Key Challenges New SME Owners Are Not Prepared For

If you’re running a business for the first time, there are always going to be issues that you aren’t prepared for. Here are some of the common challenges and information on how to deal with them effectively.

Paying Tax

Yes, you do have to pay tax immediately when you start running your company. Fail to do this and you can expect a rather unpleasant confrontation with government officials. You also need to make sure that you’re paying the right amount at the correct time. If you’re selling goods and services there’s an additional complication where you will need to pay VAT tax. Digital VAT software can help ensure that you don’t get lost trying to do this and stay on top of the situation. Do this and you can pretty much avoid any issues with late tax.

Managing The Books

Do think about your books and how well you are managing your spending. If you are running your business for the first time, it is easy for spending to quickly grow out of control. You need to make sure that you avoid this where possible and stay in the green. The best way to handle that aside from keeping checks on your accounts is going to be cutting down costs where possible.

Maintaining Productivity

If this is your first time running a business it’s possible that this is also your first time working for yourself. Ultimately, you won’t have anyone there to tell you when you need to complete work and ensure that you can operate on a set deadline. Productivity can quickly go out the window and this may lead to issues where you won’t be able to gain the profitability levels that you want or need.

Maintaining levels of productivity is ultimately going to be about self-regulation. You need to manage your time effectively and ensure that you are remaining energetic and invigorated throughout the day. While this sounds like an easy task, it can be difficult, particularly when you are working from home. Make sure that you do set up an office environment that encourages productivity or consider renting out a hot desk.

Dodging Office Issues

Lastly, just because you are running a small business does not automatically mean that you won’t have a business office. You certainly could and with the business office, you will also have a staff to handle and manage effectively. If you haven’t had experience leading a team before or manage an office it can be difficult to get to grips with this task at first. Indeed you might have a number of issues with an unhealthy office environment. Both emotional and physical issues can be present and they must be addressed. To do this, it is advised that you consider looking into training on how to lead your team effectively.

Adopt an open door policy to ensure that people can get any issues they may have addressed. You should also think about hiring both an HR service and a health and safety officer. While one will check for potential hazards, the other will work to ensure that the temperature is regularly checked to guarantee issues aren’t bubbling underneath the service.

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  1. […] from your boss and you wish you could just go it alone, you need to think about operating your own small business as a sole trader. This is when you make yourself self-employed, and most people carry on the same […]

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