I’ve been running my own business for years now (over twelve). Over that time I’ve learnt a lot about making doing business easier. What people don’t tell you when you start up is that you need to know a lot more than just your particular skill. For example, I am a freelance copywriter. I also need to know about websites, logos and images, accounts, admin, legal matters and so much more. It can be a minefield.
If you want to make running a business easier, consider these tips.
Systemise to Make Business Easier
It is important to systemise your efforts on a daily basis. Having systems in place, from dealing with emails, with admin, bookkeeping, customer care and more will streamline your processes, enhance customer experience, save time and generally make life easy. A great business is a well-oiled machine, and deserves to be treated as such. Consider using resources such as Templafy, as these options help you end the document anarchy you’re facing and get to real work, not just paperwork. Asana for Gmail is another tool I wouldn’t be without.
What systems you’ll use will depend entirely on your individual business.
“Passion Fuels The Fire”
Passion fuels the fire. This means that hiring people who share your same vision and interest will help you spend much less time trying to motivate the troops. Higher levels of interest in your effort will bring out better results, and this can begin a positive feedback loops that gives you the chance to continue from success to success, and build your brand on the back of a quality reputation. Basically, you need people to be on board, to be invested and to be motivated. If you can crack that nut, you will make runny your business simpler for you and more profitable.
Outsource Where You Can
I outsource my bookkeeping and accountancy because I am rubbish at it and I hate it. I have a graphic designer for all my design needs because I haven’t the time or the talent to do design work. I have a trusted web developer to do all of the web develop-y stuff. By outsourcing I am able to concentrate on the core of my business, on the tasks only I can do. Having people to call on for such things definitely makes doing business easier.
Yes, learn. The more you work on your self-development, the more you know about yourself and your sector, your niche, the more you may expand and the more successful you will be. Above increased profits though, you are going to become more confident and confidence in business not only makes doing business easier, it makes doing business more profitable and often, more fun!
What tips and tricks do you employ in order to streamline your business processes, to save time and ultimately to make your enjoyment of running that business a priority?