Every busy professional wants the secret to growing their company and enhancing profits. The bad news is there are no magic fixes for poor business management. Still, some tips can help you maximize your company’s earnings while streamlining operations. These four ideas may also reduce the burden of stress on the business owner, a benefit every entrepreneur can get behind.
1. Make Profitable Connections
Networking is an excellent way to build your business. But when it comes to connecting with potential customers and service providers, you might be working twice as hard to get your name out there. The good news is that plenty of tools can help connect you with an interested audience and service providers that can help grow your business.
You can find tools like marketplace platforms that can help expand your brand’s reach, enhancing connections with consumers. Highlighting your customer community allows for natural growth opportunities, thanks to brand recognition and your audience’s loyalty.
2. Organize Your Company Up-Front
Many entrepreneurs take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to launching a business. But one way to reduce stress as your brand grows is by taking it seriously from the beginning. When forming your business, instead of doing the legwork on your own, you can hire a service online to file and return all your business documents with the state. For example, organizing your company and registering as an LLC is a smart step you can take in the early stages.
Registering as an LLC can help guard your personal finances – separating them from those of the business – and boost your organization’s reputation. With this structure, you can also protect your personal details (like your Social Security number) while doing business.
Organizing your company also extends to filing paperwork for a business license. Depending on your state, your business may – or may not – need a valid license to operate. Do your homework before making big moves with your brand, or you may owe fees to the government before long.
3. Develop a Strong Team
Even if you started a business with solopreneur dreams, odds are, you’ve realized the value of collaborating with others to get the work done. Fortunately, no matter your business model, it’s more affordable than ever to enlist the help of all manner of experts for your projects.
Hiring freelancers is a great way to outsource essential yet time-consuming tasks, and it can be cheaper than hiring full-time workers. Outsourcing affords you more hours to concentrate on more pressing business directives.
Of course, unless you’re working within a trustworthy platform (that vets applicants before adding them to an availability pool), hiring remote workers can be a challenge.
Knowing what you need – and your budget – is a good place to start. But as Forbes relates, finding good freelancers also involves being picky about who you hire. Even if it takes extra time to fill a position, make sure you’re thoroughly quizzing candidates on their skillsets and work history. Choosing the right team goes a long way toward reducing stress over your business operations.
4. Highlight and Prioritize Teamwork
No matter the size of your team, you already recognize that each person is valuable. Ensuring that every individual is focused on team success can do wonders for meeting your company’s goals. But how can you promote collaboration when your team is far-flung, telecommuting from places all over the globe?
There are plenty of ways to boost remote collaboration, starting with your approach. Clear company branding and a cohesive workplace (even if digital) culture start your team off on the right foot. LinkedIn recommends outlining organizational values and building your talent brand – the things that attract companies to your workplace – to establish company culture.
Encouraging your team to communicate in a digital space like Slack or Skype helps kick off remote collaboration. Other ways to encourage cooperation include hosting short check-ins daily, weekly, or on whatever timetable the project demands. You can also create a dedicated space for your staff to chat about non-work details.
Just remember to facilitate communication in ways other than mandated yet non-essential meetings. MIT Sloan Management Review explains that one of the biggest remote work challenges is unnecessary meetings. Saving money necessitates saving time, and sometimes, emails are more efficient for disseminating information.
Orienting your business to hit its goals involves a lot of hard work. But one thing it doesn’t need to involve is high stress levels. With the right mindset and strategies in place for managing and growing your company (and its talent), you can hit sales and expansion targets with ease.
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A guest post by Julie Morris, Life and Career Coach at Juliemorris.org
Updated on 24. May 2021
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