There will be times when you need to manage your food business remotely. So, to ensure that you are prepared for this, you need to create a strategy that you can put into action. Having a strategy in place will give you clear guidance and direction, and it will ensure that your food business can thrive (and not just survive) even when you are perhaps thousands of kilometers away. So, just what should your strategy include and cover?
Set Clear Objectives
To begin with, you need to have clear objectives in place. When you are not able to physically manage your business, perhaps by being on-site, you need to be sure that objectives will be followed. When you set out easy to follow and clear objectives, you can be sure that your business will stay on the right track. If objectives are not set, then those who are operating your business may struggle to know which direction to move in. Be realistic when creating plans and strategies. Also, try not to set too many objectives, as this will leave others feeling overwhelmed.
When you are on the go and you are traveling around, it is still important to conduct regular check-ins and meetings. Focusing on meeting management and ensuring that regular meetings are scheduled and held is essential for any sized business. When you have meetings, you get an idea of what is happening (or not) within your business, even if you are not in the office. Establish what you want to get out of each meeting you hold to ensure that meetings are a productive and valuable use of your time.
Have Clear Working Times
When you are traveling (no matter how long for), you need to establish set working times. Having a routine to follow will prove beneficial for you and your business too. When you have working times to follow, you can be sure everything gets done within a certain timeframe. You can also be sure that your traveling time and your working time do not clash. You need to separate the two to ensure that you get the best out of each scenario. When you are establishing working times, try and think about when others are working too. You may be super productive in the middle of the night, but team members might not be. Try and fit in with as many people’s schedules as possible to ensure maximum productivity and efficiency.
Use Accessible Online Platforms
Managing your food business or restaurant while traveling is much easier to do when you make use of online platforms. Online work or scheduling platforms (that can be accessed and used by many) will allow everyone to see what work needs doing and by when. You can assign tasks on a platform, or you can manage existing and ongoing projects remotely. When you utilize a platform, you retain firm control over the daily operations of your business, and you remain connected.