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Edward O’Leary is co-founder of Abtrac, a time management, billing and project management solution for professional services businesses in Australia and New Zealand. He has had more than 20 years advising time based billing businesses such as architects, professional engineers, surveyors, planners, cost estimators PR and HR agencies, general consultants and others on how to effectively monitor, measure and manage their services business to streamline processes and achieve a stronger bottom line.

Recent Posts

Simple, smart tips to generate more profit

Posted by Edward - CEO on 03/12/2018

A guide to managing the money in your business.

 

Let's face it, you're in business to make money. If you’re not getting through the work at hand nor making as much money as you think you could be, then the first place to look is how you manage your revenue generation and your expenses. That's what this guide is all about.

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Topics: In the workplace

How the complete professional deals with difficult clients

Posted by Edward - CEO on 30/10/2018

Regardless of what kind of clients your business has, providing an excellent client experience is paramount. It's what differentiates your business and is part of your competitive advantage. Dealing with difficult clients is never easy, but they will inevitably crop up at some point and it's important know how to deal with them in a professional way, so that in the end, you can turn a negative experience into a positive one. How do you handle a client who is dissatisfied, angry, impatient, intimidating, demanding or frustrated? Here are our top tips.

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Topics: In the workplace

You’re an expert in your field. Become an expert at managing people too

Posted by Edward - CEO on 16/10/2018

You are an expert in your industry, respected by your peers and appreciated by your clients. Large projects are successful due in significant part to the contribution of you and your team. Do you feel the same confidence when it comes to managing the people you engage with on a day to day basis?


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Topics: In the workplace

5 Things to Expect from Your Business Advisor

Posted by Edward - CEO on 25/09/2018
There used to be a TV ad with a pumpkin farmer leaning on his Ute talking with his business advisor. Picture the farmer in scruffy clothes and dirty boots, and the advisor dressed up in a smart suit. The farmer says, “I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. It costs me $1 to grow each of these pumpkins. I take them to market in the Ute and sell them for $1 each. Even though there’s no middle-man, I just don’t seem to be making any money.”

The advisor ponders. Eventually he comes up with a suggestion. “Maybe you need a bigger Ute.”
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Managing Your Professional Services Firm

Posted by Edward - CEO on 25/07/2018

In your professional services business, putting in place and using measures to make sure you’re going the right way at the right speed is crucial. The thing is, all your business is selling is its expertise. There’s no stock in the warehouse to keep an eye on, no daily till-take to cash up. You’ve got a finite number of people with skills to do the work each day. They’re making money working for clients wanting deliverables done to as a high quality standard as quickly as possible. Day-by-day, managing work to be done and people to do it can mean the difference between your business doing really well, or lurching from one urgent issue to the next.

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Successful business management: Project planning and management

Posted by Edward - CEO on 10/07/2018

Project Planning and Management

Every growing business gets to a stage where directors and managers get this feeling they’re ever so slightly ‘out of touch’. Things are too busy. It can get worse quite suddenly. Founders aren’t seeing the progress they’d hoped the business would have made across the range of jobs at hand. At the end of each week,  and at month end there is outstanding work that should have been completed.

 

Obtaining buy-in on expectations of work to be done by your staff is part of the recipe for success. It’s not Big Brother. It’s business management. Shying away from discussions on expectations will result in Parkinsons Law prevailing. That benefits nobody.

 

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