find out more about how BOQ Business can support your small business