Posted on September 24, 2009 by Donna Price, Marketing Strategist & Business Consultant
Organize Your Way to Success
How do you create a successful business? Through change, thats how. One way to make a change is by getting organized. Streamline your way to bigger profits with a little business tidying up.
A Necessary Evil
Organization is not a fun thing to do, but it is necessary to keep your business ship running smoothly. Some view it as grunt work shuffling papers, creating databases, setting up calendars. It is all the reason why some businesses fail while others succeed.
When business is riding high, there is very little time to attend to the organization of things. You say that you will get to it, but never do. There are simply not enough hours in the day. So, you manage with the organizational structure (or the lack thereof) that you have until you can do better.
Even if you are not organized now and are going through a high in your business and cant find the time to get that way, dont give up. You can still put your business in tip top shape. Heres one way. Periods of slow sales are the perfect time to get a workable organization going within your business. Think of it this way: You can find several ways to save and make money through this process. So, instead of feeling sorry for yourself or fretting about the drop in sales, get up and get moving.
Maintaining a positive attitude helps you to see this time in your business career as an opportunity. People are more cautious about buying. If they buy, there needs to be a compelling argument behind the product. Getting all your ducks in a row, so to speak, can help you meet that need.
Find the Hidden Money
Businesses often find a black hole in the area of supplies and man hours. This is because of a lack of streamlining business processes. If five people are doing one process, then you are paying four for nothing. Find ways to revamp the flow of your business so that your staff can be better utilized. Who says that each person has to do only one job?
An employee with multiple skills has job security. They can function in several areas in a pinch. That is saving you money.
You will save on paper products when you turn over many of the day-to-day tasks to software programs. Calendars on your computer keep you current with projects. Sharing them through programs like Google Docs, gives the right people access to them so they can do their jobs accordingly.
How about time tracking? Using time tracking software can show you where you are losing money on projects. This gives you the opportunity to examine the why behind it.
Hire a virtual assistant. If you are an army of one, it is hard to tend to the marketing tasks and the office duties all at once. Plain and simple, youll never catch up and youre losing money. A virtual assistant will only bill for hours worked (not time at the water cooler) and you get to spend more time making money instead of losing it.
Organization is important to any business. When you have slow periods stay positive and proactive by streamlining your business for greater success.
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