October 2010

Start 4:00pm Fridays

10:01PM | Thursday, 14 October 2010 | By The taskmaster When it gets to 4pm on Friday afternoon, you shut down your computer, stand up and announce to your hardworking team that you are going home and they should do the same.

Make today a selling day

10:20PM | Wednesday, 13 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster If you find yourself getting bogged down in non revenue-generating tasks, put your foot down and say, it’s time to sell.

Learn the small business dismissal checklist

10:34PM | Tuesday, 12 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster If you’ve recently hired a staff member it’s a good idea to have a little think of how you can dismiss them.

Measure your team’s stress levels

10:19PM | Monday, 11 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster Measuring stress levels is something many entrepreneurs are poor at, or don’t even bother to do.

Tell your staff your targets

10:31PM | Friday, 8 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster It’s important to get staff to help you set targets, and particularly stretch targets.

Set aside a training budget

10:04PM | Thursday, 7 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster Don’t feel bad about spending money on training – it really is a cheap way of bringing new skills into your business.

Go for a walk at lunch

10:08PM | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster Stress is caused by lots of things, but not exercising and not eating properly do nothing to help.

Get paid up front

10:54PM | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for some money up front, particularly on jobs that are complex, require investment on your behalf or will take a long time.

Re-examine your value proposition

10:34PM | Monday, 4 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster Your value proposition should describe who will actually buy your product or service and why.

Think about the end of the financial year in October

10:34PM | Friday, 1 October 2010 | By The Taskmaster Effective tax planning requires some year-round thought.