One thing that always frustrated me in my corporate HR position was the fact that we were always putting out fires. It seemed there was never enough time to plan things ahead of time but always time to deal with the problems that lack of planning created.
Small business can’t afford to waste time as there is precious little of it. Good records and good planning are essential for the successful functioning of a small business.
Constant research of the external business environment and knowledge of your customers or clients and their needs and wants can mean the difference between success and failure.
If your business is growing and you are adding employees you need to have clear, consistent policies in place before they are needed. Inconsistent application of vacation, sick leave and other policies will create nothing but grief for you in your workplace.
If you don’t know the policies you need to have in place, or if you are having trouble researching the external business environment, get assistance with it. There is online help through many business websites and consultants.
Save yourself potential grief and be proactive … reactive is not where you want to be.
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