Administration – poor administration can let the business down. It is essential that all details are recorded accurately. Without good administrative backup the owner can run out of stock, forget to dispatch orders or don’t collect payments from customers correctly. Providing good administration to a business involves being well – organised, having good attention to detail and have good communication skills. Previous experience – previous experience is always useful to offer to a new business. This skill may help to achieve success and avoid potential problems.
Strengths and weaknesses – no one is good at everything and it’s important to asses own skills before starting business. Performing personal skills audit will help to establish what things we can and cannot do, it also help to choose strategy and build the business around those things we are good at. M2 Analyse the skills needed to run the business successfully It seems that entrepreneurs themselves do not generally have an excellent education which is not an important factor for them. Most people agree that experience in the university of life is what develops an entrepreneur.
It is no doubt that there are plenty of skills, knowledge and behaviours some business owners are lack of. Being a successful entrepreneur, a person must be good at problem solving and decision making to run the business successfully. In order to find out the strengths and weakness personal SWOT analysis can be carried out. Once skills gaps have been identified, it is important to plan ways in which these personal development needs are to be met. Training may involve self- study, research, attending courses, mentoring or coaching by professionals.
The local college will run variety of courses to meet skills need. Relevant subjects may include accounting, management skills, office and administration skills and business planning. Business support agencies such as the Business Link, the Chamber of Commerce will provide information on the various aspects of starting up and running a small business. Some information and advice may be available free but college courses may cost several hundreds of pounds. However small firm training loans are available from banks to pay certain training costs.
Training and development plans must be scheduled so that the appropriate skills are acquired by the time they are needed. The key is to make the most of the assets and take action to address any gaps. Skills gaps may be bridged by personal development or by bringing business partners with appropriate skills, by recruiting skilled employees or outsourcing. Succeeding in business is about ideas, motivation and ambition as well as confidence to sell the ideas. Every entrepreneur should know own strength and weaknesses and when to seek advice.