Success doesn’t have to come at the expense of your health. Smart business man and women know this. Running a successful small and/or medium scale business requires a lot of complex tasks. Entrepreneurs are often looking for ways to simplify their daily business processes.
The first step towards simplifying our business processes is to have a plan. Choosing the right plan and method is important in business management. A flawed business plan spells suffering and struggle for the entrepreneur.
So can simplified business processes remain effective? Yes. Comprehensive and simplified processes can boost productivity because they retain the required controls, checks and balances.
Many small business owners find out that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Without a huge budget to spend on hiring teams or outsourcing work, small business owners often have to do things for themselves. From marketing to sales, social media management to accounting, there can be a lot to get done on your own. As your business grows, you may be able to hire extra help with some tasks. However, to get to that point you need to put the effort, and hours, in. While there isn’t yet an app to add a few hours to your day, there are some great ways to simplify your processes, which can help make running your small and medium scale business easier and more manageable.
Below are five ways to simplify your business.
Computerize with Advanced System Softwares
The human mind and memory are wonderful tools that assist us in our day to day activities. Unfortunately, they have their limits. Imagine trying to remember your schedules, payments, subscriptions, new orders and so on, all in one day. Your life will certainly be easier if you’ve taken a wise step to set up an automated system to handle these things for you. Many business expenses are regular. Trying to pay each bill separately when they can be automatically paid immediately they become due can take a whole lot off your chest. Quality HR management software are quite easy to find. Well-known brands like Microsoft, Advance Systems Inc. BirdDogHR and others build advanced solutions that will certainly simplify your business processes.
But you must be careful in recognizing when automation is not actually simple. We now live in an age where most of our actions are automated. I mean why should you click a button for your automated signature when a simple paper-based signature will be easier?
Establish An Online Presence
The World Wide Web is a great tool in the process of simplifying your business. Almost every serious business has an established online presence. Having a good website doesn’t cost much but the benefits are enormous. Once you go through the initial huddle of drawing up useful content, your business website will be simple to maintain.
Your business website is a simple but important access point to your business. Don’t worry as much about fancy graphics as making sure visitors can get the information they need. You don’t have to be a techno-whiz to set up a good website. Many web-hosting companies can provide reliable websites for relatively little money, and many provide tools to help even those with little tech knowledge to set up online purchasing and billing.
Your business website must be proficient at automatically handling customer queries and creating online forms that cut down on your phone time. Spending so much time on social media can actually slow you down. So consider hiring a social media management expert.
Many small business owners complain of having limited time and too much work than they can handle. Don’t be one of those entrepreneurs who shy away from outsourcing. But the expense involved are discouraging, you say. Well, consider the benefits. Business profits can double or triple its profits if your delegate certain tasks to the right people.
Studies have shown that most successful business owners had to outsource many tasks so that they could find time to grow their businesses. As the saying goes, time is money.
Plan And Schedule
When you work for yourself, motivation can sometimes be a problem. Having a SMART schedule, and comprehensive to-do lists, can make your life a lot easier. Written plans and schedules for your business are sufficient sources of motivation. Your employees will find it easier to focus on completing and checking off the items on your plan. Each item you complete represents a success for you and your business. Scheduling and planning is a win-win tool in that even if you don’t meet that deadline, you can use the information to make a more realistic appraisal for that type of project in the future.
Another benefit of scheduling is that it simplifies and helps improve communication in your business as all employees are on the same page. The schedule can always act as a reference point when confusion arises. And since everything is written down, there is little or no room for disagreements.
LEARN THE ART OF PATIENCE
For many small and medium scale businesses, there is always this rush to expand the business and make it bigger too quickly. This haste can complicate the business process and eventually, slow the business down. As a business owner, your aim should instead be on doing things right. Take your time and enjoy the process. As the saying goes: “success comes to the man who is too busy to be looking for it”.
Bio: Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes creative non-fiction and prose fiction. Her works have appeared in Romance Meets Life, Flash Fiction Press, MTLS, Saraba Magazine, Sentinel Magazine and others. Her first novel, Finding Love Again, was published by Ankara Press. She owns and manages creativewritingnews.net