When you search under the keywords “office management” you find a lot of information targeted to office managers, people who manage the offices of larger companies. But what about those of us who may be the only person in our office or who have such a small staff that everyone takes care of traditional office management duties? Don’t we need to know how to manage our offices better?
Of course we do! Having an well-managed office is essential for the growth of your business, regardless of its current size. So, this month I’ll be discussing different aspects of this topic and how they apply to micro- and small businesses.
First off, what do I mean by “office management”?
Office management is the maintenance of all the administrative functions of a company. This includes word processing, financials, office supply inventory, correspondence, appointment scheduling and more. If you don’t have a staff — and many entrepreneurs don’t — you have to do all these tasks yourself, on top of all the tasks that make up the services and products you provide. Therefore, it is essential that you develop processes that keep these tasks quick and easy to do.
There are several ways to go about this, and I’ll be covering them in more detail in later posts: