Can’t Work IN Your Business, Work ON Your Business – Part 3, Streamline Your Business & Up Your Skills
By: Jennifer Locke, Executive Director | April 20, 2020
Thank you for being here again as we explore different ways that you can work on your business while you aren’t able to work in it.
This blog’s topic is streamlining your business and updating your skills.
It can be hard for entrepreneurs to get used to the idea of not working in their businesses. When you have built something from the ground up, it can be understandably hard to step back.
That being said, there are ways that entrepreneurs can use this time to make their business operations lean, green and mean, also known as, ready for recovery in a big way.
First – implementing process improvements to take your business to the next level.
Good systems can make a great business – they make you faster, more responsive, and efficient. Who doesn’t love a lean, green, mean office when things pick up again?
- Set up e-mail autoresponders;
- Create checklists for repetitive tasks;
- Organize your physical and digital files;
- Update your customer databases;
- Set up e-mail lists and clean up your contacts;
- Clean out your inbox;
- Resource: How to Create Systems that Will Automate and Streamline Your Business
- Resource: Entrepreneurs Scheduling Their Days for Ultimate Success
Tackle that Project – We all have those projects that sit in the recesses of our brains until we have absolutely no choice but to do them. These projects may be tedious, too difficult to implement during regular business operations, or just not your cup of tea. Well, now that you have the time and regular business operations are no longer, it may be the perfect time to cross these projects off the list. Some examples:
- Reorganize your office or store layout;
- Clean up and upgrade your computer software and systems;
- Review your policies, procedures, and regulations;
- Create and perfect your business continuity plan, emergency response plan, etc.
Take a Step Backwards – This is a unique opportunity that you may never get again to take a deep dive into your business. Take a deep breath and look at your company as if it was someone else’s. SWOT Analyses, Competitive Landscapes, and Keep it Simple, Stupid can also be helpful here.
- What advice would you give them?
- How does your customer see your business?
- What suggestions might they have for you?
- If you were to start all over; would you do anything differently?
- Are there things that you are doing that don’t provide value?
- What else haven’t you considered?
Onto the second topic – leveraging the bevy of free resources available to up your skills.
From podcasts to webinars to online video training, there is absolutely no shortage of resources available to entrepreneurs right now and there are a bevy of people providing them. This list is by no means exhaustive, but should give you a good starting point:
- Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning and is offering a 30-day free membership. This is a huge repository of video training on everything from Quickbooks to marketing fundamentals.
- Chamber e-Learning – this program is exclusive to Chamber members. It includes 25+ short (30-minute) courses in a variety of topics.
- Here is a list of the 15 Best Books for Entrepreneurs.
- Here is a list of 23 of the Best Leadership Podcasts.
Remember that things are tough now, but nothing is permanent.
Now that it finally feels like spring, I encourage everyone to connect with family and friends (while social distancing), to take care of yourselves, and get outdoors to soak in that sunshine and blue skies as we come into another beautiful spring in #myhaliburtonhighlands.