Improving the Efficiency and Productivity of Your Beading Business
You might find your business strategy to be extremely effective upon initially launching your jewelry or beading supply business. However, everything needs to be upgraded and tweaked with time, including your day-to-day operations. If you begin to notice that your beading company is not running as smoothly or effectively as it once did, you might want to think about making alterations to your daily strategy. This means addressing everything from employees to your own regular duties.
Although it will take a lot of effort to overhaul your means of operation, doing so can benefit your company and extend its lifespan. In the end, you will be presenting fresh opportunities to your consumers and improving your chances of driving sales. Here are a few ways to improve the efficiency of your employees, marketing campaign and everything in between.
1. Work in batches of time
While it might seem like improving your beading company's efficiency is something that can wait, you may want to take a step back and evaluate your overall performance as of late--even making slight tweaks can go a long way when it comes to keeping your business fresh. In the end, your customers will gain an appreciation for your goods and services.
Lifehack.org reports that an ample amount of time can be lost to "time clutter," which are brief moments of time where you take care of little things, such as checking your email or browsing the internet. Although this might not always qualify as procrastination, "time clutter" can add up to several minutes at the end of the day, or even hours.
WAHM.com, a female entrepreneur advice site, recommends eliminating "time clutter" by doing things in batches. For instance, don't keep coming back to check your email every 15 minutes--instead, set aside 30-minute periods during the day when you can sit down and handle this business. Being mindful of certain moments where an ample amount of time can slip through the cracks can help you improve your efficiency throughout the day.
2. Use tools to help you plan ahead
If you find that managing everything from social networking to updating your company's website is becoming too much, you might want to think of ways you can plan ahead to increase efficiency, according to Lifehack.org. For instance, if you can't hire a person to manage certain responsibilities, look for software that can handle it instead.
One example is social networking. Many companies know how effective Twitter can be when it comes to marketing, but don't have the time to regularly update and appeal to consumers. Today, there are now systems such as HootSuite that allow individuals to schedule tweets to be posted at a later date, making it easier to keep everything running smoothly.
3. Avoid multitasking
Although multitasking naturally seems like a good idea, Inc.com reports that this can often do more harm than good.
"Don't multitask. Multitasking is something we all do these days. The problem is our brains just aren't cut out for it. When you multitask, your're interfering with your brain's ability to perform at max capacity," Douglas Merrill, former CIO of Google, told Inc.com. "When you make those shifts from one contest to another, you risk dropping things from your short-term memory.
Instead of trying to do everything at once, set aside time to tackle tasks individually. Once you begin to master the art of scheduling, you'll come to find that multitasking isn't necessary, or as efficient you originally thought.
4. Set long-term goals
A lack of efficiency might be due to the fact that you aren't planning ahead for what you eventually want to achieve for your beading business. While it's a good idea to schedule your day-to-day responsibilities to make sure everything runs smoothly, it doesn't hurt to have a handful of long-term objectives, according to U.S. News and World Report. This means knowing where you want to be when it comes to everything from product development to hiring in the next six months--or at least having a general idea. By setting goals, you will give yourself something to work toward on a regular basis.
5. Get organized
Whether it's the backroom of your store that is lacking organization or your home office space, Entrepreneur.com recommends getting everything in shape sooner rather than later. Failing to do so can result in a loss of time throughout the day.
Take the following scenario into consideration: if you spend 30 minutes trying to find certain files around your office every morning and another 30 minutes just attempting to find everything you need to carry out daily tasks, you have lost one hour of your day.
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