What does it take to run a successful small business? Many entrepreneurs are caught off guard by the amount of work and the variety of tasks they must perform when running a small business. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the jobs both big and small. Is there any way to make the juggling of all these tasks easier?
Some jobs are easier to deal with than others simply because the owner likes the particular task. Others are easier to avoid because the task is distasteful. The fact of the matter is that each task is crucial to the success of a small business and cannot be avoided. So how can you get them all accomplished?
Set up procedures and processes for your business. Take the time to figure out how best to organize your office, your business, yourself. Write down all the jobs that must be done to keep your business running and determine when they must be done. Then determine who is best suited to complete each task. If you are a one woman shop then it would appear that you must do everything but consider whether it would be money well spent to outsource some of your tasks. Hiring a bookkeeper or enlisting a payroll service may free up your time for income producing tasks which will pay for the outside service and allow you to do what you love and what you are good at.
We recommend putting undesirable tasks right on your calendar. Figure out what time of day and what day of the week works best for you to get the dirty work done and schedule your least favorite tasks for this time. Then stick to the calendar. Get the job done and crossed off your to-do list. You won’t believe how good it feels. Use to-do lists, a calendar and an organization chart and you will find your business running more smoothly and your life feeling less hectic.
So any other good ideas out there to help a small business owner stay organized and on track? Let us know.