There are many things that contribute, but nothing contributes to the success of your company better than your core business. Selling your products, providing your services, and supporting your market are the most important things of all, yet many business owners don’t get to spend as much time on that core as they need to. Here, we’re going to look at what gets in the way and how you can get it out of yours.
Automate your admin away
Few people like having to do admin but do it out of sheer obligation. However, with a little investment, you might be able to clear entire tasks off your schedule while ensuring they’re still complete. More software is being designed to automate your admin, from payroll to accounts payable to HR. A little human supervision is needed to ensure that changes are made when necessary and that everything is correct, but that can take minutes compared to the hours those tasks might normally take.
Leave the fancy talking to the pros
Having some involvement in your marketing strategy is key so you know your brand, as well as your market. When it comes to the day-to-day of writing content marketing or connecting with your audience on social media, outsourcing your marketing might be a much more effective as well as efficient way of doing it, however.
Make sure tech isn’t taking all your time
Tech can be a huge source of downtime. From dealing with slow, shuddering hardware to trying to troubleshoot your software, if you don’t maintain it proactively, it can shut your business down. Managed IT services are a service that you keep on hand to do more than simply fix things when they break. They can also be an advisor on how to improve your tech setup to make it much more efficient and ensure it interrupts you a lot less in the future, as well.
Fill in the back office
When you have a small business, your hiring potential is extremely limited, but that doesn’t mean you have to handle all the tax planning and human resources duties by yourself. From HR experts to compliance gurus, consider outsourcing the “back office” jobs that are your responsibility, but need a more expert touch to ensure you’re doing it all correctly.
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If you do have a team, then you should make more use of them. Effective delegation is about making sure you don’t overcrowd their own working schedule, while also keeping the duties that are amongst your core responsibilities. In time, it may turn into a new part of their roles, which can bump up their own title and pay. Naturally, if you’re getting them more involved in helping the business keep running, you need to have the correct employee appreciation ideas in place, as well.
When you’re facing a serious productivity problem, it’s time to look at how you use your time. Find those non-core processes and duties in your way and have a think about how you can make take less time in the day.