Being the master and commander of your own at-home business gives you freedom and flexibility, as well as the ability to grow your brand–however big or small you want it to expand. Whatever those goals are for you, implementing routine habits from the start is critical to your success. Here are some tips to help you stay focused and manage your time.
Be A Goal Setter
It’s important to figure out how much money you want to make with your business. In terms of looking at it from a year’s perspective, figure out your total goal for the first year, and break that amount down to quarterly, monthly, and weekly targets. The sales will ebb and flow, but by tracking the numbers with a set amount in mind, you can average out what you need to hit your overall goal.
As owner of Days 2 Remember, Bobbi Daniels has set up a system using Salesforce, Google, and QuickBooks that helps her manage her numbers. Not only has this system kept her on track, but it has pushed her to keep raising the bar and sticking to a plan that makes it all possible.
Plan Out Your Calendar
Whether you’re a full-time or part-time at-home business owner, it is important to figure out when you can dedicate time to your business. Planning your week out in advance will alleviate a lot of unnecessary stress. When considering your time schedule, be realistic with yourself and know your habits.
Bobbi has identified that she is a morning bird and likes to get up at 4 a.m., so getting tasks done before 9 a.m. (such as catching up on invoicing, design work, etc.) helps set the tone for each day. After 9, she is typically doing sales calls and packing up orders to go out over the next few days, while fitting in family time with her daughter and husband.
Be Cautious Of Busy Work
It’s easy to start spending time on aspects of the business that are not yielding a profit. Don’t sweat the small details needing to be perfect before you can get started. This will only bog you down. As Bobbi explains, “I saw a lot of CEO’s and Executive Directors in my past life fall easily into this trap. Having business goals and a vision is important, but remember to be flexible with your plan.”
Bobbi stresses focusing on the bigger picture: Your time should be most spent on the part of the business that brings you money. “As you grow, you will need to learn to let go of ‘handling it all’, and start assigning out the necessary tasks that need to be done but don’t directly generate money,” she says.
Find Your Balance
Finding balance might be one of the biggest struggles you deal with as an independent business owner. All too often we get stuck in the rat race and begin to observe time as the enemy. One of the biggest keys to Bobbi’s success is making sure she is giving equal attention to the mind, body, and soul. For her, that translates into activities, such as going for a run in the morning, practicing being present in the moment, and seeking gratitude in the simplest of tasks. Bobbi has found a certain harmony in her life by being a work-at-home mom, running her own business. Work doesn’t feel like work because she has tailored a plan to keep her focused and able to enjoy the simple moments.
Bobbi admits that some days are more structured than others, but that’s okay because one of the beautiful advantages of being a Stork Handler is not being a prisoner to the time clock. She’s calling the shots and doing it her way.
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