If you find yourself overwhelmed with the day-to-day operations of your business, then it may be the perfect time to hire an OBM. But before you pull out your wallet, let’s make sure you’re ready.
From managing projects to hiring to creating processes, it can be challenging to keep everything running smoothly. This is where an Online Business Manager (OBM) can step in and provide much-needed support. But how do you know if you’re ready to hire one?
Well today, we’ll discuss the signs that reveal it may be time to bring an OBM onto your team. Let’s dive in!
- You’re worried that you’re the bottleneck of your business and team
A clear sign that you’re bottlenecking your business is when EVERYTHING that needs to get done needs your input somewhere along the process. This may have worked when you worked alone or when you had one other person on your team but now your team is growing.
So if you have a small team of contractors and find that projects are always delayed and your client deliverables are behind (or you’re pulling all-nighters to get them done), then it may be a sign that your systems need an update and/or your team needs to be properly trained.
Take a moment to reflect and identify where things are going wrong. My favourite practice, known as the five whys, encourages you to dig deep to find the root cause of the problem. It could be a lack of information flow, disorganized files, or inefficient communication channels.
An OBM can help you implement an information management system, update your systems, and ensure your team has everything they need to work efficiently.
- Your business systems need an upgrade. STAT
If your systems are a mess and causing unnecessary complications, an OBM can step in and help.
Creating and maintaining effective systems may not be your zone of genius, but they are still crucial for the growth and success of your business. They provide structure and consistency, making it easier for your team to deliver GREAT results every time.
And since OBMs specialize in designing and implementing systems tailored to your specific need, we can simplify complex issues and make sure your business operates smoothly.
But don’t forget, systems are not static; they evolve as your business grows and changes. Embrace the idea that your systems will adapt and improve over time to support your current goals and aspirations.
- Implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):
SOPs provide a manual for how tasks should be completed, ensuring consistency and reducing the risk of errors. That’s why they are essential for running an efficient and effective business, especially as your team expands.
When information is solely stored in your mind or your team members’ minds, your business is vulnerable to disruptions like an illness, team turnover, or unforeseen circumstances.
An OBM can help you create comprehensive SOPs that include visuals, text, and frequently asked questions to ensure anyone can execute tasks even when you’re not available. By investing in SOPs, you future-proof your business and empower your team to perform at their best.
Hiring an Online Business Manager can be a game-changer for your business. We can remove the pressure of you being the bottleneck, enhance your systems, and set up user-friendly SOPs to keep things running smoothly.
Remember trust and alignment are key factors when working with an OBM, so take the time to find the right fit for your business. And if you’d like to know more about how we can upgrade your business operations, then visit our services page to learn more or schedule a call to discuss how working together can benefit your business.