Help Needed For Small Businesses

Good things come in small packages, and no statement is more true of small businesses than this fact. Small businesses are vital in any and every economy – from the shop on the corner to the company with single-digit number of employees that services the immediate community.

This is so whether it is sports, entertainment, food-service industry, agriculture or education. Small businesses create jobs, facilitate persons of the lower, middle and upper classes in a nation, and form the network of veins and capillaries of each community.

Negative impact

Currently, the network of small businesses is feeling the greatest negative impact in this recession, because they have to bear the weight of high interest rates, exorbitant bank charges, increased utility usage and increased energy bills.

Further to that, regulatory and compliance organisations lean on these businesses heavily because they may not have the clout to fight back; increased taxes are levied on such businesses, which makes it difficult to compete and even stay afloat. Many are giving up, and some are looking at selling their dream to make it less stressful for them.

In this environment created by national leaders, it is difficult for small businesses to survive – even for those who have a vision to execute and build. Small businesses help to ensure that big businesses are not overrun by the demand not only for products and services, but also for employment. Small businesses service ‘nook and cranny’ areas that large companies either can’t, won’t or don’t service. Therefore, if small businesses shut down, it will also negatively affect large businesses!

Growth opportunity

In the same way that a small tree grows and matures and becomes a big tree and ultimately dies, a small business must be given the opportunity to grow and mature with its community understanding the needs of its society. It is people that make up the organisation and each cadre of persons understand the needs of the era of which they are a part. When that era passes and another one enters, a new set of persons with the solutions for that era enters as well. If that flow stops, then there will be serious stagnation, famine and economic problems occurring.

Those in national leadership don’t often listen to small business owners when they cry out; they would, however, quickly listen to the large business owners and yield to their demands.

Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including End Time Finance and The New Millionaire

 

Lyston: The network of small businesses is feeling the greatest negative impact in this recession.

What needs to be done

There needs to be a special agency to deal with the growth, development and problems that affect small businesses, and their voices must be heard.

There must be a programme developed that actually works, to allow for the consolidation and also the reduction of the debts and taxes on the small businesses. A three-year reprieve must be given to small businesses.

Both banks and leaders have to go in and see what is happening – instead of making the decisions from the office chair!

The small business owners must now seek the Lord for new ways, ideas, solutions to grow their business – John 14: 6. Remember that Jesus is the way and also that He will direct your path – Proverbs 3: 6

Find ways to deal with wastage. For example, restaurants, hotels and any other food-related businesses can feed the poor and street people, (Psalm 41). Doctors and lawyers can give 10 per cent of their time free!

Maintain a positive environment – speak ‘life’ upon your business(es). Declare a thing and it shall be established. (Job 22: 28)

Implement cost-cutting measures, particularly on utilities and telephone. Ensure that it is absolutely clear to the staff that these should not be taken lightly.

Hire staff that are multifunctional and who will stick with you in crisis.

Tithe!

Remember that God is the one that teaches you to make profit! It is not networking or friends that grow your business, it is God who allows it. (Isaiah 48: 17)

Encourage weekly devotions in your organisation; God is the one who expands and increases your organisation. Keep away from any form of witchcraft to grow your organisation – it will cause situations to become worse.

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Motivate And Invest In Your Staff

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First And Most Valuable!

The greatest asset to any organisation is its staff. They are your first and most valuable customers. We have seen many organisations – secular or religious, spend millions on re-tooling and re-structuring, and on the acquisition of foreign ‘experts’ attempting to find solutions to improve organisational performance. They try to determine – ‘Why are sales falling’? ‘Is it the economy?’ ‘Is it the recession?’ But Biblical principles remind us that recession is no excuse for the non-performance of an organisation. Psalm 68: 9 tells us that God blesses those who serve Him, even in a recession. It says, “You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary.”

The number one problem that exists within an organisation is a lack of workforce motivation.

So:

  • When your employees work only for the pay but don’t care about, your overall operations or the vision – TROUBLE!
  • When the main goal of your organisation is profit-making at any cost, and there is nothing in the organisation to motivate staff – TROUBLE!
  • When staff members at any level feel as if they are not a part of the organisation or have a fear of losing their jobs – TROUBLE!
  • When management or investors see their staff as nothing but paid labor – TROUBLE!
  • When employees are de-motivated it affects every area of the organisation’s performance.

With motivated staff, your organisation will be successful in any economic climate and solutions will be coming from them.



Internal promotion is the key to both motivation and growth in your organisation. If there is no scope for promotion within, then your organisation is on the wrong path. Bringing in external managers for hefty salaries in order to bring change when in fact they bring nothing to the table, means you have failed and indicates a foundation problem exists.

Sadly many of these ‘managers’ are usually employed through club friendships, which hurts the organisation and diminishes staff morale. Employing a person with a popular name in the business world does not necessarily bring any positive changes; we need to look at their fruit and the harvest! (Galatians 5)

One de-motivated staff member can pollute the entire organisation in no time and it will negatively affect your external customers. Company leaders often tell of the company’s success without recognizing the contribution of the staff to that success. Business owners must realise that recognition and honor are two important keys for success (Genesis 28: 16; Mark 8: 18; Peter 3: 7; Proverbs 21: 21). It is not only or usually a matter of low wages that de-motivates the staff, but management style and disrespect shown to them; and no honour or recognition is extended to them. (I Timothy 6: 1-2; Ephesians 6: 5 & 9)

David and Solomon knew how to motivate their staff. Interestingly, three kinds of persons followed David – those that were in debt, those distressed and the discontented – but under David’s command they formed a mighty workforce! (I Samuel 22: 1-2)

Invest in your staff, have a succession plan for them to allow them to move up the organisational ladder. The rewards will be great!

Apostle Steve Lyston is a Biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including End Time Finance and The New Millionaire
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Motivated staff members can even protect your external customers; they are in no way less than your external customers. Listen to the concerns of staff members without victimizing them.

Honoring both man and God will bring increase. (Proverbs 3: 9-10; I Peter 2: 17; Ephesians 6: 2)

A good salary, health and education plans for them and their families will motivate them. DO NOT ROB THEM! (James 5: 1 – 6)

A motivated staff significantly influences crime reduction and economic growth. A machine can’t replace a good employee. Many organisations crumble when a good staff member leaves.

There are categories of workers within a nation that must be motivated at any cost.

a)Ordained ministers

b)Singers, worshipers and musicians (serving in God’s house)

c)Police, customs officers, border patrol and soldiers

They are the gatekeepers of a nation. They should be exempt from certain taxes and customs duties. (Ezra 7: 24)

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