Monday, December 22, 2014

Be a Small Business General, Not a Soldier

How to Effectively Work On and Lead, Instead of Working in Your Business

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Be a general, not a soldier!
As many small business owners know, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of working in your business instead of on your business. The problem with this is that as an owner, you get lost in the trenches of daily operations instead of being able to step back and look at the big picture. While day to day tasks help to keep the business running, being able to look at it as a whole can help you to make changes and move the business grow as a whole. Achieving this can include goal setting, business planning, action plans, and many other items which cannot be completed when the day to day tasks get in the way. So, for the New Year, why not consider these tips to help you to work on your business instead of in it.

Create Long-term and Short-term Goals

Many business owners and business professionals thrive on meeting goals and completing tasks, which is why they often get lost in the daily operations of the company. A great way to work on your business and move it toward a state of growth while still feeling a sense of completion is to set both long-term and short-term goals. Long-term goals should include sales growth, business growth, employee satisfaction, and the like. Short-term goals, however, should be quickly attainable to help keep you and your employees motivated and excited to keep moving forward toward completing those bigger goals. It is also important to celebrate these accomplishments and reward both yourself and your team.

Create a Vision Board

A vision board is a great way for business owners to have a clear goal or end state to work toward. Creating a vision board for your business is almost like creating a lighthouse that will to guide you to your biggest goals – items on your vision board should include photos, graphs, quotes, and other items that help to motivate and inspire you. Having one of these in a central location or in your office is a great way to continue to remind yourself what the big picture is and help to pull you back to reality when things become overwhelming. It is also OK to make changes to your vision board as your business and goals change, which will continue to help you keep your eye on the big picture and the end result.

 Delegate Whenever Possible

The hard truth is that it is impossible for you to look at the big picture and work on your business if you are too busy working in your business. This is where delegation plays a key role – be comfortable giving operational and day to day tasks to others to complete while you work on the company’s larger goals. For many business owners, and professionals in general, it can sometimes be hard to let tasks go to others and have the confidence in them that the item will be completed correctly. The solution – let it go! If you as a business owner are trapped in the day to day tasks, there will be no time or energy to work on the business and set plans and initiatives in motion to help the business grow and be successful.

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*Photo Courtesy of The U.S. Army via Creative Commons License

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