Small business owners can get inspiration from Worzel Gummidge
After taking a break in 1981, Worzel Gummidge, the magical scarecrow with interchangeable heads, came to life again in 2019 through the very talented acting and directing of Mackenzie Crook. The stories tell of a scarecrow who lived in Ten Acre Field and came to life, befriending two children and creating mischief. Worzel had a collection of interchangeable heads – mangelwurzel, turnip and swede – which he used to suit a particular task or occasion.
Is the woman writing this blog a bit bonkers? Some would argue yes but please bear with me here.
There is a definite correlation between Worzel and the small business owner.
The number of different roles to which the small business owner must turn their hand feels like an interchangeable head would fit the bill perfectly.
- Sales & marketing head:
- How else would sales come into the business? Without sales & marketing activity there would eventually be no business.
- Field expert head:
- People buy from people however if you don’t know your stuff then how can you gain buyer confidence? In the accountancy world, we have to complete CPD (continual progressive development) to make sure we are on top of the ever-changing legislation and tax rules for our clients.
- Finance head:
- Cash is King! If you don’t know your numbers, how can you make those all-important decisions?
- Production head:
- If your business produces a physical item for sale, you need to keep on top of stock requirements as well as managing the quality control of what is shipped to your customers.
Time to get help
These are only a few different “heads” called upon by one person when starting a business and through the early stages of growth. As the business grows, the needs increase. Problems start when growing businesses don’t step away and outsource some of these roles. As an accountant, I support the need to preserve cash to re-invest in the business – but not letting go can also have a negative impact. Holding on too tightly could not only stall the potential of a fantastic business but it may actually reverse growth.
My business is my baby
Let’s not forget, businesses are generally started from a passion. Whether that passion is to enable someone to bring a hobby into their work life or to deliver a business that offers a better service than its competitors, the small business owner has created their “baby” and letting go of that can be very hard.
A solution is out there
Outsourcing the areas which are not your area of expertise and/or those zapping your time away from actually growing your business is a good way to add the expert heads to your business and cover departmental tasks. At Atek Accounting, we are here to help alleviate some of the strain. Our team is highly experienced with helping businesses with all aspects of their finance function from the day-to-day tasks to fully engaging at a strategic level.