LACK TIME FOR BUSINESS ORGANIZATION
years I have been under the misconception
that women in business are astute
and dedicated organizers who are
well in control of their financial
situation. Now I am doubting this
statement and realign my thinking.
On talking to many women in business,
I am discovering that many are not
organized and in control of their
finances and lives anymore.
back up this rather bold statement
are the number of women I have come
into contact with who are still
filing taxes for previous years,
let alone being organized and ready
for the current tax year. At a recent
seminar I presented to over 100
women, the question was asked: "But
why aren't you organized? Tell me."
The unanimous answer was "We
have no time to be organized."
a woman who wears many hats during
each day, I relate well to this
problem. A woman's role in society
has radically changed over the last
few years. Many work full-time and
part-time jobs as well. They also
have family and voluntary commitments.
Those running a sole proprietorship
business are responsible for nearly
sixty different jobs, and this is
where women get bogged down.
operate their businesses on a shoe-string
budget and look for ways to save
money. To grow a business and keep
financial control, a budget should
include funds to hire help. This
can be for time-consuming office
chores, running around, shipping,
sales and marketing. It is important
for business owners to identify
their strengths and weaknesses and
what they do best to grow their
paperwork and bookkeeping are a
time problem, the wise move is to
hire someone to update the bookkeeping
monthly. The results can then be
reviewed without letting go of the
financial reins. Women still like
to think that they can do it all,
but they can't. Something has got
to give, and usually it's the business.
Potentially profitable and viable
businesses often grind to a halt
or just putter along as the owner
burns out and loses interest. Engaging
help lifts a tremendous burden and
allows the owner to focus on forward
don't have to hire someone full-time.
A few hours a week makes a tremendous
difference to a business, and many
young people or mothers are looking
for that little extra income. Women
have to let go of the super-mom
image and admit that they can't
do it all anymore. The same applies
to family life and chores-delegate
extra chores to children and spouses
and ease the burden.