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Community business planning tool

canYouPlanItButtonThe organisation Community Matters have just released a new social business planning tool – Can You Plan It.

This interactive tool is not the usual dry, spread sheet based business tool kit you so often come across. This great resource involves the use of ideas cards, consultation processes and how to plan together.

It offers any sort of community business a way to explore an idea, or development opportunity, in a way that fosters creativity, clear thinking and an understanding on how to achieve your aims that is not delivered through ‘text heavy’ frameworks.

You can download a quick pdf leaflet for the tool here.

If you would like to see all the elements of the toolkit online you can visit the Community Matters web site page here.

You can find the main secBEANS main website here…

Facebook Timeline for business

timelineBookletPic3In another of our occasional series of new media advice and information – get to grips with the Facebook Timeline and your enterprise.

This useful booklet from HubSpot, as always, offers you highlights about how to feature your enterprise activity to best advantage on Facebook.

Timeline layout is now automatic for new registrations on Facebook business, with this booklet illustrating how best to use images, when and how to post and and enable messages.

Alongside best practice notes there are some great examples of enterprise timelines for you to draw inspiration from.

You can download this booklet as a pdf file here.

secBEANS – helping you get the best from your new media involvement.

Enterprise news – always updated

Get news automatically here...We have just published a new secBEANS page – a newsfeed where you can find constantly updated enterprise news, advice and resources.

From The Economist to the The Start-up Foundry, you will find a variety of enterprise themed newsfeeds, which we hope you will use as a one-stop shop to keep current with enterprise developments and small business information.

Do you have a favourite blog or news source that you like to use? Would you share it with others? If you let us know, we’ll integrate into our page if we can  (…and give your business a credit too!)

You can subscribe to the individual feeds by rss at anytime, for free.

If you do not yet use rss feeds to keep up to date with enterprise news, or any news at all, this link will take you a short 100 second YouTube movie which explains how it works. Keep up to date with a news reader – makes life simpler…

You can find the secBEANS newsfeed page here… 

 

Could you be a community entrepreneur?

pileofLearningPicStanford University in the USA is committed to putting learning online for free. Offering you access to great thinkers (…and doers), to help get your enterprise idea started.

In February 2012 Steve Blank, a serial starter of successful companies will, as part of his teaching duties at Stanford be launching an online Lean Start-up course.

You can register with your email address here.

Don’t be put off by the technical content of the course, or the fact that it comes from a prestigious university. Simple business ideas, clearly expressed, will be the source of your community enterprise success.

The course is free, built around a series of online videos, which you can watch at your leisure and supported by some interesting quizzes.

Why not do the course before you start your enterprise, or begin to expand your existing enterprise idea.

You never know what might happen. Good luck if you do try out something new.

The beans team.

(Watch out for the new secLEARNING web pages too – access to free knowledge, learning and skills from a variety of providers – coming soon).

Why ethical community enterprise?

Below is a short film – delivered by Richard Wilkinson, who is co-author of the book The Spirit Level – talking about inequality and economic activity in communities.

For figures and chart fans there is much to enjoy, but if this is not your thing don’t be put off. Listen to the story – it stresses how important, as we believe at SEC, that ethical economic activity in communities can be.

Driving better health for children, better mental health for adults and improving social relations and human capital across a community.

Richard’s argument is that national income or factors of economic growth which we read in the national press or from central government are not, in the end, of essential importance to our human well being.

It is the nature of local economic activity, driving creativity, generating additional income and creating feelings of trust and community capital that will enable those communities to be both resilient and durable.

Great message!

Follow your heart, pivot with your instincts!

handsPic4The Independent Small Business Service recently ran an article entitled Follow Your Heart, featuring the experiences of Ronke Ige, the founder of Emi & Ben Skin Care Products.

The article highlights some of the great satisfactions that Inge has found running her own business, but also shines a light on some of the drivers for innovation and flexibility that really matter when you start, no matter what size your enterprise.

‘Focus on tasks that follow the money, rather than follow strict processes…’

Not crudely follow the money, as in only pursue cash as a driver for enterprise, but rather be prepared to pivot your business in directions that truly reflect your market or operating area – only truthfully understood once you have made or delivered something to a paying customer. Learn from every transaction and experience.

‘Be passionate, delegate and espouse trust…’

For us this is the heart of your transaction. Have faith in your product and service, but share that glow with others…even those who wouldn’t go into business in a century of opportunity. Nay-sayers wouldn’t go into business in the first place perhaps, but you have.

‘Branding is a pivotal part of any business…’

Absolutely, whatever your size, product or service. Make contact with someone who can do graphic design for you, or a photographer who can photograph your product or create a telling image to hang your business identity on. It will pay results…

You can read the fuller article on the web pages of The Independent here.

Why not join beans and talk to someone who can do just these things in your local area?

Pay your tax faster?

moneyTrollyPic2The tax man now accepts transfers using the Faster Payments process from your bank.

What this means is that you can now pay your tax liability and other commitments to HMRC via internet banking or telephone banking services.

You can find a complete list of HMRC liabilities that you can pay using Faster Payments here.

Traders and the self-employed should take care to ensure that they pay electronically into the appropriate HMRC bank account and use the relevant reference number for the payment. Read more here…

As always, if you already have a professional adviser or accountant supporting you do discuss this important change with them too!

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