As a solopreneur, the full weight of the business is on your shoulders. However, with the right software, social networks, and freelancers, there’s no reason work has to be such a heavy burden. Here are some tips that can help you get started.
When you’re using programs, browsers, and hardware from three different parent companies, it can be a chore linking up your work in the middle. The key to achieving synergy in your workflow is to choose and stick with one office suite. The two major players are Google and Microsoft, and there are no clear-cut answers as to which is best for your business. Although Microsoft has had a monopoly on downloadable software, Google now offers in-browser programs that rival Microsoft — and at a better price. It can save time, money, and hassle by reviewing the offerings of both and migrating your business and email addresses accordingly.
If your product is physical, the right inventory management software can take the hassle out of stocking and ordering. Programs such as QuickBooks give a clear overview of available stock, location, value and can generate line-item reports so you can easily calculate costs and track orders from your desk to their door. You can even keep tabs whilst on the move via the mobile apps, and if you’re handling your own goods, generate barcodes and print labels. You can even use the software to automate order management. Compared to the nuisance of paper and spreadsheets, these programs make inventory management a breeze.
Studies show that for 95 percent of professionals, communication in person is essential for long-term business. This is doubly true for solopreneurs. Even though you’re working alone, you’ll need to connect and share knowledge with your peers to stay up-to-date. Luckily, finding the right event to do so is easier than ever. Through social media networks or via operation sites such as Eventbrite, you can turn up alone and still expect to meet relevant professionals in your field. Building a network of trusted peers is one of the fastest and most effective ways to accelerate your business and by drawing on the expertise of those around you, you can learn to spot setbacks and pick up otherwise hidden tricks of the trade.
Typically speaking, venture capitalists like to keep all of their companies under one roof (or at least close by). This enables the network to join forces on a whim, sharing knowledge, mentorship, and ideas easily. It’s difficult to overstate the value of closer working proximity to other businesses but to give you an idea, consider that 84 percent of coworkers believe working in a coworking space makes them more productive. In fact, coworking spaces are still growing annually by 20 percent. For a solopreneur, the advantages of sharing a workplace with others will depend upon your type of business. Make sure you review the options in your local area and pay close attention to current tenants within each building.
As a solopreneur, you own, run, succeed, or fail by your business. That doesn’t mean you need to do all of the work yourself, however. In fact, when you’re working outside of your expertise, it can be worth enrolling the help of a freelancer. Freelancers allow you to retain your status as a solopreneur but can take much of the pressure from your shoulders without any exclusivity.
As a solopreneur, it’s important to work smart, not hard. That means learning the tech, hiring the help, and networking with businesses in your field. The “solo” part only needs to be half true.
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