With Great Power Comes the Electricity Bill.
Make sure your Accounts Payable is managed effectively.
On the first day of working with a new client, the local power company showed up to turn the power off due to non payment. Fortunately the service man was kind enough to give us one day to get everything worked out. My client was perplexed as to why the bill had not been paid. The answer was that the checks were sitting in one of the many piles of paperwork on my client’s desk. You know that pile of paper that just keeps growing as you put out the fires of the day but you never seem to get to. My client did not have a clearly defined bill paying or accounts payable process which was costing the company money not only in late fees, credit problems and wasted productivity time.
Every business owner knows this all important rule – a sale is not a sale until the cash is in your bank account.
When I am working with a clients to collect on past due invoices, I often call their clients to find out why invoices are not being paid. During one of these calls the business owner said “I am waiting for people to pay me before I pay you.” This person went on to tell me how no one is paying their invoices. I responded with a smile on my face and perhaps some laughter in my tone by saying, “I know there are clients that I have to call every week to pay their invoices.” They said they would drop off a check by the end of the week. This person was six months behind in paying and I talk to them every week.
How productive you and your team are during working hours has a direct impact on the quality of what you deliver.
Here are some ideas where you can make some small effort/big impact tweaks to increase your productivity. Any business should be able to implement these hacks with relative ease and great results.
Success is hard work. It takes years, it takes time, and it takes money, blood, sweat and tears. It takes everything! It is lonely at the top but I think it is lonelier when you are in the middle trying to get to the top.
You need to be able to stand out as in stand above. Here’s how.