At first, I put so much pressure on myself to climb the entrepreneurial learning curve and get to the same level as some of the more established people in my industry. I thought that I immediately needed to learn who my ideal client was, what my niche should be, how to write the most effective copy for my website/blog posts, etc. because that’s what all the business books and podcasts I was inhaling told me I needed to do.
It's all too easy to think "if you want something done right, better do it yourself". This mindset leads to feeling overwhelmed, overworked and burnt out from the burden of juggling everything it takes to run a business. The delicate balance of serving clients, keeping up a social media presence, networking, building an email list, and the never-ending learning in order to become the very best at what you do. The fact of the matter is no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot do it all AND grow as a business (let alone find time to enjoy friends, family and life outside of entrepreneurship).
In organising business trips for myself and for clients, I’ve found that while planning a business trip is typically less intensive than booking holiday, it’s just as important to spend time planning and organising the details to ensure that the trip goes smoothly.
You want to make sure you build in time for travel delays, at least one great meal, and to ensure that the purpose of the business trip is successful.
On Wednesday, I was flying out of Belfast City Airport to go to London on a business trip. As we are rising over the Lagan and gliding past Samson and Goliath, it hit me that Belfast really is starting to feel like home. Which was exciting for me because the adjustment has been tougher than I had initially imagined, but also terrifying, because it might mean that my ‘other’ home is slipping away.
Just over a year ago I moved to Belfast - one of the few places in the world that rains even more than Portland, Oregon. It’s been such an amazing experience in learning and I’ve grown to love and understand so much that is unique to the area. So I’ve decided to make a list of the things that have challenged me to stretch my boundaries in my first year.
I’m all about systems and productivity. I’ve picked up and honed my skills as a way to create order and gain a little control over what can be a chaotic and hectic life! I run a part-time VA business, work a full-time job, and I’m at my happiest when I have a thriving social calendar.
Systems and automation are key to balancing it all! Here are my top 7 tips for becoming a productivity badass, just like me.
As entrepreneurs sometimes it can feel like there's never enough time to tackle everything on our to-do lists. In my line of work, as a virtual assistant, I see people committing to the same time-wasters over and over. And while there are a million apps, tools, and resources available - it can be very overwhelming to try to find exactly the right tools for your business.
Are you wasting your time on any of these 5 things? Here are my recommended tools for solving your most time-consuming, daily, administrative tasks!
Finding the perfect rhythm for your team’s daily workflow can be a challenge and a half. Many new businesses make the mistake of thinking that attracting top talent and creating a cool office space will be enough to make their businesses succeed. In my work, I’ve found that there are major factors in team management that are often sidelined in developing businesses. When these things are done right, they can majorly improve team productivity and employee satisfaction.
As a business owner, you have put countless hours of focus, dedication and hard work into ensuring that your dream succeeds. You have found the staff to help fulfil that dream and to make sure your user experience and customer service is excellent. What would happen if you were out of the office for a few days? Would your business continue to thrive if you went on holiday or had a family emergency?