1. Time Is Money
Automate your time, this is necessary if you are running a small business and have limited time to complete all daily operations.
You can count every minute by using automation to maximize your performance. With applications and programs, you can save spreadsheets, track inventory, manage money, and others. The performance application can automate your to-do list so you can easily track important tasks and plan your busy days. There are many applications and programs specifically designed for small business management so you can choose the right one for your job. Tracking all the information in your business manual takes a long time, but automation makes it fast and easy, saving you time on tasks that require human touch.
This part of automation requires upfront money, so you must balance costs from the time you expect to save. Other types of automation, such as setting up automatic bank billing through your bank, are free.
2. Learn To Delegate Instead Of Abdicating
Being an effective small business means, of course, relying on others to help you get the job done. There’s this saying that, two hands is better than one. The key to delegation is to avoid “abdication” – that is, to give employees no responsibility without effectively preparing and training them for the task. That’s very big. Part of this job is ensuring that you recruit the right people, but it also takes time to invest in their education. You reap what you sow in your employees.
3. Spot Out Your Time Wasters
Take your diary, summarize the time you are taking, and then try to categorize all your daily activities. Do some calculations to find out the amount of time you spend on each activity. The objective is to find an area where you spend a lot of time. Things to look out for are phone calls, appointments, e-mails, orders, breaks and other unproductive tasks.
4. Do Not Forget Your Budget
A budget is a tool needed to plan your expenses, to prepare for the inevitable rainy days and to maintain your financial health. No matter how busy you are every day, you must always monitor the financial status of your business to ensure you are in a stable and safe position.
Your budget is a dynamic document and as your business grows and changes, you must reassess your budget and make adjustments as needed. Experts recommend a monthly review of your entire budget and expenses to track.
5. Make Use Of The 80/20 Rule
This rule helps you to determine where to spend most of your time on. The 80/20 rule basically states that 80% of your results are mainly because of the 20% of your efforts. Therefore, your job in effective time management is to increase the time you spend in this category every day and every week by 20% to get the best results in your business (and less time elsewhere). This is a process. So use it every week until you have a clear idea of where you can get the most ponies for your minutes.
6. Use the tomato technique.
Pomodoro technology is a popular time management method that sets a timer to 25 minutes while focusing on a specific task. Then a short 5 minute break is taken before starting the next task. This method is a variant that measures your work time in a particular business area in a 20 minute segment. Saving time helps you see where you spend too much and too little time. You can then set weekly and daily targets for the tomatoes you spend in each category. Try to aim to meet 30 Pomodoros who work on your marketing system. For example, limit yourself to 10 pomodoros per week by checking your email.
7. Try to Avoid Your Employees.
Once you are done training your employees and ensuring that they are now working effectively, start avoiding them as much as you can, because they can take much of your time if you are not careful. Bad employees spend your time with constant problems, so it’s best to recruit the right people and train them well, but even the “good” people spend your time with their well-intentioned efforts to get your attention. If you can even pick it up, I suggest setting up a private office outside the area where your employees work. Remember: Your job as a small business owner is very different from your employees.
Set serious goals for yourself. Most small business management focuses on everyday tasks and ensuring that you have the right inventory, watching your finances, satisfying your customers and more. However, make sure that daily life does not overshadow your long-term growth goals.
The most effective way to track is to set specific and measurable goals and register regularly to ensure that you are moving in the right direction. Your goal may reflect a certain number of customers, a number of products sold, or different measures of success. You might want to expand to other locations, this is another destination you can pursue.
Write down your goals and review regularly to steer your business in the right direction.
9. Beware Of Shiny Distractions
Do your best to avoid the shiny distractions during the course of your business. As time goes on, shinny distractions emerge and distract you from achieving your goals.