Get paid quickly – a straight talking guide for small service business owners

Things you can do as a small service business owner to get paid quicker by your customers. Practical tips and thoughts on overthinking when it comes to getting paid.

Packages for profit–why bespoke is a bad idea for any service business

How to create packages if you’re a service business. And why NOT selling packages of your service is hurting your profits and taking up too much of your time.

Why we’re not launching a ‘beta’ of Connectably

Why we didn’t launch Connectably small business software with a beta release, but a private launch instead. And how not being ‘just another software company’ will create better results for our users…

Running your business your way. How Connectably really works.

We run Connectably our way, including where, when, how, with who and what we do. We play to our strengths, and sometimes go against received wisdom…

Binge bookkeeping: How to stop this bad business habit

The VAT Return was due and we were very behind with our accounts and had to do binge bookkeeping to get it all done in time. So we made a plan to stop it happening again…

Software in Boxes and other stories from the olden days…

Software has come a long way from being something you bought in a box (and had to figure out yourself). Now most software you simply access and subscribe to online–no boxes, no disks, no huge instruction manual.

Short stuff – quick wins that can help your business

There’s always something you can do that will make your business better even if you’re short of time. Here are our quick wins for better sales, marketing and teamwork.

The one thing that makes marketing messages work

When you’re brainstorming your marketing messages, make sure you know the one thing that will make more sales happen as a result of your marketing.

Small is beautiful?

Big is often touted as the ultimate goal–build a bigger business, grow a bigger list, get a bigger office, create bigger turnover, be a bigger brand. But do you want a BIG business?

How’s your handwriting?

If you’re not already sending handwritten thank you notes, congratulations cards, or even simple hello letters, you could be missing a trick. Direct mail is still a very good way to connect with prospects and clients.

It’s the taking part that counts

Even being in the running for an award can be good for business. There are definitely prizes for taking part in pitches and panels. Why you shouldn’t be worried about showing off…