... But need one really, really bad.
There are ways to make do when you can't quite afford another team member. Some of the strongest businesses have gotten by on less than a full staff, and it's because they strategized their business accordingly. Remember, Amazon, Apple, and Hewlett-Packard all began in garages with very minimal staff.
We can't promise to make you as successful as Amazon or Apple, but we can guarantee that if you employ some of our suggestions, you'll find managing your business with minimal staff less stressful, more efficient, and easier to grow.
Have all your data and insights compiled into one system.
How much time does your staff take searching through your current operating system, looking for various files, scrolling through multiple pages, just to find one piece of data they need to pair with another piece of data that is hiding elsewhere on the system?
Cut down your energy, frustration, and time by using a comprehensive, total business solution program. This might sound obvious, and you might think your business software is operating just fine, but try doing a quick audit. See how much time it takes you to complete various tasks, and think about how that time adds up and cuts out of other important activities. Better yet - ask your least-technical staff member to run through some audit tasks, and see how long it takes them to complete.
Cut down or eliminate manual workflow.
Easier said that done, right? We don't suggest you randomly decide which manual processes to cut down on or eliminate - we suggest you get an objective view on the operations of your business, and then make the most logical, economical, and time-saving cuts possible.
Since objectivity is not something that (most) human being are graced with, we have an alternative to wracking your brain: Spire Business Management Software. This software was developed with companies like yours in mind. You are searching for the most accurate, efficient, and scalable way operate your business and eventually grow it to a point where you can hire more staff members.
Spire reduces business management complexity, automates workflows, and catches redundancies that can free up valuable staff time (and costs). The best part? Cencomp provides clients with in-depth training, so you won't waste time trying to figure it out on your own.
Make sure you have the bigger picture in mind.
It can be really, really hard to see a larger perspective when you are constantly managing the day-to-day activities of your business. Try to give yourself time to think about the future, and what you need to do to get your business there. Sometimes it takes looking at the bigger perspective to realize you actually don't need additional staff.
Info Entrepreneur's "Assess Your Options for Growth" Guide helps break down the steps to understanding what your business truly needs for growth. Read through it with an open mind - you just might find that your business needs something other than more employees.
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