Where did the first few weeks of this year go? All I know is that at FTS Safety Solutions we are still as busy as ever.
Tips For Running Your Own Business
However, being busy means the build-up of stress and running my own business go hand in hand. The day-to-day lifestyle can take its toll, even more so in this industry. No two days are the same. One day we can be starting early in the morning, the next, late at night and then we can have a regular nine to five day. With these irregular working hours it can make many of us prone to exhaustion. More so if it’s a new business, getting it off the ground is hard work!
The business success depends to a large degree on your own ability to maintain stamina over the long run, so make sure you don’t burn out and you will boost your chances of succeeding.
Make Sure You Prioritise
We have the time and as a resource there will always be more work than the time available. Don’t try to do everything or every idea that comes to mind. In any small business, it’s very tempting to try to take on every opportunity. The success of my business hasn’t been about doing everything; it’s been about doing the things that matter to a very high standard and professionalism.
Do What You Do Best and Learn to Delegate
I found early on that I was the one that had to do everything, but as the business has developed and expanded, I have learned to delegate some of the tasks that I loved to do and of course the ones that I hated, they were the ones that were put to one side and failed to get done.
Now we are so busy, we have even had to outsource some of the marketing tasks including our social media program and more recently the overflow of our telephone calls.
Network with other Small Businesses
When you are a sole trader it’s very easy to become isolated, especially if you work from home. Some of my friends with proper jobs really didn’t understand this and they didn’t really care. So I found Networking was a fantastic way to get people to know about my business, and what I could do for them. It also provided me with opportunities for business and some of my work still comes for relationships built up over the years. It also gave me answers to some of the early questions I needed help with like who does their book-keeping? Do they have proper Terms and Conditions? And How do they find new clients?
Set Challenging Yet Realistic Goals
There was one thing that was always in my mind right from the beginning, what do I do if this venture is a complete failure?
Hard work never killed anyone but focusing on what I can do and on what steps to take next is very important, as a good friend of mine says: “You gotta have a plan Stan”. I was told by someone who had been there before that without any mistakes and failures along the way how will you improve the service that you offer, be able to grow and develop the business. That was 10 years ago, so this year we celebrate our ten year anniversary. I still take time once a year to review my business plan, and look at the tasks, and goals that are set each year, some of which we have to bring forward to the next year as the plan changes and stays fluid. This year ISO9001 is a main priority and with stage one already completed we have our fingers crossed for stage 2 and the Accreditation.