Let's start by stating that managing a start-up is no mean feat. First of all, this is an ever-changing type of company. At the very beginning, it's hard to predict how the business will develop, and you need to help your venture grow in every way possible. In addition, all the big and small decisions seem to depend on you, and it's hard to escape the feeling you're the only responsible for (un)likely demise (but not the good results, though). However, there are some practical start-up management solutions, so let's see how you can install order into business "chaos" called a start-up.
Make a sound plan
Having undertaken market research and analyzed your potential, it's time you defined your short and long term goals. You should especially focus on the short term ones, as achieving them (or failing to do so) will give you excellent pointers about your general business and your staff. Employees should also be informed about the expected achievements for the certain time period.
Hire a good team
If the core of a start-up is no good, then there are slim chances of it advancing. This especially applies to the professionals you are going to hire. Not only is it important to hire experts, but you must also pay attention to their personalities, as the clashes mostly result in bad communication, and no one needs that at the very beginning. Try using the Myers-Briggs Personality Test to see if your employees are a match, and you'll create a reliable team.
Be absolutely clear
Your employees have to be aware of their duties and responsibilities at all times. This may sound too obvious, but it must not be taken for granted. In a small environment it's only too easy to end up surrounded with different pieces of information and various demands. Hence, employees may feel overwhelmed and demotivated. It is your mission to explain each and every one what their exact job is. Printing the instructions is perfectly recommendable.
Every start-up is a bit controversial: great things are expected from you, but you are just beginning. Still, this mustn't be an excuse for not buying the necessary tools or providing much needed funds. For example, for clear and fast communication, you could get the latest business software, as this will set you apart from the competition. The best way to stand out is to become famous for your swift delivery of services or products.
Don't be afraid to expand
If you're doing everything well, there could be another challenge lurking, and that is rapid growth. As much as it is deeply desirable, it also calls for swift action and hiring more people. You HR department could be in over their heads, so it's important they know how to choose the right HRIS system. This system will speed up the hiring process without losing on the quality, minimize potential payroll errors and offer a much better schedule.
Review and control
This is a bit challenging, but it has to be done, and it has to be done by you! You have to monitor what is going on and check progress reports every week in order to react promptly should you notice anything alarming. Hopefully, if you have made short term plans clear and the workers are doing specifically what they were assigned to, you will only be reading about making progress.
Finally, don't worry if it all seems a bit overwhelming right now. There is always risk involved, and a close working environment only seems be easy to manage and control. Still, the above tips should help you create a well-organized, reliable system and you'll be reaping benefits much sooner than expected.