In my last post I mentioned how I'm nearing the point where I can no longer manage all of the day-to-day tasks that come with running a creative business on my own. Over the last few weeks, I've taken a deep look at my operations trying to gain as much insight as possible into how I can make things run more efficiently. I consider myself to be a fairly organized person and, for the most part, I enjoy having a hand in every aspect of my business. However, most of my time lately has been dedicated to fulfilling orders which has left me with little time to focus on the bigger picture....Or the "top level sh*t" as Jen Gotch of Ban.do put it during her recent presentation at TSBC's Business Camp.
I am realizing more than ever that in order to really let this puppy grow, I need to start delegating some tasks. As a result, I've started weighing the pros and cons of working with a manufacturing partner vs. hiring an employee. I'm certainly not taking the decision lightly as I know that both will require a lot of investment and will take quite a few months for everything to fall into place. This is why I'm using every piece of time I can find now to study up on how other small business owners have approached the same types of issues and to make sure that my current processes are in tip-top shape. I know I'm not alone when it comes to wanting to work smarter, which is why I've shared a few resources below that have been especially helpful lately:
10 Steps to Working Smarter (Not Harder) at Your Small Creative Business by Eva Jorgensen of Sycamore Street Press is chock-full of advice from a seasoned seller.
The "Shape Up Our Businesses" series from Arianne Foulks of Aeolidia could not have come at a better time.
"The Lively Show" podcast by Jess Lively covers plenty of topics and often puts me in the right mindset when planning for the future.
Also, here are some books that I recently added to my reading list that I hope will assist in this journey:
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Also, I'd love to hear of any other resources or tools that you're using to help you work more efficiently.