I’m not going to speak
in philosophical terms, or use buzz words... building lightweight businesses is not something only of the future, or for hi-tech saavy young cats... its a strategy anyone can follow, and like any approach, requires focusing on a way of doing things, and eliminating much of the noise surrounding the million other possible things you could be doing.
The weigh-in - Challenge for
change <ul><li>$12,000 in cash invested </li></ul><ul><li>3 people at 60%, 50%, 5% for 4 months </li></ul><ul><li>1 Person in UK, 2 people in NZ </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 pounds of revenue </li></ul><ul><li>40,000 miles, 6,100 liters of petrol saved, 900 people, 67 businesses, </li></ul><ul><li>Contract for $250k over next 18 months </li></ul>
I Build Businesses and Communities
Achieve your Business Plan New Zealands StartUp Community Design Online Communities that Grow Get more People Cycling Get People More Active Open Global Community of New Zealand Businesses
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the walk to work, the
queue, the waiting for your friend, the 10 minutes while your stirfry is simmering, the quiet ride in the passenger seat, while lying half naked in bed ...
Multi-Business or SideJob it You
get simply heaps done when spend a few solid hours on a venture in a day... Often when you’re all done and dusted on one business, you still have some natural energy for another, so you can just pop into it fresh and get some stuff done.
Its only complicated if you
make it that way There are a million ways to look at your business, so its a choice to decide that your business will be simple.
Focus - There’s only what
you need to do You can scheme what could be and follow the usual process of businesses, but we haven’t ben building lightweight businesses before now, so don’t be afraid to just do what you need to, and don’t put things in place that you don’t need yet or very soon.
The Lifestyle Office - No
LAN, just a lappy, a phone, and some online tools When you only use online tools for running your business, you don’t just cut cost, or save time, or improve efficiency... sure you do all of that, but what you really do that gives you an edge unlike the others is you’re lean, can scale up easily and most importantly... you can run your business around your life...
PlanHQ - Achieve your Business
Plan So before I could really get my lightweight career cranking, I needed a way to turn ideas into action quickly, concepts into businesses, and businesses into part time teams working together around the world... enter... PlanHQ
Know your costs & Run
a tight Ship There are heaps of costs you could incur, that might be useful... but these are the ones that all pile up and create a heavy weight P&L. Know each of your costs, don’t just let them keep coming in, and don’t leave your chart of accounts to your accountant - you should know your costs, they should all make sense and provide value.
The future of sustainable business
today, the sustainability game is to get your carbon zro badge... And now we have large heavy weight organisations, spending even more resource on getting their badge.
The real measure of a
sustainable business will be one which provides the most value for the least resources used.
having a big office, requiring
people to come into the office all the time, having desktop computers, a server room, more people than you need to do the job... this is a picture of a modern corporate or government department. Yet they are trying to claim carbon neutral? Paleeease... Paleeease... Paleeease...
it must be fun... or
I’ll smash you some of you may get the above statement, some won’t, I’m not saying much, I’m just having fun, and talking shi... when you spend so much time making serious stuff happen, you have to just let stuff float away and just laugh at any and everything, you’re on a journey, and if you want to sustain it through the good times and the bad, you’ve got to roll into another level, where everythings all good...