Running a small business is no mean feat. Once things get going, you will find yourself with a lot of work on your hands at all times. Even if you’re delegating tasks, you need to keep a constant eye on what’s going on to ensure that the right decisions are made and to ensure that you keep generating a profit and maintain a good brand image. Whether your own skills are in product development, market research, branding, manufacturing, product testing, order fulfillment, marketing or anything else, you still need to keep a good overall eye on your company to keep it in good shape. Here are just a few things you can do to keep your business presentable and functioning.
Managing Your Commercial Premises
Many of us start out running our businesses from home. Start-ups tend to have small budgets that don’t really stretch to taking on commercial space. However, as your business begins to make sales, and expands, you’re you may need to lease commercial space to get your work done and to ensure your employees have a productive environment to work in too. Whether you take on an office, a warehouse or a shop, you need to make sure that you maintain this space to maximise productivity, maintain staff satisfaction levels and have a good environment to meet partners, clients and others in.
Choose the Right Space
First and foremost, you need to choose the right space. Make sure that it’s not only big enough for now, but that it will accommodate further expansion. Choosing a convenient location works well too, as it will appeal to a wider base of potential staff and allows you to choose the best candidates. If you are receiving clients or customers in the location you will have to weigh up the convenience and price of different locations. How important is it for you to be seen by passing traffic, or can you generate all of your enquiries online?
Keep Things Clean
Whatever commercial space you’re running, you need to keep it clean. This isn’t only important from the perspective of image, but it is important for health and safety too. Don’t expect your staff to clean. Instead, use industrial cleaning services for the best, consistent results.
Managing Your Staff
When you first start out in business, you tend to work alone or perhaps in partnership with one other. You’ll do whatever you are capable of and outsource the rest. Perhaps you don’t have a consistent income and can’t commit to paying contracted staff for full-time work. But again, as you experience success, you may end up taking full-time staff on board to lift a weight from your shoulders and to allow things to run well.
Of course, you need to manage your staff well. Not only will this help to maintain good productivity, but it will also improve staff retention rates. The recruitment process can be expensive and time-consuming, so you’re going to want to make sure that you engage with it as little as you can. To manage your staff well:
- Treat staff well – everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect.
- Train your staff – this will help them to be fully competent in their role.
- Review performance – this will ensure that they are on track.
- Reward staff – if staff are doing well, make sure to reward their efforts.
These steps are all simple, but they will make all the difference. A productive and happy work environment benefits everybody and will help your business to grow and flourish.
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