Common Jobs You May Need To Run Your Business

June 11, 2018 451 views

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Common Jobs Positions You May Need As A Business Owner

Running your business may be a one-person operation, or it may require several employees. Each company is unique and requires different positions. Listed below is a combination of jobs, tasks, and job titles you may perform yourself, hire, or outsource.

As a business owner, you must know what each job entails. Even though you don’t have to perform the tasks yourself, you should know the necessary functions of each task.

For example, you may rely heavily on your website. You have a web designer, a web programmer, a graphic designer, an SEO specialist, and a marketing expert. When you understand what each person does, you can determine if you need more or fewer people for the department.

In the website example above, your graphic designer and a web designer could be combined into one position. You could also combine the programmer and SEO specialist, or you may find that you need more SEO specialists and programmers.  The point is, if you don’t understand each job, you won’t be able to make the right decisions.

Below you can see a list of common positions and some of the duties performed within those positions. Keep in mind this is a general list. Many companies will have fewer jobs, and other companies will have thousands of related jobs. Plus, the duties of each position vary.

Receptionist/Secretary/Office Assistant

Duties May Include:

  • Answering questions about business hours, products, and company policy
  • Directing customer/clients to the correct destinations
  • Answering incoming calls
  • Handling and sorting mail
  • Typing out memos
  • Setting appointments
  • Recordkeeping
  • Filing
  • Data entry
  • Office organization


Duties May Include:

  • Accounting
  • Payroll
  • Creating financial reports
  • Purchasing
  • Banking
  • Paying Bills
  • Recordkeeping
  • Filing

Business Manager

Duties May Include:

  • Overlooking business operations
  • Hiring
  • Training
  • Quality control
  • Problem-solving
  • Creating reports of day-to-day operations
  • Product selection
  • Inventory control
  • Scheduling

Marketing Manager

Duties May Include:

  • Advertising
  • Creating brochures
  • Creating sales
  • Social media marketing
  • Maintaining a robust online presence
  • Creating marketing campaigns
  • Working with sales reps

Sales Representative

Duties May Include:

  • Finding leads
  • Creating promotional materials
  • Cold calling
  • Closing sales
  • Working with the marketing manager

Security Guard

Duties May Include:

  • Protecting people
  • Protecting property
  • Preventing problems caused by others
  • Creating logs
  • Monitoring security cameras
  • Routine inspections for any suspicious activities

Inventory Clerk

Duties May Include:

  • Stocking shelves
  • Inventory control
  • Inventory management


Duties May Include:

  • Cashing out customers
  • Managing cash and the till
  • Bagging products
  • Customer service
  • Process returns


Duties May Include:

  • Loading products
  • Unloading products
  • Making deliveries

General Labor

Duties May Include:

  • Moving products
  • Loading/unloading
  • Heavy lifting
  • A variety of general tasks that require physical labor


Duties May Include:

  • Website design
  • Updating your website
  • Website optimization
  • Graphic design
  • Social media