As an entrepreneur I spend much of my time reading email. I receive reports, pay bills, give instructions, make deals, service clientele. Second, I have a personal life through which I receive emails. And third, I receive emails that do not interest me at all. I have been exploring for a while now how to […]
Time is money. Whether by outsourcing or organizing, you can maximize your revenue and focus on the core income generating part of your business. These articles cover such topics to stimulate your entreprenurial mind.
Email Time Management Ideas by Self Employed Web Team (Saturday, July 13th, 2013)
Juggle No More by Nate Hardcastle (Thursday, June 1st, 2006)
The managers of Irish wind-farm company Airtricity expected challenges when the firm established its first U.S. division in July of 2004. But the company’s business manager, Nicole Herbert, found that running human resources for the firm’s five-employee, Chicago-based office was more daunting than she had anticipated.
In Search of Lost TIME by Michaela Cavallaro (Monday, May 1st, 2006)
Last spring, Bill Jemas wanted to implement a new system at 360ep, his Princeton, N.J. start-up. His company brokers licensing deals for clients ranging from the Harlem Globetrotters to the Guggenheim Museum, and its sales people spend a lot of time on the phone, contacting prospective licensees. Unlike Marvel Entertainment Inc., the comic book and movie company where Jemas a few years ago led a dramatic turnaround, 360ep doesn’t have a sales support staff. Jemas’ sales people must manage their own paperwork—and like most sales people, they hate doing it. “They get on the phone, and one call leads to another,” says Jemas. “At best, they might enter information about their calls in the database at the end of the day.”
Farm It Out by Nate Hardcastle (Thursday, September 1st, 2005)
You didn’t go into business to spend hours administering payrolls, wading through changing tax rules and maintaining fickle computer systems—but when your server went down one Thursday morning there was no one else to fix it but you and, before you knew it, you had spent the entire day getting the problem solved. With a critical business meeting scheduled for nine on Friday morning you had no choice but to get up in the middle of the night to do the work in preparation for the meeting that you should have been doing the previous day. By the time the meeting rolled around, you were so exhausted you could barely focus on the issues at hand. Is this any way to run a business? Does it make sense to be spending so much time on relatively minor operational tasks that you have little or no time for the work that is central to your long-term goals? And while you could hire and train full-time employees to manage those tasks, wouldn’t that be both expensive and time-consuming?
So Simple by John McPartlin (Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004)
As a small-business owner, you have enough things to worry about without letting unwieldy technology and business processes complicate your life and add a day’s work for every one they promise to save. The only way out is to periodically take stock and simplify, deciding whether to eliminate unnecessary tasks, delegate, outsource or fix the problem with technology. Making those decisions, however, is anything but simple.
Crunch Time by Doug Bartholomew (Tuesday, March 4th, 2003)
Sure, crazed is your middle name—it goes with owning a business. But if you’re like many entrepreneurs, you desperately need to get more organized. Learn how to stretch 24 hours into productive (i.e., more profitable) time without hiring new staff or losing your competitive edge.
Ending the Paper Chase by Mel Duvall (Tuesday, October 1st, 2002)
Enmeshed in red tape, small-business owners are reaching out to HR consultants to cover areas such as benefits and payroll. The payoff? You can focus on doing what you do best: making money for your company.