Mitigating Mistakes for Your Business To Avoid Trouble

How Mitigating Mistakes For Your Business Can Make Things Run Smoother

Everybody makes mistakes. They do say that to err is human, after all. However, making a mistake in business could lead to a lot of trouble.

Some small mistakes are easily picked up on and corrected, but other errors could lead to further mistakes and serious consequences. From upsetting a loyal customer to getting your taxes wrong, you could end up trying to clean up a big mess.

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If you want to reduce errors within your business, you need to think about both people and processes. Individuals make mistakes but they also arise from inefficient or incorrect processes.

Here’s what you need to do to reduce business errors.

If you want to reduce errors within your business, you need to think about both people and processes. Individuals make mistakes but they also arise from inefficient or incorrect processes. #businesstips Click To Tweet

Examine Your Processes

If your business processes aren’t right, they could lead to plenty of mistakes. A bad business process could mean you’re replicating the same mistakes over and over again. So how do you stop that from happening?

You need to examine your business processes carefully and work out what could be going wrong. Whether the processes carried out by a man or machine, any stage of a process could be tripping things up.

When you audit everything, make sure you speak to employees to see if they have any insights. 

Use Software to Automate Your Business

Sometimes, a human set of eyes is the best thing when you need to check something for errors. However, often technology can be much better at finding errors for us, as long as we give it the right instructions.

Automating things like invoice processing with tech from DataServ.com should help to take the effort out of eliminating errors. Information will get checked automatically so that less errors can occur. A tired or busy employee isn’t going to miss something important.

Plus, it frees up more time for your employees to do other things so they can be more productive.

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For example, I use Agorapulse now to schedule most of my Instagram posts, as it has saved me from making mistakes with typos. Being able to do it from the desktop vs. a mobile phone is just wonderful on the eyes.

Learning to mitigate mistakes for your business will save also you time!

 

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Set Clear Employee Standards

When you do rely on people to get tasks done, you want to help them do the best job possible. It’s difficult to completely eliminate human error, but there are things you can do to make it more likely.

Start by setting clear standards for your employees and being transparent about what they are. If employees know what’s expected of them, it’s easier for them to do their jobs well.

They should be able to refer to the standards expected of them when necessary and also have the support and tools that they need.

For example, when I started with a new freelancer here, I showed them exactly what I needed so they would send me things in the correct format. Why waste time going back and forth until they got it right?

They should be able to refer to the standards expected of them when necessary and also have the support and tools that they need. Click To Tweet

Find and Fix Mistakes Quickly

Mistakes can happen, even if you put a lot of effort into preventing them. The important thing is that if a mistake does occur, you put it right as soon as possible.

That’s why it makes sense to have procedures for dealing with mistakes. As well as being able to spot them quickly, everyone should know how they should be addressed.

Think about how a mistake should be corrected. Then, possibly how to handle letting people know, such as a client who the mistake might affect. If you can let someone know in advance of a mistake before they find out from someone else they will be less upset over it. (in most cases!)  I used to use that method when I worked for print media.

If I saw a mistake that was already printed and could not be corrected I would contact the client beforehand. Most clients appreciated knowing in advance and having the ability to prepare for it.  Otherwise, your client could be blindsided by the mistake.

Your business will probably make mistakes, but you can still try to prevent them and deal with them well when they occur.

Mistakes can happen, even if you put a lot of effort into preventing them. The important thing is that if a mistake does occur, you put it right as soon as possible. #biztips Click To Tweet

Your Turn on Mitigating Mistakes for Your Business

How are you mitigating mistakes for your business? Mistakes will happen – It’s more how we handle them that makes a difference. I’d love to know more in the comments below how you have improved since your mistakes.

Or, what has been your biggest mistake? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

 

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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Social Media, Blogging, and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 30+ years of experience in marketing/advertising with 9 years of experience in content marketing, social media, blogging, and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "How to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

  • Hi Lisa,

    The idea of evaluating your business is a phenomenal way to improve in your business activities. It enables you see areas or what isn’t working for your business and helps you fix things up for a more better ROI. Hence, not examining your business could break it down.

    And I like that you also mentioned the use and “marketing automation” to scale your business. In fact, many predicted that marketing automation will be a formidable digital marketing trend in 2019. Why? Because every other marketer is now using these tools to streamline their work, helping them maintain consistency which is vital for building credibility with your target audience.

    • Hi Moss, Oh yes, you have to evaluate at least monthly if not weekly. I know I do in many areas 🙂 Interesting that it is a becoming a must today Moss – Automation. I’m still NOT sold on it totally. I have one function on Twitter automated- message to new followers and I had one complain today 🙁 Go Figure!
      But I think they are necessary with so many mediums to work today. And like you say, everyone is using them, you’ll be left behind without them. Thanks for coming by Moss and for your valuable input on this one. Enjoy the rest of the week!

  • Hey Lisa,
    I suppose examining our business process is a crucial factor. We might go into repeating the same mistake again and again without even knowing that it is affecting the business negatively. This might even result in complete shutdown or slow down of website.
    Thanks for sharing this. I will also do a self -analysis.
    Regards
    Vineet Saxena

    • Hi Vineet, yes examing our businesses is critical. That’s the worst – repeating the same mistakes over and over again. You are most welcome and I appreciate your coming by here. Have a great day Vineet!

  • Great article. As someone have just starting out in the world of blogging, I need all the tips I can get. I am so grateful for some simple, easy to implement advice.

  • Hey Lisa, great post.

    Accidents do happen and will happen, but what makes or break us is how we choose to react to them. But we shouldn’t react at all- we should respond; be calm, be collected, and always strive for the best possible outcome.

    Thanks for the post, Lisa:)

    • Hi Nikola, great point- the way we respond to mistakes is very important. I love staying calm 🙂 You are welcome and I appreciate your coming by on this one Nikola. Have a great week ahead.

  • Really some great suggestions especially Set Clear Employee Standards and Find and Fix Mistakes Quickly.
    Thanks for sharing such a worth reading post.

  • Find mistakes fast and seek solutions. Big time key for us entrepreneurs Lisa. I see opportunities in problems or errors so do not resist or fear these circumstances, which of course happen for every entrepreneur. Excellent post.

    • Hi Ryan, oh yes I used to fear mistakes and want to hid under my desk years ago. Now I look for opportunities in them. What I can do to make it better and help someone? Thanks for coming by Ryan and loving the pictures of your latest adventure and travels 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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