Running a small business is not for the faint of heart. Everything is constantly moving and changing, there is so much to do, and there are never enough seconds in the day to do it all. It’s tough, it always will be, and this is something that you probably knew before you signed up. However, just because it’s hard, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do to make it a little bit easier. There are lots of tools and tips out there that can save you time, money, and stress, so keep reading for some help and advice.
Hide Your Phone
The first thing that you should do when you get into the office each morning is put your phone somewhere out of reach. It doesn’t matter how much work you have to do each day if your phone is constantly pinging, then you’re going to get distracted, and spend ages looking at all of your notifications. Having your phone out of sight will stop you from doing this so that you can focus on work. Just let your loved ones know that if there’s ever an emergency to call your work, rather than your mobile.
As a business owner, there are going to be lots of huge jobs that you have to get completed each week, but there are also going to be many more smaller jobs that also need doing, such as replying to emails, responding to voicemails, and scheduling meetings. It makes sense to start on the bigger jobs as soon as you can, but the whole time that you’re working on them, you’ll have the smaller jobs in the back of your mind. These will only take a few minutes, so get them out of the way first to avoid the stress.
Don’t Design, Template
Although there are a lot of things that you or a design team are going to have to deal with in your time as a business owner, there are also a lot of things that you can just use a template for, such as business forms. When it comes to your website and business cards, it tends to be cheaper and much easier to use a template and build from that, rather than starting from scratch, so this is something else that you might want to consider.
Schedule Social Media
The world has been completely taken over by social media, so it’s an absolute must for pretty much every successful business out there. Unfortunately, posting on social media, especially if your business uses several different platforms can take up a lot of time in the day, which you just don’t have to spare. Luckily, there are now online tools that allow you to schedule posts on several different social media platforms, saving you heaps of time.
Running a business isn’t a small task, but with these tips, you should find it to be a little easier. Just remember, if you’re ever struggling, there is no shame in reaching out to ask for help, whether this is from a colleague, employee, family member, or another business owner.