Businesses don’t necessarily run on auto-pilot, especially when you are performing multiple roles at the same time. Work-life balance is a nice catchphrase, but we all know it’s more of a work-in-progress than it is a reality.
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Nevertheless, there are some quick changes that you can perform today to make life easier and help your business move forward.
Employee Training is a Priority
As mentioned in a recent blog post on Dezzain, employee training matters a great deal. If the team doesn’t know how to do something, they’re basically stuck in the same position they’ve always been and the business will find it difficult to move ahead. Whether it is software training or customer service training, there are always improvements that can be made by empowering your staff with the knowledge they need to do their jobs more effectively.
Embrace Social Media More Than You Are
Social media takes time to develop properly; it is not a great productivity tool to be sure. However, it is undeniable that with the billions of people now using Facebook daily, you should be looking to get the attention of some of those eyeballs.
Customers and prospective customers like companies that have a recognizable voice rather than hiding behind a corporate logo. If you’re a small business, you should take advantage of the more personal nature of the operation where individuals and individual customers matter. Talk about your recent successes on your social channels and get involved with Instagram and Pinterest to share interesting photographs beyond the eponymous selfie.
Use the Cloud
Perhaps you are a business owner who doesn’t trust storing data in the cloud because of all the scares about it in the news. For the most part, data is encrypted and safe when stored in the cloud. The security breaches are coming primarily from companies that haven’t taken care of their internal security measures properly.
Using a service like Dropbox Business makes it possible for every employee’s computer to be backed up to the cloud, in real-time, without the need to employ an expensive IT team or IT consultant to set things up.
Maintain the Company Cars
Keeping a car used on company business running smoothly is a priority if you’re always going to make your appointments on time. The Plasti Dip product is a coating that can be placed on a car part, which provides extra protection from corrosion, rust, and minor impact damage from items on the road, making it a great choice for cars that are used every day. You should also make sure to have your car serviced regularly to pick up any inner issues.
Switch to Making Calls Over VoIP
Business calls can be so expensive that it now makes sense to place calls over VoIP wherever possible. Skype, Google Voice, and other services are available which let the user place calls to land lines and bill to the credit on the account. These calls can enjoy a high level of clarity when placed to land lines rather than cell phones and the costs are often pretty competitive too. Streamline your telecommunication costs in 2016 by switching most outbound calls to a VoIP solution in the office.
Improving a business is a step-by-step process which is seemingly never-ending. The trick is to embrace the constant change and the need for vigilance rather than seeing it as a negative. Positive change can be a very good thing when it leads to better results or a lowering of expenses.