Back to School. Back to Business.

Change is in the air for entrepreneurs and their families. September brings substantial

change to households whose kids are returning to class. Schedules start earlier in the day, there is daily homework to be done, and care free summer fun is coming to an end.

Many entrepreneurs who have found success in a stable business appreciate their ability to set their own hours and possibly scale back their efforts in the summer – sometimes neglecting bigger plans for growth or change.

We’d like to encourage our clients and other entrepreneurs to follow the lead of their kids as they integrate back into the real routine of work.

  1. Establish a new and improved schedule.

Getting a work day started and being consistently productive can be a challenge. Many solo operators are successful at improving their productivity by getting out of the house first thing in the morning. Even entrepreneurs who work at home can set a destination in the morning; perhaps a coffee shop for breakfast or a business club co-working space to officially mark the start of the day. It allows them to get up, shower, eat a proper breakfast and feel ready to work.

  1. Take on projects as well as the daily grind.

Students are thinking about getting their daily schedule of classes, but will also soon hear about the projects and special assignments that will be completed in the coming term. Is there a project or program that would benefit your business? A new idea to develop, some research regarding your customer or a process to improve would be good to take on. Entrepreneurs who have spent the summer just continuing to work in the daily routine of the business can focus again on improving their business.

  1. New (school) year, new ideas and energy.

September can be a time for new opportunities, new schools, new relationships, and new directions. Students have the opportunity to make a good impression on new instructors and have a clean slate for how well they score on tests. Reengaging in the work of growing a business can be energized by evaluating what is most important, clearing out clutter and taking a fresh look at what work will have the greatest impact on profit, growth and personal satisfaction.

May I also point out that there are now only four months until Christmas? If you are in a retail or seasonable business that benefits from the holiday season, it’s time to get ready to sell. If your business isn’t impacted by the holiday session, it is still worth noting that the four months ahead of us are the ones with the fewest interruptions from holidays, snow days and summer fun with kids out of school.

One of the goals of the Centre is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises and give you the tools to achieve success.  For more information about resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311, 1-866-442-5866, online at halton.ca/smallbusiness, by email at smallbusiness@halton.ca or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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