The simple truth about business - no matter how good your business idea is, if you cannot establish order and organization internally, there will forever be possibilities of your business failing.
No client will ever want to do business with a scatter-brained and disorganized person with no system in place. Good business is about keeping things wrinkle-free and well-managed. A disorganized business is equivalent to an unreliable one - or at least, this is the general misconception you form in a potential customer's mind.
So what are the ways you can employ to establish organization in your business? Here are a few.
Define your business goals. Why is this the most essential to a business? Because this sets the tone and direction for which a business is geared towards. A business goal is like a map - it tells you where to go, what to do, who to talk to, what strategies to take. In short, a business goal is a general itinerary of activities and actions leading towards an ultimate purpose. Based on a business goal, you formulate a plan, and it is important to constantly check this plan to see if everything is in order, on schedule, and in line with the purpose of the business.
Keep your employees focused. You and your employees must constantly keep focused on that ultimate goal, You altogether help each other to assist the company reach its full potential. A good set of employees set the tone also for the general organization of the business. Whether you admit it or not, your company will go haywire without the assistance and help of your staff. Keep them motivated by rewarding them for exemplary work, and praising them for doing good. Remember that their success is your success, too - and vice versa.
Organize your office/work space. A cluttered environment leads to a disorganized business. An overwhelmingly untidy and unkempt office makes all your employees confused and overwhelmed. Sometimes, this confusion translates to work - you will surely lose your valuable paperwork and important materials in a stack of unruly office documents covered in cobwebs and dust. Ugh. Just the thought alone sends shivers down the spine.
Keep your promises and commitments. The surest way to establish your unreliability is by not keeping your promises. You are not alone in a promise - someone else's plans are hinged on yours. If you fail to deliver goods as promised, you bungle up the schedule of your client, you make him miss important deadlines, and then you slowly develop a reputation as someone not worthy of trust, and then these results to the downfall of the company, and the loss of work for your employees. See the repercussions? Disorganization in one aspect of business will most likely trickle down to the most miniscule component of the entire company. Maybe not to the extent written above - but certainly to an extent that does no one any good.
Computerize everything. That small laptop was invented to serve a single vital purpose to the company - to make the business easier to organize and manage. Use these computers to their full advantage - enter information, have a reliable accounting, inventory and proper schedule for things pertinent to the smooth movement of a business. When you computerize everything, you don't need as much paper to clutter your office, and you have data at the click of a button. You lessen errors due to wrong computation, enter raw data, and they come out as graphs and tables. Fascinating, really…But having a computer is like having an extra brain. Asked whether business owners would prefer a computer to three employees, probably quite a number of business owners will say that they'd rather have the quiet, intrigue-free and salary-less computer.
Remember, the more organized your office is, the more time you'll have to concentrate on more important things - like making a profit and expanding your very successful business.
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