[TEW] is a tribute to and a reminder of our community’s commitment to not just inspiring others, but taking actionable steps to turn our dreams, talents, and abilities into fulfilling, successful businesses + helping others along the way. If looking for a supportive community for entrepreneurs that do even more work than they talk, unleash the entrepreneur within you and join us! #unleashtheBiz
We hope you can join us on Sunday, July 26th for a celebration of entrepreneurship, arts and living your best life!
Meet the TEW co-authors, fine art dedication and show, family-friendly, entrepreneur kids marketplace + more!
Avoid the lines at our launch event and pre-order your copy of TEW3 below!
Time Management Tips for Small Business Owners
Time is money, as they say in business circles. How you spend your time in order to be as productive as possible will determine, in part at least, how successful your business is going to be. If your business is mismanaged, on the other hand, you run the risk of failing entirely.
That’s how important time management is. After all, how can you expect to manage a bigger business when you cannot even handle the rigors of overseeing a small-sized enterprise? In any case, here are some excellent tips that you can use in managing your time with your business properly.
Keep a Time Log
You have to identify what you are doing, how long you are doing and if there is room for improvement. You cannot measure your productivity without logging in your time. You don’t even need to get expensive software or a bandy clock for this. You can start by writing down your tasks – essentially making up a to-do list – and logging how many minutes or hours you’ve spent in each task.
This has another advantage – it keeps you organized because you know exactly what to do next after each task is done. It saves you from the hassle of wondering what to do next, effectively allowing you to maximize your time.
Learn Not to Hog Tasks
It may be tempting, especially for perfectionist entrepreneurs, to do everything yourself in your business. After all, you know best what needs to be done. However, that’s counterproductive because it will bog you down eventually. Your tasks will run into a bottleneck, and you’ll find more pending work to do instead of completed ones.
What you should do is learn how to delegate tasks to your employees. Train them well in what needs to be done, and you’ll be fine. You can concentrate more on tasks that need your attention the most – client communications, doing budgets and keeping records, etc.
Leave Your Employees Be
As a boss, there will always be the unshakeable urge to always keep your eyes on your employees to make sure that they are doing their jobs right. That’s a very destructive habit to get into, actually. Not only are you burdening yourself unnecessarily, you are also distracting your employees with too much oversight.
The right action to take is to let them be, provided that you have trained them well and you’re sure that they can do the job right. Checking on them every once in a while to see if they have problems is good, but doing it almost every time that you’re in the premises will stress everyone, yourself included. So, cut your people some slack and concentrate on your own tasks at hand.
Beware of “Shiny Objects”
Shiny objects refer to items that seem to need immediate attention but they actually can be passed over in favor of other more urgent tasks. Opportunities are good, but make sure to look at each one of them and see if they’re worth picking over other tasks that you have at hand.
Excellent time management will mean a more productive and more efficient business. By following these four tips above, you can maximize your time spent in managing your business as well as your potential income. Good luck!
David Dante is a entrepreneur from Sydney, Australia who has over 15 years experience as an Online Retailer and is also sought after as a Speaker, Start-up Advisor, Business Mentor and eBay Expert.
Hi everyone! I am excited to support a new company ava. This company was built by a 14 year old entrepreneur has some AWESOME bug spray, jasmine scented mist, amazing candles, organic deodorant and other cool stuff. Would u consider, buying something for like $20 for my ‘party’ 🙂 🙂 no obligation; just wanted to ask everyone! P.S. You can also come, if you are off mommy duty, daddy duty, work, or otherwise! We’re meeting at Dulce Vida Juice Bar in Hanover Park at 3:45pm for happy hour!
VISIT LINK: AvaAndersonNonToxic.com/JenniferEvers
Enter: Party ID 65804 to order
Thank you so much!
Brighton School of Business and Management provided us with a great quiz for our readers. As you can imagine, we are passionate about all things business! Accordingly we thought it might be fun and a bit interesting to create a quiz entitled ‘How well do you know famous entrepreneurs?’ which tests the knowledge of aspiring entrepreneurs, while also providing some valuable information on how to succeed in business.
Thank you Brighton!
The grand entrance
Imagine your absolute favorite dish or dessert. Imagine it prepared exactly to your liking. If you are anything like me, right now you can almost taste it and a slight craving may have been stirred up (sorry). Now imagine that dish being brought to the table where you are patiently waiting. The aroma is so amazing, its drawing your nose towards it. You turn around and the server has you favorite dish sitting on top of a pile of garbage! Can you imagine your dismay?
Presentation is everything and first impressions make a huge impact! This is the same when your clients or potential clients come in contact with your business for the first time. You want to make a grand first impression. Your environment should be welcoming. Review your company’s first point of contact for clients/potential clients. Would this draw you in? If the answer is no, take some time to create a Grand Entrance for yourself and clients.
Things to consider:
If you have a brick & mortar:
Is it easy to find?
How does your location look from the street view?
When customers come in, how is the entry way? Is the decor pleasant, is it bright or dim?
If you are online:
Is your website easy on the eyes? Are the colors enticing yet not blaring?
Is the site easy to navigate?
Is your contact information easy to locate?
Your phone system:
How are customers greeted with they call your business?
Is your automated system easy to navigate?
What happens if no one is available when the customer calls?
Creating a grand entrance is step one in building a culture of customer service excellence. Small changes can make a large impact. Review your company’s entry point; are you pleased with what your customers are experiencing? If not, there is no better time to shape up than now.