Keeping your business running smoothly is enough of a challenge as it is, so how can you tackle that task when you’ve got to step out? Be it a business meeting, dinner with investors, scouting out a new location or even just a holiday, here are some ways to ensure that your business can stay focused and on-schedule even when you’re not around.
Have employees you can trust in
There are many advantages that come with employees who go the extra mile:
- Building trust in them allows them to trust you as well. Remember that it’s a two-way street, and if you want to leave your business in capable hands then you need to establish a solid working relationship with your staff
- Fewer chances of arguments between staff mean that there’s less chance of a serious situation happening that could leave your workforce divided or with a key member of staff leaving
- Giving your employees autonomy can only be done once you have trust in them. Giving them the freedom to do what they want can also contribute to their motivation. This is because they’ll feel like they’re actually part of your team, not someone that just blindly follows orders when asked to do something
As you can see, having employees you can trust will give you a huge advantage whenever you need to be away from the office. Start building up a good relationship with your staff and you’ll find that you can run your business effectively with very little input.
Consider what services you can use to make it easier
If you’re a small business, then there are plenty of ways to add some autonomy in your business to make it run without you actually being there:
- Consider using an answering service if you don’t have enough employees or the money to have a receptionist. A business answering service is relatively cheap to add on to your business expenses and it’s a fantastic and cheap way to forward messages to you when you’re out. This is a lot better than asking an unqualified employee to do it because they could give whoever’s calling a bad impression or false information by accident
- Working from the cloud is a popular way to access your work and office from almost anywhere. Since you can access documents online, you can check on the progress of your staff and how they’re doing with their projects. This also opens up many more advantages that can be utilised in the future, such as an easy-to-use continuity plan in case your storage devices fail and the opportunity to collaborate with freelancers and outsourced staff
- Establish a method of communication by using apps such as Slack or Skype. By staying in touch with those at the office, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re not in the dark when something happens or if your assistance is needed
In short, it’s fairly simple to keep your business afloat when you’re not in the office. With a mix of technology (assuming you know how to use it properly) and a healthy working relationship with your staff, you could reach a point where you don’t need to contribute much and still have a stable business.