If feels like stating the obvious but running a small business may be one of the most stressful things in the world. In larger businesses – responsibility is shared for most things. But in a small business, one person often carries nearly all of the weight.
That doesn’t mean, however, that running a small business has to be stressful. There are ways to improve productivity and lower your costs without being stressful for you. Here’s how:
Create A Clear Vision Of What You Want
I’m not talking about writing a fancy vision statement (as marketing departments love to do) but I am suggesting that you visualize what “success” looks like within your business’s context.
After all, if you don’t know what it looks like, how will you know when you get there? Also, it’s important because it allows you to build a series of sense checks for decision making.
If you can see where your future lays, you can ask, “Does this action bring us/me any closer to the future I envisioned? If not, why not? Should I let this go or make changes in my vision?”
You can, of course, change your vision but most of the time, you won’t want to. Knowing where you want to go, lets you see the route more easily. It lets you stop wasting time on things that aren’t important to your business. The more time you free up to do important things, the less stressed you will be.
It will also improve productivity (you’ll have more time to do things) and reduce costs (you won’t spend money on pointless pursuits). Pretty easy, right?
Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Help
You are not superhuman. No one person can have all the skills and talents necessary to make a successful business in today’s society.
Do not be afraid to seek help. You might want a mentor (someone who has succeeded in your field or a related field already) who can help guide you through the growing pains of your business life. Reach out to a professional association or via Linked In or a local networking group – these people not only exist but are often delighted to help.
You might need an answer to a quick query (you’d be amazed at how easy it is to find an expert online and get a response instantly) or anywhere in between these two points.
It’s also possible to outsource the tasks you hate the most or at which you suck the most. Life can feel much better if you can give the accounting to an accountant or the mailing to a postal outsourcing service.
You don’t have to do everything. You do need the help of others. It’s not embarrassing to realize this. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – humans are social creatures, we’re happiest in groups. Forming a group of people around you to help with your business is the smartest thing you can do. Start today.