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Essential Time Saving Tips for the Office

By: Neel   |    June 8, 2012   |   1 Comments (0) (0)

Running a business is hugely time consuming. Between customer service and meeting obligations, there is often little time to be found to complete the actual task that will make you money. Whilst it is important to meet all of your obligations, finding time for your core services should be the ultimate goal of every working day. Saving time in the office is a very important part of running a business and this article considers how you can do exactly that.

Recognise Your Strengths and Weaknesses

The first step for saving time in the office is recognising your strengths and your weaknesses. If you are fantastic at the service that you provide, but terrible at marketing yourself efficiently, then this will certainly be dragging your business down. To understand your strengths and weaknesses, first consider what service you offer. This service should be your strength and most other elements will likely be that which is slowing you down. Much of this, like answering the phone to customers, can be dealt with by employing an assistant or a receptionist. There are other weaknesses, however, which will greatly restrict your business.

Avoiding Weaknesses to Focus on Strengths

Saving time in the office is largely a case of avoiding the things that slow you down so that you can focus on the things that you need to do. Literally avoiding them, however, is not an option, so instead it is sensible to get someone else to complete it. Outsourcing allows you to do just this. Outsourcing to make use of bookkeeping services, for example, is a great way to ease a burden for which you are entirely untrained. The outsourcing of bookkeeping can save you a great deal of time and will likely result in a far greater level of accuracy too.

Benefits of Outsourcing

Outsourcing is of benefit to your company for many reasons. It most importantly allows you to focus on the core aspects of your business, which in reality is where your value lies. Spending time producing adverts when you could utilise flyer printing services simply drags you away from your core service. By utilising outsourcing you will spend less time focussing on the surrounding requirements of your business and will be able to focus instead on the important aspects and your core services. If you are spending $100 dollars worth of time producing a flyer, then surely it is better to spend this $100 cash to get them produced and make this money back whilst someone else is doing so.

Assessing Your Abilities

Whilst it is tempting to think that you can avoid the costs of outsourcing, it is also important to recognise what it is that you are good at. In many cases a business owner will be capable of completing everything themselves, but it will probably take them far longer to do it than is necessary. Playing to your strengths is what will enable you to grow your business into a successful one. If you spend your time struggling at something then it will likely be not as good as the results of outsourcing, consuming all of the time in which you should have been making money. Recognising where to get help is the most difficult part, but doing so could free you to expand and grow your business with far greater ease. 

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vision20 commented on June 14, 2012

Thanks for the tips. I've always appreciated the recommendations from Stephen Covey as well.

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