Editor’s Note: Here at Dispatches, we are always looking for ways to help our readers do things. For some of our readers, that means helping navigate the working world, for others, it means assisting in the ever challenging question,“what’s for dinner?” For still others, it means figuring out how to balance family life with everything else. In an effort to aid in all of these endeavors, we have collaborated on this article written specifically for our readers.
Setting up a business is just the start of the hard work. Once you have an idea, it takes execution and dedication to be successful. Even if you’re a solopreneur making sure you have these four areas covered will help set you up for growing your business.
This is particularly crucial if you are sending a product to customers. Delivery errors are often one of the first complaints an organization received from a customer. In addition to making sure your products are shipped to the right person at the right time, you must use packaging that protects the product. Packages doesn’t need to cost a fortune. You can get cheap postal tubes online, in bulk. That way, you can always guarantee your product is protected. If you want to customize your labels or packaging, consider using a design company for stickers rather than the preprinted box. (J & A Creative is a great place to start for this service!)
Not having stationery in the office is the equivalent of hundreds of people running around in desperate search of a pen. Without basic office supplies, no one can get any work done. unable to complete even the simplest of tasks. You might be surprised just how much it costs to kit out a full office with stationery too. Big businesses spend thousands every year making sure that offices have pens and pencils. Consider stocking up during back to school sales and be sure to price check different sellers.
Plan to have IT support from the beginning of your business.A competent, full team of IT guys can give you the peace of mind you need that and issue with tech can be fixed. IT professionals are the difference between “oh darn my computer is broken” to “[redacted], we’ve lost all the files”
Snail mail management is still a part of doing modern business even if you receive most of your clients by email. Consider using a virtual mail company to help you sort through the junk before the piles become unmanageable. A mail management company ca scan the letters and send you the ones you need to see via email.