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Small businesses are not run like mega corporations. Big company strategies are often too difficult to apply and/or do not produce the same results. Small businesses require different strategies for success and optimal productivity.

Productivity is on the top of the items to be successful at. Being productive or not could open or close the doors to prosperity. 

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  1. Each day make sure every team member is prioritizing their attention on the task that will move the needle the most for your business. It is so important for each team member to be crystal clear what the company’s concept is all about and what has been decided that would move the needle.
  1. Your small business has a huge advantage in that you could change-adapt quickly to market demands and trends with little consequences. The amount of time and degree of difficulty adopting to changes is way less. Consider that preparing for a change requires less time and effort as well.
  1. You will be surprised by how much you help your small business grow by asking others how you can help them first. Give, give and then give again with a full heart. Enjoy making others successful. It would come back to you. I’ve seen so many examples.
  1. When dealing with clients: Ask your associates to time their activities every day. You can identify which clients are going over their retainer, and which are not. Don’t be shy. 

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  1. Hire a virtual assistant. Small-business leaders do not always hire an assistant, but he/she could be invaluable for increasing productivity. If it is not important but urgent, ask your self who in your team should be delegated to. Train to increase the delegating to associates pool.
  1. Customers choose smaller businesses because they want to feel like they matter and that the company cares about who they are and what they want. Ensure that with every transaction the customer or client feels your appreciation to the fullest.
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You don’t need to hire prima-donnas!
  1. Hire humble, adaptable personnel that enjoy having unique workdays with various random jobs that come up. If not, your company will suffer!
  1. Leverage productivity technology so that you could work as efficiently as possible. Your time counts. Working on maximizing your time will pour back into the business. 
  1. Automate as many tasks as possible to help you get more productive, even if you have a small staff.

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  1. Hold a daily accountability with your team. Simply asks two things of each team member: what they did yesterday and what they are planning to do today. Inspect what you expect. Team members should often work in teams. Did you set clear expectations and accountabilities as well as deadlines.
  1. The best productivity tip for helping small-business leaders succeed is to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed. Essential tools are critical. Full training is a major tool. Training is full when a manager or you have observed the trainee associate performing the task at 100% level.
  1. Eliminate as many time wasters as you can. Eliminate any activity that don’t help grow your business or that take you a long time to do. Ask your associates to help with this. They know more than you because they have performed that “waster” many times already and wondered why are they still doing it.
  1. Create a set of easy to follow SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures); easy to follow and mold without overcommunication. Set clear expectations from start.

14. Small businesses need to have a clear line of communication to help you avoid simple mistakes and improve productivity company-wide. meetings, get togethers, one-to-ones; your associates should be clearly informed and have every opportunity to communicate to you anything without any fear.

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Work on one important but non-urgent task each day.

15. Something that’s not vital today could turn critical if you keep ignoring it. Ideally, as an owner, you should be working on important but not urgent all the time if you want to move to the next level.

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-Tommy A.

COO Bottom Line Strategy

Small Business Strategist

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