An entrepreneur who starts a business alone develop it, work for it without co-worker is a solopreneur. There are times, as a solopreneur, when you feel as though both ofyour hands, each of your eyes, and the right and left side of your brain are all working on different things. You’re Pinteresting and answering email and scanning Twitter and reading a blog post and creatinggraphics and scheduling calls for next week all at the same time.Somehow it all gets done, but at the end of the day you’re straight worn out, sitting there on the couch, glass of wine in one hand, watching the final episode of GoT (OMG btw), scrolling Instagram and creating a plan of attack for tomorrow. Yeah, I know you do it do—finally sit down after work and you’re still multi-tasking your relaxing.
We talked about how you should be treating yourself as your one and only employee. So today we’re going to simplify that daily business grind, knock out your to-do list with maximum focus, soyou can get through the day and actually put your feet up and your phone down at night.
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Hire out or trade skills
While it feels pretty good to say “I did it all myself,” sometimesyou have to let someone else help you out. Whether it’s copy editing,blog designing, or cutting through customer service tasks, handing alittle bit of the work off to someone else (maybe someone who could doit better) is often a good idea. If you’re not really at a point yetthat hiring help is plausible, consider trading skills with one of yourbadass business buddies. I’ll do a little design work for you and youhelp me knock out copy for a sales page.
Find your focus
Running around like a chicken with its head cut off does not a#GIRLBOSS make. I know it’s addicting and it feels good to be karatechopping your to-do list like a ninja in between HIIT workouts and Skype calls, but you can slow it down. Really, you can. This year I’ve beenmaking an effort to be more of a relaxing on the beach, lunching between client sessions, badass boss lady. And in order to do this I had to get real serious about figuring out what’s important and only focusing onthe task at hand. When I’m writing my ebook, I’m writing my ebook. WhenI’m scheduling social media, I’m scheduling social media. My phone doesnot need to find its way into my hand and my email does not need to beconstantly tended to. Focusing on one thing at a time has made a worldof difference in the way I feel at the end of the workday and about mybusiness overall.
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Here, you can have your sanity back. But it’s so important to my business that it definitely deservesanother mention. You do not need to handle every aspect of your business manually. If people sign up for a program or service they should beautomatically dropped into the correct email list and automaticallyreceive the information to take the next step. If you regularly collectthe same information from students you should be creating forms andinstruction sheets. If you write the same emails to perspective clientsyou should be using an email template that you can quickly personalize.
Find some solo business buddies
Nothing helps more when you’re really in it—you know, crabby clients, crazy launch weeks, so much damn work—to have someone else to talk towho gets it. No matter how much you love your friends, family, andsignificant other, if they haven’t been in the trenches ofsolopreneurship too, they just won’t be able to wrap their minds aroundeverything you do. Slack chat, Gchat, Skype, whatever way works best totake time each week to connect with someone else who’s working their ass off to.
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Touch emails only once
Don’t worry about inbox zero, but do file that ish on a regularbasis. I only open my inbox a couple of times a day—usually when I first start working in the morning, mid-day and once more in the evening. And I do my best to touch emails only once. This means it either getsanswered, deleted or filed and out of my inbox immediately. Only itemsthat require a lengthy response, for example, responding to questionsfor an email interview, will stay in my inbox until they’re finished.
Your online conference looks fantastic, but unfortunately I won’t have time to participate this year. I think so-and-so would be bettersuited to take on your web design project. I’m swamped at the moment so I won’t be able to create a guest post for you, but thank you forthinking of me. Saying no isn’t always easy, but sometimes it isnecessary. If you feel super guilty turning things down try this: givethem a compliment, politely decline, and suggest another person or twoto contact instead. You don’t need to explain and I guarantee they’llstill think you’re awesome and email you again in the future.
Keep it simple
Emails can be short, blog posts can be just blog posts (no opt-ins,upgrades, worksheets – as much as I do love all of that), details can be nailed down in a 15 minute Skype session instead of four days of backand forth emails. Everything doesn’t need a long complicated plan.Simplifying things not only takes less time, but makes projects andtasks less stressful.
Have a backup plan
What if I get sick? What if my computer dies? What if I have to flyback home on short notice?? Those what-ifs can be nerve-wracking whenyou have to do everything yourself. But I know if I’ve got great people around me to help out if I need someone to run a Badass Babes hangout,write a guest post, or pick up a design project. What badass babes doyou know that could be your emergency contact if you need someone tohelp with or take over a project with zero notice?
Create passive income
Awwwwyeah, the holy grail of making your workweek less stressful!Yes, you may need a few late nights and some long weekends to nail thisone, but I promise you it will be worth it. How much could you relax ifyou had an extra $200 every month? What about an extra $2000?? That $2ksmackeroos that you would be doing zero work for or very very close tozero work for on a weekly basis. Would that extra income stream allowyou to take on two clients each month instead of four? Would it allowyou to take actually step away from your computer in the middle of theday instead of grinding away for 10 hours at a time? Would it allow youto finally make time for that class you’ve been considering for monthsnow? Or allow for ::gasp:: an actual vacation??
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Simplifying your day and making the work easier on yourself is goingto have three awesome effects. First, it’s going take the tightness outof your chest and the weight off your shoulders that comes withsolopreneurship and probably add a few years to your life.#Score!Second, it’s going to allow you to step back often, look at the biggerpicture (instead of constant OMG I need to finish this TONIGHT) and make sure your business and everything you do is always pointed in the right direction. And third, it’s going to give you the time to really connect with people – with your audience, with other business owners, blogging friends, and of course your offline people too. Guarantee someone isgonna be real happy about the chill, to-do-list-free new you that showsup at 6pm every night.