When you’re someone who runs your own business, there are three daily goals that you have: offer the best products and services to your customers; provide them with top-notch customer service and also create ways for your staff to work as productively as possible. When it comes to the last goal, there is a simple solution. All you need to do is streamline your business operations.
If that sounds like something you would be interested in and you’d like a few tips on how you can do that as seamlessly as possible, we have provided you with five great ways below:
Manage your projects online. Something that can eat up a lot of your time at work is trying to get organized. The good news is that there are few things that you can do to get your to-do list in order. Work Zone is one website that will help you to manage your projects online. With it, you can keep up with already-assigned projects, when they are due and how much each project costs. There are also apps that you can download. Some of them include Trello, Evernote and Azendoo.
Do online advertising too. Although there used to be a time when you had to solely rely on your local newspaper and radio stations in order to market your company, thanks to the internet, you can get the word out to a lot more people. Plus, you don’t have to pay a dime to do it. Just set up some social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Pinterest. It’s an easy and effective way to advertise.
Limit the amount of meetings you have each week. Do you have more than three meetings scheduled today? If so and they last more than an hour a piece, that actually is too many. The reason why is because the more time you spend in meetings talking about what you’re planning to do, the less time you’ll have to put things into motion from the previous meetings that you’ve already had. Plus, if your staff is expected to attend a lot of them, it can result in them losing momentum. Our recommendation? Look at how many meetings that you average each week and then cut that amount in half. You might be surprised by how much you’ll actually be able to get done as a direct result.
Check your messages less. Something that we all have to do is check our messages, both on our phone as well as our email. But if you check them constantly throughout the day, it can end up distracting you from the current tasks that you need to get done. In fact, one report indicates that most of us spend 13 hours, on average, each week on our email accounts. That’s like watching one entire season of your favorite one-hour television program! So, try and discipline yourself to where you check your messages in the morning, at lunch and right before you’re about to leave for the day. That way you can stay focused on the task at hand.
Hire contract workers. There are going to be times when you’ll have certain jobs that you need to get done but you won’t have the time to do them yourself or the budget to hire a full-time worker. For instance, say that you manage a group of nurses and you’ve been using a cloud-based application like TaskMaster Pro to keep track of your staff but you need some help doing it. Consider hiring a contract worker. They can do the job from home, you can pay them a flat fee and if you give them a 1099, they will be responsible for their own taxes. It’s just one more way to streamline your business so that you can get more done each day.