We all need some guidance when it comes to running a small business. That could mean using your local small business association or chamber of commerce, or scouring the Internet for tips and tricks.
If you’re doing the latter — especially for tips on how to manage your business — look no further than Xero’s small business guides.
The hip, new accounting software that’s taking the financial world be storm, has a continually growing amount of resources to make sure you can lead your business in the right direction.
What are we talking about?
So, if you’re looking for tips from Xero’s small business guide, start by seeking a category.
Payroll, for instance, breaks down questions, like “to outsource, or not?” and “how to prevent common small business payroll mistakes.”
For managing your business, however, make sure to dive deep in to the business management section, which includes topics like, “how to manage debt,” “how to succeed in the online retail business,” and “how to hire the right employees.” All of these are valuable resources for small business owners.
Xero breaks down the articles in terms of time. “How to build real customer loyalty,” for instance, takes about three minutes to read. The guides are filled with easy-to-read text, infographics, charts and interactive elements. For the customer loyalty segment, Xero include a question-an-answer segment with the owner of Shoes Feet Gear, breaking down how the business keeps customers returning with a smile on their face.
The guide, “how to build your team,” breaks down how to understand the strengths of every person you want to bring on to your business and building the right culture.
“Plant the seeds of your business culture in your workers’ minds so it grows and flourishes. Get them excited about being part of the team and the environment,” the guide reads.
What am I going to learn?
Unlike some business guides that are purely there to motivate you to work a little harder, the Xero guides aim to give you substance that you can chew on and actually use.
And the best part is that it’s quick. You can take 15-20 minuets and knock out a few of these guides.
You’re going to learn how to think outside of the box, you’re going to develop a stronger company culture and you’re going to instill this habit of constant learning — a key element in making a business succeed.
If you’re passionate about your business, make sure to check out Xero’s small business guides.