7 things productive businesses do

No matter what type of business you are conducting and how much you enjoy what you are doing, optimizing productivity is noticeably essential to the success of your business, and, with today’s crowded markets and competition, having that extra tip and knowing just how to apply it can make a major difference to both your pockets and your free time.

If your business is not going the way you want, chances are that the strategy you are using is inefficient and your total output suffers dearly from it. That is why the next few ideas may be of a productive interest to you.

1. Find the right people

We can’t stress enough the importance of having highly motivated, capable people working for you; to operate efficaciously regardless of his/her position, an employee must have skills, i.e., the ability to deal with specific levels of difficulty, complexity and probability in a specific amount of time. But these skills and an employee’s competence can be polished and enhanced through more than one way and here’s where your capability as an employer surfaces because it is up to you to ensure further training, motivation and hire qualified people in your team.

2. Cultivate a good relationship with your clients

C-L-I-E-N-T-S: without them there is no output to talk about in the first place. This means, you must have a solid interaction with your clients and to achieve that you must create a resourceful system to engage them. This can include developing a method to collect emails, being prompt in replying to your clients’ emails, asking for suggestions and responding well to feedback, offering ‘treats’ or tips from time to time to maintain a warm, attentive approach etc.

3. Use professional business developing tools

Try to be aware of solutions that can help your productivity, whether they come in the form of a device, software, or a professional market analyst. Incorporating systems to assist you with business decision, to cut down the workload and boost the overall performance of your company is top priority. Take your time to discover the technology that will improve your personal workflow and that of your team and you will thank yourself later.

4. Get your priorities in order

…as the saying goes; well, just like with all the other aspects of planning, when it comes to priorities you’ve got to have an order – organizing priorities for your business is meant to help you concentrate your business on the tasks absolutely necessary to reach your company’s main objective. When your priorities are clearly listed, your clients will pay and your time and work will pay off. If you get the priorities for marketing right, you will have a well-structured plan based on a well-defined customer profile on how to ‘sell it to them’.

5. Know the performance and needs of your employees

Cultivating a solid relationship principle doesn’t apply just for your clients – your interaction with your team or your employees is equally important. To prevent a drop in performance within your company or even a high resigning occurance from your employees, you should always pay attention and monitor their productivity but also their problems, needs or dissatisfaction. No one likes to work for an unconcerned employer.

6. Foster Good Communication

No business can prosper without creating a proper channel for communication. Let’s say you decided to surprise your girlfriend and make a dessert in which you put tones of grinded almonds although a day before she’d told you about her newly acquired allergy to anything nuts related but you weren’t paying attention and now you’re staring at her scaringly swelling face. Imagine what miscommunication can do to business and profits. Whether simple employees, managers or business partners, they all need to know precisely their specific roles and tasks, what works and what doesn’t for them and also for the others and connect to a common rhythm and overall dynamics of the company.

7. Put a leash on your email

Yeap, email again, this brilliant but also time devourer thing; there are various ways you can handle your inbox load better to reduce the time you spend on it. For example, organize the types of emails you receive, set specific times for checking your email during the day and only do it then, assign specific folders to manage email – this way when you are searching for something instead of going through your whole email database, you can just check a particular folder, use email programs and software to simplify your email management – there are several great options out there such as Outlook, MailBird, Thunderbird, PostBox etc.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.