With WordPress it is getting easier and easier to great website. Using a theme from Nexus Themes with a fount end editor I was able to knock up this gardening website for a friend in a weekend, but it looks really first class in quality. He wanted something that was easy to maintain and had good SEO qualities. The Nexus theme is perfect as most of the editing can be done direct from the home page. This includes moving widgets and adding new elements like social share buttons and articles.
The hardest bit is not the web design but writing the copy. Even though the site only has a few pages we wanted to make sure the copy met the Google guidelines for high quality content and had the basics of on-page SEO optimisation. More importantly as the site is developed in WordPress he won’t have any trouble updating the posts and adding new pages.
My friend is very pleased with his new website at http://www.tetbury-garden-services.co.uk/ and is hoping that it will generate lots of significant new leads and business opportunities.
The idea of using part time directors is not new one and many businesses have been using this method of working for many years. However, the demand for and move towards part-time directors across other functions is a more modern phenomenon which until recently has largely been met by experienced sole practitioners. Market research identified a clear need within businesses employing up to 250 people for part-time directors across a number of functions and with this in mind Part Time Executives Ltd was established. The business model was very simple, variable day rates to suit the client, with complete transparency in terms of cost meant an ability to provide all the benefit of a full-time director at a fraction of the cost.
What Type Of Business Would Use A Part Time Director?
The current economic climate and our experience to date suggests that businesses fall into 3 categories across a number of functions, the exception being engineering where specific sector skills are of paramount importance.
These 3 categories are best described as follows:
1. Businesses that are growing or planning to grow and want the benefit of full time directors without the cost.
2. Businesses that are stable but undergoing significant change which requires additional director level resources across one or more functions.
3. Businesses that are down-sizing and can no longer afford the cost of full time functional directors.
4. Businesses that a delivering project but lack the senior project management experience.
Why Employ A Part Time Director?
The benefits are plentiful but the phrase “part of the time, part of the cost and all of the benefit” encapsulates beautifully what a part time director brings to the business. By offering the services through a national network like Part Time Executives Ltd. there is a large pool of highly qualified multi – functional resource, which can operate on a flexible basis across the vast majority of the UK to bring strategic and operational benefit to the client. Every part time director is fully qualified, fully insured and operates their own VAT registered limited company. By providing the resource through Part Time Executives Ltd. the best match of client to director is always available but with the very necessary complete back-up and support of the national network.
One client explained that many of the benefits are described by “what you don’t get”:
• No national insurance to pay.
• No pension contributions to make.
• No holidays to fund.
• No company car to provide.
• No annual bonus to pay.
• No private health scheme to pay for.
• No extended notice periods.
• No over inflated severance deals.
• No employment tribunals.
• No long term redundancy commitment.
• No equity to give away.
• No recruitment fees to pay.
• No politics.
It is very interesting to compare a Part Time Executives day rate with the full time day rate taking into account all the items above – you will be very surprised by the lack of difference and when you consider the fact that you only pay the part time director when you as the client want him or her, the part time director option wins every time!
How Does It Work?
Each assignment is managed as a separate project with a programme of deliverables agreed in advance with the client. A suitable part time director is identified and a proposal is presented to the client identifying deliverables, cost and a simple set of Terms & Conditions. The part time director begins work and the project deliverables are reviewed on a regular basis with the client.
In summary the service includes all of the following:
1. A top quality professionally qualified director.
2. A director for long term strategic impact on a part time contract.
3. A nationally supported organisation.
4. Access to other multi-functional directors.
5. Access to a national network of Business Partners (accountants, solicitors, financiers etc.).
What Disciplines Does It Cover?
Market research has identified demand from SME’s for all of the following functions:
- Project Management
- Health & Safety
- Non-Executive Director
- Coaching and Mentoring
Conclusion and Summary:
Employing a part time director is a very cost effective solution which brings the benefits of a full time director. It also has the secondary benefit that your part time director is gaining experience and knowledge within other businesses on the days he or she is not working for you. By operating a “virtual structure” Part Time Executives Ltd. ensures there are no large regional organisations, franchise fees or overhead costs to fund which keeps daily rates extremely competitive.
In the first instance, if you would like to learn more about being a client, business partner or part time executive/director please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or take a look at the web site www.parttimeexecutives.co.uk.
Wow what a week, risk management, business development and designing a course for a new international client. It was lovely to run a workshop for Network Rail again. they really enjoyed the exercises. Especially tower build two. All smiles that they actualy came in under budget.
Progress continues with Parallel this we we got the course dates into the Google search results.
Tristan from Small Business SEO is a real star. This is grabing lots of space in the search results, can’t wait to see what happens when we get this working on key words like PRINCE2. We have also re-launched our SEO blog http://www.smallbusinesssearchengineoptimisation.co.uk/, it looks really good.
It quite strange after almost two and a half years of almost full time work to the taking a week off. The intentions are good, I have set out of office on the e-mail and will tune of the iPhone for the week. Strating my own business has turned me into a full time workaholic. It quite motivational when you are not sure where the next pay cheque is coming from and the pipeline of work looks a bit empty. It’s going to be quite hard to actual stop for a week. I wonder if it’s like alcoholics trying to stop work, will I be able to resist charging up the phone and just checking on the e-mails. Our just running a few Google searches to check the website rankings. The odds are not looking very good, because we are going to visit Tristan for the holiday, and Tristan develops and looks after our website. Also I have some expenses that I need to claim before the end of the month, so that will be Monday working anyway.
Nevertheless it’s going to be interesting to spend a week without e-mail, facebook and twitter connectivity.