Time Management

7 Business Lessons to Share From 10 Years of Entrepreneurial Journey

Nobody can teach you how to be an entrepreneur. Becoming a successful entrepreneur is only something that can be achieved through hard work and learning from your mistakes.

However, advice from other successful entrepreneurs can definitely help you along the way. Here are seven business lessons to share from 10 years of entrepreneurial journey.

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How to Do 2x As Much in Half the Time | Extraordinary Business

Your business is your “baby” and just like any child, you do whatever it takes to care for it until it develops into a healthy “adult.”  Businesses generally have 6 growth stages – Survival is the “baby” stage and Sustainability is the fully grown “adult” stage.  There is a hidden gem that most business owners oversee – managing their time.

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Taming the BEAST | Extraordinary Business

How to make sense out of the chaos of running your company

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One of the challenges that I see with small business owners, especially very small organizations, is getting and keeping control of the business and everything that it takes to do so. As a business leader, activities tend to take on a mind of their own, pulling us in every direction at once, challenging both our tenacity and mental stability at every turn. It seems as though everything is precarious at best; one misstep could take us plunging over the cliff into the abyss!!

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Taming the BEAST | Extraordinary Business

How to make sense out of the chaos of running your company

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One of the challenges that I see with small business owners, especially very small organizations, is getting and keeping control of the business and everything that it takes to do so. As a business leader, activities tend to take on a mind of their own, pulling us in every direction at once, challenging both our tenacity and mental stability at every turn. It seems as though everything is precarious at best; one misstep could take us plunging over the cliff into the abyss!!
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The Impact of Disorganized Organizations | Extraordinary Business

What disorganization might look like in your company and what you can do about it.

imageOne of the biggest challenges that I see with businesses revolves around organization, meaning that the businesses the business takes a dartboard approach to managing their tasks and calendar.

You might see anything in a disorganized organization, ranging from time management issues to not having processes in place to get things done efficiently, repeatedly and consistently. These types of issues lead to other problems in the business, such as difficulty retaining customers and clients, getting referrals from the clients who are looking for more than you can offer, taking too long to produce and deliver proposals and set up meetings and missing opportunities.

Bottom line is, an unorganized organization will hurt the business, create missed opportunities and stifle growth.

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The Impact of Disorganized Organizations | Extraordinary Business

What disorganization might look like in your company and what you can do about it.

imageOne of the biggest challenges that I see with businesses revolves around organization, meaning that the businesses the business takes a dartboard approach to managing their tasks and calendar.

You might see anything in a disorganized organization, ranging from time management issues to not having processes in place to get things done efficiently, repeatedly and consistently. These types of issues lead to other problems in the business, such as difficulty retaining customers and clients, getting referrals from the clients who are looking for more than you can offer, taking too long to produce and deliver proposals and set up meetings and missing opportunities.

Bottom line is, an unorganized organization will hurt the business, create missed opportunities and stifle growth.

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Ahhhh…Monsters and Other Scary Things!!! | Extraordinary Business

How to avoid getting chased around by a 10 foot, 1800 pound flesh-eating, stress inducing calendar

frankenstiens_monsterDo you have a task list that mounts by the day with new emails, demands and expectations that you feel like you’ve got an 1800 pound monster on your back?

Do you find yourself bouncing around from meeting to phone call to networking event, then find that you are  actually accomplishing much, only to spend the rest of your time answering emails and putting out fires.  Then everything that you were supposed to do piles up until the last minute causing you to begin running around the office trying to get everyone to move as quickly as possible to get the work done at the last minute.

I hate that. 

“Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

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Ahhhh…Monsters and Other Scary Things!!! | Extraordinary Business

How to avoid getting chased around by a 10 foot, 1800 pound flesh-eating, stress inducing calendar

task listDo you have a task list that mounts by the day with new emails, demands and expectations that you feel like you’ve got an 1800 pound monster on your back?
Do you find yourself bouncing around from meeting to phone call to networking event, then find that you are  actually accomplishing much, only to spend the rest of your time answering emails and putting out fires.  Then everything that you were supposed to do piles up until the last minute causing you to begin running around the office trying to get everyone to move as quickly as possible to get the work done at the last minute.
I hate that.

“Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.”

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Extraordinary Business: Getting it all Done!

Running a business takes a lot of work – there is always something else than needs to be done – customer service to provide, product and service development, marketing, following up on leads, etc..  With so much going on, many business leaders find themselves quickly overwhelmed and moving into states of under-producing and disappointment. Time Management

Unfortunately, like most things, unless something is done about it, nothing will change.  Additionally, if not addressed, there is a good chance of it getting worse, snowballing until there is no choice but to stop.  At this point, there is often no choice but to do things differently.

In order to be proactive, here are a few tips to get things under control, be more productive and more satisfied with your ability to get things done:

  1. Keep your tasks prioritize.  Focus on those things that are important and urgent and important and non-urgent.  Everything that is urgent isn’t necessarily important.
  2. Be decisive.  Sometimes this proves to be a challenge for some, but with practice and the understanding that you are running an organization, indecisiveness leads to a weak foundation and poor followership.
  3. Be wise in managing time. Use a block schedule. If there is a history of underestimating the time it takes to get things done, add a defined percentage of time to any task you’ve timed out. Over committing takes a lot of effort and creates a great deal of stress.
  4. Have stopping points in tasks and celebrate completion those parts of a larger task. This actually help alleviate stress and make tasks less of a burden.  Celebration may be as simple as taking a quick break.
  5. Neither of these (3 & 4) means lowering the set standards, but it means, rather, taking the time to do things right. Many people tend not to work as well or do as good a job under stress (although there are those that do!)
  6. Don’t stress!  Getting physiologically flustered is inefficient.  If the same effort and energy was displaced to getting the work done, the work would get done that much faster.
  7. Considers hiring an administrative professional. Virtual administrative professionals can prove to be the best thing that ever happened to a business, without the cost and commitment of a full-time or part time employee.  Virtual professionals often have expertise in specific areas and are often quick to grasp concepts, work much faster and take responsibility for their work.
  8. Above all – don’t give up.  Focus on one thing at a time.  Other things have their own, unique set of challenges.
  9. Keep focused on the clear, concise vision.  If there is no vision, it just won’t work.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is an Operations Management and Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.

We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.

If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].


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