I’m a Melbourne mum of 2 cheeky teenage boys and 2 super-cute puppies. And I know what it means to juggle motherhood and this crazy thing called life with running a profitable business you love.
I’ve struggled with it at times. But I’ve also succeeded. In a BIG way.
Self-employment isn’t for everyone, but for those of us who have chosen it, now have the ultimate freedom! There are many benefits that come with being your own boss – flexibility, the ability to move and act freely, the list goes on. But for some new business owners, the struggle to keep everything afloat can be a massive set-back.
If you want to have everything under control, and help your business to soar, here are some quick tips to help you be more productive.
Have you tried time blocking? Effective time management is key to getting the most out of your day. Time blocking can be super helpful to make sure you’re getting certain tasks done in a productive way. Having a to-do list will show you what you need to do, and time-blocking will show you when you’re going to do it. Map out time blocks in your calendar for tasks that you know how long they will take. For example, your social media for the week may take 2 hours, so you set a time allocation of 2 hours in your calendar to be sure you get it done then.
Be sure to set limits on your time also. Have clear guidelines of what your working schedule is, and let your clients and customers know that. Turn your notifications off outside of those times to actually get some rest!
When business owners start out, they can sometimes sell themselves too short just to start getting customers or clients. Being a business owner there are many additional costs that you will have to cover like taxes, electricity, insurances etc. By charging a minimum cost, you will not be able to cover these.
Make sure you’re managing your finances realistically and don’t be afraid to chat to your accountant to get the best advice possible. The price of getting help is much better than the price and stress of making easily avoidable mistakes.
Having freedom within your business is a wonderful thing, you can go to your gym sessions, grab coffee with a friend, whatever your lifestyle requires. But it can be dangerous when your 8 hour working day becomes a 5 hour working day!
Scheduling in your ‘you time’ is the best thing you can do. I suggest booking these times into your calendar so you can see with time in advance how you can work around them to get the most out of your day!
It can be tough being a business owner and doing everything by yourself. But just know, you’re not the only one and there’s many other women who are doing this too. Don’t let yourself fall victim to isolation within your business.
There are plenty of fabulous facebook groups that you can join to find other business owners who may be going through the same thing! Check out Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine, or Women Business Owners Supporting Women Business Owners to get started.
If you’re looking for additional business support, I would suggest getting in touch with a business coach to help you grow your business. Business coaches know exactly what you’re going through and can help you to power on!
Being a business owner, you have to wear a lot of hats. It’s nearly impossible to be an expert in every field. There’s finance, marketing and social media strategy, business strategy, customer service, the list goes on. Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself and keep developing your skills.
If you’re still not feeling like it’s working for you, outsource! You may not be a pro at a certain aspect of your business, but there is someone out there who is and is ready to help you!
To find out more about the benefits of outsourcing, be sure to check out my blog, 6 Reasons You Need To Outsource.
Let me know in the comments what your best tip for productivity is.
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