Managing Your Time as a Small Business Owner



There are a number of important things that you should be careful about as a small business owner, but the most important things for any business owner is the one thing that you can’t control, time.

There are only a certain amount of work hours that you have and you want to make sure you are putting your energy and focus into areas that are crucial. This means cutting back on things that are passing the time and aren’t necessarily productive. There are a few areas that you can look into.

How are you spending each hour?

If you look closely at the way in which your time is being spent throughout the day, you can better understand where you can make adjustments. In other words, quite simply, how are you spending each hour?

Delegating Duties

The first step is figuring out what isn’t a crucial use of your time as a small business owner. These may be things like checking e-mails, making inventory calls and reviewing files. These are essentially things that your employees may be qualified for, so delegate duties to them. In some sense, you will be providing them with more opportunities, but the most important thing is freeing up your schedule for more important business-related matters.

Order of Importance

The second step is seeing what’s left over. What are the really important things you handle as a small business owner each day? This should then be outlined and reorganized in order of importance. In other words, prioritize the essentials and plan them accordingly, based on your individual schedule.


If you make a few minor adjustments, you can better focus your energy onto areas that require your efforts. The heart of the small business is often its owner and you want to cover your bases as well as possible.



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