The jet lag has now subsided and we have had a few days to reflect on our recent business exploration to Australia. As a small business offering training, mentoring and coaching programmes to different groups and individuals, we are amongst a smaller number of businesses where exporting is higher on our expansion plans than growth […]
If you haven’t had a chance to see my latest vlog then here it is! As an Associate of The Consultation institute I provide training and workshops for people from all walks of life. One of the courses I have been running lately is “Consultation Essentials”. This is a great course for people who are […]
One of the areas I work in is Participatory Budgeting (PB for short) and often when I introduce it to people it is usually followed with ‘what is that?’ So, here is a 60 second guide to PB and how organizations and communities can benefit from using this method to distribute funding. […]
A chunk of our workload over the past few weeks has been with NHS organisations who are investing in developing their PPG’s. “Transforming Participation in Health and Care” sets out a clear “Vision for Participation” for all NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to ensure that public, patient and carer voices are at the centre of healthcare […]
The past couple of weeks I have been working with a number of public sector organisations to deliver training for both the staff and the patient representatives on stakeholder engagement – what it is, why it is needed, and how to do it effectively. It has been a fantastic process that has seen huge benefits […]
Having spent a good proportion of this week working on Bedfordshire BusinessWomen, trying to juggle my business and all of the other domestic duties it has been quite difficult to get a good balance.
That is where it is so difficult to balance your work life between the business that is paying the bills and the pro-bono work.
We have to be capable of knowing at what level we get involved with the pro-bono work and there is no crystal ball that will tell you when, if or what opportunities might arise from such work.
It is through experience that we learn but sometimes we learn a very hard lesson that can be at a huge cost to a small business. Ensuring that invoicing is kept up to date and you are on top of it is critical and making sure that terms and conditions are issued at the point you raise an invoice so that the two can be sent together is equally important. Very often we do not think to send a cancellation policy, but if a client cancels part, or all of the contract with short notice you may still have to pay a cancellation fee to those you have commissioned to work with you, or printing costs etc, which can leave you out of pocket.
At the end of the day we are all in business to make money and have a good quality of life so if you are doing more pro-bono work than paid and you are not getting invoices paid then that quality of life will suffer. I am not saying that you should not do any voluntary work but to get the balance right.