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6 Ways to Work Smart and Not Hard as a Business Owner

As an owner of a growing business, it is important to make sure that your productivity levels are always on top. Of course, it is every business owner’s dream to run a business that gets a lot of projects and gigs. But with more work comes a strong need to get the work done quickly and efficiently so that you will have more time to focus on other important things in your life. So how do you work smart?

 

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Most people believe that a business is successful because you put in a lot of hard work. Although this may be true, people have mistaken “busy” or being “occupied” as working hard.  The truth is that you get more work done when you work smarter and not harder.  Here are 6 ways you can achieve more by working smarter and not harder.

 

Plan everything in advance

This has been something that has helped me in my business. I plan everything! From all my activities for the day, what I wear, the content I put out on social media and on my blog to even the pictures I’ll use for the articles, several days in advance.

I make weekly, monthly and quarterly plans and goals. Planning in advance works as a guide to help you know what to do next. It saves you time and keeps you focused on getting the work done.

 

Build an efficient and trusted team

There is only so much one person can handle. That is why it is important for a business owner to have an efficient and trusted set of team members to whom he or she can delegate work. Your team members will help you do the work for you, while you gain time to work on something else. When you have a formidable team, you can rest easy knowing that everything will be done to precision and with a lot of care.

 

Get organized

I think one of the things that is a hindrance to a smooth running and efficient business is lack of organization. When you have all the information, stationery or data you will need organized, it makes working easy. You save time that would have been spent looking for something you need or being worried over not finding what you’re looking for. The workflow is swifter when your office is organized and everything you need is within your reach.

 

Time yourself

This is a pretty useful hack to help you work smarter. Although not many people liked deadlines in their 9-to-5s, having a deadline will help you be more focused on only what is important and thus, make you work smarter.

Keep a timer close by whenever you want to start working. Try to finish each project within 45 minutes. This will help you push away all distractions. As you get used to having work done within 45 minutes, you can reduce the time allocated to 30 minutes and work accordingly. This way you train yourself to work faster and more efficiently.

 

Stop being a perfectionist

There have been debates about the pros and cons of perfectionism in business, but when it comes to working smart perfectionism loses. When you want to get everything perfect the first time you end up spending a lot of time bothering about insignificant details and you either don’t get the work done or you are unable to start at all.

To work smart, your main preoccupation is to have work done. Perfection and attention to detail can come at the end. For now, you have to focus on completing each task. You can always tweak it along the way when you’re done.

 

Automate

Thanks to automation tools, you can get your work done for you with one click. So if you create your content in advance, your automation tool can help you publish your content on your blog and on social media all by itself. This is what I do when I want to schedule all my posts for the week.

 

How do you work smart? Please share your tips in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!

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Fast and Easy Ways to Set up Your Business Premises

Running your own business is great fun, but it can be exhausting. In the early days, it is best not to say no to work. You never know if that extra client you are squeezing in is going to turn out to be a loyal and long-term customer.

 

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You relish landmark moments like opening your first business premises, but to some extent, dread them too. Setting up a new office, salon, shop or workshop is a daunting, and potentially time-consuming task. But it is vital that you get it right. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify the task and get it done in hours rather than days.

Keep the decor simple

You really should give your business premises a fresh coat of paint. It does not take long and will make a huge difference to how good your workplace looks when potential clients visit.

To start with opting for plain walls with a few pieces of good quality artwork to brighten things up, and help you with your branding. HelloCanvas canvas prints are ideal for this. The entire ordering process takes minutes. Everything is done online, all you do is send them your high-quality photo, choose the size, finish and frame and pay. Within as little as a week you get your artwork delivered to your door.

Use your brand and logo in your business premises

If you are selling a product or service it is always worth having a logo made up. We are visual creatures, so remember images better than anything else. Therefore, using a logo, in your business premises, on your correspondence, website and social media accounts makes a lot of sense.

You can easily get your logo made up into a banner, wall sticker, large picture or window decal. This does not cost a lot of money and is a good way to make sure you incorporate it into your business premises.

You can find out more about branding and how to create one for your small business, by reading this article.

Rent your furniture and equipment

The next task is to furnish your business premises. In most cases, the simple approach is to rent the furniture and equipment that you need. There are plenty of companies that offer this service. Including specialist firms that rent out everything you need to set up a beauty parlour, hairdressers or another type of business. This is by far the simplest approach, but you need to be aware it can be an expensive way to do it. Therefore, you should cost it out first, and review the situation once you are sure your business is viable, and that you will be staying open in the long-term.

Rent a serviced business premises

If all of the above still looks like too much work it is worth exploring the option of renting out a serviced space. You can easily find serviced offices, where redecorating, and the basic equipment you need is included in the rental deal. For other business models like hairdressers this option is not so easy, but if you do your research you can often find that fully equipped premises are actually available to rent in your area.

 

Do you have any tips to share? Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

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How to Buy the Best Corporate Present

If you have a business, you might have noticed some existing customers deviating from your services and moving to other brands. Besides some corporate e-mails and initial connections, the customers don’t have any other bond with your brand. They need something to remember you and get back to you for further business dealings. That’s where corporate gifts for business clients come into the picture; it’s the best investment you can make for your business’s prosperity.

 

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What are corporate gifts?

Corporate gifts are a form of souvenirs or mementos that you give to your existing or potential customers and  or to other top managerial executives in various other companies, to build a strong trust and relationship with them. Gifts will be a symbol of appreciation; it’ll display your commitment to them and how much you value their association.

You can’t simply go about gifting anything to your clients and customers. Your presents should be a memento and make them feel proud about being associated with your brand. Here are a few things to be considered, while buying corporate gifts:

  • Learn about various corporate policies

Different corporations will have their own corporate policies. Many corporate organisations, especially governmental bodies will usually have strict policies prohibiting gifts or limiting their monetary value to a certain amount. Before you buy gifts for these clients, make sure you check out their gifting policies and learn whether you can give them souvenirs or not, so there is no misunderstanding on both ends.

Get to know what they want 

Knowing what gift to buy for your corporate client is a big challenge in giving gifts. Most of the times, you wouldn’t know your clients or other corporate professionals on a personal level. You can’t absolutely detect what they’ll need, and it’s difficult to choose corporate gifts for business clients. If you have absolutely no idea of what to gift it’s better to call up your clients and ask them what they like. This would save your time looking out for presents and at the same time you end up buying something of their choice.

  • Overcome the cultural differences

The rules and laws of corporate gift giving might vary across different countries and cultures. Your company might be based in a different country from your client’s, so learn about their basic cultural faiths and practices, so that you don’t end up giving them a wrong gift or something that they might find offensive. For instance, you can’t wrap a present in white in China because it symbolizes death.

  • Focus more on the quality

Whatever is the gift that you send to your clients or customers, it will always reflect the image and status of your company. If you send some low-quality or irrelevant gift it’ll only impair your image and your clients will develop a negative feeling about your brand. Try to purchase good quality products that fits in line with your budget.

  • Don’t be afraid to spend on packaging 

Choosing the right gift wrap is very important when it comes to buying corporate gifts. Packaging is everything and first impression does matter. The gift wrap is something that they’ll first see while receiving the present. It must reflect your value on client association and should also make the receiver cheerful. Spend some money on the wrapping; if you can’t wrap it for yourself (I am hopeless at wrapping), it’s better to hire a gift-wrapping service to do the job beautifully.

  • Include a handwritten note 

Most of the e-mails and newsletters that move back and forth between you and your clients are always formal ones and are in digital or printed forms. A printed mail or an e-mail message will always be crisp and clear about the business dealing and they look very impersonal. But when it comes to corporate gift-giving, this strategy won’t work. When it comes to corporate gifts, I like to include handwritten notes for a very personal touch. Including handwritten greetings and notes will leave a far more lasting impression.

  • Deliver it personally 

If your corporate present isn’t very large or if you’re planning to meet up with your client, you can deliver the present to them personally. Personally delivering the gift will help you make your brand, a top-of-the-mind priority for your clients.

Corporate gifts are great ways to connect and communicate with your clients. It will strengthen your ties with them; helps build trust among them, and celebrate your success with them. You can adopt an attitude of giving gifts and this will help you succeed in the corporate environment.

Do you run a business? How do you decide on what corporate gifts to give your clients?

 

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