We use the following business management tools to measure and analyse business activity. Our vision is that management applies to businesses of all sizes. We hope to apply our experience of information systems to help small businesses analyse their performance and organise their development.
We use Simplemind for mindmapping to focus on specific areas, for design and pulling information together.
We might engage in more formal design using Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems helps us to design our future business system in UML. A systems design tool is of particular use when working for a third party or customer.
And finally we use Odoo ERP is the operational backbone which qualifies leads, which then turn into orders. Orders convert straight into invoices. The whole system is used for accounting and providing business management data.
Business management tools are software which help to manage your business, fix objectives and plan for change.
If you are a small business owner, you would be well advised to read as many books as possible on techniques to manage your business. You will probably find that the greatest challenge is the one that you least expected.
You may have expected to just be able to exercise your trade or provide your services, without considering all the roles you would have to take on.
Keeping work and life in balance
If you want to keep your business in proportion with the rest of your life, you will need to be organised.
We discuss methods for organising your time and priorities, analysing your activity, setting objectives and planning to bring desired outcomes into reality.
If you like the idea of seeing your business keep pace with your environment, then you should find some material of interest here.
Many thinking hats
The greatest challenge in management is to address the multitude of roles that business demands. This means defining them and getting them to work together to fulfil orders and generate future business.
Much of this is about determining and organising priorities to meet objectives. The best way to do this isto lay down tasks and determine the areas on which to focus.