Small Business Trends - http://smallbiztrends.com -

13 Best Practices for Building Solid Small Business Operations


small business operations

Running and scaling a business will always be challenging. But having a solid foundation of smoothly operating practices underlying your company can make it much easier.

To find out how successful entrepreneurs were building their operations, we asked 13 founders from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC [1]) the following question:

“As a business owner, what do you feel is most important when it comes to building solid small business operations?”

Here’s what YEC community members had to say:

1. Setting Team Expectations

“Setting proper team expectations and accountability has become one of the most impactful things to my business. Twice a month we bring all managers and executives together for a big meeting to discuss each department and their accomplishments and challenges. It is also a time for other departments to give feedback to management. At the end of these meetings, everyone leaves with follow-up tasks.” ~ David Schwartz [2]EMMDeavor (DBA Qruber) & Wireless Watchdogs [3]

2. Managing Without Ego

“Many CEOs, COOs and executive level staff have various methods that they swear are the best ways of doing things. But what many people don’t take into account is that there are other variables at work, such as the dynamics of the company and the people within it. Solid operations come from management who can admit when their systems are failing and are willing to change to improve.” ~ Travis Steffen [4]Cyber Superpowers [5]

3. Having a Clear Process

“Having a clear process that every team member understands is extremely important. When a task needs to be completed, there is a clear funnel and order of operations that must be followed. This improves efficiency and reduces the chance of fumbling information and having things slip through the cracks.” ~ Michael Quinn [6]Yellow Bridge Interactive [7]

4. Creating a Foolproof Foundation

“You have to start at the very base of your business in order to build a successful enterprise from it — and for me that is having a solid core team. I try to look at the first couple of people I hire when assembling a new business as a new family of people that will take me to the next chapter of an awesome life. They need to share my ambition and drive to accomplish.” ~ Rob Fulton [8]Matikis [9]

5. Soliciting Feedback From Your Team

“To build a solid set of processes for your business a lot has to align. But the bigger you scale, the more you’ll likely need to delegate. So how does a business owner stay efficient when the day to day may be further away from the core operations? It’s important to gather feedback from your team often to make sure you’re addressing inefficiencies and constantly improving as you grow.” ~ Doreen Bloch [10]Poshly Inc. [11]

6. Keeping Everything Transparent

“Yeah, I know it’s a buzz world. But I truly believe in the power of transparency to build solid operations. Cross-checks, social collaboration tools and breaking down silos are all ways to ensure that each operation is optimal for my unique business needs. Across levels and departments, operations should be communicated, tested and approved.” ~ Maren Hogan [12],Red Branch Media [13]

7. Documenting Your Processes

“If you are able to provide clear and concise documentation for your team, it leaves very little room for things to be miscommunicated. It also leaves little room for your team to not know what to do or for them to be confused. These are the biggest time wasters in an organization. Documentation makes it easier to onboard new employees and saves your business from being reliant on any one person.” ~ Dave Nevogt [14]Hubstaff.com [15]

8. Building for the Future

“Although it’s important that systems and processes address today’s pain points for your business, it’s much more imperative that they are built to handle changes that could be coming years down the road. You have to look ahead and plan for all plausible changes in your business to ensure the operations you’re building do not become quickly outdated.” ~Brittany Hodak [16]ZinePak [17]

9. Keeping the 3 P’s in Mind

“Marcus Lemonis of CNBCs show “The Profit” always says it, and it’s on point. Building a solid operation is all about the three P’s: Process, people and product. Build your operation to flow and operate well with that and you’ll have a successful business.” ~ Pablo Palatnik [18]ShadesDaddy.com [19]

10. Using Data-Driven Decision Making

“Typically, operations is a complex initiative and involves various stakeholders. Additionally, there are various external conditions impacting outcomes. It is very important to maintain an objective view into how efficient your operations are. And the place to start is data collection. Data driven decision making should not be an afterthought.” ~ Ashish Rangnekar [20],BenchPrep [21]

11. Choosing the Right People

“No one person is going to be be the best at everything. It all comes down to choosing the right person and personality type for each role so that no one is doing tasks that they resent. Forget coaching weaknesses and focus on leveraging strengths and passions. Then watch everything fall into place.” ~ Amanda Aitken [22]Girl’s Guide Courses with Amanda Aitken [23]

12. Providing Excellent Customer Service

“Provide the best customer service you can. That is the most important thing you can do. You will at some point have a dissatisfied customer, but how you handle it will give you a solid reputation in your industry.” ~ Amanda Barbara, Pubslush [24]

13. Owning the Operation From Start to Finish

“Hire someone to own the operation from start to finish. This person should be obsessed with the details, the metrics, the numbers. They should be elated when they hit their goal and inspired to do better when they miss it. They need to eat, sleep and breathe it.” ~ Phil Dumontet [25]DASHED [26]

Team [27] Photo via Shutterstock


Article printed from Small Business Trends: http://smallbiztrends.com

URL to article: http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/06/best-practices-small-business-ope...

URLs in this post:

[1] YEC: http://yec.co/

[2] David Schwartz: https://twitter.com/WirelessWtchdog

[3] EMMDeavor (DBA Qruber) & Wireless Watchdogs: http://www.wirelesswatchdogs.com/

[4] Travis Steffen: https://twitter.com/travissteffen

[5] Cyber Superpowers: http://www.cybersuperpowers.com

[6] Michael Quinn: https://twitter.com/@YBInteractive

[7] Yellow Bridge Interactive: http://www.ybinteractive.com

[8] Rob Fulton: https://twitter.com/matikisuniverse

[9] Matikis: http://matikis.com

[10] Doreen Bloch: https://www.Twitter.com/DoreenBloch

[11] Poshly Inc.: http://www.Poshly.com

[12] Maren Hogan: https://www.twitter.com/marenhogan

[13] Red Branch Media: http://www.redbranchmedia.com/

[14] Dave Nevogt: https://twitter.com/dnevogt?

[15] Hubstaff.com: http://blog.hubstaff.com

[16] Brittany Hodak: https://twitter.com/brittanyhodak

[17] ZinePak: http://www.ZinePak.com

[18] Pablo Palatnik: https://www.twitter.com/pablopalatnik

[19] ShadesDaddy.com: http://www.shadesdaddy.com

[20] Ashish Rangnekar: https://twitter.com/ashishrangnekar

[21] BenchPrep: http://www.benchprep.com

[22] Amanda Aitken: https://www.twitter.com/amandaaitken

[23] Girl’s Guide Courses with Amanda Aitken: http://girlsguidecourses.com

[24] Pubslush: http://pubslush.com/

[25] Phil Dumontet: https://twitter.com/phildumontet

[26] DASHED: http://www.dashed.com

[27] Team: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-143680402/stock-photo-business-grou...

 

ALL CREDIT FOR THIS GOES TO: http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/06/best-practices-small-business-ope...


Views: 17

Badge

Loading…

IMPORTANT ALERTS

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! 

IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE CHANGING YOUR PROFILE  PICTURE, SWITCH TO EITHER CHROME BROWSWER OR FIREFOX. THERE IS A KNOWN ISSUE WITH INTERNET EXPLORER THAT CAUSES TROUBLE CHANGING PICTURES.


PLEASE DO NOT SIGN IN WITH FACEBOOK IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT. YOU WILL CREATE A DUPLICATE THAT WILL NOT HAVE YOUR INFO CONNECTED. THANKS

NO SPAMMING

Please do not greet everyone on the site with large images and/or announcements of your book or business. Yes, you want to tell the world, but learn the fine art of subtlety. We have lost numerous members because of the amount of 'friend' mail they instantly receive. This Hurts Everyone.

Also, DO NOT post the same information multiple times throughout the site. It will be deleted without notice.

 

Spam is unsolicited advertising, whether it is posted as comments on other members' pages or is emailed for marketing purposes.

 

Please be considerate. Post your advertisement in the proper Articles/Forum or Group. There are inexpensive marketing channels that reach every member for just $25 on the Advertising tab. You can post your information on your profile and even update your blog as often as you like.

 

We are not into censorship, so please don't make us ask you to leave. Be kind and unselfish - don't spam.

 

Your Account Will Be Deleted Without Warning For Spam.

 

Blog Posts

3D printing the future

Posted by ARCELIUS SCOTT on August 15, 2018 at 11:30am 0 Comments

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/114240903/drawns-3d-printed-range-of-design-furniture?ref=discovery&ref=discovery&term=3d%20printed

As of today Spacefans, the link above shows my new goal for my future in the 3D printing industry. 3D print farms are on the agenda for us to build our own, create our own, and own our own manufacturing methods and processes. After we meet the goal of 3D print farms, we should most definitely set our sights on using industrial articulating robots to "scale up" the manufacturing capability within the community.

A robot can cost anywhere between $25,000 and $100,000 but the industrious entrepreneur should be able to find one on the lower end of the spectrum. I'm not here to sell robots, just here to share vision with…

Continue

3D printing the future

Posted by ARCELIUS SCOTT on August 15, 2018 at 11:30am 0 Comments

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/114240903/drawns-3d-printed-range-of-design-furniture?ref=discovery&ref=discovery&term=3d%20printed

As of today Spacefans, the link above shows my new goal for my future in the 3D printing industry. 3D print farms are on the agenda for us to build our own, create our own, and own our own manufacturing methods and processes. After we meet the goal of 3D print farms, we should most definitely set our sights on using industrial articulating robots to "scale up" the manufacturing capability within the community.

A robot can cost anywhere between $25,000 and $100,000 but the industrious entrepreneur should be able to find one on the lower end of the spectrum. I'm not here to sell robots, just here to share vision with…

Continue

Finding your favorite indie Black Age products?

Posted by Turtel Onli on August 14, 2018 at 7:52am 1 Comment

At a time when the indie Black Age of Comics movement is now nation wide with indie conventions in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New York and San Francisco, a question emerges.  Where do you find a dedicated spinning rack of indie produced / published Black Age products?  Hmmmm?  No where except Chicago at the Du Sable Museum and the urban internet cafe' Copy Cat.  In each of the other markets listed, no rack.  Not even where there is a Black owned comic book store.  The internet alone will not reach the under served market.

This is a great opportunity & challenge foe legal honest industrious folks.  To market and distribute the Black Age of Comics indie products.

OK..... you say were the regular stores contacted?  Of course. ONLI STUDIOS even offered them spinning racks.  They…

Continue

Afrofuturism Lives . pt.3

Posted by Winston Blakely on August 10, 2018 at 10:52am 1 Comment

   It's time for a  3rd installment of Afro futurism Lives... Hopefully this       one will be well received.

   I also have books available at amazon.com featuring these heroes 

   invisoned in these ads.

   Today, you are looking at the Warrior Mysterian, he is a combo

    of Conan and Dr.Strange.  I seem to be fond of both genres

    and put forth the effort to create something unique.  

     Here is the ad for this week.

  

        

   

      check the link below for t shirts and posters...

        https://www.teepublic.com/user/winston5

         and for books,check this…

Continue

Afrofuturism Lives . pt.2

Posted by Winston Blakely on August 3, 2018 at 2:58pm 0 Comments

        Hello, Afrofuturistic enthusiastic fans... time for a new ad promoting this subject.

        This hero is an upcoming self published  character in an anthology that I will revealed in a

         future blog.

          But his name is on the t-shirt attributed to the genre that he is a part of.

          So go ahead and take a look and see what you like.

           My storefront is rapidly growing with images of great interest.

             

                   Here is the link for you to explore my archives of art images.

                       …

Continue

They Are Q...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on August 3, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image Source: DC Villains/Anarchy Wiki page 

Topics: Civics, Existentialism, Philosophy, Politics

I'm taking two weeks off before the fall semester and my sophomore year in graduate school. Tomorrow (Saturday, August 4th), I'll be giving a presentation on…
Continue

TESS...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on August 2, 2018 at 9:58am 0 Comments

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will search more than 85% of the sky.Credit: Leif Heimbold/NASA

Topics: Exoplanets, NASA, Planetary Science, Space Exploration, Star Trek

"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek…
Continue

Aura, The Art of Winston Blakely

Posted by Winston Blakely on August 2, 2018 at 6:55am 0 Comments

           Hello, Afrofuturistic fans... We are one day away from my continued campaign for Afrofuturistic

           images at tee.public.com

           Yes, a new ad exploring this culturally esteem event.

            But I would like to present to you a book full of such art.

           Aura, The Art of Winston Blakely, by yours truly is an personal adventure

          into my studio archives.

          I am doubled bless to have a special introduction by the main man himself

         who has dedicated himself to this site.

          Oh, yes...  Your commander in Chief and Prime Administrator Jarvis Sheffield

           wrote an complementary foreword to my artbook.

                  Thank You... Good Sir.

                   …

Continue

The Digital Brothers Multimedia

The Digital Brothers
Our goal is to provide cost effective technological solutions for home, small and big business. After over 20 years of service working in this field, we decided to utilize our talents to develop and cultivate our own vision to benefit the community.
2D & 3D Animation
Graphic & Web Design
Photo & Video
Multimedia Development
Online & Print Marketing

Contact Us Today To Assist In Your Business Success
Website: www.TheDigitalBrothers.com
Email: info@thedigitalbrothers.com

SKYCITY TALKRADIO

THE UNDERGROUND BY ROXANNE BLAND

Life as alpha of a werewolf pack is anything but predictable. But even Parker Berenson is surprised by the latest twist: he’s fallen in love with a space alien. Problem is, he suspects Melera, his sexy new flame, might be the serial killer terrorizing Seattle. Or maybe she isn’t. After all, just because she’s an interstellar assassin doesn’t mean she’s guilty.

http://blackrosepress.com/

© 2018   Created by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service