When developing a business your primary focus is on sales and marketing and NOT your future expansion capabilities! As an entrepreneur, running a small business is definitely a handful so it only makes sense to find ways to work smarter because as your sales success increases so will your workload! Having a more scalable business, one that is designed to easily handle future growth and expansion opportunities is what you want and need! So if a lack of ‘fore-sight’ in your current business plan is working you to death or holding you back from feasibly managing future growth, don’t sweat it!
Let’s now consider 5 ways to work smarter so your current business model can comfortably handle future growth leaving you to deal with your own growing prosperity!
Outsource (When Needed)
When running a small business there will be many ‘routine’ tasks you will need to complete, provide you can find the time in your busy schedule! On the other hand if these tasks are remedial in nature than outsource them to save you the time and frustration typically associated with completing them! Your time is much better spent working on matters of more importance and core to your success so if there is anything you can allow somebody else to do, outsource it to them, you’ll be glad you did!
Automate (Whenever and Wherever)
There are software and apps available for just about any type of application so find them and use them where you can! Many businesses find themselves using the internet as their platform and this platform offers you many ways to work smarter by automating much of your efforts! Heck, you can even conduct business from your mobile devices thus allowing you to freely roam about even when you are working! If you are NOT currently leveraging these sources properly, you are woefully and needlessly under-manned!
Stick to your Strengths
Everybody possesses certain strengths and weaknesses when running a small business and you are NO exception! Once you’ve discovered what areas you excel in or enjoy doing, take a hard look at how you can ‘farm out’ other responsibilities to allow you more time to focus on what you do best! In fact determining your own strengths is a good way to determine what tasks you may want to consider outsourcing! Remember however, if you’re good at something, stick with it and only delegate the things of lesser significance that may be holding you back from more meaningful accomplishments!
Work Your Plan Seamlessly
As you ‘introduce’ new plans, processes and/or strategies designed to help you better manage the growth of your business, do so avoiding disruption or chaos! Whenever you are introducing any type of change, do it when it will be most effective and less disruptive to your normal business cycles! Like any plans or ideas you may have, they all need to be well thought out before implementing them so stick to your plan and all should go smoothly!
Embrace (Commit to the Process)
Your active involvement and firm commitment towards reaching your goals is required or all your efforts will be ineffective and unattained! Business or financial success is NOT an overnight event therefore a bit of time and patience as well as commitment MUST be invested before you can reasonably expect any ‘positive’ returns on your investment! Remember, you are planning for future business growth while also finding new ways to work smarter so you don’t needlessly work yourself to death! In the end the ultimate reward for you will be a low maintenance highly profitable business that you can rely upon for long-term income or sell off for a sizable profit!
Developing a business, one you can easily manage well into the future, takes planning along with continually exploring for new ways to work smarter! As discussed above running a small business that is NOT scaled for future growth can be overwhelming if you don’t plan accordingly! The 5 steps focused on above represent simple systematic strategies you can use to eliminate the ‘glitches’ in your business that are holding you back from managing and enjoying its inevitable growth! Think about it, becoming insanely rich without going insane from working yourself to death makes sense, doesn’t it?