If somebody asked you what is the most crucial aspect of business to focus on to ensure success, what would you say? Some would choose Sales. Some would say Marketing. Many would claim it’s Leadership. Others believe it’s Systems. More than a few would be adamant that the most important element is financial acumen. This week, we ask top experts about “What’s the single most important ingredient of a successful business”


Scott Sherwood, TestLodge

 Scott SherwoodAutomate as much as possible. Whatever profession you may be in, you can only work so many hours in one day, so making sure you spend this time on the things that actually matter and make the difference is very improvement. Automating those recurring tasks that you may have to do day after day can be a huge time saver when you consider how much time you may spend on them over a full month / year.



Robin Martinelli, Martinelli Investigations Inc

Robin MartinelliMy biggest tip to stay focus an work hard is balance. You have to tell yourself their is a day each week I am taking for myself. Hiring great people an email me back or call and I can tell you some tools to help.




Jamila T Jeffers, J T Jeffers

Jamila T JeffersSelf-Management is an umbrella term that I use to encompass Time Management, Productively, efficiency. I started my business last year but I think of my business as 1 year old with 10 year’s experience.

My favourite Time Management tip of 2016 is ‘Say No more’, We say ‘yes’ to stuff that just makes us busy, often in an attempt to be liked, or to impress others. But in the end we waste time and effort, while not getting any closer to our own goals.



Barry Maher, BarryMaher & Associates

Barry MaherSimply spending a few minutes at the end of every day planning the next day, then a few minutes every morning reviewing that plan, saves far more than 20 minutes each and every day.




Bob Littell, NetWeaving International

Bob LittellThe Grand Daddy of all time management is the classic work by Alan Lakein, “How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life” published back in 1974.  He introduced the concept of the A’s, B’s, and C’s.

The A’s are those things that are most ‘important’ .  Usually they are more complex and longer-term in nature and they’re the ones we tend to put off saying we need more time to focus on them.
The B’s are those things that are ‘important’ but not nearly as important as the A’s and they tend to have some ‘sense of urgency’ about them.
The C’s are those items that are neither that important or even that urgent.  They’re those gnat-biting things that we need to get done and are fairly short-term in nature.
With our limited ‘windows of time’, we tend to finish the week by knocking out a nice list of C’s; work on a few B’s, and get little or nothing accomplished on our A’s.
Lakein’s two tips include:  1)  constantly ask yourself, “What’s the best use of my time?”   2)  “When in doubt, CHIP at an A!”. That’s the saying by which I try to live my life.

Start your week out by first looking at your A’s and decide what bite-sized piece or pieces of my A’s can I knock out this week and don’t do anything toward working on a B or a C until you have finished that portion of your A.  What often happens is that once you get started working on just a small piece of your A, you tend to get wrapped up in it and spend a great deal more time than you had expected.  That’s how you get the most important things accomplished.


Leah Thurber, GetAcademicHelp.com

Leah ThurberThere are a lot of effective habits that people should possess. One of the most effective traits of the most successful people is being productive. And I can’t disagree with the idea that if you learn how to manage your time, the world will be in your hands.Productivity is one of the most important skills that everyone should possess.All of the best ideas are nothing without productivity that will turn them in real successful results. And time management is an unavoidable part of productivity. This is a skill that will last a lifetime, no matter what else must be learned. There are a lot of various time management tips, but I’d like to mention the most important ones. First and foremost, you should set work hours for yourself just as if you were in an office, they can be broken up, but set aside a good 6-7 hours a day for actual productive work. And no personal phone calls or interruptions while you’re working. What is more, it is very important to plan what you’re going to do – “To-Do” list. Either before you go to sleep at night or first thing in the morning you need to plan each day. Moreover, it is far better not just plan what to do, but prioritize well that helps you not to move to #2 until #1 is accomplished. To be productive means to budget your time well, focus on the tasks at hand, and complete them on time. Plan your day activity in the right way and conquer the world.

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