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Making Running Your Small Business as Efficient as Possible

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There’s a saying that goes “time is money” when it comes to business. A lot of the time, this rings true. Sure, you need to invest a lot of time in your company for things to work. But if you can save time in any given area while still getting the job done to a good standard, it’s worth saving it. This will free up more time in the working day for you and your staff to focus on other, more progressive areas of your company. But knowing where to cut corners and where you really need to invest time can be difficult. Here are just a few different areas where you can make your business that little bit more efficient!

Invest in Professional Instant Chat

When staff are working in the office, they can get up and go to one another’s desks in order to ask questions that will allow each staff member to complete the work they’re meant to be doing. But often, staff will look at the person they need to talk to and won’t want to interrupt them. Instead, they’ll sit waiting at their desks politely when work could be getting done. Invest in instant messaging software for your staff. This way, they can send messages to one another and get fast replies when it’s convenient for each person involved.

Outsource

Sometimes, one off and short term jobs can be outsourced, freeing up the time on your in-house member of staffs’ hands. Many companies feel put off doing this, as they don’t want to invest time into sourcing freelance or contract staff. But sites like Snupit take this work off your hands and will find local professionals in your area to complete the work you need done! This can span countless trades, from building and trade to computers and tech, events, transport and much more.

Question Whether That Meeting Could Have Been an Email

Meetings can be a great business tool, where team members can pull together for announcements, to plan projects and to ensure everyone knows what they’re doing. But a lot of the time, meetings simply prove unnecessary and the information conveyed in them could have been put into an email that each person could have read in a couple of minutes, rather than having everyone sit in a meeting room for half an hour. So, always ask yourself – is the meeting you’re planning really necessary?

These are just a few different ways that you can make your small business more efficient in what it does – saving time and saving money along the way! So, take the above suggestions into consideration and see which will work best for you and your company. They may seem like relatively small changes to make, but they really can make all the difference – and are consequently worth paying attention to and investing in!

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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