In running your small business operation, you have a lot on your plate. That said the last thing you want to deal with on an on-going basis is interruptions.
While some of those interruptions are all but unavoidable, others are preventable.
Take for instance when you are being bombarded with phone calls on a daily basis. Yes, many of those can be customer calls ranging from questions to comments on your brand. Others, meantime, can be nothing short of a nuisance.
If you’re wondering how to find out who’s calling you on a regular basis, it is actually easier than you may think.
There are services out there that allow you to track down where the call is coming from. In doing so, you can determine if it is worthy of your time or not.
In the event you continue to receive calls from the same number or numbers, you can end up blocking them. By doing so, you remove one more obstacle to avoiding daily interruptions
Calls Are Not the Only Issue
While unwanted phone calls can put a crimp in your daily plans, they are not the only issue you must deal with.
Whether in business for years or getting started in the small business world, keep it moving.
Among some of the interruptions to best try and avoid:
- Email overload – Have you ever stopped to count how many emails fill your inbox on a daily basis? If you did, there’s a good chance you would be quite surprised by the volume. It is best when you have some down time to go through and sort those that you need to receive on a regular basis.
- Customers coming in – In a business where customers come in on a regular basis, you have a fine line to balance. On one hand, you want to make sure customers feel welcome when they enter your business. On the other side, you can’t afford to have disruptions that keep you from doing your duties as head of the business. Make sure you find that happy medium.
- Employee distractions – Though you don’t want to babysit, some workers need more direction. In such cases, stress to those individuals the importance of time management. It only takes one or two employees to throw off the production schedule for a small business. If this occurs, some customers may become upset that they’re not getting what they want on time.
Keeping Your Focus Too
In owning a company, you have to make sure your time management skills are exemplary for others under you.
This means making sure you delegate responsibility when necessary.
For some small business owners, they try and do everything under the sun on their own. As a result, they can end up dropping the ball more times than not.
Your best bet is to hire the right people, responsible individuals that is. When you do, you will feel better about assigning tasks that you can’t do or have time for.
Last, don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Remember, some of the best small business leaders out there have made their share of gaffes over time. What separates them from the losers is they learned from their mistakes.
So, are you ready to become an even better small business owner today?
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About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business topics on the web.
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