January 3, 2011

Tips on Planning, Organising & Time Management for your Online Ecommerce Business!

Running an online ecommerce business is no easy work. There are so many tasks involved in the day-to-day running of your business that without proper attention to planning and organisation, you can easily become discouraged; which will eventually leave you feeling frustrated, lost and de-motivated.

So what tips can I offer you today on the running of your online business from personal experiences?

Well today I’d like to elaborate on the subject of planning, organising and the time management of your internet ecommerce business; so what I’d like you to do first is outline all the tasks that are involved in the day-to-day running of your online business; for example you might be involved in dealing with online enquiries, enquiries by telephone, dealing with customer and supplier discrepancies, ordering stock and materials, stock checking, creating new stock, updating your ecommerce website, administration and book work, and of course marketing and promoting just to name a few.

So now that you’ve outlined the tasks involved, the second method is organisation and time management. If you remember a while back I focused on the subject of using a white board to assist you in the organising of your time working from home, so please take a moment to read it.

Ok, let’s now break down the tasks over the course of five working days, and what you need to do in yourself is to be committed about this, and sticking to it to succeed.

So let’s take a look at some examples; on Mondays you might want to focus your day on ordering materials for the week, and if your ecommerce business demands that you create stock such as artwork or textiles then add this to your schedule for Mondays as well.

On Tuesdays you can focus on the administration and bookwork of your business, whilst on Wednesdays you can devote to marketing and promoting your business or website in general.

If you’re the webmaster of your own website then spend Thursdays working on your site and making updates and changes where needed, this isn’t marketing but actually working on your website itself, whilst Fridays you can use to improve such areas of your business that requires further attention, of course keeping in mind that customer enquiries may come at anytime throughout your working week.

The above strategy isn’t something to go by; you can use it or compile your own similar schedule, as many online ecommerce businesses vary from types to orientation.

Good luck.

Image credit: renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

About Samantha Wright

Samantha Wright is an exclusive guest writer for Magnet4Marketing. She was awarded 2007 MasterCard Business Woman of the Year and loves to share her insight into the world of online business marketing. Samantha is also a keen surf photographer and on the weekends can be found at her local beach break photographing surfers of all abilities. You can follow Samantha on Facebook.

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