Even if you’re doing something as simple as building and organising a chicken coop, the process can be stressful and full of hurdles and obstacles.
The materials haven’t arrived yet, your drill got stuck and is shooting sparks, you’ve suddenly realised you don’t have any chickens, and so on and so forth. Quite annoying and stressful.
Imagine, then, the sheer horror and the immense pressure of starting your own business!
Whether you’re a young and budding entrepreneur or an experienced business owner who’d like to try their luck in a new niche, building a functioning company from scratch is a tough and work-intensive road not for those faint of heart.
So, in this article, we’ve decided to help out the plucky folk who have found themselves in this bitter-sweet situation. As you will see, keeping your composure during the process of building up or overhauling your business is all about not getting stressed more than you have to.
Here’s the deal.
1) Get a Coach
There is no shame in asking for help when it comes to learning new things. The shame lies with those who are stupid and unwilling to learn. (By ‘stupid’, we mean inexperienced and too pig-headed.)
Now, if you think you can figure things out on your own and take pleasure in learning everything yourself — good for you. But if you’re one of the folks who’s struggling to find their footing in the wavy waters of a brand new business venture, hiring a coach or a mentor is a prospect you should definitely take into consideration!
A coach will help you figure out the different aspects of growing your business quickly, prioritising tasks, dealing with your employees, as well as help you out with the legal side of it all! What’s not to love?
(Well, the price probably, but if you’ve got the dough — It’s a sound investment, indeed.)
2) Maintain a Schedule
One of the worst ‘derailers’ of many a young ’n’ budding entrepreneur would definitely be the lack of a coherent and realistic schedule.
When it comes to organising your daily activities as a business manager (and possibly also the owner), you can easily get lost in the sea of obligations, chores, and various errands that need to get taken care of.
The solution to this hectic nature of being the boss is to:
- a) Make a schedule according to which you will do your tasks, and
- b) Delegate various tasks to your employees.
While it is true that if you want something done well you have to do it yourself, you’d be surprised how capable and smart your employees can be when given a responsibility to take care of.
3) Find a Synching Platform to Store Your Data
Starting up a new business inevitably means having to deal with quite a lot of data. Considering we’re living in a heavily digitalised and computerised world, you can be sure this data will be stored, erhm … — digitally, so to speak.
Well, to be able to do this sort of thing without worrying about technology failing you at a crucial moment with horrific results of losing your sensitive data, one of the solutions can be to upload it all to a cloud!
There’s an increasing number of cloud-based platforms in operation nowadays, so you won’t really have problems finding one that suits your and your company’s interests.
Remember, uploaded to a cloud, all of your data will be safe even if your computer completely malfunctions!
4) Give up Trying to Control the Uncontrollable
One of the common logical fallacies that managers and business owners tend to follow is that they need to oversee every process in their company, no matter how small. This sort of thinking is a recipe for disaster.
In order to make the best of your time and assets in your company, make sure to delegate the tasks and errands that need to be completed. As we said before, your employees are more than capable of fulfilling every task you set before them, so you can relax and only concentrate on the most important things for your company at the moment.
5) Pick a Relaxation Technique
Last but not least, after you’ve employed all of the necessary techniques to organise your business in the most efficient way possible, taking care of yourself and your health is also something to take into consideration.
For example, when it comes to de-stressing and relaxing after a long day’s work, you can do yoga, go to a gym to work out, or simply meditate. No matter how well organised you are, some stress will find its foul way into your life, so ensuring you have a coping technique is essential for your and your business’s well-being!
In conclusion, time management, stress management, and employee management are the three managements that you have to master in order to have a good time running a business. Simple as that!