Plan Your Business
Whenever anyone launches a business, however small that business is, they need to develop a business plan. In fact, advised Rasheed Ogunlaru, author of the book Soul Trader and speaker at the last Small Business Network meeting on 21 September 2015 in Muswell Hill in north London, all small business owners should update their business plans on a regular basis, and certainly when something changes. “Just come back from holiday? Review your business,” he suggests.
Rasheed explained how to review your business, how to structure a business plan and what to put in it. All of this was good advice for the 23 small business owners who turned up at the meeting, at Sable D’Or on Muswell Hill Broadway. It was especially useful to Paramita Biswas and the other five new attendees Paramita is just starting up her small business – supplying quality teas from her native India.
Other newcomers included two writers, who join long-time member Marcia MacLeod in helping to create clear, effective communication for small business owners: Nick Moulton, a copywriter and editor, and Helena Baker, who specialises in writing web copy for small businesses. Juliette Harding presented her Tulips de-cluttering and space organisation service, which can help people moving into a new office, those wishing to re-organise their homes, or customers who are trying to sort out the estate of a loved one.
Juliette’s friend, Pauline Fearoa, aims to help people find peace within themselves so they can deal with whatever life throws at them, in work or at home in her At Peace Counselling, while Priya Tourkow offers counselling of a different kind, specialising in relationships. Priya will see individuals, but feels her skills are best used in dealing with couples. She also runs workshops on how to improve your relationships.
Strictly speaking, Laxmi Jamdagni was not a newcomer to Small Business Networking, but she had not attending a meeting for five years. Why did she come back? She knows the value of networking for small businesses and as she – following Rasheed’s advice! – has reviewed her business and thought about its future, she knew that Small Business Network meetings were an opportunity to re-focus on her coaching career.