Good morning, and happy Monday. I hope you had a great weekend, and your week is off to a great start.
As any entrepreneur or small business owner can come to expect, Monday’s can be an entirely different level of hectic. I like to keep the typical Monday chaos to a controlled minimum whenever possible. I’m known to rip into the new week’s work load on Sunday’s, it’s always paid off big for me to slide a few hours in on Sunday in order to get that early jump.
One of the other tactics I use to keep my Monday’s under control is by creating a list of goals before the week begins. These are things that I know I’ll need to get done on Monday in order to keep deliveries and in-stock condition at the right levels heading into the busier Thursday – Sunday rush.
Here’s a look at a few of the things on my Monday morning goal list.
Simple Goals I Set for Myself as a Small Business Owner
KICK THE DOORS OPEN AND TAN SOME BUNS!!
I’m looking to add four new team members to the Extreme Tan and Smoothies team. Since I’m not known for hiring on the fly, I’ll be reviewing applications with great detail 😉
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Once I have my potential new hire candidates picked from the VIPO application review system, I’ll be setting up each individuals first interview. I prefer to have each applicant interviewed twice to ensure consistency.
If you’re out-of-stock, you can’t sell products. Seems simple enough to me. Based on lead-times from my distributors, Monday is the best day for me to update on-hand counts, and place product orders. Based on the walk-thru I just did, it looks like sunless tanning products and moisturizers were the hot item over the weekend.
VIPO Inventory Management System
One of my favorite parts of any Monday is recapping the weekend sales.
VIPO Sales Reporting
The Florida sun is brutal, especially on vinyl signs. I’ll be putting together an order to replace (4) monument signs, and the hours signage that appears on the front door of each of my tanning salons.
I like to make sure my team members have plenty of time to plan and schedule their personal lives around their work schedules. I’ll be using my VIPO web app to put together schedules for each of my salon locations for the next two weeks. I can’t say that this is my favorite task, but it goes a lot more smooth now that I built the scheduling system into the VIPO web app.
VIPO Create Schedule Module
Easily one of the more “fun” goals that I get to work on throughout the week. Unlike most of the other goals in my list, this is a goal that I set for myself to work on daily. After I recap the weekend, and previous week’s numbers, I take a few minutes to either email, text message, Snap Chat or post an update to VIPO Timeline recognizing awesome individual performances.
VIPO “Give Props” Module
I like to think of training as a constant. If I don’t have something in mind to train on specifically, I’ll randomly walk up to my ETAS team members and ask them what they would like to learn today. Today’s training topics are already picked out, I’ll be training my daughter on various social media contest ideas, and I’ll be training one of my managers on a new member reporting section in the VIPO web app.
VIPO Web App Punch List
Building a web app takes constant review and testing. When any new module or functionality is added to my VIPO web app, I put together a punch-list of things that need to be addressed. Today I will be putting together the final punch-list for an update that was made to employee profiles. The update included a total redesign of the employee profile layout, along with the addition of a daily product sales graph. As you can see in the screen shot below, the graph isn’t displaying properly.
The product sales graph should be displayed to the right of the employee info box.
On the Way Out
What are some of your Monday goals? Take a moment to share in the comments below.