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Don’t Ignore These Little Things In Your Business.

December 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Money/Business, Weekly Columns

(Akiit.comIt’s hardly surprising but one of the most common things that a new business owner tends to do is to focus on the broad strokes of their business. They tend to look at it in terms of the big picture, and that’s often an incredibly important and positive thing to do. After all, as the owner of the business, being able to see everything from a bird’s eye view is one of your primary duties. However, if that’s the only perspective you have on your business then you’re going to end up letting it and yourself down. The truth is that, when it comes to running a successful business, the devil really is in the details. With that in mind, here are some small but important parts of your business that you cannot afford to ignore.

The brick and mortar stuff

In the modern world, it’s tempting to think of many businesses in entirely digital terms. After all, a lot of modern startups tend to exist purely online for at least their early life. However, there are still plenty of offline aspects to your business that you will need to consider. From office space to making sure that you have a fully functioning parking ticket machine for employees and customers, your business exists in the real world and not just online. If you ignore that then you run the risk of losing an essential foundation that many great businesses are built upon.

Digital security

Of course, that doesn’t mean that your business shouldn’t be focusing a lot of its energy on the digital side of things. However, important the offline parts of your business will always be, there’s no doubt that we live in a heavily digital world. Because of that, you need to make sure that the online side of your business is well protected. Cybercrime is on the rise and you need to be able to stand up to it. Firewall and antivirus software are essential, as well as training your employees to keep their data secure and password protected at all times.

Employee satisfaction

Speaking of your employees, one of the most common mistakes that even a very experienced business owner can make is to take their employees for granted. Sure, your employees are the ones who are going to put in the work to make your business function but they’re not machines, they’re people and they have limitations and needs. If you’re not meeting those needs then you’re never going to be able to get the most out of them. Talk to your employees. Make sure that you’re listening to what they have to say and making changes in order to help them stay happy, satisfied, and motivated no matter what.

Of course, these are just a few examples of some of the more commonly ignored details of a modern business. The truth is that they’re just a tiny percentage of the kinds of things that you need to be aware of. One of the most important things that you can do is to ask yourself if that level of responsibility is actually something that you’re ready to take on in the first place.

Staff Writer; Steve Poole

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