Business structure

In the early days of your business, you'll find yourself the centre of activity, fulfilling many roles. But for your company to grow effectively you'll need to put the correct structure and pillars in place. Read our guide to find out how to recruit a management team, build departments and delegate control.

  • Bringing in a management team
  • Setting up departments
  • Delegating control

Bringing in a management team

Before recruiting managers, assess what your needs and aims are. Ask yourself the following: have you identified any weaknesses in your skills that could benefit from some outside expertise? Are you looking for support to help out with some of the business' demands? Are you creating a new role that calls for skills you don't have? Look at your existing staff - does anyone stand out as management material, will you need to invest in training or should you make an external appointment?

  • It can be hard to acknowledge your weaknesses, but this will help you to identify the type of management team your business needs
  • Consider whether any of your existing staff are suitable to become part of your management team

Setting up departments

As you recruit new people to your business, it's likely you'll need to set up separate departments, such as finance or marketing. Ensure that tasks, roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined and are in line with budgets. Consider the skills that you will require from employees and detail these in any job specifications. It's vital that you oversee the department in the first few weeks, to ensure that it is running smoothly or until it is able to run on its own.

  • Outline clearly the tasks and responsibilities of separate departments
  • Consider the skills you'll require from employees and ensure these are contained in job specifications

Delegating control

Owners of growing businesses often find it challenging to delegate control as they are used to carrying out many tasks themselves. Delegating, however, can offer many benefits such as feeing up your time for areas you are good at, building trust and helping to motivate employees. Write a list of tasks you perform and consider whether you or someone else can do the job better. Costs are also important - delegate if this proves to be more cost-effective.

  • Delegation can free up your time so you can concentrate on areas you are best suited to
  • Giving employees additional responsibility can boost levels of motivation

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