Running a small business is a lot of work, and it’s easy to feel overworked and overwhelmed. It’s easy to get bogged down with the many details that need to be taken care of in order for a company to run well. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce stress and help manage your business more efficiently. First, it’s important to pick a name that’s easy to remember and explain.
By using easy-to-pronounce names, you will be able to be more efficient in communicating with customers and other employees. Using “ABCB” as your company name will not make your business memorable, nor will it be easy when explaining the company to clients. Instead, pick something simple and easily pronounced, like “SMB.” Also, if you use acronyms or abbreviations in your business name (like SBC for Service Businesses), try to find a nickname for the acronym or abbreviated term that will still sound good together (for instance “SB”).
With all the details of running a business come along with it many benefits.
One of which being that you can hire staff, who usually know how to do a wide variety of things, which means they can be a team player and focus on one particular task. The second thing that you should do is to find out whether or not there are any opportunities for growth. The benefits of growing are obvious for both you and your employees. However, if you have never given much thought to the possibility of growing before, then it is best that you do so now.
One way in which growth can occur is through franchising.
1) Keep Your Eye on the Prize
It’s important to always keep the future in mind when you’re running your business. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what has happened or what has yet to happen that you can forget about all the good things that have been happening along the way – like how much revenue you’ve generated or how many new customers have signed up for your mailing list.
There is no time like the present to start making plans for what your business will look like in a few months or even a couple of years. You may not have as much control over things like marketing or sales, but there are many things you can do to build up your brand or plan for the future of your company. Business owners who plan ahead are able to focus on the long-term goals and not just what needs to get done this week.
2) Set Aside Time to Plan and Prepare
Because you’re running a business, it’s easy to let yourself get pulled in so many different directions that you forget about important tasks – like planning for growth.
This is a large mistake that many business owners make. The truth is you don’t always have to plan for growth when you’re already running the business – this is called “infinite wisdom.” The amount of stress and worry that grows out of trying to plan for the future is considerable.
It’s better to build up your business by doing things in a natural progression, so that at some point in time, it’s just as simple for you as starting up your business was. This allows you to get more done in a timely manner and makes it easier for employees (and clients) to understand where they fit into what your company does.
3) Be Realistic About Your Goals
It’s important to be realistic about your goals. As a business owner, you probably already set standards for yourself and for your employees. You may have high expectations for your staff, but if your expectations are unrealistic, you’re more likely to get frustrated and feel less motivated. First of all, be realistic about the time frame in which certain things need to get done. It’s a good idea to have a loose schedule in place and then adjust as needed as you go along. You’re not going to be able to control every little thing that happens, and it’s okay to be a little flexible when you need to be.
A good example of being a bit flexible is having an employee take on more than one role without any extra pay – this way, it can save your business money while allowing your employee to feel like they are part of the team. It’s also important that you don’t set the bar too high for your employees. You never want them to get discouraged because they start feeling like they aren’t accomplishing enough. As long as things are getting done and in a timely manner, it doesn’t matter how much time everything takes.
4) Keep Communication Open
It’s really important that you keep your employees in the loop. It’s so easy for things to fall through the cracks and for certain people to feel left out if you aren’t talking with them often enough. This means that it’s a good idea to talk regularly with your staff, send out regular emails and keep their tasks straight when they need help or guidance.
Communication is also very important when it comes to building relationships with your clients. Keep in mind that communication isn’t just about staying in contact with clients – it also means hearing their opinions and understanding what they want from you (and what they don’t).
The more time you spend on the phone or with clients, the more they will trust you and have confidence in what you do.
5) Create a Plan of Action
It’s important to plan out your day. It is especially important to plan out specific tasks in advance so that you’re not spending your entire day chasing around after things that fall through the cracks. Many business owners stress about checking off all their “to-do” list items each day, but it’s much better to keep track of those things that are most important.
It’s also important to set up a regular routine for administrative tasks, so that your employees know what needs to get done when it comes time for them to do it. Planning out your day may seem like work, but it can actually save you a lot of time and stress. The more prepared you know you are, the more productive you will be.