Saturday, 28 June 2008

Fly Hunter

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter. ‘What are you doing?’ She asked.
‘Hunting Flies’ He responded.
‘Oh! Killing any?’ She asked.
‘Yep, 3 males, 2 Females,’ he replied.
Intrigued, she asked. ‘How can you tell them apart?’
He responded,
3 were on a beer can,
2 were on the phone.’

Thursday, 12 June 2008

The End is Nigh!

The end of the financial year that is! aarrgghh, not again! Are you prepared? I’m not, not even close. My books are a mess, my files are lovely and neat with all my invoices and statements filed but that’s about as far as it goes! I bought MYOB months ago to update all my accounts but……
Running a business is hard and it’s made even harder if you don’t know what financial state you’re in. Trying to do everything in your business is hard and gets harder as the business grows so I recommend outsourcing things you don’t like doing or aren’t great at doing. Your accounts are important so should be a high priority, if you’re not confident doing your own books get someone else to do them. I know I’ve left it way too long and seriously need to find someone to take them over. I made a start last week and got in contact with a company who I’ve heard great things about plus they maybe able to help with a few other aspects of my business, woohoo!
I do my data entry daily (well most of the time!) and then file the orders away but I have started to slacken off with the amount of information I enter plus I started to change my system and only got part way through so that’s put me behind. With the end of the financial year getting ever closer I know I need to pull my finger out and get stuck in and knowing what work there is involved it’s never far from my thoughts! It’s like a big black cloud hanging over me, yuk! So don’t get yourselves in the same situation as me, organise yourself and your books from the very beginning - even if you start doing them yourself make sure you keep on top of things. The moment you realise you just don’t have the time or things are getting a little bit tricky seek outside help, it will be one of the best decisions you make for you and your business. I just wish I had done it earlier!!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

May Stats

Interesting Rainbow Designs stats for the month just gone:
57% of visitors were from Australia, followed by USA with 21%
74% of users use Internet Explorer, followed by 12% for Firefox (which is what I use)
Tuesday was the busiest day followed by Wednesday
2pm-4pm was the busiest time of the day for visitors with 4am being the quietest (not surprising!)
Quite similar to our January stats - the busiest days do seem to vary month to month but are generally Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. These are things that as an online business owner we need to look at reguarly to help us find the best times to increase our online advertising and to also try and organise our week around these busy days. So, in knowing Mondays and Fridays are normally quieter we can plan our week and use these days (or part of them) for working on our business.
Do you utilise your websites stats or just look at them with a smile (or a frown if they’re not so good!)?