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How to Prepare for a Sudden Surge in Business

Whether you think of yourself a gig economy agent, a self-employed businessperson, or a freelancer, all these hold one thing in common: Business is either feast or famine. Somedays it feels you are looking down at an empty calendar; other days, you are confounded with work.

Of course, if we need to choose, self-employed business people always prefer a lot of work over less work. But when you are operating a one-person business; how can you manage an influx of work while still keeping your criteria for high quality and deadlines?

Never wait until you are handling 12 deadlines on one day to find out. Instead, make like a Boy Scout and be ready to handle whatever comes your way. Here are some tips to help you be ready for a sudden surge in business.

  1. Have backup available

Form a network of committed employees you can pull in to help you at the shortest notice, and you will always be ready for new jobs. Kickoff by choosing what you can delegate and what abilities are required to handle those jobs. Concentrate on choosing easier tasks, projects for less valuable clients, admin-type work that consumes precious time, or things you are not good at. For instance, my company specializes in the custom content creation, and since we’re a team of writers and editors; we invest much of our graphic design wants to freelance designers.

Where can you get these backup workers? Begin by rapping into your present networks of other company owners, former co-workers, friends, and family. You can also utilize social media or in-person networking groups to find people who may be involved in freelance work. Develop relationships ahead of time, and make yourself free to help them with their projects, too. Who knows? You might get not just help but a new source of income.

You can also search for freelancers on online job marketplaces like Upwork, Guru, and Freelancer. Be sure you know the terms and conditions of each website, including fees, how freelancers are funded, and what support you have if their work doesn’t fit your standards.

Eventually, temporary cooperation agencies can be a source of last-minute workers. (After all, finding workers fast is their purpose for being.) For best effects, though, don’t sit back until the last minute to reach a temp agency. Talk to a few of agencies ahead of time to know what they offer, how the system works, and what the costs are. If you set up an account with an agency before you want it, it will be straightforward to get help fast. (If you are hiring temporary employees, as opposed to freelancers or self-governing contractors, ask them to track their time to make sure they’re paid correctly and you be on the IRS’s good side. A mobile time tracking app, for instance, is great for remote employees.)

  1. Keep your tools in order

In order to be available for anything, you need to keep your company equipment in good working order. No matter how involved you get, don’t hold crucial maintenance jobs like updating mission-critical software or upgrading ancient hardware.

If you get new software or equipment, determine how to use it right away so you can get the most benefit from your purchase. Otherwise, you could land a plum job, only to spend time struggling to get the software you need to handle it.

  1. Manage your time wisely

It never stops to amaze me how fast my empty calendar loads up. Leaving some “white space” in your schedule every day will guarantee you have time to take up any last-minute plans that pop up. Whenever feasible, negotiate for later deadlines or deliverables. This not only provides you more time to finish a project, but it also proffers you time to take new assignments.

Finally, do not procrastinate. You know that saying, “work expands to fill the time available”? When you only hold a few items on your calendar, it can be fascinating to dawdle. Take a few hours of downtime if you want to, but don’t start wasting time on a daily basis. The quicker you complete the projects you are already working on, the more time you’ll have for new customers.

Alma Reed is an author and researcher dedicated to enhancing productivity. He is deeply interested in areas like time management, increasing productivity, and fostering healthy routines. Through his writing, he aims to assist people in boosting their job performance and attaining an ideal balance between work and life.

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