When you first start up a new business it can take some time before it starts to make any kind of significant profit so many people continue to work full-time and run their new business on the side, at the same time.
It makes sense because you need money coming in to pay the bills while you work on getting your company up and running; however it can take a lot of hard work and very long hours to work two jobs effectively.
If you are planning to run your business alongside a full-time employed position there are quite a number of elements to take into consideration, not the least of which is managing your own health and wellbeing at what will be a very busy and stressful time.
To give us some tips on how to balance both we asked the experts from Crunch.co.uk and they gave these useful tips.
In order for any for-profit business to be successful, it must be for-people before anything else. When customers decide to spend money on your service or product, they do so by expecting to be served in the best way possible. That’s what customer service is for. Otherwise, if the service isn't satisfying, they may go shopping elsewhere. This holds true whether you are oriented on service or product and whether you're a B2C or B2B business.
Around the world, a staggering 96% of customers are saying that customer service is a major factor in their choice of loyalty to a brand. Great customer service will create a satisfied and loyal audience, the business will experience growth in the best way possible and the customer experience level will rise substantially. However, just one wrong Facebook or Instagram complaint or dozens of bad comments and reviews will ruin the years of effort that went into building a high-quality business reputation.
For small businesses, one of the better ways of achieving such high-quality customer service comes with using a virtual assistant to deal with all the nuances.
Lighting is one of the crucial factors that affect workplace productivity even if you work from home.
Insufficient and poor lighting can not only hinder your productivity, but also affect your mood and cause health problems, such as headaches. Fortunately, improving your lighting is a simple upgrade that will definitely have a positive impact on your motivation and inspiration.
Your business is growing, and this is a wonderful thing. Yet as this occurs, a question keeps creeping up in the back of your mind: Where did all my time go?
This is a common trend among the more hands-on entrepreneurs, and while an active approach is something to be applauded, the need to delegate tasks, even important tasks, becomes more present.
If this is not something you naturally do, don’t worry. Delegation is a skill that you can learn just like any other, and we encourage you to seek out those resources for the benefit of your business. Yet first, here are a few more reasons why we stress the importance of delegation:
It’s Monday morning and you’re feeling a bit jaded. You enter your office, sit down, and immediately feel like going back to bed.
Now, it’d be understandable to lay the blame at the door of the weekend itself, but take a look at your desk. Is it a mess? In fact, is the office itself a horror story of paperwork, unused stationery, old laptops gathering dust, discarded water bottles and Post-It notes to which you no longer refer?
The reason you feel so unproductive this Monday morning might simply be because your office needs a proper declutter. Combine the following decluttering tips with productivity best practices, and you’ll be onto a winner:
Running a small business isn’t easy. Working towards your dreams isn’t simple. It takes effort and commitment and it can be easy to justify working on your business every waking minute of the day.
The problem is, if you keep pushing yourself, working longer and longer hours, you’ll find yourself becoming stressed, losing focus and suffering from burnout which can actually have an opposite effect on your small business than what you’d intended.
The key thing to remember is that you need time away from your business, time where you can relax, clear your mind and take care of yourself so that you can approach your business feeling refreshed and with a new perspective.
Here are our top tips to help get you started:
How many times are you distracted in the average day?
It could be social media notifications, the phone ringing, someone at the door, Skype messages or emails - all of these things can distract you, forcing your attention away from working on your business.
Small distractions can lead to big problems, causing you to lose your focus on the task at hand and destroying the sense of ‘flow’ that you had going. If continued, it can severely hinder your daily productivity.
Here a few tips to help you cut the distractions, stay focused and get more out of your day!
When you run your own business, you’ll find that your mind is often focused on your business – how to grow it, how to run it better, how to improve sales etc. Having your business constantly on your mind isn’t actually a good thing and can often lead to stress, burnout and lower productivity levels.
How do we combat this? By practising mindfulness.
The dictionary defines mindfulness as "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique."
But what does this actually mean? And more importantly how can you use mindfulness to boost your productivity? Keep reading to find out.
I know what you’re thinking, “Not another New Year resolutions post!” You’re right, they’re everywhere at the moment. We’re three weeks into 2018 and we’re being hit left, right and centre with New Year resolution suggestions for our personal life, work life, family life etc. It’s a little overwhelming.
The thing is - these articles all have a point. The New Year is the perfect time to reassess your business goals and strategies, to reflect on what you learned over the previous year and to implement new ideas that can take your business forward.
Late last week, I came across a post on LinkedIn from a gentleman explaining that whilst attending an event, he was nervous about being asked, “So, where are you based?” because he was unsure of the potential stigma upon announcing that he worked from home, not in an office.
With Work from Home week coming up from the 15th – 21st January, I decided to explore this a little further to identify the benefits of working from home.