In order for your business to grow, you have to make it easier to run and manage. However, this particular feat is easier said than done.
There are so many moving parts and operations that it can be hard to control them all. A business owner’s job isn’t easy, but it can be made easier – it just takes a little savvy.
So, in order to make your company easier to manage and run, take a look at the following pieces of advice. Not all will apply to you, but it’s time you started trying to fit these good habits in with your company!
Set yourself, and your business, achievable goals. If you know you have a goal to hit, you’re more inclined to get yourself together to make it in time!
Goals are vital, for any person in any walk of life. By setting long-term and short-term goals for your company, you give yourself a timeframe within which you need to improve. This timeframe will allow you to focus up, and identify areas that you need to improve. Pressure sometimes brings out the best in people, and this situation will be no different.
However, don’t just look at the short-term. Look at the long-term, too. You have to start making changes that will last your company years, not months. It’s the same reason why many people are unable to hit their weight-loss goals, or muscle-building goals. They make temporary changes, that go away once the diet or workout regime is over. You have to make permanent changes in order to see permanent results, so be sure to do so,
Say goodbye to those important tasks that cause you stress. Because the golden rule about stress is this; only you can create it!
If you take on too much work, you’ll become flustered. Rather than completing one job perfectly, you’ll complete multiple smaller jobs in an average fashion. This is no good for your morale, and even less good for your company.
You want to ensure that you and your team only tackle the essentials. Have you ever tried to cook a meal, while ironing and watching TV? It’s a pain. It results in a burnt lasagna, creased clothing and absolutely zero enjoyment of Game of Thrones. Stress costs an astonishing three billion dollars per year for employers, so help yourself help your business.
Look to outsource certain tasks. Your accounts are important, sure, but do you need to do them yourself? Probably not. Your IT infrastructure and services are vital, but do you have to worry about them? No, a company like Netstar does. In short, placing your attention on the essentials while placing sub-tasks to someone else will make your business a lot easier to run.
Recruit the right team to work by your side. A business is only as strong as the people that are running it, after all!
Your employees will be the heart and soul of your operation, the cogs that make the machine function to the best of its ability. So, when hiring and recruiting, ensure you are taking on the right people for the job. Ensure they understand what you want from them, and make sure that they love working for you. That last part is key – if they love what they do, they’ll be more determined to make it succeed.
In order to make the hiring process a lot easier, you have multiple options. Just like home-grown sporting talent, you want to nurture your staff and let them grow alongside the company.
Consider internships. This way, you won’t have to pay your staff initially. And, you’ll be able to weed out the people who are only in it for the money.
Run a trial period and appoint a manager to supervise your new recruit. If you aren’t happy with them, or they aren’t happy with you, you can wave bye bye.
Start by hiring people as freelancers, then bring them in-house if that works out. They’ll already know how you work, so you won’t have to train them.
It’s important that you don’t be too nice, or too lenient. This is your company, and it will only grow if you recruit the best of the best. Having a solid team at your side makes your company easier to manage, because you will have less babysitting to do. And, you can be assured your staff are completing all their jobs to the best of their ability, because you know they can!
It’s also helpful to be able to trust and have faith in your staff. Having to worry about trustworthiness or honesty will take your mind off the core running of your company. This distraction could be eliminated if you take the time to hire the best people in the first place.
Implement a customer feedback and satisfaction survey. Because the only unbiased people in this whole space are the people who buy your stuff!
It’s not always easy, or possible, to cast a critical eye over your company. There could be a million ways you need to improve, but not all will be apparent to you. So, in order to set that lightbulb off in your head, ask those unbiased parties for feedback and opinion. They may point out something you missed, or something you feel could be bettered.
To gather feedback, you have a few options:
Read reviews on TripAdvisor/Amazon/anywhere your company has a presence
Build a survey and send it to a variety of customers.
Go out in the public and record vox pops
Invite people into your business for a look behind the scenes
Leave a ‘suggestions box’ on your shop floor
And these are just a few. By gaining this feedback, you can make your business easier to run because people will literally be telling you how to. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
So, the next time you’re in the office, make your life easier. Take the time to consider the benefits of certain strategies, and think long-term. Your company will thank you for it.