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When you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, you need to make sure that you can keep your endeavors on track. If things start to get away from you, then it can mean unpleasant consequences for your business, and as a result, your finances. If you’re looking for ways to stay organized as you continue to run your business, keep reading! Here are some of the best practices for small business owners.
This is, arguably, the most important part of running a small business. When you keep your business organized, you’ll be one step ahead all of the time. Organization includes all aspects of your business. You should keep your digital workspace (calendar, email, files) organized in a way that makes sense. Your physical workspace should be kept clean and organized, as well, preventing any delays when things need to get done.
Respond Promptly to Customers
Your customers are your source of income. When they engage in any form of communication with you, you should be responding to them quickly. Often, though, responses on things like social media and websites can be a bit hard to handle when you’re popular. Consider investing in software to help you provide automated responses. When you do this, you cut down on the time you have to spend responding. It also helps you vet inquiries and respond to the most important ones.
Document All of Your Processes
To be efficient in your small business, all of your processes should be documented. Process documentation is great for a couple of reasons. First, when you document a process, you strengthen your understanding of it. Often, this can lead to innovation and streamlining.
Process documentation also allows you to train others effectively. As your small business expands, you’ll want to make sure that people can step into different roles and handle them effectively. When you take a look at any successful business, you’ll find that all of its processes are contained in comprehensive manuals or tutorials. This makes it easy for anyone to do the job, as well as makes it uniform from employee to employee.
Take Part in Financial Forecasting
Understanding your finances as a small business owner is crucial to your business’s success. When you can project revenue and forecast your earnings, you can make better operational decisions. It can also help you staff your business adequately. There’s nothing more frustrating for a customer than when a business is understaffed. On the other hand, it’s frustrating for a business owner when you’re overstaffed, as well.
When you make your projections, create two sets. The first set should be a conservative estimate or the least amount of money you plan on making. The other should be an optimistic estimate, where you’re making as much as possible. Your actual earnings will likely fall somewhere in the middle.
If your current projections aren’t forecasting enough earnings for your business, you may need to seek additional funding. If you’re a new business and need to take out a loan, lenders will examine your personal finances. Try to keep your debt-to-income ratio below 35 percent.
Be Open to Feedback
This is important on a few different levels. First, you should always listen to customer feedback. When you find you’re getting the same feedback often, it may need to result in a change. This is, of course, unless it’s positive. If it is, keep doing what you’re doing!
Be sure to listen to employee feedback, too, though. As you step into hands-off roles, you will start to find that you can become disconnected from the day-to-day operations. The feedback of employees will keep you informed and can help improve your processes that are already in place.
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Amy Collett is the creator of Biz Well (https://bizwell.org/), a website that helps professionals and entrepreneurs build and strengthen their personal brand.