Grand Rapids Brewing and Jovan Jovanovic

The Place – Grand Rapids Brewing: From innovative brews like new English bitter hybrids to classics like traditional Hefewiezen, there’s something for everyone at Grand Rapids Brewing. The brewery doesn’t just like to experiment, either – it’s an excellent place to have a good time no matter what you’re doing. The game room, full menu, and string of special bottle releases give plenty of patrons a reason to come back.

The Business Leader – Jovan Jovanovic: Jovan is a founding part of the Watson Intellectual Property Group. As a specialist in intellectual property law, he deals with patens, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and related matters – pretty important stuff for a new venture to be aware of! As a whole, the Watsons Intellectual Property Group helps businesses understand property law and navigate important rights decisions when necessary. He currently lives in California, but came back for a Michigan (where he still manages an office) visit and talk about his work!

Managing a Business in Multiple Locations When You Can’t Be There

Do you think you can manage your business while away for a few weeks? What about if you’re away for an entire year? Do you think you could still manage it? Here’s how to do it.

Technology is Your Best Friend

Well, maybe not literally, but you get the idea! Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to live in one state and manage a business in another state, even when you are busy. A great example are the business workflow management solutions we use today, when are excellent at sending automated alerts to managers and business leaders regarding company actions. Your tablet or phone is now a gateway to the inventory and inner workings of your business no matter where you are – and business social media apps make it just as easy to communicate with employees.

Switch to Formats That Work at a Distance

Don’t let your business languish in the past with old document formats. New formats are much easier to use and manage, and come with many added at-a-distance benefits, such e-verification and e-signing. Even in the law business, Jovan has come to find that electronic documents and the latest shareable formats have come to dominate the industry. Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be complicated: You can easily start by using more PDFs or similar formats.

Automate as Much as Possible

We’re not just talking about automating business processes. This is always a good idea! But when managing a business at a distance, it’s important to automate as much of the system as possible – and this includes automating employee management. That’s right, you have to have a system for managing employees and noting employee problems from a distance. Innovative timecard solutions and managers you can trust are an important part of this process.

Keep Talking With Clients

Client conversations still matter, no matter how far away you are. Make time for phone calls, web conference, online chats and more. It’s simple, but necessary.

Consider Changing Your Fee Structure

This is more of a side note, but your business may benefit from a change in fee structure – and this can also make it easier to operate autonomously. For example, Jovan implemented a flat fee structure that made it simpler for his firm to make automated transactions and client decisions even if he wasn’t around. Think about what fee structures can make things easier for both you and your clients.

To learn more about how Jovan completely changed his business to meet the demands of modern times (and why patent applications are important), watch the full video!