What are you best at doing? And what do you like best about running a small business?
Not many of us are good at stuff we don’t really like doing. But even the optimists among us naturally droop when faced with the dull side of things. Some people are brilliant innovators but couldn’t create a hard working business administration system if their life depended on it. Others are admin monsters but couldn’t manage their way out of a budgetary paper bag. There’s no such thing as a perfect all round business owner. So don’t beat yourself up too hard if you’re not hitting 100% for every task. Rather than fighting yourself every step of the way.
Self awareness is key
Honesty is the best way to get there. And a practical, common sense approach is good. So start by writing three lists; the tasks you love, the jobs you’re indifferent to and the elements of running your small business you’d rather eat worms than get cracking with.
It’s your business
Arrange your workload any way you like. You don’t need to conform to traditional ways of working or the same old divisions of responsibility. Your next step to small business heaven is effective delegation. If you love business development and hate doing your accounts, hand over the numbers bit to someone who relishes it. If you adore the marketing side but can’t seem to get to grips with analysing the stats afterwards, delegate. There’s a very popular book about how to make millions by delegating almost everything you can think of. Being self-aware might not make your first million. But being fully and honestly up to date with what your business-related skills and shortcomings are can make your working life happier and more fulfilling.