Small business and entrepreneurship: How to Run a One-person Business
Not everybody is willing to take the leap to starting up a one-person business. Running a single-person shop means playing all roles—accountant, sales, customer service, receptionist, etc. And though it seems tough, it also has its major benefits. You’re free to schedule your own hours and have more flexibility in making time for other opportunities, such as vacations or personal appointments.
As your business demands that you play so many roles, you will need to become an expert time manager to ensure that all the needs of your business are satisfied. And just because you’re the only official employee, it doesn’t mean you can’t have help. There are several must-have tips and tools every small business and entrepreneurship should know about:
It will be crucial for you to calendar out important tasks to ensure all business matters are accomplished. Try delegating certain days of the week for specific tasks. For example: Monday = customer service, Tuesday = invoice processing, Wednesday = new business marketing, Thursday = website management and improvement, and Friday = bill pay.
Don’t let yourself get bogged down with administrative tasks. In order for your business to thrive and grow, you’ll need to constantly seek new business opportunities and even consider the possibility of outsourcing.
Just because you are a one-person business, it doesn’t mean you have to do it all. Don’t be afraid to outsource a bit and utilize helpful third-party resources. It’s hard to set a dollar amount on your own hours when you’re running the show, but time is money! Instead of spending hours learning Photoshop to fix a graphic for your website, trying to learn code to change a part of your site, or scheduling appointments, outsource! Use that time to generate new business instead and pay an expert to do those tasks for you quickly and efficiently. Some helpful outsourcing resources might include copywriters, web developers, graphic designers, SEO experts, and virtual receptionists.
Are you sick of managing the responsibilities of a receptionist when it comes to your business? The never-ending phone inquiries alone seem to take up most of your time. Sometimes you might be tempted to ignore a few calls, though you realize it could be an important business lead. This is where virtual receptionist services come in. By hiring a virtual receptionist, you’ll have a person, trained in specifics about your business, doing whatever you need them to when it comes to managing incoming calls, forwarding calls, scheduling appointments, taking messages, voicemail management, order processing, and even customer service. Time is money! Freeing yourself of these busy tasks means your talents can be spent elsewhere. Davinci’s virtual receptionists are U.S. based and work in an office setting—ensuring your virtual receptionist will always stay focused and professional.
Virtual office space and meeting room rentals
Davinci Virtual also offers businesses virtual office solutions—offering a much more affordable option for those that don’t have a need to lease and furnish an office. By signing up for Davinci’s virtual office services, you’ll have a physical location that you can use for your business address. The onsite staff will ensure any mail sent to your virtual office is forwarded to you. You’ll also have access to meeting room rentals and office rentals at this space and other locations to rent for days or hours at a time. The Davinci meeting room booking system also offers meeting room rentals across the globe so you will have access to professional meeting spaces when you’re traveling. The best part about Davinci meeting room rentals is they are fully stocked with all of the amenities you might need to keep your meeting professional and effective.
Web and social media presence
Don’t let yourself go unnoticed. Utilize all of the social media tools to establish your brand and spread the word about the services you offer. Most importantly, be active on your business’ social media accounts.
Be sure you are implementing search engine optimization (SEO) best practices so you are searchable. You would be surprised at how much new business will come from simple SEO.
Take your one-person business to the next level by contacting Davinci Virtual Office Solutions today.