Aside from honesty and integrity, what do you think is the single-most-important trait of a business owner? It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the day. Irate customers are complaining. An employee has called in sick. You’re in the middle of the rush hour. But being detail-oriented spells the difference between success and doom. While you might miss the tiny detail that can put your business at risk, your customers are not. These eagle-eyed customers notice every little thing about your business—from the dirty floor to the messy boxes piling up in one corner of your store.
Being detail-oriented in any industry is a must. It’s the same thing as needing precision manufacturing in industries such as aerospace, mining, oil and gas, automotive, and agriculture. These industries demand that their workers pay close attention to the smallest detail in the supply chain and manufacturing process. Imagine the confusion and chaos of missing out on a tiny detail in manufacturing a gas pump.
Do you know what can happen if you forget to claim an expense on your annual income tax? You will not be eligible for the necessary deduction. If you hastily file your income tax without checking if the numbers are correct, one small incorrect placement of the number zero can cause legal troubles. Being detail-oriented down to the last centavo on your income tax return saves a ton of money, stress, hassle, and legal issues.
When you walk inside your favorite grocery store, what’s stopping you from buying the cheapest bag of chips there is? You are in the hunt for a $3 bag of chips, and yet somehow, that ugly packaging of a $1 bag doesn’t cut it for you. You’ll just add a couple of buck, and you have a “better-looking” bag of chips. Sometimes, it’s the quality that you’re after. Then, there are times when you’re so enamored by the great-looking packaging of the other item that you grab it without thinking.
It’s the smallest detail such as the way the item is packed or that handwritten note that an online seller sticks to a product that makes a difference. This is why you need to pay attention to detail. It can make or break your business.
As a business, you need to sit down with your employees and decide with them how best to move forward. Questions such as “What happened with the printer?” or “Why could we access the local network earlier?” may seem insignificant. But a closer look will tell you that these are the things that help a business streamline their business operations.
It saves time, money, and resources. It keeps business data organized. It reevaluates campaigns. It reroutes the budget. Streamlining the business processes keeps a more organized office and store.
Many small business owners feel it such a chore to keep up with the tiny details of their businesses. They leave it up to their employees to deal with those. That shouldn’t be the case. If you want your business to grow, be hands-on. Be proactive in finding even the tiniest issues so that you can address them promptly.