As we’ve mentioned in the past, when you’re first starting a business, there’s a huge amount of information to take in, understand and act upon. The truth is it’s going to be more so than you’re likely to have ever realised.
It’s because of this why one of the key skills any small business owner needs to have is time management.
You need to know how to utilise the time you have available in the best way possible, ensuring you can feel confident that not only is everything necessary carried out, but you’re learning as much as you possibly can.
Therefore, if you feel your time management skills are lacking or you don’t feel confident you’re able to organise what could very easily be an absolutely manic diary, it’s strongly recommended you take the time to brush up on this skill set.
It might seem like an unnecessary process for some – you’ll just work through what you’ve got, when you need to, right? – but the fact is if you don’t know how to best structure your time, you’re not going to see the most success possible.
For example, let’s imagine your small business was live and it was the end of the month. You need to complete your accounts, send out orders and update your social media activity.
Now to someone without the necessary time management skills, chances are they’d go for the easiest aspect – social media – followed by the order distribution. When it comes to the accounts, it’s highly likely they’ll be put off further.
For someone with great time management skills, it would be unusual if they got themselves into a position where they didn’t know what to do first.
That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, but in this situation, social media activity may have been scheduled in advance, accounts would be up-to-date as they’re completed at the same time every week (or day) and there’d be no backlog of items, as they’re sent out as quickly as they possibly can be after the order has been placed and paid for.
It’s difficult to explain to someone who’s just about to setup a small business how important it is to be able to manage your time effectively.
Just like no one can prepare you for becoming a parent, no one can prepare you for how busy you’ll be as a small business owner – and the only way you can ensure you don’t drown in everything you have to do is by being able to manage your time and prioritise your workload effectively.