Starting a business is the stupidest thing you could ever do. It’ll deplete all your money, give you no free time, increase your stress levels and, if all goes wrong, could leave you completely penniless.
Yet, if it was merely stupid, then people like Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Alan Sugar are the smartest stupidest people in the world.
These pioneering entrepreneurs have the stupidity of an SAS operative rather than a village idiot. They’re willing to storm into dangerous, unknown territory and come out on top, holding a bag of money in their hand like a sporting pro cradling a golden trophy.
The champions of the business worlds have one skill in their arsenal – organisation.
Without the ability to organise and strategise on the fly, the Bransons of this world wouldn’t stand a chance.
It’s a skill you should learn, too, if you want your business to get ahead. To help you, we’ve found a few key ways to help you organise your business. Take a look and get prepared.
On the payroll
For centuries, tallying up a payroll has been an irksome undertaking, the kind of task only enjoyed by the lobotomised. You’d have to plough through fusty ledgers, make inane calculations and scrabble through mounds of paper – all to work out one measly salary.
Let’s thank the 21st century, then, for bringing the payroll up to date. Where last decade’s software was little more than a glorified spreadsheet, cloud payroll software has come of age to make tracking employees quicker, easier and more efficient.
The result? Organisational heaven. Invest in a software program of your choice and your HR team will have plenty of time for other tasks.
In case of emergency
You’ve got a plan of action and you intend to follow it through to its successful end. But where you’ve envisaged a path clear from distractions, obstacles will inevitably hinder your progress. You’ll be met with challenges, sudden cash repayments, reticent clients and other head-scratchers that might take you by surprise.
Before you jump straight into a business plan, make sure you account for anything that could go wrong, planning for every eventuality. With this system in place, you’ll seldom meet an obstacle you weren’t expecting.
In political writer David Graeber’s The Utopia of Rules, he laments the bureaucratisation of business. And he’s got a point. Too many cooks spoil the broth, and too many middle managers will throttle creativity in your startup.
While you’ll need some people to keep things ticking over in your business, don’t stifle your core members of staff with fusty middle managers. There’s organisation, and then there’s over-organisation.