How Operations Management Maximizes Productivity by Pam Weiser
First, just in case you missed it, I made an announcement via social media earlier in the month about rebranding myself as a Business Operations Manager, because it aligns better with what I’m doing for my clients. Thank you for your support and encouragement!
What is Operations Management?
Operations management is the administration of business practices to create the highest level of efficiency possible within an organization. In essence, operations management is responsible for maximizing the profitability of an organization.
Operations Managers analyze current processes and if needed, create new efficient processes and policies to help businesses scale. For example, this could be something like implementing a new CRM or LMS (Learning Management System) platform, updating your digital drive systems, automating your technology systems and processes, or writing a standard operating procedure for internal processes.
How I manage your business operations
I learn and understand your current process
I have knowledge about different useful technologies
I help you streamline and standardize your processes
I help get you trained and remove challenges
When executed properly, operations process improvement will only increase productivity and may potentially lower costs, as well. Having a successful business operations system in place will transform your business and take it to the next level.
In my business, I also perform marketing administrative tasks, such as website refresh, blogs, newsletters, and social media management.
When you’re ready to define your business operations or administrative best practices, let’s take 30 minutes and discuss how I can assist you. I would love to help elevate your business to become more effective, so that you can focus on what’s most important…PROFITS!
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
Why Hiring an Independent Consultant is Less Expensive than a Full Time Employee by Pam Weiser
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There’s a recession coming. We’re hearing that everywhere. Still, a recession doesn’t stop you, the entrepreneur or small business owner, from needing to get the necessary business tasks done. As the number of tasks continues to grow and rather than doing these tasks yourself, you may be considering hiring some help. When the time comes to choose between hiring a full time employee or outsourcing to an independent consultant, it might make sense to consider hiring the independent consultant, and here is why…
Hiring an independent consultant is often more cost effective.
Independent consultants use their own equipment for the services they provide. There is no overhead for a computer, desk, or office space.
Independent consultants pay their own taxes and healthcare benefits. As a business, you don’t pay for their vacation pay, unemployment insurance or disability insurance.
Independent consultants are generally responsible for paying for their own industry training. As a business owner, you can provide job specific training, but it’s up to the consultant to be knowledgeable and prepared.
Independent consultants are able to work short term, long term, or project based work, allowing business owners to pick and choose when support is needed. A full time employee is paid their salary consistently, no matter what the length of the project is.
Independent consultants work flexible hours and schedules. The freedom to choose when and where to work allows for better work-life balance and greater control over their own time. This makes for a more satisfying work environment, greater job satisfaction, and a better job done, which is a great benefit for your business.
Why not use an independent consultant on a trial basis to see if they’re a good fit? If it doesn’t work out, it’s easy enough to end the contract or find another consultant, and it might take a couple of tries before you get it right.
Being cost effective AND getting the needed support for your business is a win-win!
If you find yourself in the position of needing to hire an extra hand, let’s set up a free 30 minute discovery call, to see how I can support you.
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” - Aristotle
Let’s talk about fear. Where does fear in business come from? Many entrepreneurs will tell you that fear comes from the potential to fail. Many of those entrepreneurs, including myself, will also tell you that their fear motivates them to strive for success, and to do this more quickly. As that success comes, so does the growth and the efforts to scale become more urgent. Scary, right? This is the time to move out of the comfort zone and partner with individuals - potentially freelancers, who can give their immediate assistance, and so a semblance of comfort and normalcy will return. This is also the time to figure out where you need the most help, and my guess is that it’s probably administrative, in nature.
Here are some reasons that entrepreneurs might be hesitant about outsourcing help.
Fear that a freelancer won’t be as good as someone you hire in house. This is false. Freelancers aren’t one size fits all. You can find someone to do almost anything, whether that’s managing your social media, scheduling, or working on projects, which have taken a backseat. Take the time to research and check past recommendations, and speak to the freelancer a few times about their skills, so that you’re sure to enlist a qualified and experienced individual. The last thing you want to do is have to pay someone else to do the tasks over again, because you cut corners, and the quality of work was less than stellar.
Fear that a freelancer is more expensive than hiring in house. This is false. An experienced freelancer may charge more money per hour, but they are also covering their own tax payments, medical insurance, business insurance, along with any other business related expenses. If you were to hire this person as an employee, you would find that it will cost A LOT more. Consider the recruiting, onboarding, training, and equipment costs. Hiring a freelancer doesn’t require any of these things, except maybe some of your time for training, to get them up to speed.
Fear that freelancers are not as driven as those you hire in house. This is false. Freelancers forge their own paths to grow their businesses. This is a competitive field, and as markets change, it’s in their best interest to learn and grow new skills to accommodate different clients and their needs. A good freelancer gets satisfaction out of completing a successful project, in the same way an employee might. In the long run, this increases motivation, eagerness and confidence for the individual to do well.
What do entrepreneurs and businesses have to gain from outsourcing?
A freelancer can:
Save companies money
Help businesses scale
Ease the overwhelm
Seems worth it, doesn’t it?
Your fear of outsourcing might be doing you more harm than good.
Let’s talk about how I can help! Schedule a free 30 minute discovery call with me, today!
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” - Jack Canfield