Faith and Business 101: Simplify Your Business in the New Year

Running a small business on your own is a big task. Of course, you can outsource many of your tasks to a Virtual Assistant, but in the end, you still have those tasks to work with. When you simplify your business, you’re removing processes you can do without and that means leaving you to focus on the important things in your business.

If you don’t have a system for your business, you need to create one. Every business should have a system because being organized means success. Write down what your system is, then evaluate, redefine each item, and then decide if you need it or not.

Many times, when you first start a business, you make it more difficult than it really is. You add tons of stuff to it that it becomes overwhelming. More times than not, the extra stuff, get lost or is put on the back burner. Once that happens, it’s time to let it go.

Remember why you decided to start your business. What was your focus and who were you trying to help? Did you have experience in a specialized area? In the beginning to build your client base, it was more favorable if you didn’t stick to one particular genre, right? Now that you have your clients and maybe a variety if that, are there any clients that are difficult to work with? Yes, I understand money pays the bills, but are you willing to bend over backwards and then forwards to satisfy a difficult client at your expense? Is the work enjoyable anymore? Do you get paid enough and is it really worth it to keep this client?

It’s easier to work at something you’re very familiar with and have fun doing than to work with something that’s slightly out of your comfort zone. You can charge more for a specialized service and still keep the same amount of clients.

Once you have streamlined your old system, you need to re-organize your current system. There is an abundance of online business tools to make the little things in your business and in your personal life work better for you. There are tools to help keep your business bookkeeping in order, keeping track of your personal taxes and finances, and so forth.

The whole idea here is to remember there’s always a better way of doing something that is easier.

Watch your progress, pray, use wisdom, evaluate often and make adjustments accordingly throughout the year.

Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding–drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences. – Proverbs 3:13 (amp)

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