The Williams Institute

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Meet Jason Willams

Thanks for visiting my website! I’d like to take this moment to introduce myself, I’m Jason Williams, a business coach, advisor and mentor to Australian small to medium business owners.

With over 20 years experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge to help inspire management and leaders to be their best.

From accounting firms to roofing companies and real estate agents, I have helped thousands of people achi9eve amazing goals and become successful leaders within their industry.

To learn more about me please visit my about us page.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the tips, interviews and advice I will share.

When is it Time to Get a New Roof?

When is it Time to Get a New Roof?

New Roofing - When is the right time?

Today I look at the aspects of r4oofing for home owners and when is the best time to re roof your home.

There are various methods to deploy when you get that gut feeling that it is time to buy a new roof. It could be that the roof has been above your head for decades and you are worried about wear and tear or it could be that you suddenly notice a few cracks, discoloring or even rust, depending on the material your roof is made from. It might even be that the protection your roof was supposed to provide has all but disappeared and you start to feel too close to nature to be true!

As a rule of thumb the experts recommend two yearly inspections, during the spring and fall, starting from inside your house, in the attic. Armed with a flashlight, you should be looking for the following tell-tale signs:

  • Sagging of roof deck
  • Evidence or water penetration, including leaks
  • Dark patches, large or small
  • Daylight visible through roof

Once that has been taken care of, try and scour the exterior by looking for signs of deterioration, rotting, molding and even algae (which is prevalent in humid or coastline areas).

What to Look Out For

I received some great information for this article from Pro Build Roof www.probuildroofing.com.au and found out some tips and advice on what to look out for. Apart from the obvious, you should also look out for fittings or accessories around the chimney, such as pipes or vents. If these have become dislodged, they might also affect the quality and effectiveness of your roof. If your gutters are full of large grainy sand-like waste, this is a sign of advanced wear, and should be catered into immediately. Any bacteria, fungi or mold would point to water issues and would appear within 48 hours of water seeping through fissures or cracks. Ensure that all drains, pipes and gutters are free from any debris, so that water is allowed free access to flow as designed.

Vents from the kitchen and bathroom should find their way outside, and not just into the attic. If you are looking at renovating or repairing your roof, you will need to know the material of your existing one. This will help you, or the company you hire for the job, to come prepared and to try and source the same material, without compromising the old one. Sometimes it might be necessary to change the whole roof, rather than patch it up sparingly. Just as a matter of interest, if you happen to have a cedar roof, the normal lifespan is around 20 years, so if your roof has served you close to or in excess of that allowance, it might be time to start thinking about a change.

New Roofing

Tiled Roofing

Tiled roofing is very classy and attractive, but it is quite common to have to replace tiles every few years, especially if weather conditions are not so calm. When having a look, be sure not to step on the tiles, as they are quite fragile (and slippery) in nature. Tiled roofing has been known to last up to 100 years, but you do need to undergo maintenance every few years. When it is time to replace a few cracked or loose tiles, always opt for specialized professionals, such as Pro Build Roofing in Brisbane to do the job for you.

If you happen to own a concrete roof, on the other hand, this should never need replacing. Please note that, with other wooden roofs, you will have to be on the alert for insects, such as termites. Polycarbonate roofing is one of the strongest and most resistant roofing available today. They can last you anything up to 50 years, if installed correctly. Old roofs, having corrugated iron, are known to rust and deteriorate rapidly, with constant coatings of fresh paint necessary. If your roof was installed more than 30 years ago and you are not sure of the material, use caution and, again, call in the professionals, as you might be dealing with potentially lethal asbestos.

Lifetime Value of Roofing

Any roof which was installed in the past 20 years should never require a complete makeover, so never assume the worst until you employ the services of a licensed roofing contractor. You would need an expert opinion before deciding what options you have and if there is really any need to invest in new roofing altogether.

DoItYourselfBuilder.com also has a nice video on installing a new roof.

Remember that a home without a solid roof on top will not provide much, in terms of market value, so if, some way along the line, you are thinking of selling your house, you will want to make sure that the basic necessities are in place. No-one will want to invest in a house with a shoddy roof. Also try to choose a design and color which is in symphony with the entire house and surroundings, and which is adapt at resisting nature’s fury. Most roofing contractors will offer to come on location to visit your house, without any obligations, so feel free to browse around, until you are comfortable you have found the right one!

The 5 Most Common Mistakes I See In Small Business

Common Mistakes I see in Small Business

Common Mistakes Made In Brisbane - Australia

Starting and managing a business is not always an easy task. You have to think about so many things and make critical decisions in the course of trying to make it successful. Though businesses are viewed as quick ways of making easy money and achieving a better lifestyle, their success is not guaranteed. Business owners ought to have good business and financial skills if they want to realize good progress.

There are various common mistakes made by small business owners which tend to pull them back. Listed below, are five common mistakes committed by small business owners.

  • Failing to plan
  • Underpricing the services and products
  • Sidestepping new technology
  • Lacking knowledge about the target customers
  • Failing to set goals

 

Here are the five Most common mistakes

1. Failing to plan

Failing to plan for your business is like planning for it to fail. Though planning phase is a tiresome process, skipping it can cause your business to fail. The most vital plans that determine the success of all the businesses include; the business plan, the marketing plan and the financial plan. Failure to have any of these plans implies that all decision will be made based on mere speculations and not the reality on the ground.

For the already established businesses, budgeting is also a crucial element of planning. You have to budget for the profit and loss accounts and then generate a cash flow forecast. This is key in ensuring growth of the business.

2. Underpricing the products and services

Most of the times, lack of confidence in your aptitude and panic over failure can make you to undervalue your products and services. Even if it is a strategy that you want to use to capture customers, it is a risky approach that can open up possibilities of frustrations in your business. As much as the strategy can work at initial stages of the business, recovering from underpricing your goods and services is not an easy task. It is therefore essential to do an extensive research about the pricing of whatever goods or services you are selling on the market to ensure that your pricing at the entry point is the best.

3. Sidestepping new technology

In this digital era, technology is vital in ensuring success of any type of business. Technology can offer new opportunities and aid in realizing efficiency at work. Though new technology can be intimidating or even require time to learn and comprehend, it can place you at the top of your competitors and guarantee success to your business. Technology can also minimize the chances of making errors in your business; for instance, with cloud accounting solutions which allows your business accounting software to link with the bank, you can get precise financial information.

4. Lacking knowledge about the target customers

Business growth and success is dependent on its customers. Similarly, a marketing campaign can only be successful if you know the ideal customers for your business. Regardless of the budget allocated to marketing, without the knowledge of the target customers, your business is bound to fail. It is therefore important that you do a thorough market research to ascertain the people you are targeting, their location and their reaction towards

5. Failing to set goals

Knowing what you want to achieve can greatly help to motivate you and keep on the right track. When you start a business, setting goals can help to give you directions. Goals are like destinations in a journey; you must follow the right path to get to your destination. However, it is important that you set the right goals that can be achieved.

Business Mistakes

Other mistakes committed by small business owners include the following:

  • Overspending
  • Under-spending
  • Lack of commitment 
  • Cutting cost rather than driving revenue
  • Lack comprehension between profit and cash flow
  • Financing capital expenditure out of cash flow
  • Poor marketing strategy

These simple common mistakes are the ones that cause small businesses to fail or slow-down their growth. It is therefore important that small business owners avoid them in order to realize growth and success in their businesses. People should stop venturing into businesses just to make more money, seek freedom or as a way of making their lives better without considering vital procedures involved in businesses.

References

http://myob.com.au/blog/5-financial-mistakes-small-businesses-make/