When I first started developing my business I was not sure which way was up and which way was down. As I struggled with trying to figure out everything on my own, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t have to be this way. As a matter of fact, small business owners can eliminate some of the hard work, simply by adjusting our schedules a little bit.
Depending on the size of your operation (for the sake of this argument we are going to say that it is not very big) you can apply a whole assortment of strategies to better utilize your free time. Why do I say free time? As an entrepreneur, you are in charge of your very own enterprise. And since that business is yours, it allows you the ability to explore different approaches to solve both mundane and specific problems at the workplace. Here are a few of my tried and true tips on how make time management easy in doing so.
The internet is full of articles singing the praises of social media. “It’s the most important thing ever for businesses. If you have it, your company will become bigger than Google; if you don’t, you’ll disappear faster than Pets.com (remember them?) and have to move back in with your parents.”
Let’s set the record straight. Can social media help your business make a name for itself, gain new clients, and forge relationships? Yes. Should you jump in with both feet even if you don’t understand social media so your company can become an overnight success? No. That’s not going to happen. Continue reading
The joy, the pleasure, the inexplainable rapture of the lemonade stand. We all had one when we were a kid, or some venture that was close to one. Subsidized by the kindness, patience, and hard cash of our parents, most of us know the sheer bliss of making a few bucks selling glasses of lemonade for a nickel a pop. Then, as we grew up, selling lemonade transformed into mowing grass or washing cars. Every summer meant a bit more money for clothes or movies or, if you were more responsible, college.
The work ethic of millions has been built on experiences gained during summer employment. And I feel like it shouldn’t stop when we grow up. We become content – content with our jobs, our lives, our little ruts – and we forget about that entrepreneurial spirit that had us up at 6 AM to wake our parents and build a stand out of old plywood.
We’re a pretty close knit bunch here at MyCorp. Everybody knows everyone pretty well and gets along. But our team is also pretty small and since we aren’t a large corporation, sometimes a couple of us wonder what our lives within a more global company might be like…
There are two different first impressions that come to mind. The first is Google headquarters based. Picture bright colors, ping pong tables, free food and drinks, and flip flops. Laidback and interactive while still getting the job done. The other comes from the film Office Space. Hours of sitting in traffic, hours of sitting in a cubicle, a copy machine that doesn’t work, and a mountain of pointless “TPS reports.” The worst case scenario, as we all voted and agreed on. Continue reading
We all have our favorite places to get work done, but have you ever thought about why we work the best in the places that we do? Your 5 senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell) have a lot to do with how your workplace becomes the productive place that it is. When deciding on where to work next, use your sense(s) to define what makes the right location for you and your business.
Several studies suggest that the size of the workplace affects the way a person thinks. Tall ceilings and big tables made for more creative thought, while a small study carrel with enclosed walls are better for linear and analytical thinking. Simple changes like closing the blinds can have the effect of making a room seem smaller and help you focus on what is in front of you. Continue reading