7 Steps to Successful Telecom Audit Preparation

Written by Karen Thatcher

Your telecom audit will be much easier to understand (and complete!) when information is organized. By organizing information properly, you will define and focus your audit sorepparttar task seems much less overwhelming.

The following seven step checklist is what we at TelCon have used for over 30 years when preparing for a client telecom audit and cost-reduction study. Print this newsletter and when you've completed a step, check it off!

Step # 1: List Hypotheses

Savings opportunities and ideas for them will come to mind thoughoutrepparttar 147210 audit and analysis process. Chances are you had a few in mind when you decided on embarking on a full-blown audit of your telecom department. These ideas arerepparttar 147211 "hypotheses" to be tested, rejected as invalid, or seriously considered for recommendation/adoption portion ofrepparttar 147212 audit that comes later.

Hypotheses will begin to emerge fromrepparttar 147213 moment you look at a telecom bill. Write down your initial hypotheses now and continue adding to them as you progress throughrepparttar 147214 audit process.

Step # 2: Definerepparttar 147215 Size and Scope of Your Audit

There will be numerous directions your audit may take you, so it is extremely important that you now establish a project scope and focus your efforts to make them more manageable. You simply cannot audit everything at once.

Ask questions to determine you goals. Examples are: Are you concerned with telecom services atrepparttar 147216 corporate headquarters? Field locations? Both? Will you be delving into just interstate long-distance, or will you include intrastate and intralata calling as well? Are you concerned with voice only, or will you be auditing data services too? Will you be auditing only local services, only wireless - or both?

Before you continue, decide now and put in writing exactly whatrepparttar 147217 size and scope of your audit will encompass.

Step # 3: Prioritize and Organize

Now you need to prioritize and organizerepparttar 147218 segments of your project. We have found that most projects are too big to handle all at once, so they must be divided into manageable segments for effective study and completion.

The most common method, at least initially, is to organize by location - geographical or organizational. Many segments will be defined by location - simply analyze and sub-optimize all services at each location.

Six Steps to Guarantee Your Business Success

Written by Rhiannon Williamson

Many of us slave away for years for one uninspiring company after another and dream ofrepparttar day when we can sackrepparttar 147209 boss and go it alone.

If you’re contemplating starting your own business then I’m here cheering you on fromrepparttar 147210 sidelines becauserepparttar 147211 best decision I ever made was to walk away from my well paid but oh so frustratingly boring job and start my own business from scratch.

I’d always believed in Bob Dylan’s definition of success - “a man is a success if he gets up inrepparttar 147212 morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” And it was these words and this sentiment that drove me to seek out business success on my own.

While I was inrepparttar 147213 planning stages of things I read around a lot and discovered that there are six main steps that you can follow to give your businessrepparttar 147214 best chance of survival and success. With hindsight I can confirm that these six steps do guarantee your business success, so here they are for you, use them as your guide: -

1) Plan to Succeed

“Action without planning isrepparttar 147215 cause of all failure. Action with planning isrepparttar 147216 cause of all success.” - Brian Tracy.

You need to establish an intricate business plan that will guide you throughrepparttar 147217 start-up hurdles and ongoing development of your business. Whether you’re planning on establishing a global company that will eventually employ many individuals or you’re intending to establish an on-line business from your bedroom that will employ only you, you must spendrepparttar 147218 necessary time and effort plotting out how exactly your company will be established, who your customers are, how you will reach them, how you will finance your ongoing operations and where exactly you’re headed with your business.

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.” - Thomas Edison

Be a business genius, rememberrepparttar 147219 planning stages are critical torepparttar 147220 future success of your business - don’t rush them.

2) Money Matters

“Before you can really start setting financial goals, you need to determine where you stand financially.” - David Bach

You need to look at your own personal financial situation and determine exactly how much money you will need to live on, how much money you have to invest in your business, how much money is required to start up and run your company and how exactly you’re going to fundrepparttar 147221 future of your business. Get down torepparttar 147222 financial nitty gritty before you get down to business and you will avoidrepparttar 147223 number one reason why businesses fail – namely, lack of capital.

Crunch those numbers and be realistic rather than fatalistic or optimistic! You can and will succeed, but first you must arm yourself withrepparttar 147224 boring facts and figures and then you can put in placerepparttar 147225 financing you need.

3) To Score Goals You Have To Set Goals

“Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paidrepparttar 147226 price to decide what is really important to them.” - Stephen Covey

Having mapped out your business journey intricately, having put in placerepparttar 147227 financing you will need to travelrepparttar 147228 path towards success you have to begin setting yourself business and personal goals. If you have nothing to aim for you will never achieve your target! Where do you want to be in one month’s time, where do you want your company to be in one year’s time?

Set stage goals for you, your company, your employees, your finances and your success. Follow your progress closely, keep one eye on your goals and you will never fail to succeed.

4) Sure Up Support and Understanding

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