Chaos can strike at any time and in any area of life, but it can be especially destructive when it affects your business. When disorganization runs rampant within a company, progress slows to a crawl, and even simple tasks become harder to accomplish.
Recognize Your Problem Areas
Running a business requires a different set of talents than starting a company. If an entrepreneur doesn’t perform well with tasks such as long term planning, bookkeeping, or management it can breed chaos within the business. If the entrepreneur doesn’t want to admit to their lack of talent in these areas or doesn’t trust more qualified people to do the job, the chaos within the company will continue to grow, and any future growth stunted.
Hire the Right People If Needed
Not everyone is lucky enough to be born with incredible organizational skills or a fantastic ability to manage people well. If you lack talent in these areas and it reflects in your business practices, don’t worry, you can hire someone for the job!
Continuing to struggle with tasks you don’t perform very well can cause many long term problems and destroy morale. Stepping back and taking an honest look at your business and yourself, as well as asking a trusted person’s opinion can provide some valuable insight. For example, are you causing more confusion and problems than you are solving by trying to do the bookkeeping for your business? If so, it might be time to hire a qualified person to be responsible for that particular task. You will not only save yourself a lot of stress, by avoiding financial mistakes you will save money as well.
Implement an Established Routine
After you have decided what tasks are your forte, set up a particular procedure for each task and stick to that method as a routine. As time goes by if that procedure can be streamlined and improved, by all means, you should implement the improvement but don’t radically change your method. Performing routine tasks in a repetitive manner can help train your brain to operate in a more organized fashion.
Sharpening Your Focus On the Future
Not having a predetermined business strategy for your company’s growth can create chaos quickly within your company. Every entrepreneur should have a plan for the future to guide their business during a growth process or to help survive an economic turndown. If no such strategies are in place and you suddenly face a difficult business situation, you could be overwhelmed by stress and anxiety which could impair your judgment and your ability to make wise decisions. Setting goals, tracking your business’s progress, and continuously planning for the future can prevent the possibility of having to face big problems without a backup plan.
If you have no plans for your business’s growth and a sudden upsurge in demand for your product or services occurs, your company may not be able to handle all the new customers because of lack of cash flow. You would not be able to meet the sudden demand which could cause your company to gain a bad reputation for unreliability. Such a reputation could damage the future growth of your company.
“Remember, wealth has nothing to do with money, success has everything to do with failure, and life is as simple as you make it!” – John Dessauer