Most big businesses in Nigeria today started as small businesses.
And while every small business hopes to grow and scale to become big someday, not every small business can achieve that goal.
One reason for this is their lack of organization.
And it is not difficult to know when a business is lacking organization.
They’re always busy doing so many unproductive tasks, wasting time, misplacing orders, racking up customer complaints, etc.
This also affects the business owner because he/she would lack the time or effort to pursue or long-term interests of the business after running around all day trying to quench fires that the lack of organization has caused.
Simple Tips To Organize Your Business For Growth
The following tips would help your business run like a well-oiled machine and keep it organized for growth.
1. Make A Plan
Like everything else, the success of a good organization starts with a plan.
Create a plan that covers how you want your business to function.
A plan does not only give you direction; it also helps you to have a clearer picture of how you want your business to operate.
Where do you see your business in the next five or ten years?
Make a plan that captures the growth you envision for your business.
Your plan should be clear and cover every aspect of your day-to-day business operations. Including how you want different parts of your business to work and communicate.
2. Establish Clear Processes
Your business cannot be organized if your processes are not clear or consistent.
A business process is a series of steps carried out by stakeholders to achieve a concrete goal.
These steps need to be documented and streamlined so that it’s easily accessible by relevant individuals.
Establishing standard operating procedures to make sure everyone is on the same page, helps your business to be consistent in the standard of its output and ensure that such results are easily repeatable.
3. Manage Your Time
Time management is difficult to handle for many business owners and their employees.
Many business owners wear many hats, and this makes them super busy ensuring that the business runs smoothly.
But because they often don’t have a plan for how their time would be spent, they end up spending 90% of their time handling mundane tasks and sacrificing other critical aspects of the business.
What’s worst is that in many small businesses where the owner can’t manage his or her time, it affects the employees and that is fatal to the business.
A well-organized business manages its time by:
a. Prioritizing its activities, so that more time is spent on important tasks.
b. Automation of repeatable tasks with various tools and software.
c. Batching tasks so that similar activities are done at once. This would help increase the productivity of the business.
For the business owner, every day comes with a different problem.
Many business owners react by chasing them and fail.
Some others organize their business, so they can tackle their tasks more efficiently and stay on top of their business.
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