As all start-ups and small businesses understand, you need to increase and maximise your productivity on a daily basis in order to remain competitive and on top of problems. When you own a small business you are responsible for keeping productive, motivated, and effective – this can be a tough task sometimes. But by increasing productivity you can maximise your profits and compete more effectively with large and small rivals.

Some of the ways you can update productivity in your business include:

  1. Getting the Right People on Board

If you employ people in your business then it is crucial that they are the right people, especially if you only employ a few key players. You need to hire the people with the right skills, knowledge, experience and attitude to help grow your business. The hiring process may take longer and you may need to search widely, but it is worth it in the long run.

  1. Outsourcing Admin Tasks

Nothing drains productivity like getting caught up in essential yet time-consuming and stressful admin and financial tasks. For example, completing payroll and chasing invoices. You can maximise your productivity by outsourcing these tasks to external suppliers. For example, outsourcing payroll to a specialist payroll company ensures you have the extra time needed to focus on business development and other important issues. When you outsource payroll you not only save time but you could save money, too; paying for an outsourced payroll service is cheaper than paying an employee or yourself to complete the task.

  1. Increasing Morale

Productivity dips when you and your staff are suffering from low morale, fatigue, and burnout. Make sure you have a balance between working long hours to get the business going, and time to recharge and step back from the everyday strain of running a business. If you employ people, make sure that morale is kept high by maintaining standards of work and the work environment, as well as motivating employees to make their own decisions and take control of different areas of the business.

  1. Making Effective Use of Technology

Make sure that you can work on the move by using smartphones, tablets, and cloud storage facilities. Make sure that your broadband is fast and reliable. If you don’t work with technology, it will start to work against you and have a negative effect on productivity.

  1. Getting Better Organised

When you are organised you are structured and you can see the bigger picture, which helps to increase productivity and morale. Proper organisation is essential so that you can set goals and targets, and so that you don’t waste time and money on tasks. You will come up against competing priorities for your business; it is essential to get your priorities on track so that you do not waste time along the wrong route, and make sure that your energy is directed in the right places.

By Kar

Dr. Kar works in the interface of digital transformation and data science. Professionally a professor in one of the top B-Schools of Asia and an alumni of XLRI, he has extensive experience in teaching, training, consultancy and research in reputed institutes. He is a regular contributor of Business Fundas and a frequent author in research platforms. He is widely cited as a researcher. Note: The articles authored in this blog are his personal views and does not reflect that of his affiliations.

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