You might be in the thick of the beginning of your business, but it’s important to make sure you’re thinking about the future! Someday—hopefully—you’ll be ready to scale your business, and whether that’s with the additions of employees, growth into a brick and mortar store, or developing new products, the goal of your startup is to facilitate progress. There are lots of tips that can help make this easier, but the simplest thing you can do is create processes. Processes create consistency and make it easier to scale.
Write Things Down
This applies to most things, but especially in the world of entrepreneurship. If you have a certain routine that your business engages in daily, write down how it happens. Create a list of steps you take to complete a task. That way, when you bring on interns, contractors or new employees, you can give them these documents. Documentation used streamline processes will make sure they can easily adapt to the way you run your business.
Set a Routine
Routines are a lot like processes. If you do tons of different things within your business, you lose efficiency. Many leading business books and thought leaders talk about how helpful it is to designate certain tasks to certain days or certain times of day. Schedule social posts on Sunday, do billing on Tuesday, and follow up with customers or clients on Thursday.
A great example of using themes is on social media platforms. For years now, people have created hashtags or made specific days stand for different things. For example, #MotivationMonday. Not only does this make curating content a bit easier for you, but it gives your followers something to look forward to. This still applies to the days of the week, too. How about operations on Monday, new business on Tuesday, customer service and gratitude on Wednesday, etc. you get the idea.
Stay On Schedule
Schedules and routines are hard to maintain but essential for efficiency, If it helps, sign up for a time tracking application (like Toggl) to assist in helping you see where your time goes. Another idea—download a browser plugin (like Rescue Time) that watches where you spend time, and lets you know if you’re slacking. Too many hours trolling Pinterest or Facebook when you should be doing things for your business? Not anymore!
If you don’t have time for certain things or simply aren’t that good at something—no shame—do not be afraid to outsource the work! If design work isn’t your thing, outsource. If you don’t have time to run your business’s social media accounts, outsource. If dealing with the financial aspect of your business is stressful, outsource. Again, there is absolutely zero shame in bringing in an expert to help your business be the best it can be. In fact, delegating to those who can do it better, or faster is a sign of personal growth and leadership.
However tedious it may seem, making sure that you’ve got some sort of process in place for different pieces of your business. While it might seem like a waste of time in the beginning, documented processes will only make it easier on you and your team in the long run.
What processes does your startup or small business currently use? Or, what lessons have you learned along the way that would be helpful for others to know? Let us know in the comments below.