You’ve come this far fellow girl boss. You have this amazing idea or service that could really benefit others and you’re ready to share that idea to the world by starting your own business. But then you probably think to yourself “isn’t opening up a business expensive? Don’t I need to pay for inventory or an office space?” To answer your question, NOPE that couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, thanks to e-commerce platforms, drop-shipping, and living in an era that lives off of online-anything, becoming an entrepreneur is simpler than ever to set up. Now please don’t get it twisted being an Entrepreneur requires commitment Continue reading
We’re almost at the end of the first quarter and it’s time to admit that you waste time on things that honestly just don’t matter. They don’t better you, don’t benefit your future, or bring you money. You’re simply wasting time as an owner when you could be creating money-making activities.
You’re costing your business loss sales when you waste your genius on activities that don’t benefit it. It’s time to rethink your priorities and how you manage your time. There’s so much to do as an entrepreneur that good time management skills are needed to build a profitable business.
Most entrepreneurs go through or at least understand the struggle of working a soul draining 9-5 while also having your own business to run. At your 9-5 you probably have to deal with an obnoxious boss or coworkers. Then when you come home you’re probably exhausted or have other important matters to tend to, leaving your business, your dream, unattended. This transition time can be stressful and difficult, and while ambition is important, it is not always enough to move you forward. Maintaining your motivation and drive during your transition from employee to entrepreneur is crucial. It’s easy to veer off course and get discouraged during this transitional phase. Fear not, this happens to many entrepreneurs and it could feel like you’re pulled in different directions but there are ways to overcome this and work towards giving your business that extra love it needs.
Here’s four tips you can implement in order to run a business while working a 9-5.
- Wake up earlier. I know this tip is simple, but it’s effective. Waking up just an hour earlier than usual leaves you time to work on your business. Becoming a morning person in general is life changing. I was born at 5:45 pm so naturally I’m not a morning person and becoming one took effort but was worth it! An important girl boss morning task is checking and responding to all emails. Not only does this clear some mental space but it leaves you feeling empowered and ready to take on the day. Other tasks that can be completed in the morning are fulfilling orders, completing a service, or writing a post for your blog.
- Effectively managing your time is key prior to and after transitioning to a FT Entrepreneur. Instead of spending time playing Candy Crush devote that time to something productive for your biz. If your commute to your 9-5 involves public transportation, work on the go. Like most businesses, you probably have an online presence, which means catering to it is extremely flexible. Anyone who takes public transportation knows that being on your phone for whatever reason makes time run faster, so why not use that time on your phone to run your business? Like the first tip, you can use this time to answer emails, complete a service, or fulfill orders. Bonus tip, do this for your commute to AND from work. Depending on your commute this could be an extra 30 minutes to an hour a day of time you can spend running your business.
- Have a clean, aesthetic workplace. Throwing in some psychology, what you see generally dictates your mindset. In other words, if your desk or workspace is cluttered, chances are your mind is cluttered as well. A simple fix to a cluttered entrepreneur mind is cleaning up your workspace. This immediately adds organization and puts your mind a little more at ease. For that extra kick of motivation, make your desk or workspace aesthetically pleasing. Decorating your workspace does not have to be expensive. Some affordable ideas are framed prints/motivational quotes; wall hung clipboards, lights, and flowers or a small plant. Customize according to your unique style and doing so gives you that spark to sit down and get to business.
- This last tip may seem contradicting but it is absolutely necessary. Relax, have some “me time.” It is going to be difficult to work a 9-5 while running a business without some time to physically and mentally relax. Without time for yourself you are more likely to burn out, and that’s not doing you, your 9-5, or your business any good. Opposing to what others say, it is definitely possible to work a 9-5, run a business, and have some “me time.” The key to balancing all three is to know when to have “me time.” The best “me time” for anyone working a 9-5 is that moment when you first get home. I give myself an hour of “me time” to decompress prior to starting to work on my biz. You’re exhausted and just need to sit back before catering to your business. I suggest setting aside one to three o hours if work was rough that day. Then you’ll be mentally & physically ready to handle business.
If you plant these tips into your routine you can get an extra 2-3 hours of your day that can be spent on your business alone. With ambition and solid time management that 9-5 that funds your business could end up being the side hustle. If you’re ready to build your brand and get out of overwhelm and into focus (no more wasting time and energy) & gain the accountability, direction, support and vision for you to be successful click here to book a Strategy Session.
With spring approaching it’s time to come out of hiding and start getting ready for new beginnings and fresh starts. You probably haven’t thought about making sure that you’re good. But you know that what #SelfishSaturdays are all about, this week we’re making sure you get a couple checkups. Yes, you need different kinds of checkups, you’re trying to live healthy and wealthy.
Your spirituality. Whatever you believe in, take time to get closer to it. Pray more, meditate more, look for more ways to show your faith. Find new ways you can show your faithfulness and kindness to others as well.
When I started my first business 10 years ago, an email list wasn’t a thought and I surely wasn’t thinking about growing a social media following (I only had a Myspace account, lol). Fast forward to today and I’m creating email automations, segmenting my lists, running ad campaigns, and have a brand profile on 3+ social media platforms (Alignable, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter). Within the last year my biz has grown because of the 5 things that I’m about to share with you. Continue reading
Between working, running a business, family life, and trying to not become a hermit I’m exhausted by Thursday. It takes a lot of effort to make sure that everything gets done. To make sure that my family doesn’t feel neglected, or the laundry gets done (this doesn’t count folding), I work on my business, and I find my selfish moments. I don’t try to do everything, I aim for balance. A little bit of this gets done, a bit of that can wait.
Here are a couple ways to help you find balance as well:
1. Ask for help. I’ve got so much vying for my attention that it’s a wonder I get anything done, but I let others know when I need help.
When I first became a Solopreneur one of my biggest struggles was being productive and holding myself accountable. Between social media, emails, clients and a to-do list there were numerous distractions that threatened my productivity. Thankfully, there are a variety of productivity, organization, task management and project management applications Continue reading
Don’t selfishly set yourself up for failure because you want to be an entrepreneur. I get it you hate your job, barely tolerate the people, and the money isn’t all that. So you want to quit it to follow your dream of finally starting your own business. But to quit without really assessing where you stand not just financially, but in your business is a selfish move. And not in a good way.
Bianca Robinson, President of Cayden Cay Consulting tells the story of how “God told me to quit my job. But it wasn’t God, it was my ego. And the dumbest thing I could have done.” And now she encourages all of her clients to stay and work their 9-5, so it can fund their 6-10.
I totally agree with her. As someone who still does both, I can depend on my check regardless of how much I work. I can’t say the same for my business.