INTERNATIONAL star and West Ham United vice president Karren Brady answers your career questions and tries our money-saving tips.
Here, she gives advice to a self-employed housekeeper who wants to expand her business.
H) I am a self-employed house cleaner and I really want to expand by getting a team together so I can make a decent amount of money.
However, I am the mother of a demanding 5-year-old and don’t know how to really push my business forward and drive it.
Do you have any advice?
Kay, via email
ONE) Expanding a business as a parent can be challenging, but it’s doable with some planning and effort.
If you have not already done so, develop a business plan.
This will help you focus on your goals, what you need to do to achieve them, and identify potential challenges and how to overcome them.
When hiring a team, you need to make sure that you are hiring people who share your work ethic and are trustworthy.
Then it is important to train them properly.
Make sure they understand the quality of work you expect and the importance of professionalism when dealing with clients.
As a business owner, you may want to do everything yourself, but this is not sustainable.
Assign tasks to your team so you have more time to focus on growing your business.
Attend local events to connect with other business owners and potential customers, and join online groups and join discussions – you never know your next opportunity might come from where.
There are tools and apps online that can help you streamline your processes, such as scheduling software and invoicing tools.
It’s important to be flexible and adaptable – you may need to adjust your schedule or change plans as your family’s needs change.
Growing a business takes time and determination, so be patient, resilient, and focused on your goals.