I wish I had more time!
When your business is young and you’re fresh out of the gate, it’s easy to overlook how much time it takes to maintain a successful company. Once you dive into a day-to-day routine, however, the four-hour work week seems like a myth.
Are you ready to put in the time to move your business to the next level?
While I’m partial to work at home businesses, especially women-owned businesses, the principles apply to any kind of business, and to those run by men. (Giving a nod to my brothers.)
My advice to women pursuing self employment? Prepare for long days, longer nights and rising in the wee hours while your family sleeps. Dreamy images of nursing an infant while crafting magazine articles ain’t where it’s at. Find a nanny, gardener, accountant, personal assistant, housekeeper and handyman so you can work!
Take your business seriously.
Self employment isn’t easy. You are the show – the pony, the cart, the harness and the driver. Every detail is up to you. While I enjoy the inner workings of my small business, others scream at the thought of preparing their taxes or hire an assistant to perform certain tasks. Consider your strengths and weaknesses when evaluating your business goals, and never be a hero. Don’t let work pile up; even the smallest projects can end up biting your backside if left untended.
Keeping your head while launching a new business, flying solo and maintaining altitude as your business grows, is a glorious, if somewhat elusive, feat. Determination and tenacity are traits that serve entrepreneurs well.
The flip side of putting in the time is wearing yourself out. Use these touchstones to keep mental order and spiritual sanity:
- Make time for you. Remember all the things that make your heart sing and schedule them into your work week.
- Outsource what you can. Allow others to help your business. It’s good vibes when you spread the work and the love.
- Reach for the Zen moment. Heated up? Anxious? Find the Zen spot within you and take a deep breath. Spiritual moments are free and healthy.
- Breaks are a good thing. I’m the guilty party here, so this one’s for me.
What are your tricks of the trade, and what makes you a successful business person? Keep the conversation going and inspire others.