You have decided that you are going to start your own small business. It's an exciting time and there is a lot to do. One of the critical "To-Do's" that should be on your list is your website and office technology needs. Why?
First, understand that your website is only a small part of your company's technology needs. Your email addresses, color schemes, logo and back office functions are interconnected to your company's web page. The minute you decide you are going to launch your own business is the day you need to begin creating and implementing your company technology needs.
Must haves from day one:
Second, avoid these:
Again, think of your company website as only one small part of your business technology. It should tie in to your email, forms, and other communications related to your business. Starting it early in the business development and launch process will pay you dividends in the long run. Profit in your pocket!!!
Outsourcing functions to operate your small business makes sense in some cases. As a small business owner, it is often difficult to let go of specific tasks, the thought of paying someone else to do something you feel you can do. Here are a few ideas to consider when trying to determine if outsourcing makes sense:
Outsourcing can make a lot of business sense to improve your business in several areas. Outsourcing will help you grow your business, increase customer satisfaction and provide you with time to focus on aspects of the business that are important to you.
Only a few days before the new year is here!!!! Following are a few ideas, tips to help you prep for 2019:
Create a schedule:
Prep for a fresh start for the New Year:
Meetings are an important part of getting work done, sharing information, and ensuring everyone is on their tasks. However, we often see there are too many meetings, and the majority are not productive - actually they are counter productive.
Things to consider about holding meetings:
1. It costs money! - Think about a meeting you recently attended. How many people were there? Then estimate how much each person makes an hour and add that up. Also consider time for IT support, admin work scheduling the meeting, and other tasks that must be accomplished to conduct the meeting. It all adds up to a realistic cost.
2. It takes time away from other work - There are meetings that are important, but consider you are taking employees away from their daily tasks to attend a critical meeting.
3. Technology has greatly improved communication - There was a time, before cell phones, online chat, email that meetings were critical to improving communication.
So when do you hold a meeting?
There are other good reasons to hold a meeting, but ensure they have a specific purpose, a deliverable that you can point to after the meeting is over.
When not to meet?
The next time you consider calling a meeting together ask yourself a few questions; "What will I learn from the meeting that I could not learn some other way?", "What is the deliverable to expect from the meeting?" Yes, you should have something to show from your meeting. (See our blog articles on agendas such as "Effective Meeting Agendas." Most importantly, "How much will it cost in money and lost time from work and is it worth it?"
One of our clients contacted us with a big problem...lack of productivity of their small business (total of 6 employees). We quickly evaluated the organization:
So what is the problem????? [Head scratch]
Here is what we observed - Employees were meeting 4-6 hours a day (except on Fridays), often with the business owner to discuss "business". No meeting was less than one hour!!!!
Meetings with employees are important to any business if they are focused on the value they provide. We've seen several clients caught up in the "meeting circle". Before you call a meeting, consider:
Here is our meeting schedule:
This format averages 6 meetings a week requiring less than 1.5 hours a week on average. Productivity stays UP!!!!
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