As the summer months draw to a close, “normal” life resumes for many entrepreneurs. The focus shifts from holidays and sunshine breaks to the day to day demands of a business. September marks new beginnings and is a good time to reflect, review and improve how you run your business. Listed below are some of the key areas that should form part of your review.
Is your work-life balance is out of kilter? If so, review your work schedule according to how you work best. For some people, that may involve an early morning start, whereas others might work best in the evening, after the kids have gone to bed. Once you establish your ideal work schedule, commit to it and make sure you start and finish on time each day.
Identify any skills gaps which may be hindering the growth of your business. Additional training can help fill those gaps. If you are looking for affordable training, the Local Enterprise Office is a good place to start. Check out their website for a wide range of low-cost, relevant workshops.
Allocate certain times of the day to catch up on your social media feeds, engage with customer comments and queries, etc. Be mindful of the time you spend on social media and stick to the scheduled time period. This will free up your time to focus on your core business throughout the day with minimal distractions.
While email is a critical tool for many small businesses, a busy inbox can also be a huge distraction. Try to set aside specific times of the day to check and respond to emails, rather than reacting to them as soon as they hit your inbox. Set up rules to direct low priority emails (newsletters, etc) to designated folders so that they don’t clog up your inbox.
Having an efficient filing system is an important foundation for any small business. Efficient filing allows you to easily retrieve information as and when you need it. It also keeps clutter to a minimum, which allows you to think more clearly and promotes creativity.
Make a list of all of those tasks that you’ve been putting off. Then decide which ones must absolutely be done by you and which ones you can delegate. For tasks that can be delegated, consider partnering with a Virtual Assistant, who can provide professional support for your business on a flexible basis.
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