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What does efficiency mean to you?

So what does efficiency mean to you? To me, efficiency means getting through tasks with as little repetition and as few errors as possible. Efficiency means working as simply and cost effectively as possible. Every business is different, and every business is in a different stage of development and growth and because of this I don’t go for the one size fits all approach when determining what you need to operate more efficiently. I’ve worked for over 15 years in Quality Assurance so it has been my job for a… Read more What does efficiency mean to you?

How good are you at scheduling?

How good are you at scheduling?  And planning? Do you find it time consuming? Are you finding that you are constantly overlooking tasks that should be done?  Especially those that you don’t do often. Are you finding that you have been letting customers down by not delivering everything as promised? Do you find yourself rushing around last minute because you overlooked something that was important to do. If you said yes to any of these then your scheduling and planning is letting you down.  And if it’s letting you down… Read more How good are you at scheduling?

Are your processes letting your business down?

Are your processes letting your business down? If your processes are not operating in the most efficient manner possible, then they are letting your business down. Do you even know if your processes are operating efficiently? If you find that you or your employees are making mistakes on a regular basis, then your processes are not operating efficiently. If you find that you’re often having to go back steps in your process to complete a step that should have been done already, then your processes are not operating efficiently. If… Read more Are your processes letting your business down?

What are your strengths?

Do you know where your strengths are in your business? Do you know where your weaknesses are? And what about your threats and opportunities? When was the last time you conducted a SWOT analysis to figure all that out? Or have you not completed one? If you haven’t undertaken a SWOT analysis how are you going to identify areas to improve upon? If you haven’t undertaken a SWOT analysis how are you going to know what your strengths are that you can direct your customers to? How will you know… Read more What are your strengths?

Do you know what tools are available to you?

Do you know what tools are available that can make you more efficient in business? I’ve been writing this blog for a number of months now and I have mentioned quite a few tools that might not be obvious to you, but they are all ones that you can implement simply to improve your efficiency. The first is your mission and vision statement.  This is the first tool that I encourage businesses to set for themselves.  Having these in place helps you to be more efficient in your decision making… Read more Do you know what tools are available to you?

Don’t let social media get the better of you!

Social media doesn’t have to be hard!  And believe it or not, you don’t have to use every platform in your business. Starting out in social media can seem overwhelming.  But, it really isn’t as hard as it looks, and there are many ways to make it all easier. Before you get overwhelmed in social media you should stop and consider which platforms are best for you.  I personally use facebook for all of my businesses.  But I don’t use them all in the same way. I also use instagram… Read more Don’t let social media get the better of you!

You don’t need expensive electronic tools

Did you know that you don’t need expensive electronic tools to help you be organised in business? Too often I hear of people jumping onto the need to use this program or that to help them get more organised or efficient. But have you actually considered if it is going to be the right electronic tool for your business?  Have you considered that you might not really need one? Too often with electronic tools you are forced to use the workflow and structure that they are designed with. That workflow… Read more You don’t need expensive electronic tools