We’re all about discovering ways to make life easier as a small business owner. We’d even go so far as to say that certain “hacks” are vital for success these days. Since owning a small business can be stressful sometimes, we offer these tips and suggestions to help you perform better and enjoy more work-life harmony.

Learn how to delegate management tasks.

While we don’t operate clothing stores with large staffs, it’s still important to delegate tasks and involve your best subordinates with store management. As a Scout & Molly’s Boutique franchise owner, you’re the face of the store, but you can’t be everywhere for every minute of the day. If for no other reason, there’s bound to be a point where you get sick, injured, or have to help your children. That’s when you may need to lean on your team a little.

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Make time blocks for the most essential work.

You don’t have to be a slave to your work calendar, but it’s essential to keep time blocks for the important stuff. For example, this could mean you use 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for emails, meetings, and opening your store. Next, could be the time used to fill orders from about 10 a.m. to noon. Then you might spend other parts of the day on wholesale orders, inventory management, and so forth. However you choose to do it, it’s nice to be consistent (but flexible).

Plan for inventory and everything else.

We cannot avoid every surprise, calamity, or confusion that we experience as store owners. We can, however, prepare properly in order to limit the number of unwanted surprises. If you create and maintain a game plan for things like clothing inventory and staff vacations, then when trouble arrives, you can minimize difficulties. 

Practice a service mindset.

You already know how important it is to build a following of loyal customers, the ones who return to make repeat purchases. How do you do that? The surest way is to practice a service mindset. By doing the little things like responding to customer complaints, helping folks find proper clothing fits, and so forth, you earn their trust. Then with trust comes long-term patronage.

Ask us for help.

One of the best advantages to owning a Scout & Molly’s Boutique store is the access to dependable franchisor assistance. As a franchisee, you can always contact us for guidance on some of these issues, especially inventory management. That’s why we offer ongoing manager training, and support with technology, and always keep you posted on the latest development through conference calls.

Scout & Molly’s Boutique offers the latest and greatest in women’s apparel and operates within a winning franchise business structure. The latter gives aspiring business owners the chance to own a business and reach success without having to figure out everything from scratch. Contact us anytime to learn all about our franchising system and whether you’d make a great clothing store owner with us.

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Posted on January 31st, 2023