Running a small business is a lot of work. That much is evident. No one sets up their own business assuming it’ll be smooth sailing 100% of the time. But sometimes you can get buried under so much small, annoying issues that it becomes impossible to focus on the important stuff. Here are some easy, useful hacks to keep your business running smoothly and your attention on what’s important.
Manage your time
This might seem obvious, but it’s shocking how many business owners fall into this trap. When you’re working for yourself, it can be easy to get distracted by tasks that pop up out of nowhere. The key is to prioritize. Don’t jump to reply to every email the moment they pop up. Sometimes you’ll need to stop what you’re doing and fix some crucial problem. But most of the time it’s best to decide what you’re doing in what order and stick to it. Breaking down tasks into a decent order and prioritizing them will stop you getting overwhelmed and buried under a pile of tasks. That said, if you can get a task done is less than 2 minutes, best to get it out of the way. Likewise, with meetings, make sure they’re well structured and brief. Long rambling meetings are a waste of everyone’s time.
Use the cloud
The cloud is still a bit of an alien concept to a lot of small business owners. The idea of storing files in the cloud can seem less than secure and pretty unreliable. But in the last few years, the security of cloud storage combined with its convenience have made it an invaluable tool for any business. By storing files and information on the cloud, you can be sure your team or clients have access to everything in one place, wherever they are. Online tools help you manage your time and resources too. Plus, think of the space and hassle you’ll save not having to deal with piles of paperwork. Being always online is a fact of life, and there’s no sense not using it to your advantage.
Get smart with social media
Social media is a crucial part of running any business, but there are so many sites and apps that it can end up taking up all your time. But you don’t have to choose between a decent social media presence and focussing your energy elsewhere. If you’re smart with your social media, you can do both. There are plenty of services that allow you to post from one place and even automate your social media posts. Plus there are services that help you to increase your followers, likes and Instagram views without taking up massive amounts of your time.
Now, we’re not saying these tips will take all the work out of running your business. But this advice will help you run your business in a smoother, more efficient way. That leaves you to focus your energy on the things that need your attention.