There is nothing more exciting than seeing your dreams become reality. When a new business starts, you want to keep the ball rolling and create as much success as possible in as little time as possible. It is understandable, but this shouldn’t mean that you need to have your eye on everything. 

Many business owners, when starting out are simply overloaded with the sheer amount of tasks and jobs and find themselves drowning in work instead of working on their business. This is obviously, not the best position to be in if you want to grow your new business quickly. 

However, it doesn’t have to be so hectic! 

With a little organisation, some forethought and use of technology you can free-up your valuable time and work on what you love best – your business. 

In this post we will share 8 tips that will help you save time and allow you to better focus your energy and time. 

Lets get to it.  

1. Plan Out Everything

The corporate landscape is complicated, and it can overwhelm those that do not prepare. Your businesses’ success starts with your plan. By making a detailed business plan for your early days, you can swerve past any complicated decisions with ease. 

You don’t need to plan for every eventuality, but you should make simple notes about what could arise in the future. Plan out what suppliers you will need to use, how many employees you will want and what equipment you require- all the while keeping an eye on what competition you may face. By doing so, you will not need to hesitate when these issues crop up down the line, thus leaving you with more time to do the more important work.

2. Set Your Goals

A careful plan works to highlight possible obstacles along your way. Before you know what obstacles are likely to hinder your progress, you will need to know what it is you want your business to achieve. 

Your overall goal will often be to make a profit, help people, or both; however, you can break this goal down into parts that are easier to achieve on a daily basis. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so your new business doesn’t need to be either. Try to think about weekly or monthly goals.

With these goals set, the bigger picture remains in sight while you continue to progress. A small victory each day is enough to keep you in the game. Stick to your guns, and you will find success in no time.

3. Do One Thing At A Time

It might not make a lot of sense now, but multi-tasking is not the best way to save time when running your new business. Trying to complete everything at once can overwhelm you, and if one thing goes wrong, then you may find yourself trapped in a falling house of cards that is hard to rebuild.

Developing your multi-tasking skills can wait. Try focusing on one task at a time, and only move on once that project is complete. Doing so follows the same principles as the slow and steady approach. 

By moving at this pace, you can excel at one thing, rather than being mildly useful at a lot. Then when your business takes off, you are more equipped to deal with its success with the skills you have learnt.

4. Time Management

This tip ties into all of the above, but is probably your most useful tool. Estimate how long each task will take before you approach it. 

Next, work out how many hours you have in a business day and only fill it with the tasks that you can complete in this time frame. Some tasks will not go to plan or run overtime, but you can always arrange your schedule with this in mind. 

By approaching your day this way, you can ensure that nothing is neglected, including yourself. You can’t run a successful new business if you are working until midnight every day. Only do what you are capable of in a day.

Also, though you will find meetings a very important part of your daily business routine, they aren’t always productive. Keep these initial meetings brief and to the point. You and your employees need to be working, and cutting out dead meeting time can only improve your productivity and save precious business time.

5. Prioritise Your Workload

Just because a task does not take long to complete, it does not mean that it is less important. When managing your workload for your day, label each task in order of importance. Sometimes, a more important task needs more attention. Therefore, it is best to allot more time for important objectives.

If it is an extremely important matter, then we recommend attending to it straight away. Putting off uncomfortable things can only make them worse. Prioritising key tasks will make the rest of your day go smoother. 

6. Delegation

It can be hard to relinquish control, especially when it is your business on the line. However, the best business owners know when to let some things go. Measure up your employee’s strengths and weaknesses when crafting your team so that you know who is best placed in which situation. Some of your staff may even possess strengths that you do not, and these are often the best people to keep around.

Secondly, you do not need to do everything in house. You can outsource some tasks to freelancers and virtual assistants. 

Freelancers can help with tasks like web design and graphic design. While VA’s (virtual assistants) can help with admin tasks. There are lots of freelancer and VA platforms like Freeup, where you can find remote workers. 

7. Use Technology Your Advantage

We all live in a golden age of technology. Not only can you talk to someone on the other side of the globe in real time, but you can also automate services and operations with the push of a button.

To save time in your business, you should set up automated tasks that can be managed elsewhere and without supervision. Tasks like payroll, accounting and marketing can all be done automatically, and rarely require the delicate eye of a real person. Trust these services and you could save so much time and effort.

The same is true for branding. Branding is vital component of making your business a success but there is no need to spend too much time on this when just starting out. Long gone are the days when this was solely done by humans! There are online tools like Tailor Brands where you can make a logo and design brand elements created instantly – these tools use machine learning to create your brand. 

8. Don’t Overdo It

Even the most tenacious business owners are aware of this tip. You cannot run at one hundred percent all of the time. Work too hard and you are going to burnout, and then you are no use to anybody.

Be sure to know your limits and do not exceed them. A well-rested worker is a productive worker. Look after yourself and your business will thrive.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, your new business can flourish so long as you pay attention to what’s important. Trust your gut and use our time saving tips as a guide to help your new business thrive.