Get yourself sorted from the start, admin wise!
Here I am, three years down the line from when I was getting serious about turning my making-some-pin-money silver jewellery hobby into a business. Things are getting quite busy now, and I am finding myself in a bit of a muddle with my admin. At last I have spreadsheets for customers, suppliers, stock, etc on my lap top, only wishing I'd done this right from the start. But being an 'arty' creative sort of person, these things all seemed so boring!
To go back to the way things were three years ago, admin didn't appear to be necessary, there were not many invoices to print, lists of materials and stock to make, customers details to be recorded, and the way I thought was .... once I get busy I will get this all done - BIG mistake!
Once you get busy there won't be any time for this. If you have not got yourself into a habit of entering your records every week, it is so much more tricky to do this when there are commissions to see to, materials to order, workshops to plan and advertise (in my case).
So hear it from someone who has been there, done it wrongly and learn - I will have to spend a lot of my 'holiday' time entering details into my spreadsheets, because the next 5 months are going to be quite hectic, if last year's experience is anything to go by.
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