This summer, we have been switching gears and ramping UP our businesses at home. I ordered Lara Casey’s Power Sheets to work on the next six months, which should get me to the end of the year. I’d heard good things about these Power Sheets from my friend Melissa and a Facebook group I belonged to that I decided to try them out. More later about using them!
For those of you who are starting out and getting your from home business off the ground, I wanted to share 10 things to do this summer. There are so many we can add on – and please do so in the comments! But there is something to be said to keep them bite-sized and easily digestible throughout the year. Ready? Here we go.
- Trust yourself. As you move on to marketing and branding your business, you may stumble and make some mistakes. Trust yourself and give yourself permission to make mistakes, and learn from them.
- Ask. You may have to get to 100 “nos” before you get that “yes.” Go through those “nos.”
- Set your goals. I keep hearing “be financial stable” but what does that mean? Be specific. “In three months, I want to be earning $500 per month from my side business while I work full-time. Nine months after that, I want to out-earn my day job and work from home on my only business.”
- Collaborate with people you can learn from. Seek out and create small business tribes and help each other out.
- Keep your network updated. Whether you use LinkedIn, Facebook, email or other means to keep in touch with your communities, do it. Send an email and reach out to one person in your contacts list every day. By the end of summer, you’ll have touched base with at least 90 people!
- Focus on one task at a time. The idea of multitasking is awesome, right? But it can take you off-course and drag out the rest of your day.
- Know your strengths, know your weaknesses. Outsource your weaknesses. I’m not a great copywriter, so I will hire a copywriter by project.
- Help a friend. Just as you’ve asked for an introduction, introduce two contacts to each other. You never know when a partnership or collaboration will happen!
- Block time out each day for work. When you work from home, it’s so easy to fall into the “I’m going to do laundry, wipe down the bathroom, and check email” syndrome. Do not do it. Let the laundry go during your designated work hours. Treat your business with the respect it deserves.
- Find an accountability partner. If you’re having a hard time getting your work done, I suggest finding a friend who can be your accountability partner. Usually it is another entrepreneur or work from home professional. But it can also be a traditional 9-5er. You’ll keep each other accountable to your tasks and goals.
What calls out to you? Will you complete this list and add on to your life/work to-dos?