Running a small business is much harder than running a corporation. Surprising? Not if you're a small business entrepreneur.
As a fledgling business owner on a restricted budget you have to multi-task,juggle,prioritize and balance. Unlike corporations, you don't have a specialized professional team to help you manage, allowing you to focus on more critical business strategies.
Neither do you have the capital to afford such luxuries.At best you have about twenty employees that you need to train, supervise, motivate, schedule and pay.
You're the sole manager, running your business on a shoe-string budget with only 24 hours a day.
Given such stressful financial and time constraints, how can you successfully maintain a balance between excellence, efficiency, and improving productivity all on your own?
The answer? Think big.
Manage your business like the big corporations do. Corporations rely on efficient organization that is cost-effective. Yes, even big companies have budget (granted big, but not unlimited) constraints that warrant resourcefulness. Today big businesses resort to business management software whenever possible to replace business processes that were once done manually, reducing costs of labor, time and human error.
Scheduling employees, for instance, used to be a tedious, time-consuming task before automated scheduling software made rosters, schedules and shift management a breeze.
Today, professional service firms can not only easily be a more efficient organization with the help of such software but can also obtain business software at no cost. The business software market offers a variety of free trial software programs for evaluation before purchasing. The downside of those programs are either a time limitation (meaning you might not get fully acquainted with all features) or limited in features (meaning you can't test all the features). If you like the program, you find out it carries a corporate price tag.
On the other hand, there are companies (few though they exist), such as Kappix, that offer free fully functional business management software, with no time/feature limitations.
Kappix, a leading provider of employee scheduling software, provides businesses of all sizes with DRoster Employee Scheduling. DRoster creates, manages, and automates shifts, rosters, schedules, personnel contact information, job descriptions, and tasks. DRoster Employee Scheduling software enables a small professional servicing business to manage its workforce in advance. You can ensure replacement for absentees, breaks, time-off, vacations. Kappix gives small businesses the professional edge that big companies have. This software provider is an example of the few quality providers of true free business management software.
Now you can "think big" - focus on more critical business issues and leave the scheduling to DRoster. Kappix provides DRoster at no cost along with free support. Their employee scheduling software is intuitive and designed to meet the scheduling needs of a myriad of industries.
Thank for the tip bizexpert I never heard of DRoster, however if you search for professional service automation you will find a bunch of software for professional service firms
I agree with 2smallbiz there are plenty of free options available in the market for professional service firms there is no need to buy anything to start especially CRMs
Free software like Kappix's DRoster Employee Scheduling Software, can afford you the time to boost productivity without sacrificing valuable money and precious time. Think big, like the big successful corporations. At no cost.
As a small business owner trying to build my business from the ground up, it can get pretty overwhelming really fast. You need new content for your social media, that blog post needs to be crafted and newsletters need to be sent out.Sometimes, I feel if I had systems in place to help me, I would not be as less productive. Good to know there are programs that I can rely on to get more done.
You can dream as much as you want but first, you need a sustainable business model. You are not an established corporation, thinking big is a daydream until you achieve the means to have a shot at making it in the big world.
The trouble is that the big corporations are allowed to take risks and make mistakes. They are also far more resourceful and generally know what they are doing. What works for them may not work on a small scale.
But I must let you know that it has become easier to manage small businesses in recent times. There are digital tools that help you to manage the CRM aspect of your blog.
You also get help with accounting tools to help your business. This would have not been possible before the dawn of technology.
I agree it is very easy to make a small business become profitable these days. There are many available resources entrepreneurs can take advantage of. Since we live a very tech-driven society, it's quite easy to get all the help you need to ran wildly successful businesses. From tools to standard operating procedures, and from book keeping to business administration, there is no shortage of awesome tools we can use as business owners.