This time of year is always a time to reflect and plan ahead. Some businesses are very busy, while others are less so as the silly season comes upon us. All routines tend to go out the window. Planning ahead tends to happen only after the New Year festivities are over, so take a little time for yourself in early January to think about what you want to be known for in 2019, and ask yourself the following questions:
December can be a crazy month for most business owners, but can also be a quiet time for some, time to reflect on what the year brought to the table, and a time to plan for the new year and all that is to come. It’s a good time to see how you can improve things in your business, perhaps automate certain areas of your business that take up your time, or delegate tasks to others in your team or to a virtual assistant.
You might think you can tackle all the ups and downs that entrepreneurship has to offer, but there will be times that something personal will impact your business; a family emergency, a bereavement, an illness or suffering a setback from an opportunity that you’d hoped would take your business to the next level.
Lots of people dream of being their own boss, dream of having more time to work on their own projects, work with people they want to serve, and have the flexibility in their day that the 9 to 5 can’t give them. The transition from full time employee to entrepreneur can be a challenge and requires some forward planning to avoid overwhelm or exhaustion at the early stages of your business.
There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. But when starting out in business, it can be tough to be the little fish in the big pond. The questions arise in your mind ‘Who is going to want what I offer?’, ‘What if I can’t help the client enough when they pay for my services?’, ‘Who am I to think I’m an expert?’.
So many entrepreneurs think they have to be able to do everything in their business. But focusing on the one or two things you’re good at means you turn up in your business ‘zone of genius’. This zone is where you combine your top talents and strengths with your purpose – it’s incredibly powerful when you are fully committed to it.
Sometimes you need to create the ideal dream job, the one that ticks all the boxes for you, the one that lets you be as creative or fulfilled in your daily working life as you want. It may be that your dream job is one that you have to seek outside of the normal 9 to 5, one that can’t be pigeonholed into a traditional role.
Whether you want to find a new job, set up your own business venture while working full time, or even something more personal like saving money or losing weight, it can be hard to find the time to organise and set daily goals to get you closer to the end result. Creating new daily habits that move you towards that goal can really help.
So you are busy juggling and managing and balancing all the different areas of your life, and you are trying to get some spare time in your day to work on your side business.
What are the best ways to get this done without compromising any of the other things you need to get done in your day, the full time job, the kids (or pets or partner), hobbies (things you need for a work life balance), and time to relax and unwind at the end of the day.
There will be times that you feel the road is long and you may never get things off the ground the way you want to, and do you know what - that's OK! Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will your business. If you want to avoid the complete loss of motivation and drive to move things forward, it's time to get accountable.
It’s easy in our digital age to see how much others are getting on with their lives. Facebook posts are always of happy couples, new babies, new jobs, all that good stuff. It would be easy to get stuck in the ‘comparisonitis’ game, wondering why you’re not as lucky, as thin, as smart, or as far ahead in your life as others.
Implementing new habits to get more done in your day can be easier than you think. Habit stacking is a process where you ‘stack’ new habits on top of old habits. Studies have shown that it is quicker and easier to add a new habit into a series of established habits as your current habits are strongly wired in your brain already.
There is always so much going on in our lives every day, it's hard to keep up with ourselves sometimes! However, 'clarity is power'as they say, so having clarity on what you are doing in your day when time is limited in starting a side business and there are a hundred and one things to do every day besides!
So you don’t know what you’re doing, and everyone is going to find out about it and point at you knowingly – welcome to Imposter Syndrome. This syndrome is very real for most of us – no matter how many accolades or how much success you achieve, you still don’t think you deserve the success that comes with it. You feel like a fraud, any success you have is linked to just good timing or a stroke of luck, or that you have blagged and conned your way into making everyone around you believe that you are better than you actually are