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Organise Your Way To Success

As a small business owner, you need to pay attention to details if you want to make big. Here are some tips to get you going:

Look After Yourself

Exercise regularly, eat healthily and be around positive people. Feed your mind by attending personal development courses. Read self-help and motivational books, and listen to tapes. When you are energetic, motivated and have more balance in your life, you can keep stress levels down, which will enable you to be more productive and successful.

Clean Out The Clutter

You will save yourself heaps of time, energy and money if you clear out your work and home environment. Organise paperwork, books and old equipment, and you will be able to find things and save money by not buying duplicates of what you already have but cannot find. Do this regularly. Eliminating clutter will help you avoid putting off doing things simply because you cannot find the necessary papers or tools.

Use The Right Tools

It is no good having the latest computer when the desk that you sit at is too small to accommodate it, or the chair has poor back support, or the lighting is dull, causing you eyestrain and fatigue. All these factors heavily influence how you work. Invest in a decent desk, purchase a desk lamp or change the light bulbs. Do not ignore the warning signs your body gives you. Take action now and prevent future eye, back or neck problems.

Manage Your Time

With so much to organise in your small business, you need to record your appointments and things to do. Write them down in a diary or a PDA that you can carry with you. This is the most effective way to get things done, plan your work and your life. Top achievers are great at time management (even if they have to pay someone else to organise them).

Learn To Say "No"

To dramatically improve your productivity, you have to be firm with others and let them know if you cannot, will not or are unavailable to fulfill their requests. If you constantly say "yes" to everyone else, you will never have the time to do what you really want to. Book yourself into a self-assertiveness course to learn these skills if required.

Delegate Tasks

Pick tasks that would suit someone else's talents and delegate them. Many small business owners spend too much time on mundane secretarial tasks, which are better done by a person who is trained in such matters. Reduce your workload by delegating or outsourcing wherever you can. Always ask yourself, who can I get to do thus? This will free you up to focus on what you do best.

Makes Meetings Matter

Make sure the meetings you organise in your small business are relevant and run effectively. Do not let things get pushed to another meeting. Always make sure there is an outcome and all actions are followed through.

To Build Your Own Business

For the past few years, more and more people have explored starting their own businesses. Many are not aware of what is needed to help them kick-start a business and build it up.

Here Are Some Essential Skills And Knowledge To Build Your Business


This is a scary word to many people - they would rather not do sales, if they could help it. However, in business, you just cannot avoid "sales". Business is all about selling a product or service. If an entrepreneur cannot sell, he cannot expect his prospects to buy. On top of that, he needs to sell his vision to his team.

He also needs to sell his ideas to potential investors, as well as to his suppliers, so that they can give him better credit terms. You have to find out the needs of your prospects. Does your product or service meet their needs? Many people fail in sales because they are not willing to understand their prospects better, and hence, face rejection. As an entrepreneur, you are selling every day, so it is essential to acquire this skill.


This is the favorite of all entrepreneurs, as marketing brings in business. Unfortunately, marketing can also burn a big hole in your pocket, if you do not know how to use it effectively. Marketing is more than just giving out fliers, advertising in newspapers or sending out mass e-mail messages. These are all tactics of marketing.

What most entrepreneurs lack is the knowledge of marketing. Understanding what makes marketing work and how it works is more important than the tactic itself. A simple rule of thumb: Ask yourself if you will respond to your own fliers or advertisements. You might save a lot of money and increase the success rate of your marketing tactics.


This is a major factor contributing to the expansion of your business. As the leader of the team, you have to provide direction. Only when the whole team is moving in the same direction will your business start to grow. And when your business expands, you need to have more people running it. You have to find out what your people need. Money is not always the most important "carrot". Different people look for different incentives in life, so take the time to discover more about each member of your team and maximise his potential.


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