Expand Your Business: When and How

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It doesn’t matter what sector you are in; there will always be the possibility expand your business. Unless you are content to remain small, you can stand out from the crowd and beat the competition if you do stretch your enterprise further. I’m a freelancer and even I have had to expand my business over the years in order to keep growing, earn more and enjoy new challenges.

How to Expand Your Business

But what does it mean to grow a business? A few examples include:

  • Move into larger premises, using sites such as Proplist.com to find a commercial site to migrate your business.
  • Hire new staff if there is too much work for you or your existing staff to take on. You could also choose to take on a VA (Virtual Assistant) or similar in order to delegate tasks you don’t like doing or are time-consuming so that you can concentrate on the core of your business, i.e. for me, the actual writing.
  • Move into new markets, such as selling your product globally, or moving into new areas within your business.
  • Add new services for example as a copywriter I could add a separate proofreading service or a specialist press release package (I won’t, I hate press releases, but you get the gist).

You could do each of those things, but you shouldn’t rush into making hasty decisions. If you start to expand too early, your enterprise may fall flat on its proverbial face, and you stand the chance of losing money. You should only grow your business when the time is right.

Are Your Ready to Expand Your Business?

But how will you know when you are ready to expand? Well, when any of the following signs are true, it may be time to put that expansion plan into practice.

  • You are making great profits: If you are consistently making a profit, and you have money to burn each month, then it makes sense to think about growth. While you should put some of your profits into savings, you may also have the money to hire new team members, buy new technology, and anything else that will enable growth in your business.

 

  • You have more work than you can handle. You are probably doing something right when you have clients and customers banging on your door, proverbially speaking, so to manage the work coming in, you will need to hire new people onto your team. Otherwise, you (and your existing team) are in danger of burning yourself out trying to do everything. This is something I struggle with. My books are full for the next month at least and I find myself turning potential clients away. I need to find a way to cash in on the extra work without taking it on myself.

 

  • Your team is ready to grow. If you do have a team on your side, you don’t want to expand until they are ready. But if you have invested in training, and if they can be trusted to manage aspects of your business, then you have reason to start expanding, be that into new markets or new avenues that befit your business.
  • Your premises are no longer fit for purpose. After taking on new staff members, you may decide that the space you are working in is no longer adequate. When people are falling over each other’s feet, and/or you are in need of new equipment to manage your growing business, then (to misquote Jaws), you’re going to need a bigger office!
  • You are meeting all of your expected targets. When constructing your business plan right back at the very beginning of your business, you should have set targets that measure success. By looking back on your plan, you will know if you have achieved them or not. And if you have, you know it’s time to move onto the next phase of your business, whatever that might mean to you.

In Summary

You don’t need to rush into any decisions, but if you identified with any of the above, and there is reason to expand your business, then perhaps you should start thinking about how you can put an expansion plan into practice. By doing so, you stand a better chance of beating your rivals, and ensure further success for your business.

Have you recent expanded, do you have any words of warning or top tips for success to share with those who are thinking about it?

Common Computer Issues and Solutions

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I would be lost if my laptop had computer issues as I rely on it for so much. I work on it, I play on it, I shop and bank on it. That is why understanding common computer issues and solutions is a must. Laptop or PC downtime in my house is not an option.

The blue screen of doom strikes fear into my heart, however, more often than not this, and other common computer problems I (and you) might face can be fairly easily sorted which is essential for those of us running businesses.

Now and again we will all encounter small hiccups and issues such as slow wifi and blank screens. Here are some of the most common computer problems you might face and how to solve them.

Common Computer Issues

The Computer Won’t Start


Sometimes you will be happily in the middle of a video of a cat or you will be writing up some work and the computer will suddenly switch itself off with no warning. This can be a huge annoyance and it can run the risk of you losing all of the work you have just done. The most common explanation for this happening is that the power supply you have in has an issue. Make sure you check that the computer is plugged into the power properly and test the power lead on a different device to determine the cause of the issue.

Blank Screen

If you are trying to turn on your computer in the morning and you notice that the screen remains blank, this is most likely due to the cable not being plugged into the screen properly. A lot of the time a simple wiggle of a cable will set you on your way and you will be back online in no time at all. If this doesn’t work it could be a sign that the internal wires of the machine need to be tinkered with and you will need to call a professional.

Operating System Acting Up

If something seems odd or seems to be glitching with the computer it could be a sign of a virus. Turn off the computer and turn it back on, then run a virus scan to check for issues. If there is a virus on the machine you might need to call a professional to get rid of it.

Windows Won’t Load Up

If Windows doesn’t want to load up at all, you will need to turn off your computer and try again. If it still isn’t working, you will likely need to run a reinstall of the program and start all over again. If you don’t have a download disk for windows you should be able to do it through the App Store. If you aren’t confident, get an expert to have a look first before reinstalling.

Frozen Screen

Sometimes you will be happily in the middle of a browse on the internet and suddenly your mouse becomes unresponsive and the screen will freeze. The main annoyance with this is running the risk of losing your progress work-wise and it can be a pain. You can solve this issue most of the time by restarting your machine, or as Daddy Pig would say “Try switching it off and on again”. Most of the time freezing is caused by issues with the RAM or spyware being present on your machine. Make sure to check for all of this once the computer is up and running again.

Slow Computer


If you start to notice one day that your computer is working slower than usual, this is often a sign that your storage is getting low and you need to clean out some of your old files. When your computer comes clogged up with lots of files it can cause the computer to struggle running its programs and therefore your computer will be slower on the whole. Spend some time clearing out things you no longer need and this will largely solve the issue for you. Make sure you have antivirus installed to keep the computer safe and you should see an improvement in the device.

Annoying Noises

If your computer starts to wurr one day (a technical term) and it becomes very loud while you are trying to work, this is usually due to the fan inside the machine being clogged up with dust or it being about to die completely. The fan inside your computer usually stops everything from overheating and from burning your skin. However, when it begins to make noises you need to either clean it out or get it replaced. No one wants a hot laptop or computer at their desk.

Slow Internet

 

There will always be times that the internet in your house is slower than usual, and there is often a simple explanation for it all. If you have a family and you all have your own devices, you are all trying to access the WiFi at the same time and this can slow down everyone’s devices. You could also have too much cache built up on the computer which needs to be cleared. Clear cache and cookies to free up space on the browser and this should make your internet move quickly.

In Summary

If you educate yourself about common computer issues and their solutions you will save yourself time, increase productivity and potentially save yourself money on repair bills.

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