You've been meaning to tend to the administration part of your business, that is, the growing list of things to do that relates to your small business. You've shoved all other appointments aside and starts getting down to working on the nitty gritty details, you're ready to go all out and tick everything on the list off! But where in the world is the list?
The Administration part of the small business may seem simple but unless one gets down to doing it and doing it right, nothing else will get done.
Time management is key to an optimal administration process of your small business. Regardless of how swamped we are with work and how lacking in sleep we are, if we want our small business to make money, we have to sit down and block time off to handle the administration work. Although you should make allowance for life's unexpectant changes, if we really get down to it and manage out time better, life won't be so topsy turvy at all - in fact, we migght even enjoy doing the administration work for our small business.
And here are some helpful tups to help you manage your time better and perhaps may even make earning money from your small business more enjoyable.
Administration tip 1: OUTSOURCE projects to others because you want to handle more important things for your small business.
Many small business owners would rather do everything themselves, because either they don't trust anyone else to do the job right or there isn't a budget to outsource to others. But here's the thing, you SHOLD learn how to outsource things you are not capable of handling, because of time or experience factor, because it is simply more effective that way!
Outsourcing will help clear some of your time for important things you are capable of doing and if you don't have a budget to get someone else to do it, markup the fee to include the outsourcing fee. This way, you're not really paying for the outsourcing fee.
Administration tip 2: Start with the thing you hate most and end it with the things you like most.
Sounds weird when you put it that way but it works wonders. Wake up early and do everything you hate first. You won't be looking forward to a wonderful morning but hey, at least, you get to end your day on a good note. You'll also find it such a joy to tick off everything you hate on that list first and then by the afternoon, you'll have everything you LOVE to do on the list.
Administration tip 3: To ensure your small business runs smoothly, make it a habit to run through the administration process at the end of every day.
What we mean by administration process is to look through everything, do your filing, check your to-do list and update it, look through your email box, open your letters and plan for tomorrow, and perhaps, you may want to make a phone call or two before you call it a day.
Administration tip 4: Get physical when you're feeling bogged down, stressed up and tied up in knots!
Yes, we mean it, get physical, as in exercising, it doesn't take a long time. Some exercises require 10 - 15 minuts of your time and if you intend to take a longer time to clear your mind, go do it. You'll come back more refreshed.
Marsha Maung is a freelance work at home graphic designer and writer who resides in Selangor, Malaysia with her husband, Peter, and 2 boys, Joshua and Jared. Marsha is the author of "Raising Little Magicians" and 'No products to sell' and other work at home books. For more information, visit http://www.marshamaung.com