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Secrets of the Successful One-Person Business
Thinking of finally launching that start-up? Ready to make your mark on the business world?
It can be a little daunting, venturing out into the world of business, especially if you’re doing it on your own. But it can be done. As any successful mogul can tell you, it takes a lot of hard work, gumption, a little luck, but most importantly: the belief that you can succeed.
In addition to that healthy self-confidence, you also need an arsenal of skills and a hard work ethic to make your dreams happen. Most successful business people have tools and resources that they use to make their day to day life easier and keep their business running smoothly. They would be lost without these cutting edge, innovative resources and ideas.
We’ve laid out a few of our favorites tips and tricks below.
Use the Cloud
Using the Cloud to keep your business ticking over smoothly day to day is a great idea. It can store everything you need, easily accessed no matter where in the world you are, from your smartphone, laptop or other device. Document sharing is a snap, meetings can be conducted online with presentations and infographics accessed in moments, and everything from HR to Inventory can be handled all in one place. You can even conduct cloud payroll using specific software to help handle your costs, schedules and employee paychecks. The Cloud is making life easier than ever for the independent business person.
Point of Sale, or POS software has become a huge thing in recent years, and for good reason. Handling things like inventory, repeat customers, discounts and clearance items, shipping labels and taxes used to be separate but equally stressful tasks in the past. Now, all of these aspects of sales are collated in one place, streamlined and made easier than ever with software like Shopify and others. Integrated in with your own website or app, and armed with great customer service, you’ll find making those sales easier than ever. Everyone these days, from the lady selling soap at the Farmer’s Market to the savvy high-end business owner, are using innovative new POS software products.
When you’re operating a one-person business, it’s obviously not an option to call your assistant and hand over a task. Nor can you conduct a meeting with HR or bring in the graphics team. It’s all you. And when you’re doing everything, it’s very easy to let certain tasks slip through the cracks or become burnt out fast.
It’s a great idea to delegate certain tasks by hiring freelance and independent contractors to take some of the workload off your hands. There are career sites all over the web to help you find assistance with everything from writing, marketing, graphics design, even HR and payroll. No matter what you need to delegate, there’s someone on the globe ready to work hard for you. Freelancers often have flexible schedules and they’ll end up saving you money and best of all, your sanity.
Starting a new business can be stressful, but your day to day work doesn’t have to be. If you take the time to implement some of these savvy tips, your start-up will be off and running without a hitch.