The idea of self-employment came up during my studies in computer science. Started 11 years ago as a sole proprietorship as a sideline (at that time, I offered IT services for private individuals and small businesses), I founded Berl-IT GmbH at the beginning of 2020, intending to accompany SMEs on their way to digital transformation as a strong partner.
I found my way into IT through a second-chance education. After graduating from high school, I completed an apprenticeship as an office administrator. In the company at the time, I took over some of the IT administration, although it wasn't my area of responsibility as an office administrator. But since I always had a great enthusiasm for computers and everything that has to do with IT, I decided to realize this professionally. I caught up on my technical high school diploma and started studying technical computer science. During my studies, I had the opportunity to become self-employed.
The IT industry is indeed promising, with great potential, but also with a great shortage of skilled workers. However, you also have to find your niche in IT and specialize. For us, that means accompanying SMEs on their way to digitization and offering relevant services and know-how. Digital transformation is progressing at full speed. This is also a challenge for us as an IT system house to stay on the ball. The classic IT service business of "time for money" is increasingly becoming obsolete. The future is managed-IT contracts, recurring subscription models and maintenance packages, IT flat rates, servers and applications in the data center, and so on. The fast pace of the industry is the difficult part for us. As we all know, standing still means taking a step backward. In IT, I think it means even more. The slow disappearance in the market.
That has to be looked at individually. But basically, there are enormous hurdles in Germany, especially for young companies or start-ups. Negative financial statements in the start-up years, lack of sales thresholds, lack of creditworthiness, and insufficient company age all of these are knock-out criteria for traditional banks to grant loans. And that, in turn, inhibits the growth of a young company and slows it down. I think anyone who can't bridge the gap out of their pocket or secure venture capital doesn't have it easy.
In the next 10 years, we want to be the leading IT system house regionally at our company headquarters and be the first point of contact for support in the digital transformation, as well as build up and maintain a comprehensive cloud and data center offering for our customers.
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"The current situation causes us more concern because it is difficult for a start-up to absorb all the price increases and delivery delays. Puls likes to keep talking to customers." – today, we are talking to Kim-Christin and Veronika Blecker from Hesse. Four years ago, they founded a spice start-up four years ago based on their mutual love of cooking. They now run an online business, which has 80 dealers in brick-and-mortar retail trade.
Several factors have played an aggravating role for SMEs when it comes to obtaining credit. First, a hard process of concentration and rationalisation has been taking place at the banks. The traditional house banks of SMEs – the cooperative banks and savings banks – are particularly affected by this. As a result, contact persons are lost, credit approval is made according to new rules and in an increasingly automated way, and changes in business policy often exclude entire sectors.
We enjoy talking to business founders – it's the only way Puls can find how to become even better and more user-friendly. In this one, we spoke to the founders of mykraut Leon und Jens about their journey since founding the company in 2018, why working with the B2B segment is both exciting and challenging, and how to finance big orders.
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Do you know that feeling: you are checking your mailbox, notice a letter from the tax office, and immediately think: What did I do wrong now? Do I have to pay anything extra? Or did I miss a deadline?
Subcontractors face long and unpredictable gaps between invoicing and payment. While awaiting payment, they still have to pay for materials, labor, and other project expenses. Therefore they offer early payment discounts to their contractors.
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I am against the war, against Putin, against a regime that oppresses the country and attacks other peaceful nations. This should not happen in our civilized society and should be eradicated. People's dreams, plans, and lives have been destroyed in a week of the war, and there can be no excuse for it.
Financial technology is shaking up financial services – and it’s no secret that FinTech is on the rise. Even still, as a company, it’s easy to question whether banks and FinTechs are competing or collaborating. And how do you decide which is best for your small business?
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We hear often: Increase sales with incentives and promotions, plan everything ahead. But if those who tell this were businessmen, they would know how things really work: academically you should have planned everything long ago, but in real life, things are much more dynamic and unpredictable.
Everyone says that businesses need to grow. Everyone would be happy to, but when a business is already doing well and you have to find a new market and money to expand, the idea ceases to be so tempting.
We’re often told businesses that embrace new technology and adopt innovative ways of working benefit from more flexibility, efficiency — and ultimately increase profitability. So…simple decision, right? Not quite. While the benefits of implementing new technology in your business are well known, there is still a reluctance to do so.