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Want Your Business To Run Better – Know What Everyone Does

It is thrilling to know that you can make your business run better if you know what every department does.   Almost everyone has heard the expression, “knowledge is power.” When it comes to operating your business, this is definitely true. Take time right now to look at your business. Do you know everything it takes to make your business run from day-to-day? If the answer is yes, excellent. If the answer is no, get out a pen and some paper, take notes, there is some work for you to do.

Good employees are a special and treasured resource. A mistake often made by entrepreneurs is making employees indispensable to a business’ success. When an employee is indispensable, your business will be seriously damaged or nay fail if a key employee leaves. You should  take steps to be sure business operations continue if you are  away from the business. Similarly, things should continue smoothly if a key employee leaves the business.

Do not make any employee crucial or indispensable to your business. A position or work function may be indispensable of course, but no person should have the power to stop your business operations. Make a list of all the things it takes to make your business operate. Next look at the list to see if there is any function you cannot perform. Start today and learn how  to do each job on your list. This does not mean you have  to do each job. Indeed, you may not want to several key jobs. However,  you must know how to do each job. This will give you the power to dismiss employees who need to be let go. It will give you the strength and ability to continue operations if a key employee leaves or is absent from work. Additionally, this knowledge will make it easier for you to hire a replacement should that become necessary. Yet another benefit is that when you understand how each part and how each person functions, you will be better able to handle day-to-day operations.

This is a matter of control – you should be in control of your business operations, not your employees. Remember, it is your business. You must show up like a grown up and make things work. Knowledge about the things needed to make your business run helps you manage your business and employees because it enables you to run from a position of knowledge. Decisions made based upon knowledge are better than decisions made based upon ignorance or wishful thinking.  

 


In conclusion, it is thrilling to know that you can make your business run better if you know what every department does. So, the question for you this thrilling day is, do you know how everything in your business runs? 

Janeane Davis

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  • I haven't a clue how my business runs. But then again I don't really think of what I do as a business. Yet. I need to take some of these tips and consider them for the future.

  • This is great advice. I think everyone wants to make their business work at its best.

  • Fantastic advice! Thank you for keeping us on our toes :)

  • This is great advice!! I am a teacher and I often feel like the people making decisions for teachers have never been one! They need to see what it's like from our perspective!

  • This is great advice. I have been trying to learn a bit about each type of job that goes into being a good blogger, so that I can really rise up.

    • Susan you are smart to do that. I have a friend who is a BIG blogger ,but she cannot add a widget or change a theme herself. When she had a fight with her web designer, her site was down for a week. It cost her advertising money and she had to pay the designer extra.

  • Very good advice here. I wish more employees would read this and supervisors as well.

  • Establishing a good rapport with your employees does wonders too.

  • Great ideas for all business owners. Thank you for sharing.

  • Everything you wrote regarding employees is so true! As I read this, someone I know came to mind and I believe they would find it useful, I'll have to share it with him!

    • I am so happy and honored that you found something here that is sueful to you in the real world and may help someone in your circle.

  • I think knowing how everything operates is very important. It also builds confidence in the employees.

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