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Back to Business: 3 Productivity ‘Hacks’ for Small Businesses

In the business world, everyone’s looking to save time and money. And for those running their own businesses, nothing is more precious than productivity!

Small business owners are constantly faced with the challenge of doing more with less. Any wasted time is wasted money, which can hinder your business’s long-term success.

To avoid this problem, here are three helpful “˜hacks’ to help you and your employees improve productivity and efficiency:

Prioritize your daily tasks

As a small business owner, you probably wear many hats in your company. One minute you’re managing employees or meeting with customers, and the next minute you’re behind-the-scenes responding to emails and balancing the books. To achieve maximum productivity, plan how you want to spend your time each day. Every morning, write out a schedule with all your tasks to complete hour by hour, prioritizing what’s most important. Be sure to give yourself time for breaks! Knowing exactly what you have to accomplish will help you stay on task and work more efficiently.

Reduce distractions

Distractions are all around us, and they can get the best of any worker. It might feel more productive to answer emails or texts right away, but switching tasks can break your focus on the task at hand. Instead of multitasking, concentrate on one activity at a time and give yourself a designated break each hour to check your phone and email. You’ll find that eliminating distractions helps you get more done in less time!


Small business owners often have a hard time delegating to employees or outsourcing. Because entrepreneurs are used to doing so much on their own, it’s difficult to give up control and trust someone else with different tasks and responsibilities. But as any company grows, it’s necessary to delegate some duties to others to ensure long-term success.

If you’re a small business with a small staff, consider the benefits of outsourcing to a third-party provider instead of hiring more in-house employees. Tasks like bookkeeping, tech support, marketing or packing/shipping, and assembly services are commonly outsourced to help small businesses save time and money.

Looking for a local outsourcing service?

Look no further than Ohio Valley Goodwill! Our Industrial Services Division helps businesses in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana improve processes and boost efficiency with high-quality packaging, kitting, fulfillment, and assembly services.

Outsourcing with Goodwill is a partnership that benefits your business and your community. Just like our retail and donation initiatives, our Industrial Services Division exists to help individuals with disabilities and veterans improve their lives through work and learning. When your business partners with Goodwill, you become a part of our non-profit mission and purpose. That’s a very good thing!

Let’s talk about how Goodwill can help your business increase productivity with our outsourcing services ranging from packaging and fulfillment to kitting and assembly services. For more information and a free quote, contact us today.