Why Implementing Business Systems Is Important, and Where to Start

Where to start when implementing business systems

Creating a business that is successful requires that you build structure into it; putting in place business systems that improve productivity and maintain quality. Every part of your business—be it the shop floor, the warehouse or the back office—is part of a greater system that can be improved by applying the right principles.   What are business systems? Business systems, in this instance, refer to documented processes and procedures that you follow to run your business on a day to day basis. This can be anything from how an incoming lead is managed to how a new client relationship is set up for success. Setting up business systems is often …

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Ditch The Stress: 3 Trello Boards for Every Business

Manage Your Business with these Trello Boards

Having the right systems in place can make all the difference to how you grow your business. There’s no shortage of online tools and systems out there but a staple of mine is Trello. I am quite literally on Trello every single day. As a free online tool, it is simple-to-use and very easy to customise so that it fits in with you, and your business processes. You can create as many boards as you like and invite your team to join these boards so they can move your projects along. You don’t need to be tech-savvy to use it, and the free version gives you everything you need. If …

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Project Management 101: How to Prioritize Projects That Matter

Prioritize Projects in Your Business

As a business owner, you’re constantly managing projects whether you realize it or not. Your work is split up into tasks that centre around a specific goal. These groups of tasks are what I call “projects” in the entrepreneur’s world. The way I see it – move your tasks along, and you move your projects along… move your projects along, and (technically) you should be moving your big business goals along too. I say “technically” because projects that are not aligned to your big business goals shouldn’t really take up your time or headspace. We all have finite resources to work with – be it time, money, manpower. And it …

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Project Management 101: What to Look for in a Project Management Tool

Online Project Management Tool Choices

If your business delivers projects (and I’m fairly certain it does!), it is so important to have well-defined project management processes in place for the planning, scheduling, resource allocation, task management, and approval side of things. And if you’re thinking, “I don’t run projects,” hold your horses because if you run even the smallest of marketing campaigns, you’re managing projects. That’s right, even your product launches and marketing campaigns are projects. Take for example, a 5-day SEO Challenge. To be able to get from idea to a live challenge with engaged participants, there is a heck of a lot of pre-planning that has to happen around outlining and creating your …

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4 Opportunities for Better Business Systems and Processes

Improved business systems and processes

If you’ve ever looked at other entrepreneurs and wondered how they manage to get it all done, it very likely boils down to having great business systems in place. In fact, I’d hazard a guess and say that the most productive people out there have one thing in common — they refuse to reinvent the wheel. Instead, they go into every recurring task, process or project challenging its value to the bottom-line. And having passed that test, they then look for the most efficient (and if possible, automated) way of doing it. Period. Nothing sexy. No matter what business you’re in and what projects you find yourself tackling, a systemized approach …

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How to Get Customer Feedback to Make Better Business Decisions

Customer Feedback As A Critical Input to Biz Decisions

Customer feedback helps you understand why people do what they do and make the decisions they make in relation to your business. When cross-referenced against hard analytics, it can: (a) take the guesswork out of prioritizing different projects and their accompanying tasks, (b) offer real-time data about your customer’s needs and (c) enable you to offer your customers the best experience possible at every touchpoint.   There are lots of ways to listen to your customers and gather feedback. Here are a few: Check in With Them Early – When someone buys one of your products or uses a service, it’s important to give them the opportunity to tell you what …

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Evernote for Business: The One Tool for Keeping Your Documents Organized

Evernote as an information management tool

If you aren’t using Evernote for business, it might just be time. Evernote has been around since 2007 and boasts over 200 million users. It is a cloud-based, digital notebook that can be used to securely store every kind of record a business would have. It integrates well with other highly used apps like Twitter (to, as an example, save your favorite tweets) and synchronizes across desktops, laptops, tablets, as well as smartphones. And if that’s not enough, it offers massive value with reminders, an incredibly powerful search function, sharing capability, tagging and categorization flexibility, web page clipping and so much more.  What this post will do is unpack my favorite …

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5 Solutions for De-Stressing Your Business Starting Right Now

5 Solutions for De-Stressing Your Business Starting Right Now

What if you could save an hour a day starting today? That’s 5 hours every week. Imagine being able to switch off at Noon every Friday without the worry of all the stuff that didn’t get done weighing you down. Imagine gaining the time and mental capacity to knock out that online course idea you’ve been wanting to launch. You can do just that when you put these 5 solutions in place for your business, and the awesome thing is – you can get these solutions in place right now, without having to invest in complex technology or a massive support team.   Proper Project Management If you’re still managing …

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