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Project management
The ability to efficiently manage projects of any size is vital for any small business owner. Broadly speaking, this involves identifying a specific goal or outcome, and managing your resources in a way that ensures this is achieved on schedule.

Projects come in many sizes. For example, when setting up your enterprise your projects might include developing and launching a website, designing your product or service before launch, or developing an efficient customer service scheme. Whatever the project, you will need to be able to manage resources including time, money and staff to ensure that you reach your goals in a timely manner.

Successful projects do not just happen. They are not just a long list of jobs to be done, they are the result of careful planning, management, organisation and communication; a carefully planned sequence of events, where progress is smooth and steady, one step leads seamlessly to the next, and every possible hitch has been considered and countered.

A successful project needs people with the right skills and knowledge at its heart. Working together, a well-managed, motivated team with clear roles, responsibilities, and reporting lines, will carry a project to its conclusion without compromising on time, cost or quality. Behind every successful project – whether it is launching a new enterprise, setting up a new retail unit or website or planning a marketing event – there is an unsung hero: the project manager - THIS WILL OFTEN BE YOU!