During the development and planning stage of building your business, your focus was on putting everything together and getting things off the ground. Now, your focus needs to be on the operation and day-to-day management of your enterprise. Some people do better than others when it comes to wearing many hats and juggling various responsibilities, but it is important to remember that as a business owner, you need to get good at it as quickly as possible. Details are the life-blood of any business, and whether you like it or not, you have to pay attention to them and address them properly.
Running your business will be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be, and you are in control of how the overall experience will relate to your life. This is one of the great things about being in business for yourself. You do not have to do what your boss tells you and you do not have to serve the interests of corporate managers ever again. But, with this freedom comes responsibility, and you need to learn how to take on every aspect of the operation of your business and do it well, otherwise you may find yourself behind the 8-ball more often than not.
There is no way to tell you how to run your specific business because every operation is unique and different. You should take a look at all of the aspects of your company, from sales to finance to employees to getting products and services to your customers. You should develop systems and procedures that will make addressing all of these items as efficient and simple as possible, but you should also be prepared to make changes as you go. Nothing is set in stone, and the ultimate goal is for you to create an operation that is easy for you to live with.
Remember that there are also many little things that come in to play when running a business, from paying your bills to keeping records for government authorities. You may be dealing with a non-responsive supplier or chasing down a customer who owes you money. All of these things can interfere with the normal flow of your day, so it’s important to budget your time and don’t get too caught up in dealing with one small component of the larger operation. Deal with things that need to be dealt with, but don’t neglect other tasks for too long either.
Details are everything in a business, and you ability to handle various tasks and ensure that everything gets done is going to be one of the biggest challenges that you will face. Whether you delegate things to others or take many of these tasks on by yourself, remember that old expression, “the devil is in the details”. Have a plan and a strategy so that as you are working towards your goals, you will also be able to address the daily things that are also important to the successful operation of your business.