Monthly Archives: June 2016

Get Rid Of Red Tape

We all have our own war-stories about red tape and  bureaucracy, but  if you’re an entrepreneur or run your own business, have you ever stopped to think that you may also be a source? Factors that can contribute to red tape are unnecessarily complicated procedures,  unwarranted redundancies, and having too many people in control over too few points of control. Red tape drags on, and it is not limited to the government. Companies have red tape too, which means businesses aren’t immune.

“Red tape” is used to describe bureaucratic policies, procedures and forms that are “excessively complex and time-consuming” in nature.

The term comes from when  Henry VIII bombarded the Pope with around eighty petitions to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, his first wife (In his lifetime, Henry had six wives, and Catherine was Henry’s older brother’s widow.) Anyway, the court documentation was collected and sealed  up in red ribbons, which was the custom at the time for official state documentation.

In time, people started using the term ‘red tape’ to describe slow, unnecessarily complicated, and time-consuming filing, forms, and procedures.

Turning the focus on your own work now, have you ever encountered problem in your work flow due to  ‘internal policies’ you follow in running your business? When was the last time you updated your procedures and protocols? Have you reviews your ops manual lately? Continue reading Get Rid Of Red Tape

Make It Real With Your Official Business Website

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again until the thought sinks home — at least for the readers who are still-uncommitted and teetering on the fence about creating a business website of their own. If you think that you don’t need to have a business website, you’re not not doing all you can to help your business thrive.

The latest statistics say that there are over  900 billion – no mispelling, billion— websites on the internet.

According to another source , the top three reasons why many small businesses still don’t have a website are: (1) The business owner doesn’t believe that they need a website, (2) the cost of building and maintaining one, and (3) a lack of time.

This is understandable, from a particular vantage point. If you think you’re doing well, and will continue to do so  in the future, why change what’s working? Don’t rock the boat. Besides, better to funnel the money back  into the business and not to a website you don’t even need anyway, right? Especially when you’re too busy running the business in the first place to pay special attention to running and keeping a site.

We can’t force people to adapt to changes if they’re simply not ready or aren’t interested, but for those who are still thinking about it,  here are some important things you need to know that you may not  have been able to consider  from that particular vantage point.
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