October 12, 2017
Importance Of Project Management In Design Business
Having the right mindset of a business owner means recognizing the wide range of responsibilities that are needed to run the business effectively. It means wearing multiple hats at once, irrespective of how well-versed you are in handling the task. As a business owner, and in the absence of other people assisting you, it is important to perform multiple tasks for which other big businesses have individual departments. These activities include but not limited to planning, finance, human resources, information technology, legal, marketing, sales and customer service.
For example, planning as a business owner of residential interior design services Sarasota FL means researching future design projects and development of other types of services. Finance involves keeping track of customer invoices, payments and expenses and paying taxes. Human resources is dealing with hiring, training, managing for home design projects and if needed firing your employees. Information technology is maintaining websites to show past and current projects to prospects and keeping in touch with customers and clients on the internet. Legal means complying with local and state rules, norms and regulations regarding design and construction. Marketing involved putting efforts to gain recognition in a competitive market. Customer service task is about dealing with customer’s experience and solving their post project issues.
So, if you are able to perform all of the above tasks in your business, and if you are good at any of these different activities, only then will you be able to run your residential design business successfully. While drawing up a list of tasks to do on a daily basis is a good start, technology can help in scheduling and committing to them. For most business owners, writing the schedule on a piece of paper is a thing of the past. And many business owners who have just started out cannot afford personal assistance or secretary to write down appointments and attend to phone calls. So, the notepads, pens and color markers have been replaced with IPads, Palms and other hand held devices. Technology not only saves time but is something that brings convenience as well.
It is not enough to plan the schedule for various tasks involved in a business. Having a schedule is about being disciplined. It is a way to avoid procrastination. Additionally, scheduling multiple tasks in parts rather than doing it as a whole is instrumental in achieving the desired results. As a business owner with multiple hats, you need to commit to those tasks and complete them in order to stay ahead. A schedule may be useful in starting that task, but the job of completing it is up to you. It has been said that one of the reasons many tasks remain unattended or fail to complete is because people are anxious about the job to be done. This anxiety can be lessened to a great extent by facing the task head-on and making the start. It is also important to feel motivated and not lose sight of how good it would feel once the task is finished.