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Business by Design

Most businesses are built by default – not by design.

Very few businesses start ‘with the end in mind’ and design it from the ground up. Most businesses grow by default with people, systems, culture, clients, numbers, habits and attitudes.

If you take a good hard look at your business today, is it exactly what you want it to be?

If you are motivated you can make changes. But you have to be motivated.

We suggest that you focus on four key areas of business design.

As you go through the list, here are some quotes to help you expand your thinking.

 

“If nothing happens then nothing happens.”

“If you think you can, you can; if you think you can’t, you can’t – either way you’re right.”

“If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.”

“A breakthrough often happens after a break with.”

“Your future is dependant on your decisions and actions today.”

Here goes…. some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Designing your business lifestyle
  • How much cash do you want to take home each year?
  • What are you going to spend it on?
  • How much travel do you want to do?
  • How many ‘free’ days do you want per month?
  • What type of customers do you want to work with?
  • How many real family holidays per year? 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 weeks?
  • How many weeks of personal (no kids or partners) holiday per year?
  • What role do you want to play in the business? Operational, non operational or other?
  • How many promotional days per year?
  • What are the three highest productive activities that you should spend your time on?
  1. Designing the numbers
  • What revenue do you want the business to be generating?
  • What profit would you like?
  • How many offices/locations?
  • What does the headcount look like – the team? Less, same, how many?
  • What is the ideal average revenue per customer?
  • What is your personal wealth upon selling your share of the business?
  1. Designing your culture
  • What is your documented culture?
  • What is the attitude of the team you desire? Positive, negative, neutral, miserable?
  • What are the documented performance standards and values?
  • What does the office layout and environment look like?
  • What are the benefits and perks?
  • Do you want a reactive or proactive culture?
  • What are the rules of being a team member in your business?
  • Who needs to stay and who needs to go?
  1. Designing your customer base
  • Which niche market(s) do you want to target? Or are you going to take on anyone as a customer?
  • What denotes an A class customer? How many do you have?
  • Do you have an ideal size of customer?
  • What potential for additional products or services in your current customer base exists?
  • How likeable are your current customers?
  • Who needs to go?
  • What is your marketing and sales plan to find the ones you want?

With these four areas you can have a business that works, is fun, is stimulating and makes money. It’s your choice what your business design looks like.

If you’re struggling to answer these questions, we’d be pleased to act as a sounding board.  Our expert team is adept at clarifying business goals and helping business owners like you to set out a clear and achievable strategy for achieving those goals. Call us today on 020 8530 0720 or email social@nordens.co.uk.

 

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Our specialist strategic division at Norden’s boasts some of the leading entrepreneurial business minds in the country. They cater towards delivering consistent success stories for businesses looking to achieve all their goals and more.

Through highly tailored guidance, coaching and advice, Norden’s Strategic are able to define exactly how your business can attain new levels of success.

Regardless of how you define ‘success’ for your business, our strategic service is guaranteed to bring about real and lasting change. By partnering with some of the UK’s top business coaches, we steer you along the path to greater future.

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Every business, no matter how big or small, needs to make the right decisions. How to best manage your accounts can put huge question marks over your business. Accounting 2 You are here to take that away and provide all the answers you need.

Our bookkeeping branch offers a fully inclusive, comprehensive service that they can trust. Since 2005, our specialist bookkeepers have been successfully managing the accounting of individuals and small businesses.

With experts in payroll analysis, credit control and financial recording, Accounting 2 You will lead your business efficiently and with a real purpose to help you grow and prosper.

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Having worked with Nordens over the last 5 years, not only to look after my annual accounts but they have also provided outstanding professional advice. They have guided me through a Company share buyback with clear and objective advice. We have also been using Nordens strategic services for a couple of years, which has helped bring about significant improvements that exceeded my expectations. With experience of working with several local accountants over my 29 years in business, I’m very pleased with the service I have received from Nordens.

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Trusted our business with Nordens for over 10 years now and watched the company grow into the successful innovative business it has become today. Deservedly so. Every aspect of financial advice we need is always given promptly and with a smile. We have total confidence in all aspects of advice Nordens give. If you are looking for accountants, its a no brainer!

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