Well it’s that one again, the one where I’m trying to be a serial entrepreneur, or I’m trying to expand my business but it’s still cd dvd dplication that’s filling up my time and still continues to grow for me. With no advertising, just this blogging keeping my rankings healthy and word of mouth. It’s really exciting.
The main direction of thought I’ve followed is breaking down the task of new web design because it’s been a real hassle. We now have surplus cash so we can put it towards those lingering issues which are unresolved because as these issues are struck out it paints a different picture of where we’re at.
Once big issues are put to bed – like tax and company structure and making sure all our websites at least look half decent, then we can build the business and when we revisit the concept of adding new staff. What kind of skills would someone need to deal with a bigger role in my company so that all I manage is sales and accounts?
I started to think a designer with a car could solve all my problems, because my main issues now are communications between the printing company, and driving missions to pick up and drop off or post off stuff.
Often communications around graphics and cd dvd duplication content are critical.
Basically the first thing is to come in and make sure art and masters stuff is done. designs either need to be done up or sent off to print.
Audio masters may have to be downloaded and burnt. DVD’s may have to be authored. They need to be tested. Samples, so many samples. Artwork – especially cd dvd artwork may have to be checked to see if it prints well, and then go back to that person if there’s issues with resolution etc. design amendments to check off.
That means this person will have to be in my email, they have to go in there and read stuff and work it out, answer people I don’t want to answer.
If it’s to do with design or video production / video promotion or marketing, youtube etc, I won’t touch it’s all on them. If they take the job I get paid a percentage, if not, whatever.
That’s the complicated side of production and operations covered – then it’s just printing cd’s and printing dvd’s and packaging them and posting them off. Making that happen may mean resupplying but that will be less of an issue as we stock up.
But then there is accounts stuff they can deal with – reminders about payments. If someone was here today a lot of stuff could have been done, the samples for the girls and the history cd duplication could have been done, and the audio cd duplication demo master produced, so that would all be done. Even to check the bank account to see who is paying, I mean to get someone else to do that stops it being so emotional for me so I just know who’s paid and who is shirking.
How else can we be efficient, how can we target these areas? Firstly, don’t skimp on tracking of postage. Tracking everything now, courier bags everytime. No more stresses from lost parcels, people winding me up.
We really need to focus on what is so time consuming and just smash it. when annoying bands and annoying mompreneurs come to me with their pesky jobs and im annoyed but do it anyway, thats why my business is good, but now my business has to be better by providing work for somebody to deal with annoying people.
Don’t touch any job less than $100 if you can help it, especially the video and graphic design. Continue to try and get people in to do basic stuff and try to give them harder jobs. Here’s another one, add a day to your lead time. You may lose a few customers, which is okay but more importantly, every job will be lower stress.
We need to allocate – delegate jobs right as they come in. There’s still gonna be 1200 cases to pack. and a lot of printing to do also now looking like
240 + 200 + 100 right away, have to sort it.