Don’t fall into the trap of trying to be an expert at everything. As entrepreneurs, your expertise is entrepreneurship. If anyone can be successful in businesses we wouldn’t have employees left. Your job as an entrepreneur is to put together the resources to run a successful business. The resources can be human or services from a third party. Of course, in the beginning you have to cut corners because you can not afford all the resources you need. Hence, it is your expertise to be able to pull this off successfully. Knowing when it’s time to let go is critical for the growth or your business; that time is ASAP. The sooner you can let the experts take over, the quicker your success rate. Isn’t that the point of having your own business anyway?
When we first started our business, office 365 was not around. We purchased our own server, hosted our own emails, hosted our own database tracking system. Then 5 years later we purchased another server because the old server was out dated. We spent $20K on these servers over the course of 10 years. Now we pay roughly $200/month for 10 employees. We get more and it’s hassle free. Look at some of the stuff we use on a regular basis:
- Outlook (email and calendar)
- Online Office (take your office products anywhere)
- Spam Guard
- Teams (similar to skype but for your staff to communicate)
- Intranet (SharePoint)
- One Drive (cloud drive)
- One Drive for Business (shared cloud drive)
I can’t imagine running a business without these tools. I especially like TEAMS; I see all my employees in one spot. Who is working? Who is not? Quick messages anytime. Video chat with single click. Video conferencing with employees instantly. How can you not love this?
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a must for today’s businesses. If you do not have a CRM, you will be left behind…