Planning The Basics Of Your Business (Part 2)

Reach new heights

News And Articles

Planning The Basics Of Your Business (Part 2)

Planning The Basics Of Your Business (Part 2)

Table of Contents

Dr Thommie Burger is the Founder of JTB Consulting

Author

Planning to start a new business may involve hiring individuals that can share and execute your vision. When it comes to your business you must think of the positions you need – just like any other business. You may need positions such as a manager, a bookkeeper, a cleaner, an assistant, a driver, a receptionist, and so forth. It’s important not only to decide upon all the positions you need, but also to write a job description for each role. Your job description must be very detailed and cover all the important facts about the position – such as:

  • the purpose of the job
  • the responsibilities of the job
  • the individual tasks involved
  • the methods used to complete the tasks
  • the relationship of the job to other jobs
  • the qualifications needed for the job.

Read More: What is Your WOW Factor?

You may already have certain team members on board. It is important that there is a written job description for them, too. You need your team to work together in a way that not only adds value to your business but also to their own lives (thus building employee loyalty).

Planning for the Job Positions

Make sure that everyone on the team understands what everyone’s divisions are all about. That way you’ll have a harmonious team. At first you may need to double up on some roles – divide them up equally. That way you’ll have a happy team. If you have to recruit staff, here are some guidelines:

  • Quality businesses require quality people working in them. So when it comes to hiring people, choose wisely. One person can destroy your business.
  • No matter how qualified they may be, the number one thing is that they fit in with your business and your ideals.
  • Check references and credentials carefully (there are a lot of fake qualifications out there).
  • Don’t hire anyone on the spur of the moment. It’s tough to ‘un-hire’ them.            
  • Always give yourself some time to think over your decision.

If you need to recruit people, you need to think about the following:

  • Do you really need them? Employees are an enormous financial burden – and they have to be paid whether or not you’re making a profit.
  • Is your job description detailed and specific for the job, so there will be fewer disagreements later?
  • Determine how much you will pay them.
  • Decide where and how to find qualified applicants.
  • Decide how you are going to check references.

Also Read: Planning a Sustainable Business

Here are some guidelines for interviewing an applicant:

  1. Read the applicant’s CV before the interview and make notes if necessary.
  2. Prepare a list of questions. Interviewing is not the time for chit chat.
  3. Set a business-like, but relaxed, atmosphere with free-flowing conversation.
  4. Ask questions that focus on the applicant’s past performances.
  5. Ask specific questions about problems the applicant may have to deal with.
  6. Notice how well the applicant listens and responds to questions.
  7. Note the applicant’s choice of words and body language.
  8. Listen carefully to the answers and ask for more information if you need it.
  9. Listen to the questions the applicant asks you about the job.
  10. Don’t do all the talking yourself!

Established in 2006, we have successfully written hundreds of bankable and world-class Business Plans for clients across 25 countries. As South Africa’s Leading Business Plan Company, we are confident that we would be able to assist you too. Kindly note that we also offer “Investor Pitch Decks”, “Excel-based Financial Models”, and “Proposal/Tender Writing Services” in addition to our Custom Business Plan Writing Service. Please visit our Services page for more information.

We look forward to being of service to you. Please feel free to contact our Founder, Dr Thommie Burger, on +27 79 300 8984 should you have any questions. He is also available via email and LinkedIn.

JTB – Your Business Planning Partner.

Share this article…

Recent Articles

SWOT Analysis and 50 Urgent Questions to Ask (Our Free Checklist)

SWOT Analysis and 50 Urgent Questions to Ask (Our Free Checklist)

Every business owner should conduct a regular SWOT Analysis to assess the company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in relation to its competition. A SWOT Analysis helps evaluate where a company stands in a competitive market and what steps need to be taken for further strategic planning, helping decision makers draw a future roadmap for the company.

Top 3 Reasons Why A Business Plan Is Essential For SMEs

Top 3 Reasons Why A Business Plan Is Essential For SMEs

For entrepreneurs, especially small businesses, a Business Plan can act as a strategic tool to make informed decisions, especially better planning decisions, and meet short- and long-term business objectives. A business plan is often referred to as a blueprint or roadmap; without it, one can still travel, but with a map, one can reach a destination much quicker and easier. Companies rely on Business Plan Writing Services to keep businesses on track for a more detailed and strategic guide. Let’s look at how having a business plan can help your business in the competitive global market.

How to Hire an Effective Business Consultant

How to Hire an Effective Business Consultant

The role of a Business Consultant is often misunderstood. Some business owners see them as snake oil salesmen only out for their own good. In this blog post, we explore what exactly a business consultant does, how they can help you and some tips on how to find the right one for you.

What we do.

We are South Africa’s leading Business Plan Company providing world-class Professional Business Plans to local and international clients, ensuring total satisfaction at every step. With extensive industry experience and the latest market insights, our qualified team of Business Plan Consultants are the first choice of serious entrepreneurs.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Stay informed and opt-in for our newsletter via email. We respect your privacy and we never spam.