As a business owner, you owe a duty of care to keep all people involved in your business safe to the most reasonable extent possible. Failure to make your business safe could result in injury, liability, or lawsuits, which could damage you more than financially. Even if you work from home, knowing what you need to be aware of should be part of your overall business management strategy.
Success In Small Business Means Safety For All
When business owners talk about safety in the workplace, the first thought is often for workers or employees. But in reality, small business safety is about keeping everyone safe – everyone from you to your clients and customers, and even to the delivery person. Your level of care and responsibility will directly impact your success in small business, as any injury or accident could easily put you out of business or at the very least impact the rates and fees you pay on insurance and settlements.
When you think about safety in the workplace, think about it from all perspectives. Consider all the individuals, including children and adults, who might come into contact with your place of business, and who might require you to think outside the box a little to keep them safe.
Small Business Safety – Things Big, Things Small
Big, glaring safety hazards may be obvious corrections to make, but it is often the little things that are overlooked that cause trouble and safety issues. Look at every aspect of your business and infrastructure to ensure safety.
This is a general list of considerations for businesses, but local regulations and governmental or trade safety requirements will always trump a general list. Be sure to contact the appropriate authorities and follow their guidelines for safety, and also for liability and insurance requirements.
People working from home are not immune to issues of workplace safety. Any business where people may come onto the property, even if just for a casual meeting, owes a debt of responsibility to clientele and employees, and confidentiality and information security are issues even for the most remote and physically detached businesses.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to small business safety – it’s something that can never be overdone. Make sure that your business is safe and secure in every way so that you protect both yourself and those who do business with you.
Have you ever seen people who appear to be perhaps not as skilled as you, not as experienced as you, not as bright as you, maybe not even as popular as you … yet they are more successful than you by your own definition of success?
I’ve lost count of the number of people who have come to me for business mentoring who have said this exact thing. They can’t understand why others start a business and it thrives from day 1, yet they themselves have struggled to make a profit.
Certainly skills, abilities, contacts and business sense make a difference, but beyond that, you need to look deeper. You need to look at your entrepreneurial mindset. This includes the way you think, the way you act and what you believe.
This video by the legendary late Jim Rohn – an amazing man and a true role model for me – is essential for anyone who wants to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. In this, Jim speaks candidly about some of the concepts and statements that changed his life for the better.
Remember … “Success Is Something You Attract By The Person You Become,” Jim Rohn.
Many small, micro and home-based business operators are well aware of the benefits of networking with other businesses. Along with meeting new people and perhaps learning from networking event guest speakers, other benefits include building professional relationships with potential clients, suppliers and resources, colleagues, fans and friends. Not to mention getting yourself and your business known in the community.
With all of the technological advances in communications, people are now becoming ever more connected, particularly on the Internet.
And with this advancement in Internet technology comes the ability for businesses to network online too. This could be via:
Online networking boosts the variety your network
Online networking gives entrepreneurs a chance to develop relationships with several other entrepreneurs at one time. They can meet several people and communicate in a wider way than face to face networking. In online networking, many different industries and companies are represented within the group.
Online networking saves time and effort for busy entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are able to reach the world from their own computer through online networking. Utilising the Internet allows professionals to attend online networking avenues much easier than if they attend physical events … all from the comfort of their own home, often at any time of the day from any location and without the need to get dressed up (unless you’re using videos and web-cams!)
Along with benefiting an entrepreneur’s professional and social growth, online networking offers flexibility. Not only does this make it easier to manage how you prioritise your time, it’s also ideal for business owners in small towns and regional or remote areas who may otherwise find business networking a challenge.
Online networking can also be a viable alternative for parents who work from home while caring for children. It’s often difficult for this group of business owners to attend face-to-face networking events without also having to arrange suitable child-care. The cost and effort involved sometimes limits the number of events that they can physically get to.
I’m not suggesting that online networking should entirely take the place of face-to-face networking events, but there are some definite advantages for most businesses to incorporate a little of both.
If you know any worthwhile online networking sites for small, micro and home-based businesses, please share them with us via a comment post 🙂