Ah, the joys of having a small office or home office (SoHo). There’s nobody to enforce dress or decoration codes, no white-knuckle commutes, no stress at all.
That is, until you start to get busy. Then life in a SoHo can become every bit as hectic as the cubicle environment you left behind. Because you’re probably on your own, there’s probably no one else to take phone calls, track down information, or start a fresh batch of coffee while you handle your assignments.
An advantage of owning your own business is deciding where to locate your office. I decided to open my company in the same city I live in, eliminating the need for hour-long commutes. But even though my partners and I all live within 20 miles of the office, there are days we don’t come in at all. Instead, we telecommute, or work from home.
As the owner of a small business, you and your employees can do the same every day of the week. You can easily create a virtual company, avoiding the expense and upkeep of an office. Here are a few points to consider.
Aspiring entrepreneurs often wonder how long it takes to get a small business started. The answer is, “it depends.” Some new enterprises can be up and running in a matter of weeks; others may require several months or more of diligent planning.
When you worked in a corporate office, your storage space probably was limited to your office or cubicle and any other rooms that were designated for storage. At home, your storage space can easily go from your office, to your basement, to your garage and attic. Before you know it, you may consider adding on to your home or investing in an outside storage shed to hold more "stuff."
1. Be realistic about what you need to keep vs. what you want to keep and how much storage space you have.
As a business professional, you undoubtedly wear many hats—from that of juggler (of yours and others' projects) to firefighter, putting out the fires (crises) you face each day. Ideally you should be able to walk into your office each morning, cross everything off your to-do list and go home with a sense of accomplishment. In reality, that's not always possible. Your day is filled with tasks and interruptions that devour your time, talents and energy. There are several ways to make each minute count, starting with these tips.
Many small businesses find themselves stretched for time in an economy that requires businesses to do more with less to stay competitive. That’s why it’s wise for entrepreneurs to develop good time management habits so that everything that needs to be done, gets done. Here are 10 time management tips to help you work smarter and use your time wisely.
1. Buy a week-at-a-glance appointment book and use it religiously. Write everything that you need to accomplish in this book. This book is your brain!
Manage workflow in your small business.
1. Discard old magazine, books and articles. The information is probably stale by now anyway.
2. Maintain a list of sources (actual and potential) by topic. If you need the info, you can contact your source and get updated information.
3. Minimize duplicates of documents. Keep the original in a plastic sleeve to prevent damage and one copy on hand for easy circulation.
4. Keep files current. Retain only the final version of letters and proposals. After all, the old versions primarily contained material you decided not to use!
Get your business organized for success.
1. Don’t start your office organizing by shopping for containers. Survey what files and books you need to store, measure them, then go to the store.
2. File, Act or Toss papers and emails instead of letting them pile high on your desk. You should be able to make a decision immediately as papers cross your desk.
3. Take advantage of electronic devices such as email, PDAs and database file management to categorize work.
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