When you run your own business, whether it’s based online or in a brick and mortar storefront, you can feel like there’s not enough time to get everything done. Especially in the early days when you are trying to do everything yourself to cut costs. You’ll be coming up with new services and products. Finding ways to make your business stand out from the crowd. Working out price points and marketing strategies. Dealing with suppliers, trying to reach customers and building an online presence. You are always busy, and always on the go. In the business world, time is money. But when you are starting up on your own, you can feel like you haven’t got enough of either.
But, there are ways to save time. To cut down the time you spend doing your everyday tasks. Giving you more time for more important things, things that make you money. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Every business today spends a lot of their time online. Even those without an online store, or any way interest in selling online, need an online presence to reach their audience and bring new customers in. The internet is a fantastic way to quickly and effectively widen your reach. But, to do it well, you need to give it a lot of your time and effort. You need to give the appearance of being online and available all of the time, without actually doing so.
To do this, you’ll need help. Automation and scheduling is your friend. If you’ve got a website, schedule posts to go out when you want them to, without you needing to be at your computer, and utilise social media schedulers to make it look like you are posting all of the time. This will help you gain more followers and readers, boost your engagement and widen your reach.
Do it Right
The fastest way to waste time and money is by making mistakes and having to re-do things. Even having to write out a memo twice because of an error, wastes your time. It can be a good idea to hire someone from Bourton consulting who can help you to spot problems and come up with solutions. It’s also worth taking your time. Yes, we’re trying to save time, but it’s faster to do something slowly and carefully, making sure you do it right the first time instead of having to do something more than once because of mistakes. Instil this attitude in your staff, and never pressure them to work that fast that they start making costly errors.
One sure way to get things done faster is to take more breaks. This might seem counterproductive, but generally speaking, we can only give something our full focus for 25 minutes. Then, we get tired, and our minds start to wander. It’s better to take short, refreshing breaks as often as you need to. These allow you to work much faster and more efficiently the rest of the time.