Lost Control of Your Business? Get It Back Today

May 5, 2017 4:16 pm

Even if you launch your business on your own, you can soon feel like you don’t have as much control over it as you would like. You can’t do everything yourself, so you need to outsource some things or even hire someone else to help. And there are other tasks that perhaps you need to be doing, but you’re not aware that you should, or you don’t know how to do them. If you feel like your business is a little out of your control, you need to put yourself back in charge. It might involve learning some new skills or reorganizing your time, so don’t rush the process.

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Learn the Skills You’re Lacking

Not having some vital skills could be holding you back in business. Sure, you know all about your products and how to sell them. But did you take the time to get to grips with the Microsoft Office software suite? Many people lack some basic skills in IT and other areas when it would really help them to know these things. With the right fundamentals, you can have better control over all areas of your business. For example, there are the Excel essentials – column widths and saving, formulae, and creating graphs, which can all help you manage information. How easy is it for you to send out a mass email in Outlook or create a leaflet using InDesign?

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Control Your Business Reputation

It’s difficult to have complete control over your business image. You can’t dictate what people think of you, and there will usually be some negative opinions. But your business reputation doesn’t have to be completely out of your control. It’s up to you to set the tone and present a good image for your business. You should start by having excellent customer service and a great product. But even when customers aren’t happy, you can still get the upper hand and manage any potential damage by responding appropriately. You should ensure you have control of your business listings on Google, Yelp, and other places.

Get Your Priorities Right

Knowing what matters to you and your business is an important part of staying in control. You need to know what you can do each day that will impact your business, and just how you want to affect it. When you first launch a business, there can be so much going on that you forget to try and go in any particular direction. You’re just trying to stay afloat, so you don’t really know where you’re going. But as soon as you’re able to, you should try to outline your goals and priorities.

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Make Things Easier with the Right Tools

When you have a lot to do, staying on top of it all can be hard. If you have the right tools, though, it can be a little easier. For example, using the right software to automate certain tasks or make it simpler and quicker to access what you need can make a huge difference.

It’s your business, so you should feel like you’re in control of it. Improving your knowledge and confidence can help a lot.

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