If you’re a budding business entrepreneur and want to expand your efforts, then it’s time to look at the bigger picture. Lets take the basics; you need a unique selling point, an innovative idea, a brand, a business model and a supportive team around you. That will help you out initially, but then what? How will you gain confidence in new clients/customers? How will you make sure your business runs smoothly and cost-effectively?
One of the most simplest answers is to achieve ISO 9001 certification, which is a best-in-class Quality Management System. You may have overlooked the basics of assuring accreditation within your business, but let me assure you that achieving ISO 9001 will help you stand out from your competitors and even help you win new business.
ISO 9001:2008 (usually referred to as ISO 9001) is the best practice specification that helps businesses and organisations throughout the world to develop a best-in-class Quality Management System (QMS). It is by far the world’s most established quality framework, currently being used by around 897,000 organisations in 170 countries worldwide. It sets the standard not only for quality management systems, but management systems in general. To top this off, a recent survey undertaken by the British Assessment Bureau (BAB), found that ”44% of respondents said that they had won business as a result of becoming certified to the ISO 9001 quality management standard”. By implementing this standard, it will also enhance your brand reputation and remove barriers to trade. It streamlines operations and reduces waste, as well as improving business performance whilst managing business risk.
The world has seen massive growth in ISO 9001 certification, with over 1 million companies worlwide gaining certification. This certification is extrememly popular in China, Europe, USA and Russia.
To understand more about what ISO 9001 is and what it can do for your business, take a look at Understanding ISO 9001:2008 and Process-based Management Systems. This book decodes the ISO 9001 standard, explaining it in business terms. The book clearly and succinctly details what the ISO 9001 will mean for your organisation in practice. This book examines the impact of process-based management and outlines what is required to achieve certification. It advises how to build the foundations for business improvement beyond ISO 9001:2008. The book shows how to maximise the benefits of a QMS by applying it appropriately. It shows how overall business performance can be enhanced by leveraging the strength of a QMS within an organisation.
If you’re looking to achieve ISO 9001 certification, then try the ISO9001 QMS Quality Management System Documentation Toolkit. It contains a manual, quality management policies and procedures, plus the necessary forms, records and work instructions, that will help you prepare for and implement a quality management system (QMS) and will help make your business more successful.